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The Universal Scale: A new approach to learning scales and modes Paperback – July 16, 2012

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  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478257261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478257264
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #877,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author has done a lot manipulate and mislead about his lack of knowledge on the topic to the point of Writing fake reviews. Flagging down my challenges and comments, is in itself is not as interesting as his own contradictory words and accidental admissions He since desperately worked very hard to withdraw, revise and re-write but it's too late to revise his booklet.IF only he has worked this hard when he was writing this booklet. Overall over 60+ comments were exchanged mostly of his tantrums because he doesn't like being caught as a fraud but he only has himself to blame.

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.
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I may be biased in this review, but I am a shopper who reads plenty of reviews before purchasing a product, therefore, I value an honest review, so here is mine. First of all, I received a copy of the Universal Scale book directly from the author himself, because John and I used to work together. We both discovered each other’s love for music and starting jamming together, and I quickly discovered he is a phenomenal guitarist. I play the bass - I love it, but honestly I’m pretty mediocre. I have taken bass lessons and have learned all the modes (and have forgotten most of them :-) ). He gave me the book to help me learn.

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!
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It is exactly what it says it is and its very easy to learn.
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Well, I've been pretty doubtfull about buying or not this book due to the (very long) bad review from an unimpressed customer. I decided to go for it, for a reason: I love music, and I have a bass since I was 13 and, besides a few skills that I am sure to have, I have never been a good improviser and only built bass lines by year. Forget about soloing.

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.

Eduardo Giancristofaro
Issaquah, WA - USA
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