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The Universal Scale: A new approach to learning scales and modes Paperback – July 16, 2012
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Fortunately, I still have all of the Amazon notifications as 3rd party verification if he tries to deny that he admitted his PHD is in MATH not music, 2.) He didn't know "what the hell is a diatonic scale" 3.) since he (claims) to have a PHD in math and since music theory is based on 12 tones then he is therefore automatically knowledgeable enough to make the reckless claims that he makes.
Basically, this author's ignorance will cost you. He claims to be making a 6 figure salary per year and doesn't need the money. He should pull this book out of production. If not, Amazon should do it. In fact, Amazon should have rejected it just like every other publisher has.
The reason I am passionate about this is because I know how much difficulty people have when they step into the traps this OLD scam causes. This scam is NOT new and far from "revolutionary" and more importantly it does the OPPOSITE of what it promises.
Your biggest investment when learning an instrument is YOUR TIME which is your most valuable possession.Read more ›
The Universal Scale opened my eyes to seeing the fretboard in a way I had not before. It has helped me understand what note to play next when playing the melody and soloing (yes, I like to play the melody and solo on my bass). I am an engineer, and he was a math major, so the way he explains it makes sense to me. People learn in different ways, so it may make sense to some and not others. I grew up classically trained, playing the clarinet, and know how to read music, so I have a music background. Personally, I find this book is a simplified approach to the guitar.
I went searching for that book today so I could look at it and show it to my friend who is learning to play the guitar. I couldn’t find it, so that led me here. I can’t vouch for any other reviewers - I can only speak from my experience. I recommend this book, and will be buying 2 more copies, one for me and my friend. I recommend checking this out - it’s a small investment to pay if you really want to be able to see your instrument in a way you never have before.
Best wishes and happy playing!
My problem is that I've always fluctuated between a frustrated bass player and someone that can cover songs. But I have been always embarassed when it comes to play original tunes or jam with a band.
I am still reading it, but today I tried for the first time to improvise something using the approach at the seventh chapter. I am sure it is too soon to give my opinion on the book as a whole, but I definitely got impressed and happy about what I could do. For the first time in my life, I was able to play over a back track on you tube on the C maj key and had fun with it.
I still have to learn the horizontal navigation, so I can explore better the fretboard, but I am definitely enthusiastic.
In a nutshell, I like the mathematical approach (well, I am an Engineer...) of something that I was never able to memorize. By this, I think that the bad review is not fair at all to the book author. Again, I may be very unintelligent or unskilled for not being able to learn scales on the traditional form, and I would love to be a different person on that sense. But, above it all, I love the fact that someone very intelligent found a way out of it that I can use.
I will make sure to write more reviews as I move down the road.
Issaquah, WA - USA
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If you play or are learing to play guitar, this book offers an easy approach to visualizing the many guitar scale patterns as you go up and down the fretboard. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Dr. Lou
I have been mystified by guitar technique for decades and thought it was so much more difficult than it is to improvise blistering leads. After digsesting Mr. Read morePublished on August 16, 2012 by Mr. Magoo
Finally...a guitar book that makes sense and is really helpful!!
Distracted by raising kids and making a living...my guitar has set for 10- years at a time. Read more
This is a great book. The author discloses fretboard secrets that will greatly simplify your approach to learning scales. Read morePublished on August 13, 2012 by clarv
Wow! What an incredible book for taking my playing to the next level. The author really knows how to simplify the fretboard to increase my capabilities. Highly recommended.Published on August 12, 2012 by BW