30-Day Guitar Workout: An Exercise Plan for Guitarists, Book and DVD Paperback – CD, Nov 1 2004
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Like many older guys taking up guitar again, and having learned in a pretty casual manner, I am weak on fundamentals and have bad habits which impede my progress and even caused tendonitous in my left elbow - very painful, I don't recommend it! Jody is the man, I feel better and play better. Thanks, Jody!
The "Chordiac" workouts are the 2nd part of each workout and are also excellent, each one building upon the last and opening up new harmonic ground on the instrument. This book is fantastic and is helping me develop a more technical and musical playing style. It's work, but it is well worth it in the end.
Being originally a drummer by education, a guitarist would compare the chromatic excercises in this book to "rudiments", as they often force you to perform unusual position shifts and picking/ finger combinations. The "Chordiac" workouts, (chord drills) are the 2nd part of each workout and are also excellent, each one building upon the last and opening up new harmonic ground on the instrument. This book has and still helps me eliminate technical and musical learning gaps in my playing.
For that reason only I give the Kindle edition a three-star rating. The Kindle edition is much less expensive than the print edition and comes without the DVD. But still, a book of exercises written out in diagrams should have completely legible diagrams. If the left hand fingerings were written under the string on the diagram as I have seen in other books it would have worked better. I would have much preferred the classical guitar method of writing the fingerings next to the notes on the musical staff to this.
The exercises in this book are for what's essentially that same purpose. There are workouts that build the strength and dexterity your left hand needs for playing single notes and chords, and ones that develop the picking and plucking skills your right hand demands. I find that with this training, playing tunes comes more easily, and I sound better too.