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"Immediately utilize scales and modes...a great book...check it out." -- Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine<br /><br />"It puts every position of every scale at your fingertips." -- Guitar School Magazine<br /><br />"The Guitar Grimoire is a complete reference manual of scales." --Guitar World Magazine

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Carl Fischer Music Publisher; Reprint edition (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825821711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825821714
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Boeck on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
This impressive tome explains scales, and their various modes, in the most comprehensable manner I've ever seen.
Not only are they explained, just about every scale you could want to play is plotted out for you on the fretboard diagrams. Every pattern. Every position. Except for ummm... Chinese Mongolian??? Well, I couldn't care less what's *not* covered because what *is* covered is more than adequate. If you even know that Chinese Mongolian scales exist, you don't need this book.
However, if you're a beginning guitarist who has mastered the basic fundamentals - such as how to press the string onto the frets - this book (and all of Kadmon's books) is a must investment. If you're an intermediate level guitarist, this is a must have. If you're an advanced guitarist, this is a must have.
Fourteen 7 tone scales are covered: Major, Melodic Minor, Harmonic Minor & Major, Hungarian Min & Maj, Neapolitan Min & Maj, Enigmatic Minor, Enigmatic, Composite II, Ionian b5, Locrian #7, and Persian.
Three 5 tone scales are covered: Minor Pentatonic (the blues scale), Kumoi and Hirojoshi.
Four 6 tone scales: Whole Tone, Augmented, Pelog, Dominant Sus.
Six 8 tone scales: Diminished, 8 Tone Spanish, Bebop Locrian #2, Bebop Dominant, Bebop Dorian and Bebop Major.
Every scale is mapped out in every key... on a full fretboard... and in individual patterns. The keyboard patterns are even diagramed so you can see how the scale looks on a keyboard. Perfect for MIDI musicians. Quick Mode Generator charts. Scale/Mode - Chord Charts. Numeric Scale/Mode charts.
You want to understand the scales and their modes and have the patterns mapped out for you so you can look at them while you practice?
Buy this book.
And there's nothing wrong with the books binding either... unless you regularly walk on it or abuse it in some manner such as spilling bear or puking on it. That might ruin the binding.
- Alleyrat
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79 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Ilia Asafiev on July 2, 2003
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Adam Kadmon, who is admittedly a completeness freak, has created one of the most complete scale books I've ever encountered. There are several qualms I have with this particular volume (not necessarily applicable to his other ones), which account for my low rating.
First, however, I must point out its positive qualities. The presentation format, while notably lacking standard notation, is excellent. It explains very well how to use the format in which the book is put together, and the author is very consistent in using that format, even when it seems excessive or redundant. Each scale section contains:
*mode generator chart with piano keyboard pattern;
*chord compatibility for each mode
*guitar neck patterns for each mode (both in position and "sweeping" or three-notes-per-string)
*Kadmon's patent numeric analysis of scale degrees, which he uses to explain theoretical aspects of things
*complete fretboard and individual positions for sweeping paterns for the scale/modes in each key
Besides the lack of standard notation, which I consider a necessity not for practical but for moral reasons, the author also neglects to point out the root of each scale in the diagrams. This is a minor drawback, but it can become an issue for people who aren't that familiar with theory. Although there is a basic explanation of where things come from in the introduction, it might be difficult to grasp for a reader that doesn't exact standard notation.
Another drawback is the inaccessible structure. The book is arranged into scales by the number of tones they contain, each of those sections further subdivided into types of scales that are not modes of each other.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mike A. Pukmel on October 16, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really don't get all of the low score reviews. This book never (ever) claims to teach music theory. Ever. So, you want a music theory book, go buy a harmony book, and stop whining.

As for the review that said "when I see a student with one of these books, I know they know nothing about the fretboard...". Well, duh, this is a book that will help the student, uhh, learn about the fretboard. Music theory books are another topic.

Its a catalog of of scales. That's it. And, the author writes the fretboard diagram AND the scale on the same page, which is just what the heck I wanted. So, for someone like me, that has not played in many years, its a great way to review the scale notes with positions on the fretboard.

Whiners: get a life. This is a great book, exactly what the author says it is.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By cheino on October 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've owned this book for years and have used it to write musically correct songs on the guitar which I otherwise never could have. This basically unlocks the jazz mode scales commonly used in bebop jazz to anyone. Once you get used to how the chord charts can be used to create progressions to solo over using the accompanying scale charts, you are only limited by your creativity. Hint: the chord charts show you how to play a chord progression while remaining in key, and you have your choice of scales to play over it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
At first when I opened this book, I felt lost. It was like reading German. But after a few sit downs without my guitar in my hands, it came very clear. The introductory sections on intervals, scales and modes were fantastic. I've read a bunch of guitar books, and this is the only one that precisely and adequately describes intervals so that you know exactly what they are. It's just a great great book.
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