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Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook: 240-Lesson, Step-By-Step Guitar Guide, Beginner to Advanced Levels (Book & Videos) Kindle Edition

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"Damon is an extraordinary composer, but he is also a shredder. I have had some very revealing conversations with him about his secrets. This book ["Guitar Scales Handbook"] now makes Damon's experience available to any and all. It covers the basics and then goes on to a unique approach to advanced scales." William Anderson, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Damon Ferrante has written a clear and comprehensive book about scales ["Guitar Scales Handbook"]. I know him as an accomplished composer and guitarist, and this book is a wonderful step-by-step guide to scales and their application. Helpful for the beginner or advanced guitarist. Oren Fader, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Within a few hours the beginning student will make rapid progress into this book and learn about root notes and major, minor, augmented, and diminished chord structures. Coming from a talented multi-instrument musician, music teacher and composer, the book is a very clear approach for learning how to play acoustic or electric guitar." Jon Acheson, Educator

"I really love this book! As a kid when I was first learning, the chord charts were often difficult to decipher and confusing. Damon's approach to this is so much more direct and easy to grasp. This all translates really well for any guitar player, whether it be a beginner who's getting used to the instrument or a more advanced player. Damon's videos are excellent, too. This is just an excellent tool to have on you as a player. It's comprehensive, detailed, and all-in-all, really fun!" Sean Kelly, Guitarist for A Fragile Tomorrow

From the Author

As a guitarist and guitar teacher, for over 25 years, I was always looking for a book that would teach chords, scales, arpeggios and the music theory behind them in a fun, useful and musical format. Since I could not find one for my students, I decided to write one myself. Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook is the product of these efforts and is designed for Beginner through Advanced guitarists.

The following materials (in 1, 2, and 3 Octaves with fingerings and music theory) are covered in the 285 pages of this book:
  • Major Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Theory and Modes
  • Minor Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Theory and Modes
  • The Blues & Pentatonic Scales, plus 7th Chords & Arpeggios
  • Advanced Concepts (for example, 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords & Arpeggios)
  • Chromatic Scales & Advanced / Exotic Scales
  • 15 Free Play-Along Videos to improve improvising and musicality
You might also find this book useful and fun, if you are a:
  • Guitarist (from beginner to professional / advanced level), who would like to improve your technique, creativity, musical vocabulary, and music theory and fretboard understanding.
  • Guitar Teacher, who is looking for material to teach your students about chords, scales, arpeggios, music theory, the notes of the guitar neck, fretboard theory, technique, songwriting, and improvising / building guitar solos.
  • Songwriter, who would like to expand your creativity and the variety of chords, melodies, and textures in your songs.
  • Teacher, who would like to play the guitar in the classroom and improve your technique, creativity, and understanding of the guitar.
  • Parent, who would like your children to learn how to play the guitar.
  • Musician, who would like to add the guitar to the instruments you know how to play.

Product Details

  • File Size: 37429 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Steeplechase Arts (December 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQTTLVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,779 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Widely regarded among professional musicians, teachers, and students for his books' power to inspire a deeper understanding and passion for music, Damon Ferrante is a composer, guitarist, and professor of piano studies and music theory. In 2014, Longwood University presented him with the Simkins Award for his achievements and significant contribution to music education and culture. Damon has taught on the music faculties of Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. For over 25 years, Damon has taught guitar, piano, composition, and music theory.

This is what Amazon readers have said about his books:

"This book is a dynamo! It covers guitar scales, music theory, and fretboard theory (all in one) in an easy, lesson-based format. It's a great find and very useful for my song writing and music theory."

"This has to be one of the best tools I have ever read for learning the piano."

"We got our 7 year old a guitar for her birthday since she had been showing an interest in musical instruments. Neither of us know how to play and didn't want it to end up in the closet or collecting dust in some corner of the room. I found this book on Amazon and decided to try it first before investing in lessons. I am so glad I did!"

Damon has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His main teachers have been David Rakowski at Columbia University, Stanley Wolfe at Juilliard, and Bruno Amato at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Damon has written two operas, a guitar concerto, song cycles, orchestral music, and numerous solo and chamber music works. He is the editor-in-chief of the music publisher Steeplechase Arts.

