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The Ultimate Scale Book [Paperback]

Troy Stetina
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Book Description

Aug. 1 1999
(Pocket Guide). Everything you ever wanted to know about scales, but were afraid to ask! This book fills you in on major and minor scales; the modes; the blues scale; harmonic minor, melodic minor, chromatic, whole tone & diminished scales; other exotic and ethnic scales; and more. Includes easy-to-read fretboard diagrams, and a bio of Troy Stetina.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great little scale reference and cheap too! June 11 2003
This is a great scale book for guitarist and one that I refer to often. I still haven't found the ONE perfect scale book (hence only four stars), but this one comes close. It is one of three scale books that I use, and because of its compact size, it is usually the one that I have handy when I need it. Troy does a great job of explaining the scales and giving some exercises for practice. What I like best about this book is that it shows the scales in all positions across 22 frets with the root notes highlighted. Also, many scale books only show fretboard diagrams of the scales in one key, usually C or E and then explain how to move them around. This book includes diagrams of several keys (including G and A, which are favorites of mine). The only other thing I wish about this book is that it was spiral bound so it would lay flat when open, but I would rather have this book than any of the other gig bag sized ones that are spiral bound. All in all a great little scale reference and cheap too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Inside View and helpful tips Sept. 1 2014
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This book you may not read, given all the fret board diagrams and black dots. The pages in this book are no wider then a standard envelope, and it's not one you can play from directly, even though there are a few scale tabs given by the author. Instead, your going to need a lined notebook, preferably one with a spiral binding so it will lay flat. Next, you need to figure out how to create the scale tabs yourself from the fret board diagrams, and this book has many. Easy? Depends.

I'll give you few hints:

-In a ascending order, all notes(black dots on the fret board) and open strings starting at the LOW E String(6) are read LEFT to RIGHT.

-For descending order, all notes in the **box** (example on page 11) are read RIGHT to LEFT starting at the HIGH E String(1).

-Just make sure, that the highest fret number is written first in the descending order for each string, and the open strings are written
first for each string in the ascending order.

This book is not all that exciting, but the scales here presented will not only build your confidence, and speed, but it improve your skills dramatically playing guitar in just a few weeks.

I'm sliding up and down the fretboard now, playing note for note like a Rockstar!! Yes!! Scales are boring to listen to and play at times, but you know most guitar solos are based on a scale, so just remember this while you practice them.

Unfortunately it's up to you what you want out of it, cause all this stuff takes practice, and your going to have make your own tabs
for each and every scale. It's not a bad book for the price, but if your lazy and don't wanna decode all the black dots to tabs
then look for another book on scales for guitar.
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Owned now for awhile and im still on the first scale.
It teaches ALL the scales, in every form on each spot on the neck;
then it gives you where that scale would be good, how to learn and use it, where they have the common notes and roots. etc


Starts on Minor pentatonic, with the common tone E.
explains its use in blues, rock, pop, funk
teaches the 5 boxes, then shows the entire neck and how the 5 link, then shows it in TAB and STAFF form
to do drills then,
teaches then the anchor points.
Then goes on to teach the diagonal shapes of that same scale, then a few other Min Pent scales for reference, G, A and C
then gives sequence practice to finish you off....

then goes on to
Blue scale, Major pentatonic, minor blues, major blues, the natural scale,
natural minor, basic major, creating modes,


Dorian, Phrygian, lydian, mixolydian, locrian


Harmonic minor Phygian dominant
jazz melodic minor
modes of jazz minor

Chromatic (lol) whole tone scale reading

it even covers ethnic and exotic scales.

This book can last you a lifetime, nothing missing, as far as i can tell.

and the book shape as shown is exacting, and will fit in your guitar case in the skinny pocket on the heck.

in my opinion ... GG, no more books on the topic needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the ultimate scale book Jan. 10 2013
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this has helped me but not inthe way I expected the scales are not as easy as I thought but still helpful
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Cheap and full of information Aug. 20 2003
By far it contains a wide diverse set of scales, fingerings, and even a few exotic scales at the end. It is small enough to fit in any gig bag or guitar case, making it very conveninet. Unlike other scale/method books that present one scale and make a few variaitions on it, this one uses entirely different scales in different keys.....another great book by Troy Stetina
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