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  • Sheet music: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (November 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881885894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881885897
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will help any guitarist who is dedicated to understanding music, not just the guitar.
Christian Culleton
This is one of those books you will come back to over time and emerge with some useful nugget of guitar wisdom.
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This book really so far has been wonderful, it feels like that I am re-discovering my instrument.
"siggx001"

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79 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Ilia Asafiev on July 7, 2004
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"This is a guitar method that ridicules guitar methods. It's a self-help book that does not claim to ever help anyone. It covers everything, and at the same time leaves it up to you to figure everything out. If you don't have a solid way to come up with a good practice routine for yourself, this book is not for you. However, there are plenty of pointers inside on how to develop a practice routine.
Paradox is the true path to learning your instrument."

I imagine if Mr. Goodrick were to write a review of his own book, it would read something like the paragraph above. If I were Mr. Goodrick (and perhaps also a strict disciplinarian), I'd leave it up to you to figure out the content of this book and say no more.

Truth be told, The Advancing Guitarist is really a good kick in the behind to every slacker out there who knows what he ought to be learning but chooses to take shortcuts instead. The overall tone boils down to, "You want to know how to advance on guitar? Have you tried this? Well, why the heck not?? Oh, so you have... in every combination, everywhere you go, in every style, with every scale in every key, in all possible variations? No? And you dare ask me how to advance?" While the tone is poking and prodding, it's usually more encouraging than condescending.

It is my impression that such a book is excellent for a unionized-type musician-for-hire guitarist who needs to learn how to do everything and has time to sit down with it. While, within its 110 or so pages of no-nonsense text, all things about music cannot be outlined, the philosophy (of which there's plenty) and the examples that are given (also plentiful) give enough for someone who's serious and dedicated to excel at his craft.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Christian Culleton on August 20, 2000
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I am a performer, teacher and composer for the classical guitar. While I am always striving to improve my technique, I've always felt that technique was a means to an end, which is to make the best music that one can. Therefore, I am not one of the most disciplined technicians of the six-string siren, but I really play from the soul.
When my students get too hung up on Segovia Scales, Giuliani Arpeggios and Classical-era etudes, I give them one and only one tidbit from Mick Goodrick's book to chew, savor, ruminate, in the hope that they will find the muse again.
This book will help any guitarist who is dedicated to understanding music, not just the guitar. The guitar is merely a tool, a pontential conduit for the essence of your musical being to pass from you, through an audience, then back through you with their blessings.
Mick's book contains the seeds for a lifetime of musical growth. This compilation of musical Pandora's Boxes is best understood conceptually. If you're getting bogged down with what finger goes where, positions beyond open, etc., please, do not give up on this book! Work harder on the basics until your mind can begin to make some informed musical connections.
The beauty of Mick's work is that, if you dig deep, you can't help but begin to uncover what excites you, the player, about choosing the guitar to make music on. Not every exercise is for everyone's taste, and is not intended to be. I learned this lesson in college. I use to hate Renaissance music. After years of hating it, I realized that the reason was I couldn't play it convincingly. Now, I love it, and work harder than ever on it.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Dave Stagner on July 13, 2001
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Some books are great to read in the bathroom... you just open them to any random page, and brilliance pours out. This book is like that. Now, this book is NOT for the vast majority of guitarists out there, the ones trying to figure out how to sound like Stevie Ray Vaughn with a $50 fuzz box. But if you're one of those determined to find *your* voice on the guitar, i have not seen a better book. Mick Goodrick's approach is to smash your preconceptions, and help you to keep yourself fresh. It's not something he does for you, because NO ONE can do that for you.
This isn't education from the professor at the head of the classroom. This is wisdom from the old man on the mountain, who will answer all your questions with a single question of his own, and send you away to contemplate.
Thank you, Mick.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "siggx001" on May 29, 2001
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As many other guitarists, I try to constantly improve my playing and improvising. As a self-taught musician, I purchased several books on jazz guitar methods, improvising and so forth. This book really so far has been wonderful, it feels like that I am re-discovering my instrument. In my opinion, this is a must-buy for anyone who seriously wants to improve his/her playing skills, improve his/her technique, and is willing to work hard on it.
Here are some reasons why this book is a great buy:
1. He makes you improvise on one string at a time, a wonderful and very important concept. And you do this way before working on 2 strings, or on position playing.
2. Overall great music theory, and insights from a very experienced musician.
3. no tabs (in my opinion this is an advantage)
4. endless material to work with
This is the best guitar book (that I know).
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