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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793597889
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793597888
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Troy Stetina is an internationally recognized guitarist, solo artist and music educator. Specializing in rock, metal and classical-electric guitar, Troy has authored over 40 book/CD and DVD guitar methods that have sold over 1 million copies worldwide and guided a generation of players toward guitar mastery. He is also the guitarist of the modern rock band Second Soul, located on the web at www.second-soul.com, and co-owner of the online music retailer Music44.com and Lampifier Microphones at www.Lampifier.com. Troy plays and endorses PRS guitars, Engl amps, Vader cabinets and Dunlop strings. For in-depth bio, full discography/bibliography, tour and workshop dates, plus free lessons and tips, visit Troy on the web at www.stetina.com.

Perhaps the best known of Troy's works is the classic book/CD guitar method, Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar, often referred to as the "shredders' Bible." First published in 1990, it was a debut major work in electric guitar pedagogy, which standardized an effective approach to achieving the highest levels of guitar technique. Other popular Stetina works include Metal Lead Guitar Volumes 1 and 2, Metal Rhythm Guitar Volumes 1 and 2, Total Rock Guitar, and the complete ear-training and theory manual, Fretboard Mastery, published in 2007.

His latest instructional work is "Troy Stetina: The Sound and the Story" DVD released in 2011 and featuring over three and a half hours of interviews, technique lessons, and composition lessons teaching six Second Soul songs. Troy regards this as his "best instructional work to date." The DVD also features special invitation guest lessons by Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Creed), Michael Angelo Batio, Bill Peck (Exit the Ride), and Eric Friedman (Creed).

Before forming Second Soul in 2009, Troy's instrumental guitar CD Exottica (2000) helped propel the wholesale destruction of society by serving as featured backing music in MTV shows such as "The Osbournes." And in 2007, Troy joined forces with prog-metal band Dimension X to record and produce the concept CD "Implications of a Genetic Defense" (Unicorn Records). The CD received outstanding reviews by prog critics. Troy also served as private guitar teacher to Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge/Creed) for a number of years. Tremonit is a featured guest soloist on the Second Soul album, trading licks with Troy on the outro of Track 6, entitled "Burn."

Troy has been a featured author for the various international guitar magazines and authored GuitarOne's "Return of the Shred" column for several years. Before this, Troy served as Director of Rock Guitar Studies at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.




Customer Reviews

I highly reccomend this book to anyone trying to learn guitar.
Mike Fratto
I like how Troy starts simple by starting with the Minor Pentatonic scales and building from there.
Earl Brian Graffius
This is a very concise easy to follow reference guide for scales.
MTB

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By SilverFlash on June 11, 2003
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This is a great scale book for guitarist and one that I refer to often. I still haven't found the ONE perfect scale book (hence only four stars), but this one comes close. It is one of three scale books that I use, and because of its compact size, it is usually the one that I have handy when I need it. Troy does a great job of explaining the scales and giving some exercises for practice. What I like best about this book is that it shows the scales in all positions across 22 frets with the root notes highlighted. Also, many scale books only show fretboard diagrams of the scales in one key, usually C or E and then explain how to move them around. This book includes diagrams of several keys (including G and A, which are favorites of mine). The only other thing I wish about this book is that it was spiral bound so it would lay flat when open, but I would rather have this book than any of the other gig bag sized ones that are spiral bound. All in all a great little scale reference and cheap too!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Faulkerson on August 20, 2003
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By far it contains a wide diverse set of scales, fingerings, and even a few exotic scales at the end. It is small enough to fit in any gig bag or guitar case, making it very conveninet. Unlike other scale/method books that present one scale and make a few variaitions on it, this one uses entirely different scales in different keys.....another great book by Troy Stetina
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mike Fratto on October 28, 2005
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I love this book. I just read the 1st couple of pages and "click", I am starting to see the relationship between notes on the fret board. He shows the shapes and explains how to move them on the fretboard. This was something I was trying to get my guitar teacher to show me and all I got was "memorize the circle of fifths." Stetina's explanations about scales, how they are used, and his exmamples are clear and concise. I highly reccomend this book to anyone trying to learn guitar.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By unlisted on December 9, 2011
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This may well be the most lucid and interesting treatment of guitar scales every written, but since I can't make sense of half of what he says, it does me little good. It suffers from a very common problem with instructional material on music. It throws out terms without explanation, uses a variety of interchangeable terms without discrimination, and doesn't define the terminology except occasionally in the middle of an explanation where it does not belong. In short, If you don't already know about music and theory, you'll likely be lost in pretty short order.

For Example: "Tonality refers to the pitch of the starting note, or "root" note. For example, A major and G major demonstrate two different tonalities. Different tonalities may also be called simply "different keys." " So a "key" is a "tonalitiy?"...then, "Modalities may be referred to to as being different "types of keys." " ...so then "modalities" must also mean different "types of tonalities" since tonalities equal keys? ....then "So any scale or key requires two things to be specified - a starting pitch (tonality).....BUT WHOA.. didn't we just learn that a tonality is also a key? So then a key, and a tonality, and a pitch are all the same thing...heck, if they all mean the same thing why are we referring to them by 3 diferent names? WEll, me thinks you get the idea. By the time I got done with the first few paragraphs, it had become so convoluted that I simply moved on to other things.

Might be great for music majors, which is the same things as music students (persons who study music), but for the uninitiated its a wipeout.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Earl Brian Graffius on March 4, 2006
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Wow, I have been playing guitar for over 25 years. I have seen a lot of books on scales. This one is hands down the best. This little $5.95 book has more info on scales than any of the books that cost 3 times that amount. Troy is a very good teacher. This book really helps you understand the scales and the relationships between them. The only critisism I can give is that I wish it would relate the chords to the scales better or at least give the basic chords that go along with each scale. I like how Troy starts simple by starting with the Minor Pentatonic scales and building from there. This book is great as a reference book or as a method book. It is nice that he also give the scales in different case to help contrast them. I can not say enough for this book. Oh and the explanation on modes is brilliant. I never was able to really grasp the concept even after having two different guitar teachers try to explain them. With this book I really get it now. This book Rocks!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charles Chen on March 13, 2006
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This is a great book at a great value. For only $6, almost anyone can buy this book. Don't be mislead however, in this little book there is a wealth of information about scales. This book practically taught me to improvise. It may be small but it will take many months and almost guarantee years for the beginners to master the material. Also works great at building left and right hand technique if you have been playing guitar for a while.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mpiscatello on October 19, 2011
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Overall this is a very helpful book. However, on nearly every page there are diagrams of fretboards. As you may or may not know, you cannot zoom in on images using a Kindle Reader. This makes seeing the small diagrams troublesome. Buy the print book.
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