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Product Details

  • Series: Troy Stetina
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (June 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793509629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793509621
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Troy Stetina is an internationally recognized guitarist, solo artist and music educator. Specializing in rock, metal and classical-electric guitar, Troy has authored over 40 book/CD and DVD guitar methods that have sold over 1 million copies worldwide and guided a generation of players toward guitar mastery. He is also the guitarist of the modern rock band Second Soul, located on the web at, and co-owner of the online music retailer and Lampifier Microphones at Troy plays and endorses PRS guitars, Engl amps, Vader cabinets and Dunlop strings. For in-depth bio, full discography/bibliography, tour and workshop dates, plus free lessons and tips, visit Troy on the web at

Perhaps the best known of Troy's works is the classic book/CD guitar method, Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar, often referred to as the "shredders' Bible." First published in 1990, it was a debut major work in electric guitar pedagogy, which standardized an effective approach to achieving the highest levels of guitar technique. Other popular Stetina works include Metal Lead Guitar Volumes 1 and 2, Metal Rhythm Guitar Volumes 1 and 2, Total Rock Guitar, and the complete ear-training and theory manual, Fretboard Mastery, published in 2007.

His latest instructional work is "Troy Stetina: The Sound and the Story" DVD released in 2011 and featuring over three and a half hours of interviews, technique lessons, and composition lessons teaching six Second Soul songs. Troy regards this as his "best instructional work to date." The DVD also features special invitation guest lessons by Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Creed), Michael Angelo Batio, Bill Peck (Exit the Ride), and Eric Friedman (Creed).

Before forming Second Soul in 2009, Troy's instrumental guitar CD Exottica (2000) helped propel the wholesale destruction of society by serving as featured backing music in MTV shows such as "The Osbournes." And in 2007, Troy joined forces with prog-metal band Dimension X to record and produce the concept CD "Implications of a Genetic Defense" (Unicorn Records). The CD received outstanding reviews by prog critics. Troy also served as private guitar teacher to Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Creed) for a number of years. Tremonit is a featured guest soloist on the Second Soul album, trading licks with Troy on the outro of Track 6, entitled "Burn."

Troy has been a featured author for the various international guitar magazines and authored GuitarOne's "Return of the Shred" column for several years. Before this, Troy served as Director of Rock Guitar Studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.

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127 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Goldman on February 8, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book. However, I should warn some, you'll need the appropriate mindset to get anything out of it. There's really not much theory in here. Basically it's ALL technique. Excercises designed to strengthen left and right hands separately and then putting them together.

At first when I got this book, I kind of skipped around to the stuff I liked practicing better -- more along the picking excersizes for right hand and cross picking. I found the first chapter on just left hand REALLY TEDIOUS. Basically it's lots hammers and pulls in various patterns all over the fretboard. The pull-offs I found especially tedious and difficult.

I got some speed up in the picking, but really discovered that I could only get so far because I was finding that feeling what my left hand fingers were doing was rather muddy. Then I went back to chapter 1 on the left hand and really concentrated on it.

First off, it hurts! Which is good! If you're hurting, you're using new muscles and you're beginning to teach those muscles how to move. I found that after only a few days I was getting a LOT better at hammering and pulling all over the neck and also the finger muscles were getting stronger. Also, synchronizatiion with fast picking was getting better. Now, I'm mostly concentrating on left hand technique and seeing a lot of improvement.

When I first mentioned the right mindset, what I meant was some of you may find practicing this stuff BORING. You're not going to be ripping melodic solos with these excersizes, the concentration is on TECHNIQUE. If you can't play some of this simple stuff fast amd clean, how can you expect to play a real solo fast and clean? Your mindset has to be to make the exercises interesting so you can get over the hump.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful By g.macdonnell on March 1, 2006
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First, Let me state that I'm primarily a Jazz guitarist but studied classical guitar and composition for my bachelors. I respect all kinds of music, (i have an unhealthy obsession with classic Country, for example,) and metal guitarists have great technique, so I thought I'd give this book a try to give my pick playing a shot in the arm.

For probably 90% of "good" guitarists, this book is a GREAT way to improve your technique. Its well written, progresses at a great pace, and provides a explanation of the fundamental physical aspects of playing. Like all great teachers, Troy doesn't just show you a lesson, but explains why you should learn it. Brilliant!

It is a VERY good method for those willing to put in the time. Most of the musical samples are technical, not musical in nature so you really have to stick with it and understand it has a purpose beyond its sound. But I also found that most there aren't any "new" approaches to technique here- it cleans up economy picking, sweep picking, hammer-ons and pull-offs.

So if you know how to practice those things on your own, have patience and can write out or create your own exercises, the book isn't necessary. Therefore, i'd suggest it for players who are intermediate looking to advance to more virtuosic techniques.

What it is not, is a method for playing, or approaching the guitar from a new angle. When initially reviewed the book, this bothered me, but since then, i've met many guitarists who NEED to work on these exact things.

For convience, especially rock, blues and metal lead players, it is a GREAT book. For advanced guitarists in general trying to clean up technique, decide if you are motivated enough to do this stuff on your own. if you are, you can probably do without this book.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By bm97 on December 15, 2004
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This book is about fundamentally improving your playing through hard work. This is not about "impress your friends in three days". It is not even about "impress your friends in 100 days". This book is about hard work and analyzing your lead playing.

For example this book provides more than ten different exercises for improving alternate picking while shifting strings. There are an even greater number of exercises devoted to things like
- Helping your little finger
- Using Hammer ons and pull offs to improve speed
- Playing sequences of notes in bursts
There are quite a few more concepts in the 196 exercises this book has.

A lot of the practice licks are in the Aeolian mode - which is great for metal players. I imagine you could just change the mode to suit the style you like, and still benefit from the exercises. However this will be a problem for people working on styles like the Blues.

Other disadvantages:
- I do wish troy stetina had included some licks from players like Steve Ray Vaughan or Mike Bloomfield to round out the vocabulary you gain through practice. Randy Rhoads seems to be Troy's favorite player.
- Part 3 of the book - which is the section really devoted to soloing versus practicing, could have used some more depth.
- This book absolutely skips over the importance of chords in playing lead.

You really have to spend hundreds or thousands of hours on practice to gain much from this book. Though beginner and beginner-intermediate players could benefit from this book, it may be an inefficient use of your time. This book should only be used to strengthen one aspect of your playing - and should not be used as you sole guitar practice book. That being said - this is definitely a great book by a teacher who really knows his stuff.
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