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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]

Damon Ferrante
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Book Description

This book and video course is all that you will ever need for learning guitar chords, scales, arpeggios, and basic guitar theory! Damon Ferrante, virtuoso guitarist and music professor, guides you through 240 step-by-step lessons and 32 streaming video lessons that are designed to be interactive, engaging and fun. The lessons will greatly improve your guitar technique, creativity, and understanding of music. Whether you are teaching yourself guitar or learning with a music instructor, this book and video course will take your guitar playing to a whole new level! No music reading is required.

This New Edition includes 32 Streaming Video Lessons! The video lessons cover guitar technique, music theory, guitar licks and solos, how to play scales and arpeggios, Jam Tracks, and developing good practice goals.

Most guitarists stay locked into the same patterns and scale shapes for years, unable to break out of the dull habits and licks they first learned as beginners. This leads to creative stagnation, boring solos and songwriting, and a sense that something will always be missing from their playing.

Ask yourself this:

1. When you solo do you normally go straight to the same old blues scale or riff?

2. Do you usually play a limited range of easy keys or chords, like A, E, G and C?

3. Do you use the same scale, lick and chord ideas over and over again?

4. Would you like to expand your playing to any position on guitar
fretboard and enhance your songs and solos with new and exciting musical ideas?

If your answer to any of the these questions is yes, then this book and video course is definitely for you!

Ultimate Guitar Handbook helps you get out of your rut and expand your playing throughout the guitar neck. It frees you to enliven your solos and songwriting with bold, new ideas and techniques that will help create your personal style. This book and video course will supercharge your creativity and strengthen your understanding of music. "Turn It Up to Eleven!"

This step-by-step method, used by thousands of guitarists, has been proven to reduce the effort, time, and expense of guitar learning--to make you play better than ever! You will now have everything that you need to know about chords, scales, arpeggios, alternate picking and legato playing, in order to create thrilling and memorable songs and solos for Rock, Metal, Jazz, Country, and Classical and all other styles of music. The course is designed for all levels.

The Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook
is a 275-Page Book and Streaming Video Course for learning scales, chords, arpeggios, music theory, and fretboard theory. The book is organized in a 240-lesson format that takes you step by step through the essential elements of guitar playing. Each lesson builds on the next and the book is designed for beginners through advanced / virtuoso guitarists.
As part of the Steeplechase Guitar Book Instruction Series, the Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook works well with Guitar Adventures (also by Damon Ferrante and available in Paperback and Kindle Editions).

Check out the Video on Damon Ferrante's Author Page on Amazon!

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Editorial Reviews


"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: 36869 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Steeplechase Arts (December 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,716 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For any level, a truly excellent resource.. July 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough, Detailed, and Fun! July 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guitar Treasure Trove! January 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good May 16, 2013
By Dav89
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy February 23, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide! February 27, 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Comfortable Instruction Manual
I found this item to be very structured for me. This might not be for everyone but it is perfect for me.
Published 8 days ago by Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome resource!
This book is great for both intermediate and advanced level guitar players. I have never taken a formal lesson, but I feel like this is probably the closest thing to it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Amy Krause
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This book is by far one of the most complete tools for learning guitar that I have seen. I've been able to check out the lessons at home on my laptop, watch the videos and play... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Brett B
1.0 out of 5 stars So where is the "lesson"?
It's not in the book, that much is clear. This is nothing but a series of scale diagrams. Skip this one. The material here is on the internet without cost. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars must have book for guitarists
purchased for my husband. he uses it everyday. hes been playing guitar for years and says hes learned some new things from this book. Read more
Published 22 days ago by erica kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Got it Free
While this info is available everywhere it is great to have it all in one place on my iPad/iPhone for quick reads and look-ups.
Published 1 month ago by ksrp
3.0 out of 5 stars Navigation
Good book lots of useful information especially for a beginner. Gave it three stars because there is no table of contents with navigation links. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nwostrander
3.0 out of 5 stars Guitar information
The info was good but illustrations were near unreadable on kindle, a larger lender is necessary to get full benifit
Published 2 months ago by Harold W Hunter
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and straightforward
Title says it all.

Don't expect an entire chapter devoted to theory, it's mostly illustrations and one line instructions telling you how to play the scales and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jinha
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor binding choice
The typical paperback binding makes the book almost impossible to use, since it will not stay opened up and lay flat so you can use the materials with out holding the book open or... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mark Wilkes
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More About the Author

Damon Ferrante is a composer, guitarist, and professor of piano studies. He has taught on the music faculties of Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. For over 20 years, Damon has taught guitar, piano, composition, and music theory. Damon has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US and Europe. 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 has over 30 music books and scores in print.


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