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Guitar Scales Handbook: A Step-By-Step, 100-Lesson Guide to Scales, Music Theory, and Fretboard Theory (Book & Videos) (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction) [Kindle Edition]

Damon Ferrante
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Book Description

With over 200 lessons, guitar licks, exercises and scales-over chords concepts, this new edition book and video course is all you will ever need for learning guitar scales and how to apply them to make your playing more expressive and musical!

Damon Ferrante, guitar instructor and music professor, guides you through step-by-step lessons and streaming videos that will teach you guitar scales and how to use them in your music making. The lessons are designed to improve your guitar technique, musicality, understanding of music theory, and give your playing and songwriting more power, color and expressiveness.

This new edition includes 100 free bonus lessons that cover guitar licks and scales-over-chords concepts so that you can apply each scale in your playing.

No Music Reading is Necessary!

Used by thousands of guitarists, this book and video course will take your guitar playing to a whole new level!

If you feel that you have been locked in the same patterns and scale shapes for years, unable to break out of the dull habits and licks you first learned as a beginner, then this book and video course is for you. You will learn how to apply hundreds of scales forms in a musical manner, so that your solos, licks, and songwriting will be more creative, expressive, and colorful!

* Guitar Scales Handbook helps you get out of your rut and expand your playing throughout the guitar neck.

* It frees you to enliven your solos and songwriting with bold, new ideas and techniques that will help create your personal style.

* This book and video course will supercharge your creativity and strengthen your understanding of music. "Turn It Up to Eleven!"

The book and videos cover the following materials:

* Alternate Picking Technique
* Legato Technique
Music Theory
How to apply the scales to your playing
* Intervals
* Warm-up Exercises
* Technique Building Exercises
* Guitar Licks
* Notes of the Guitar Neck
* Jam Tracks
* Developing Good Practice Habits
* Blues Scales and Modes
* Major Scales and Modes
* Natural Minor Scales
* Harmonic Minor Scales and Modes
* Melodic Minor Scales
* Pentatonic Major Scales
* Whole-Tone Scales
* Exotic Scales
* Octatonic Scales

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Damon Ferrante's Guitar Books and Music:

"Damon is an extraordinary composer, but he is also a shredder. I have had some very revealing conversations with him about his secrets. This book ["Guitar Scales Handbook"] now makes Damon's experience available to any and all. It covers the basics and then goes on to a unique approach to advanced scales." William Anderson, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Damon Ferrante has written a clear and comprehensive book about scales ["Guitar Scales Handbook"]. I know him as an accomplished composer and guitarist, and this book is a wonderful step by step guide to scales and their application. Helpful for the beginner or advanced guitarist. Oren Fader, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Only a writer with decades of experience as performer, composer, and teacher could produce "Guitar Adventures." Damon Ferrante has distilled a lifetime of thinking about music into the fundamental building blocks of musicianship. He does more than show you around the fingerboard--Ferrante demonstrates how to think musically, about the guitar or any instrument." Robert Battistini, Professor and Music Writer

"I really love this book! As a kid when I was first learning, the chord charts were often difficult to decipher and confusing. Damon's approach to this is so much more direct and easy to grasp. This all translates really well for any guitar player, whether it be a beginner who's getting used to the instrument or a more advanced player. Damon's videos are excellent, too. This is just an excellent tool to have on you as a player. It's comprehensive, detailed, and all-in-all, really fun!" Sean Kelly, Guitarist for A Fragile Tomorrow

From the Author

As a guitarist and guitar teacher, for over 25 years, I was always looking for a book that would teach scales and the music theory behind them in a fun, useful and musical format. Since I could not find one for my students, I decided to write one myself. Guitar Scales Handbook is the product of these efforts and is designed for Beginner through Advanced guitarists.

Guitar Scales Handbook
includes Free Video Jam-Tracks, which let you have fun practicing your scales by improvising and playing along with rock, funk, metal, rockabilly, pop, and country backing backing tracks.

You might also find Guitar Scales Handbook useful and fun, if you are a:
  • Guitarist (from beginner to professional / advanced level), who would like to improve your technique, creativity, musical vocabulary, and music theory and fretboard understanding.
  • Guitar Teacher, who is looking for material to teach your students about scales, music theory, the notes of the guitar neck, fretboard theory, technique, and improvising / building guitar solos.
  • Teacher, who would like to play the guitar in the classroom and improve your technique, creativity, and understanding of the guitar.
  • Parent, who would like your children to learn how to play the guitar.
  • Musician, who would like to add the guitar to the instruments you know how to play.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Well-Designed Book and Videos! November 8, 2012
By dmartin
As a guitarist for over 20 years, I have seen a lot of scale and music theory books. Each one is pretty good, but is lacking in one area or another. For instance, most guitar scale books don't provide the finger numbers or the notes on the guitar neck. Many of them also provide scale patterns that are difficult for the hands to learn and are not practical. Almost all scales books that I've seen don't tell you what chords to play the scales over; they just list scale patterns.

