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Fretboard Logic SE - Special Edition The Reasoning Behind the Guitar's Unique Tuning + Chords Scales and Arpeggios Complete (Volumes I and II Combined) (Fretboard Logic Guitar Method Ser) Paperback – 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0962477065 ISBN-10: 0962477060 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Fretboard Logic Guitar Method Ser
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Bill Edwards Publishing; 1 edition (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962477060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962477065
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You're going to change the way the guitar is taught forever. --Rich DiBiase

You've changed my world and you're going to change other's worlds and the way they look at the instrument. --John Gilmore

I cant express the excitement I feel as I am getting to understand the guitar fretboard in a very real sense. My musical goals are now within reach and I have a way of getting there. At some point, while working through the second book, I will start putting together chord solos and working on finding a voice and style of my own. I decided to learn everything you offer in your books. Everything in your books has a useful purpose and I thank you for it. The comments from other customers in your books are NOT an exaggeration, they are right on target. --Tony Beltram

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Year after year this is the Amazon bestselling guitar title. It is also one of the most user-endorsed products in the entire music industry.

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It is easy to understand and very well written.
Uyless W. Golden
A highly recommended book for a beginner or an intermediate player or anyone who gets bogged down with all those "helpful" dots on the fretboard.
Wynn
This book will change the way you look at the guitar and the way you play it.
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361 of 374 people found the following review helpful By David Field VINE VOICE on April 28, 2000
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Learning guitar is an odd process. You're supposed to practice, practice, practice. You learn chord shapes. You have lessons. You dissect solos note by note. There appears to be no master plan. Somehow, through a variety of methods, you're supposed to learn. Eventually, you're assured, by some means you're not aware of yet (osmosis?), you'll "get it."
This book is the "it" you're supposed to get.
Far too many books assume that the common methods work. Many an aspiring student has put the guitar in the closet in frustration at something that doesn't address the basic question - What note do I play next?
Bill Edwards has taken the idea of positional relationships to its highest point. If I play a C chord with a barre at the eighth fret, where will I find a convenient F and G position? What shape will I need to play, and what fret should I start from?
This seems to me to be a basic question yet it hardly gets a mention in most books. It seems that if you practice long enough and don't get bored to death, you'll know this.
Bill Edwards shows that the five major chord shapes (C, A, G, E, and D) follow as you move up the fretboard, so you quickly learn that if you're playing a certain shape at a certain fret, the chords you're going to need will be in a specific other shape a specific number of frets away.
This is independent of what key you're playing in, so if you start a 12-bar blues with a A-shape, you can drop down a couple of frets and play an E-shape for the next chord.
I've made it sound far more complex than it is. You'll need the book - make no mistake - and in just a few hours you'll have learned a huge amount of useful stuff.
But this is just the first seventeen of over a hundred pages.
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181 of 197 people found the following review helpful By David J. Brown on November 8, 2000
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Fretboard Logic SE is a great book that manages to distill a vast amount of information into a very concise and usable form. In a way, it's like a Rosetta Stone for the guitar. As I read the book, I "felt the light go on" over and over as bits and pieces I'd picked up over the years clicked into place and I began to understand how they related together.
It covers a method called the CAGED system, which uses barre forms of the C, A, G, E, and D chords (thus the name). These chords are movable as a block to anywhere on the neck, the benefit being that you always know how to find a chord near where your hand is currently on the neck.
Building on the CAGED system are various major and pentatonic scale forms, so that you can easily play runs - which are the basis for solo, riffs and improvising.
It gives sensible explanations of music theory and how it pertains to playing the guitar. Building upon this he shows how to form the common chord types - (major, minor, sevenths, etc) in any key.
It's opened up the guitar for me. I've only been playing my acoustic guitar a couple months, and I can sit and watch a guitarist on TV now and understand what I see him doing. I may see his hand on the fretboard and notice that his hand is making an E form, moved to the 8th fret. Sometimes I can make out that it's a 7th by hearing it. That's something I can reproduce immediately or later. Or I can (slowly) improvise along with a song I hear by using the pentatonic scales I've learned. I can hear and see the chord progressions from I to IV to V and back.
You'll still need lots of practice to toughen and strengthen your fingers and hands and to make them quick and limber, but Fretboard Logic SE is a great book to start with or to brush up with if your more advanced. It will save you a great deal of frustration and make your learning quicker and more productive.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By "hondo111" on June 6, 2002
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I have been playing the guitar for two years now and thought I was making good progress until I tried to play with other experienced guitar players. I realized that I had a long way to go about mastering the guitar. Rather than really learning the guitar, I was just practicing songs and thinking real progress was being made. Promptly after my failed attempt of playing with my experienced friends, I bought this book and the light came on. I mean, it was like an explosion that lifted me to an entirely different level. I have never learned so much from any book Ive ever read - and Ive read a lot of books. All of the others are difficult to follow and assume that the reader is familiar with profound guitar theory knowledge. Edwards, on the other hand, takes all of the confusion and hones in on the most fundamental aspects of the guitar. The CAGED method is absolutely the best way to learn the guitar. If you follow this book from page one and really work on it, you will begin to notice drastic improvements and everything will begin to make sense - I mean, you will have an epiphany one day and say, "I've got it!" I have never written a review for a book until now - this is how strongly I feel about the knowledge you will take away from this book. Best guitar book ever published.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By "cobia51" on February 22, 2004
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Let me start off by saying that this book is unique, and because of that, it will probably always have detractors. I am writing to advise you not to pay any attention to them. There are thousands of books out there which teach guitar as if it is no different from a piano and I've bought an awful lot of them and wasted a lot of time.
The nay sayers seem to be attacking it in part because it gets rave reviews from readers. They seem to want to elevate themselves by putting down others, which is sad, but all too common. If I could, I'd ask them to produce credentials first, and then I'd ask how much effort they actually put into it. I'm pretty sure they are not household names in the field of guitar. A good example is the guy who felt slighted because Fretboard Logic didn't make him "master his guitar." Heh. That's funny and sad at the same time. To me that sounds like some kind of cart and horse situation where the horse is sitting back on his haunches waiting for a ride from the cart.
Let ME be clear - Fretboard Logic is the first book I have read which treats this unique instrument with the respect and detailed analysis it deserves. I am eternally grateful to the guy for taking the time and effort to put it together for the people like me who always wondered if there wasn't something missing from what my own teachers were teaching. After reading the Special Edition, I bought the entire series including the videos, and I'm glad I did. I will admit to having had to reread certain things a few times before it sunk in, but I usually have to do that anyway with any new stuff I'm learning - like with my pilots license, for example. And a lot of those books weren't even as well-written as Fretboard Logic.
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