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The Guitar Grimoire: Scales & Modes

Adam Kadmon , Carl Fischer  |  DVD
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Kadmon
  • Directors: Carl Fischer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Carl Fischer Music
  • DVD Release Date: October 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0825849063
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The wizard of the guitar reveals in person, all the mysteries of playing the instrument. This is your opportunity to see and hear Adam Kadmon lay the Guitar Grimoire books all out for you in ways that will amaze you. Let the power of the Grimoire infuse your playing so you can reach the pinnacle of your talent.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This DVD is strange. Let's just get that out of the way. I almost turned it off after the first thirty seconds because it is so bizarre - tons of weird, satanistic goth stuff. But, mostly out of curiosity, I kept watching. I'm a former Berklee student and I'm very familiar with intervals and modes, but was looking for something to refresh my memory. Believe it or not, this was actually perfect for what I was looking for. But I can't imagine a beginning musician trying to follow this video. He flies through the material at a breakneck pace, barely explaining anything as he goes. Within minutes you're already talking about Phrygian modes and so forth. If you're not familiar with advanced musical theory, you'll be hopelessly lost, trying to keep up with the information while being slightly amazed at the surreal (ridiculous) production quality of the DVD.
However, if you are somewhat experienced with musical theory, you may glean a good bit of info from this. Strangely though, when he relates it to the guitar, it seems to be very basic info. It doesn't really add up - to be giving musical info at the most advanced musical levels, but giving guitar tips at the neophyte level.
All in all, I can't say I recommend this for too many people. You'd be much better off just buying the book version of this DVD (the Guitar Grimoire). It has tons of theory info in it, minus the pentagrams and dudes in black cloaks. He also references the book constantly in the DVD, so unless you have it, the DVD isn't particularly useful anyway.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally Cheesy And Not A Good Learning Tool November 4, 2003
I was very excited about getting the Guitar Grimoire Scales & Modes DVD. I had been told that it was tantamount to a month's worth of guitar lessons with a top-notch instructor. Unfortunately, I found this DVD to be exceptionally cheesy with a pedagogical style that is both tedious and repetitive.
As an intermediate guitar player, I bought this DVD to improve my knowledge of the way scales and modes can be used harmonically with chords. I had already bought the Grimoire scales and modes book and found it to be a decent reference tool, though only for someone who already understands the basics of guitar and music theory.
The DVD disappointed me in every way. It added nothing to the book. Moreover, it is incredibly boring. To his credit, the instructor attempts to liven up the video by dressing in a wizard's costume. In addition, when the instructor talks, he does so while sitting atop a thrown surrounded by gargoyles. His voice is digitized so that it sounds only partly human. Lightning bolts shoot out of his guitar between segments. To me, this was an attempt to make an otherwise boring video into something a bit more entertaining. But the attempt failed. The result is a DVD that is more adolescent than professional, more cheesy than instructional.
I would recommend that guitar players (especially beginners) stay away from this DVD. It is far too complicated for someone with no previous understanding of music theory. Furthermore, many guitar buffs might be turned off by the fact that most of the DVD's lessons are based on the piano, not the guitar. This DVD might as well be titled the "Piano Grimoire" because it focuses almost exclusively on the piano.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The books are excellent August 10, 2005
By Eddie
In the early 1990s I purchased The Guitar Grimoire, Scales and Modes. Eventually I purchased 4 other books from the series. These books are an invaluable source of information.

I mistakenly thought that the DVDs would be an excellent medium for the viewer to learn some of these concepts and their applications directly from Adam Kadmon.

While Adam is indeed the instructor in these DVD "lessons" (and almost everything else too), this is another case of "the book is SO much better than the movie."

I can't believe how bad the DVD is, especially considering how great Adam's books are.

A lot of time is spent explaining how to use the book, and in general repeating concepts and ideas from the book. The DVD adds little value, if any, to the book. To me it would have been more interesting to listen to some of the scales and modes in a variety of contexts, with explanations regarding scale/mode choice as well as note choice, exercises, progressions, or something that would make me glad I purchased the DVD. To me it was a waste of money.

I witnessed the equivalent of a really bad B movie (as mentioned by another reviewer). Who knows, maybe this one will become a cult classic too. I'm giving it too stars because there is some knowledge in the DVD. Unfortunately it does not add much to the material included in the book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By R. Wood
Out of necessity, I feel I must rate this DVD on two levels.

First, this DVD is clearly a statement by Kadmon on his personal cosmological beliefs. From his name alone, which means primeval man, you should know that he means to convey more than just how to play the guitar. His appearances on his throne are intentionally timed to take advantage of certain Tree Of Life ideas which I don't have time to get into here. But, he appears beneath the middle one of three six-pointed stars ... 666, get it? And, he is surrounded by four beasts, which is taken directly from certain prophecies in the bible, old and new testament. At opportune times, a picture of the Circle of Fifths flashes on the screen, which is common knowledge for any musician who has been formally trained. But, what musicians usually are not aware of is that the 12 keys in the Circle of Fifths, indeed even the 12 notes in western music, are both derivations of the 12 astrological signs of the Zodiac. Yes, my Christian friends, every hymn sung in your church every sunday (the pagan day of worship of the Sun) is in the key of one of the signs of the Zodiac. Christians and Kadmon have a lot more in common that they realize ...

Secundo .... Kadmon is right on that the proliferation of TAB notation has seriously dumbed down far too many guitarists. He spends the first half of his DVD on the piano because that is standard procedure in any formal music curriculum. Every formally trained classical or jazz guitarist understands this, and has been through the process. After he grounds you in musical theory from the piano's perspective, he then spends the second half of the DVD with his guitar in hand, showing you how to apply that knowledge to your guitar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful if you own the book.
This DVD is particularly helpful if you already own the book. As you would know, then, Adam must have OCD, because his books are so incredibly complete/complex, that it makes it... Read more
Published 11 months ago by jd
4.0 out of 5 stars companion to the books it is very good
Okay, this DVD solo would be completely worthless, but as a companion to the books it is very good. If you own the book and want to have the writer give you a detailed explanation... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Matthew Glidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick DVD!!
Although most would consider this DVD to be a little dry in material content, I think the author/actor makes up in his performance. This DVD is jam packed with useful information. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dude
1.0 out of 5 stars Look elsewhere
I purchased this dvd along with the companion book, "The Guitar Grimoire". The book is rather confusing and droll. I would rather shoot myself then watch that video again. Read more
Published on November 5, 2007 by Robert Swanson
1.0 out of 5 stars Too much cheese, not enough usable information.
My review is pretty much an echo of the others presented. While there is some good information in this DVD, it's presented in such a bad way. Read more
Published on December 7, 2005 by Joseph W. Shaw II
5.0 out of 5 stars An investment in your future
I have all the books and DVD's. They're brilliant. The pause,fast forward and rewind buttons are there to help you grasp the intense amount of info in these DVD's. Read more
Published on November 13, 2004 by Russ Toxx
1.0 out of 5 stars A WASTE DON'T BUY!!
I bought this DVD because I didn't want to have to go through the book confused. I thought he would explain things and go through what is covered in the book. WRONG. Read more
Published on August 12, 2004 by J. Coreano
2.0 out of 5 stars Very strange
I figured that I'd try this since I have the book. Actually, if you spend time reading the book, which is very helpful, you'll learn volumes more about scales and chords. Read more
Published on February 22, 2004 by Jziadeh
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money
This DVD IS NOT satanic at all. The instructor on the video is dressed as a Wizard. So what? They used a theme (wizard on a throne) as a teaching platform, not to recruit "devil... Read more
Published on July 9, 2003
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