The author of this book has done a very good job in making learning scales easy, fun, and musical. Here are 10 features that make it a little "gem":

1. The book begins with easy-to-play scales and progresses to expert-level techniques.
2. It is designed in a lesson-based format. Each page builds on the previous one and is well organized.
3. The information provided is very clear. The lessons are not overloaded with useless, filler material.
4. There are play-along videos to help you get a feel for how the scales work in real music.
5. A huge amount of scales are presented that can be used in many different styles and genres.
6. The fingerings are great and easy to learn.

7. The price is very reasonable.
8. It easily fits in a guitar case or gig bag.
9. It teaches music theory.
10. You will learn the notes on the guitar neck.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alex December 5, 2012
By Alex
I bought this book right after "Guitar Adventures" from the same author Damon Ferrante. I was so pleased with the first one so I decided to give this one a try and I was happy to find again the same features I loved about Ferrante's teaching style. The lessons are very clear, the theory is explained in a very simple way, without taking anything for granted (wich is great for a beginner as I am) and, last but not least, the play along videos are very, very helpful. Get these books, you won't regret it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great review for experienced musician October 29, 2013
By Briana
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I have a pretty extensive background in music. I have been singing for as long as I can remember in choirs and plays etc. I have also been playing the viola and the flute since elementary school! I have had numerous hours of training in reading and playing music. The guitar has always been an instrument that I have wanted to play. However, I am not one that can afford lessons... That being said, this book is PERFECT for someone like me. Even with my background as a musician, the detailed lessons are a great review for me as well as a clarification for some things. The book is easy to follow and the addition of picture visuals and video tutorials make it that much easier. My favorite addition is the play alongs at the end of the lesson that allow you to apply techniques and scale work. This is a great book and I am so excited to put it to great use!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! December 21, 2012
By Nicola
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is very interesting. I am not very good with the scales but in this Ferrante's book I found a perfect method to improve. It's organized in 100 lessons that help you, step-by-step, to become more confident with guitar scales, in theory and in practice. I recommend it to all guitarists!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By bdavis
This book is a dynamo and cheap for its value! It covers guitar scales, music theory, and fretboard theory (all in one) in an easy, lesson based format. I love the play-along videos! I'm having fun jamming with the video tracks with the scales that I've picked up in the book. It's a great find and very useful for my song writing and music theory. In the first few weeks of working with it, I've seen a lot of improvement in my playing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tprodz October 29, 2013
By TProdz
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I just recently picked up my first guitar! It was my Grandfather's, and he used to play it for us kids. I never dreamed I could make anything come out of it, but the Guitar Scales Handbook showed me that I could!! Look out music world, here I come!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me out a lot! October 23, 2013
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My wife recommended I try this book out! A while back I friend teach me a little bit, but I am not someone that catches on quickly... I don't play any type of instrument. I really love to try though and I have been wanting to get back into it. This book is PERFECT for me because it things easy to understand and it truly is STEP BY STEP! Which is something I need as a beginner. I especially liked the YouTube videos... I think it adds a totally new element to learning/teaching yourself. I have rediscovered my desire to play... This book gives me confidence that I can actually do it! I think I can even start working with my daughter using this.. it's really that easy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners!! October 28, 2013
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I am so excited to be able to understand playing guitar! This book has lots of great easy to read diagrams that simplify the learning process. There are also some youtube videos you can watch as a companion to this handbook, which is great if you are more of an audible learner!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed it, very, very informative.
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Purchaser
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
does not work on Android Google Nexus 7 maybe someone has any ideas, won't download
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recomend this Seller !!!
Awesome From Beginning to my Door Great Products too. Highly Recommend You All Aces A Plus Ratings !!!
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Leclerc
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for improvement no matter what skill level
Good book for improvement no matter what skill level. Has helped me move up and down the neck much better but don't expect the book to do it all for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CT
2.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Misleading In Its' Description
My problem with this is that the listing makes you think you are going to get a DVD with it. The book actually refers you to You Tube for chord instruction. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dave In Tampa
5.0 out of 5 stars good beginners book
worked just fine
Published 2 months ago by John M. Geones
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Published 2 months ago by Angélica Alfonso
5.0 out of 5 stars NICE
Good Deal Good shipping Good Book Thank you
Published 4 months ago by Golf-owl
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful handbook
I'm so excited to have this handbook in my possession! Been working with musicians for years and have always wanted to know a little bit more about guitar basics. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kolby Schnelli
5.0 out of 5 stars because it's not always easy learning from a book
This book is tremendously helpful so far. I've had many guitar Teacher's over the years, but the learning process was never as extensive nor as helpful as this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Erin O'Brien
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More About the Author

Damon Ferrante is a Simkins Award-winning composer, guitarist, and professor of piano studies and music theory. He has taught on the music faculties of Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. For over 20 years, Damon has taught guitar, piano, composition, and music theory. Damon has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US and Europe. His main teachers have been David Rakowski at Columbia University, Stanley Wolfe at Juilliard, and Bruno Amato at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Damon has written two operas, a guitar concerto, song cycles, orchestral music, and numerous solo and chamber music works. He is the editor-in-chief of the music publisher Steeplechase Arts.

Check out www.steeplechasemusic.com for more information and free bonus lessons for the books.

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