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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation (January 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793581869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793581863
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, by itself, might leave you a bit confused.
Mr. Doom
I find this book to be a great starting point to assist my development towards improvisation.
James A. Pilkey
For the people who say the book is "boring", well, they need to do their homework.
Graphics Guy

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Server Admin while playing Guitar on November 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
So... I've got tons and tons of tabs for the guitar... I can play all sorts of music from Led Zeppelin to Zappa to SAntana to Yngwie to Lamb of God to NIrvana to Bach (WTF?)... just giving you a basis for my experience... I WISH I BOUGHT THIS BOOK 10 YEARS AGO... no joke.

I never took a lesson, so I always felt that I missed something... This book confirms my suspicion! So much I didn't know... Such a fool..

But the book isn't overwhelming AT ALL (until you start to get to the end of the book)... most of it shows you how to play along to blues/rock/pop. Its not like other scale books where you see the same scale 4 frets up (but it does help you understand root notes and lots of Theory).. I love theory.

The book is written by the Musicians Institute, the best music college in America. I think they know what they are doing when it comes to teaching music... I also bought the Guitar fret board Workout from MI, but it had too much busy work in it for me.. (too much writing, but I would still recommend the book)). I just want to play well, and I want to be able to improvise over ANYTHING... now, because of THIS book my playing has taken leaps and bounds (for technicality/improvisional/style and harmony)... Thanks Larry H. Parker... I mean MI.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By EM on November 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
Warning, this book is not for those picking up a guitar for the first time. The book focuses mainly on theory and therefore should not be used as a starting point for building dexterity.

However, once you build some dexterity, this book has a lot of information that a real guitarist needs to know. When i say real, i mean someone who knows how to actually create music as opposed to someone who knows how to repeat songs. That is what the book is for, to create music, and learning this difficult art takes time and patience, so don't rush through the chapters. Also, the keys to the riffs given are indicated and finding the right scale pattern(s) of each riff is a way of learning as opposed to having everything handed on a silver platter. This is what makes this book so effective. So if you buy this book, remember, this book requires a lot of patience, time, and dedication and is NOT for the lazy musician.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Graphics Guy on April 25, 2009
Format: Paperback
Wow, some people loved this book, some people hated it, and one reviewer went absolutely off the deep end into lala land! So maybe you're wondering what's up with this book? Well, before you worry about how much its gonna hurt if that $19.95 doesn't make you the next Eddie Van Halen by next week, start by asking yourself, what are you looking for?

If you're looking for a book to teach you the "hottest blues licks" so that next week at Guitar Center you can wow the staff with your new found "chops" by grinding out the same old tired twangs that justifies the staff keeping Suicide Hotline on speed dial, then sorry, this isn't the book for you. As a matter of fact, you don't need a book, just go on YouTube... now you can play the beginning of "Crazy Train" and "Hot for Teacher"... you're a pro! Hooray! See, that was easy! See ya and good luck!

Still here? Ok, well, if you're looking for instruction that teaches you the foundation and building blocks of how to IMPROVISE, in other words, come up with YOUR OWN IDEAS... then this book is friggin fantastic! Be warned, the material is presented so matter-of-fact that its easy to under-estimate how long each chapter is going to take. But if you read the instructions, and do ALL the exercises properly before moving on to the next subject, your soloing is going to improve by leaps and bounds.

For the people who say the book is "boring", well, they need to do their homework. Guys, this is a musical instrument, not a video game. If you want to play like a pro then it takes time and quality practice. If you don't have the discipline to put the time in it takes to master your instrument, then hey, that's what Guitar Hero is for. Research what guitarists like Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai did for practice routines.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James A. Pilkey on January 21, 2009
Format: Paperback
The title has the word "Improvisation" which really means that you have to be in a creative space when using this book. If you are looking for a step by step playbook on great solos this is not the book. This book is designed to challenge you to look inside yourself and "Improvise", key word is "Improvise".. YOU have to come up with the music not the book or CD. The book gives you the tools not the solution. A beginner can learn the patterns, which is work and requires time and dexterity. I'm not confident that a beginner would benefit using this book only because I think it would be frustrating working through this book with no prior knowledge. It could sit on your bookshelf until you are ready.. a future goal. However, I've been playing for 7-8 years covering songs, writing songs, and picking up theory as I go. I should have picked it up around year 2-3 but I wasn't that interested in soloing. I find this book to be a great starting point to assist my development towards improvisation. No book is perfect but this is pretty damn good. The recordings are mechanical but they are effective. They are really just backing tracks and it is up to you to "Improvise" over them. So I would ask the people that don't like the recordings on the CD... Do you not like the recordings or the solo your playing along with the recording? Don't mean to be negative but really, is it the recording or are you just frustrated?
In my opinion this is not a beginner book and this book requires you to be in a creative space in order to benefit... Updated 9/1/2010- Great book! gets better as the years go bye.
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