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Guitar Mastery Simplified: How Anyone Can Quickly Become a Strumming, Chords, and Lead Guitar Ninja Kindle Edition

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Erich has the ability to break the subject down into workable pieces. He blends the musical theory with practical demonstrations that enables you to understand the various basic skills. His use of videos and written material is well thought out. All you have to do is practice. This ebook is a great place to start learning the guitar. It's also an excellent refresher to review your skills." - Henry
"This is an excellent book, with lots of encouragement from the author for the student. He has solid advice for everything except what to do about my small hands!... I recommend this book for beginning to intermediate guitar students." - G-MAn, "Gary"

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Guitar Mastery Simplified unlocks the quickest, step-by-step, full-proof system for mastering the guitar.  Quickly tame left and right hand techniques like the masters and know EXACTLY where to play on the neck for melodies and rhythms.  As the title states, the information in this book will FINALLY simplify your mastery of the guitar.  Erich's unique teaching methods have made possible what was not possible before to millions of players throughout the globe. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced guitarist, the methods and paths chosen in this book will create immense breakthroughs even if you have studied this instrument before.

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  • File Size: 3810 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2012
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  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have been playing/teaching guitar for nearly 30 years. My expertise is in rock, blues, country and folk styles. I am VERY passionate about teaching guitar to the world and have a unique way of teaching concepts in ways that YOU WON'T FORGET! I believe that if you can envision it, you can do it. I am a big advocate of animal welfare. I believe in Karma and dying having changed this world for the good! NOW, let's play some guitar!

Let's become friends :) and

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88 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Timothy W. Cook on November 8, 2012
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There is A LOT of information available on the Internet about learning to play guitar. Two years ago I decided to re-start learning to play (to entertain myself) after being away from guitar for more than 35 years. I found, after trial and error a couple of online teachers I really like.

A few weeks ago I found Erich's website when I was looking for some country styles. I had been concentrating on blues prior to that. I liked his YouTube videos so I bought a couple of his modules. They were, well ... ok. As I said, I had found a couple of REALLY good blues teachers.

So, when he announced this book I was a bit skeptical. But, I thought I would at least check it out for $3.99.

I kind of speed read through it and I am AMAZED! He has done an awesome job on this book. Not only the book. There is a ton of supplementary videos and other resources linked to just where you need them in this book.

I HIGHLY encourage anyone just starting out to get this book now. For beginners like myself that have already gotten a head start, it has some good info in it too. More advanced players may not find it useful.
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152 of 174 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joe on August 22, 2013
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This book contains many gaps in teaching the basics, thus could even be a setback to beginners. Its author is strong on encouragement, but unrealistic about the basics of performance.

Seeing the great number of positive reviews on Amazon for this book, I ordered it, and hoped to pick up some pointers, but unfortunately, I was incorrect. One apparent reason for the many positive reviews and the author's claim it is the "#1 Amazon bestseller" (quite unlikely since it's been available only for a few months and is gotten mainly through mail, not at music stores) is his frequent pleading to the reader---SIX times through the book's pages---to click on the website given to email positive reviews for posting on Amazon.

But to the specific problems in the book's content:

1. The book's exercises are all drill, with nary a single song given to practice them. One learns guitar techniques and learns to enjoy the guitar mainly by playing songs. This is a serious flaw.

2. He omits many basics, the exclusion of which can get beginners practicing incorrectly, leading to even more difficulty in unlearning those errors later, e.g., chord changing, the kinds of strings and how to put them on, etc. The book purportedly is for both acoustic and electric guitarists, but he says virtually nothing about the latter, for instance, the use of power chords. On the other hand, he will sometimes go into excessive complexity for beginners to sort through, e.g., listing dozens of fingerpicking patterns, rather than giving a few most useful and versatile ones.

3. He develops unrealistic expectations about practice and proficiency. Note the book's subtitle: "How anyone can quickly become a strumming, chords, and lead guitar ninja.
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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful By G-Man on December 19, 2012
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Usually, students want to start their guitar training by playing a simple song and working up from there. Back in the day, I tried that, too. I got frustrated, and put it away for many years. A few years ago, I took lessons from a very accomplished classical guitarist. Most of his students were in Junior High or High school, and his method may have worked well for that age group, but I am over 60 years old now.

My frustration in the past was that I had no finger strength, little flexibility, and small hands.

This course starts with basics like posture, anatomy of the guitar and the usual basics, like tuning, etc., but quickly moves to dexterity drills and other exercises to increase strength and reach -- the things needed to play any style of music on the guitar. I have been practicing the exercises, and already feel like I am further along than I was with the expensive lessons.

He also started with 3 basics of left hand mechanics: use finger TIPS to fret, fret just behind the fret, and keep some room between the neck and the palm of the left hand. Using those three tips, I have already improved.

I skimmed over the rest of the book because it quickly gets into material I am not ready for. I want the music theory, chord progressions and it is all there when I am ready for it. There is depth to this material, so I will be using it for quite a while.

This is an excellent book, with lots of encouragement from the author for the student. He has solid advice for everything except what to do about my small hands! I recommend this book for beginning to intermediate guitar students. There is a lot of material for advanced students, but I don't feel qualified to express an opinion on that material at this time.

I purchased the Kindle version, which has lots of links to other resources,
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GuitarMan on June 25, 2013
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Not really a book at all. More like notes from class. Gimmick to get you to come to his site and buy something!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WhirledPeas on June 30, 2014
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I bought this book because it's such a best seller on Amazon...but really, guys? Why? It's self-published and if you can look past the horrible writing and every other sentence in caps! Bold! Italics! Underline! Everything is important! (I couldn't; it was nearly as vexing as Twilight), then you may be able to focus on the instructions. They're not well-structured or thought out, though, and you're better off finding tabs online or tutorials on you tube. Find a friend who plays and ask them to sit down with you for a hour and go through the basics. I got more out of my husband explaining power chords and showing me a simplified "Smoke on the Water."
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Hello Jason! You're right about it, the order of the book was well thought of by the author and its very easy to understand. I should have posted my review on the book but unfortunately I'm unable to do it because I haven't purchased anything yet here in Amazon. Oh well, my review is still here... Read More
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