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A Great Study For Intermediate Guitarists
on January 11, 2013
We guitar players are a jaded bunch that find some kind of sadistic pleasure in pointing out the shortcomings of products, services, and the work of other guitarists. I ordered Barrett Tagliarino's 'Interval Studies And Lead Guitar Technique' with rather high expectations. I have three of his other books; 'Chord Tone Soloing', 'Rhythmic Lead Guitar', and 'Fretboard Workout'. I found all three of those books very challenging to work with, which is a good thing. No, it's a great thing. Too many books try to cover the same beginner material at the expense of the juicy challenging stuff that is the hallmark of Barrett's books.
'Interval Studies And Lead Technique' (from here on I will refer to as ISALT to keep it short and because it sounds funny) is no exception. He starts the book the same way he starts all of his books; he tells you what you need to do to make this book work for you. In other words, you don't just read it and learn by osmosis. You have to integrate it into your DAILY practice regimen or else it serves no purpose, which is no different than any guitar instruction book. You have to apply yourself.
ISALT covers fret hand mechanics, warm-up, and stretching. He doesn't just tell you to warm up and stretch, he explains the hows and whys that few others bother to do.
The meat and potatoes of the book starts on page 18 with the CAGED system and from there he tackles various scales and modes with interval exercises that will force you to think about scales in a much different manner than most instructional methods do. You won't be confined to boxes and playing neighboring notes. If you follow the exercises you will be able to improvise melodies that are much more interesting without having to think about it.
I have a ton of guitar and music theory books, but lately I find myself almost exclusively using Barrett's books. He has a very unique style of teaching that I have been able to connect with that has helped my playing progress beyond my expectations. ISALT is helping me push forward even further.
I found little to complain about with this book. My biggest complaint is that it's not easy. But that's what makes it worthwhile.
One more thing: the book contains a link to download the audio files to your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Since I rarely use a computer with a CD ROM drive I found this pretty convenient. Just remember to download it over a wifi connection instead of using your data plan because it is a pretty big file.