Check out www.steeplechasemusic.com for more information and free bonus lessons for the books or follow us on Twitter @SteeplechaseArt.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Claire DiVizio on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
Many books that take you from "beginning to advanced" seem to focus on only one aspect of instrument learning. Some choose to teach you music theory, but fail to make you truly familiar with the instrument. Others teach you to play the instrument visually without really teaching you anything about how music works. And many method books are just SO BORING that you really can't get through them at all. Luckily, this book works from many directions at once-- it has clearly laid-out finger position diagrams, coupled with staff reading at the bottom, AND when paired with the videos, it's actually fun! If you know where to put your fingers but have no clue with those balls and sticks on the page are, you'll definitely know how to read a score by the end of this book. If you can read music like a whiz but have never picked up a guitar in your life, you'll appreciate reinforcing the finger positions with the written notes. A great book for guitarists of all stripes.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Falk on July 20, 2013
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I'll start off by stating, I've been playing guitar a bit over eight years. I received this book with little to no expectations, to be honest. It was intended to be a quick reference for scales during my personal practices, however, after reading through a couple sections, this book has proven to be much, MUCH, more than that. Bear in mind, this is coming from a metal/shred guitarist and composer. Anything you could ever want and/or need to know about guitar, is concisely and completely written within this awesome resource. To further sweeten the deal, the author, Damon (fellow virtuoso guitarist and shredder), has released a TON of great instructional videos to further refine the concepts and techniques shared within this book. If you are a beginner in need of the best training I've found thus far, look no further.

What makes this book an excellent resource is just how thorough it really is. Any scale or arpeggio you truly could ever need to play great music is here, finally. The format of the book is designed in such a way that as you progress through the lessons, the difficulty increases; Thus, your SKILL increases, regardless of your level of experience. Knowledge is key here, and the more you know, the more you can actually grow, and this here is a book of knowledge. This is a resource that every guitarist should have in his/her possession, and I couldn't be happier to have it in mine.

So what're you waiting for? If you want the best instruction, you've found it.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Paul on July 18, 2013
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I really love this book! As a kid when I was first learning, the chord charts were often difficult to decipher and confusing. Damon's approach to this is so much more direct and easy to grasp. Labeling the frets the way he does, showing the name of each note you're playing, labeling the strings with note names and numbering them from top to bottom. This all translates really well for any guitar player, whether it be a beginner who's getting used to the instrument or a more advanced player looking to learn a new scale. If the chart is easy to navigate, you'll learn quicker and more efficiently! Damon really understands that.

The thing I really love about this book is that even for the most advanced player it can be used as a handbook to expand your abilities or evolve your playing style. For me, I'm most excited about discovering new scales and arpeggios. Damon's videos are excellent, too. Damon really shows with this book that his approach to teaching is accessible to all players, new or old. This is just an excellent tool to have on you as a player. It's comprehensive, detailed, and all-in-all, really fun!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Guglielmo on January 2, 2013
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This is a very thorough guitar instruction guide. It has a similar and effective approach as some other excellent guitar books that I own ("Guitar Adventures", which I use with my students, and "Guitar Aerobics"). Damon Ferrante does a very good job in presenting the material in a clear, well-thought-out, and step-by-step manner. The book is supplemented with free, streaming videos, which makes it fun for my students to practice and improvise with the materials. It contains around 250 lessons that include a comprehensive presentation of scales, chords, and arpeggios, plus a lot of information on music theory, fretboard theory (learning the notes of the guitar neck), and when to use certain scales, chords, and arpeggios. The fingerings are very useful and fit the hand well. All in all, it is one of the best resources that I have seen and works well for all levels of guitarists--beginner to expert. Bravo!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dav89 on May 16, 2013
Format: Paperback
Nice combo of book lessons and video instruction guitar lessons to show you the basic things and ones that are hard to figure out. It shows how the scales work and finger patterns and theory. The exercises and licks on the videos help too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brandy White on February 23, 2013
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I love this book! I am learning via TV and could follow this book well! I could already read music well!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Megan Chaskey on February 27, 2013
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Damon Ferrante's handbook for guitar chords, scales and arpeggios is excellent! It is well laid out and the graphic design is so well done that it is clear and appeals to all levels. The balance of text and image make it a great resource. The way that music theory is woven into the instruction covers all necessary areas to make this very, very practical. That Ferrante has a strong foundation and extensive experience in music education is very evident in this method book. It is brilliant that he includes the videos. I highly recommend it to all ages!
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