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5.0 out of 5 stars Best guitar book, January 20, 2011
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This review is from: Mel Bay presents MBGU Rock Curriculum: Fluid Soloing, Book 3 Chord-Lead Soloing for Guitar (Paperback)
The information in this book is priceless. It teaches you how to solo using arpeggios, double-stops, and sus chords. It will take a long time to work through it all but you will start seeing immediate results after just a few lessons. After just one lesson you will see results. Well, unless you are a guitar god but then you probably wouldn't be looking for instructional guitar books and reading this review.

Update August 2013:
I just wanted to update my review on this book after having it for a few years. Out of all the guitar books I own, Tim Quinn's Fluid Soloing books (I have all four in the series) are the only ones I ever use because they are the only ones I actually find effective. I wish I could say I have worked my way through all the exercises in all the books but I haven't. However, when I first got them I worked pretty diligently with them for about the first month. After that, I would pick up one of the books every once and a while, depending on what I felt I needed to improve, whether it be pentatonics, arpeggios, or voice leading, and spend a few days working on the lessons. Over the years I have been able to internalize many of the concepts in these books into my own playing.

When the author uses words like 'fluid' and 'flowing' to describe the methods in this book, he is exactly right. The techniques in this book tie together all the ideas he teaches in his arpeggio and pentatonics books with super flowing melodic lines. This book will get you flowing from a chord triad to a fluid arpeggio followed by sus chord coloring around that arpeggio and triad shape that will flow into some pentatonics licks and right back into your chord. All this while your flowing from open strings to the 24th fret and back. Obviously, this is just an example and the possibilities are endless with the application. The books focus is creating melodies by stringing together little pieces of triads and connecting them vertically and horizontally all over the neck.

This is not a beginner book but if this interests a beginner then I can't think of a reason why they shouldn't give it a go. Even a beginner could benefit from this book because the concepts are pretty straight forward and simple and the book doesn't expire so it will be around in a year or two when they are ready for it. However, to gain the most from the book you will need to know the notes names all over the neck, all five pentatonic shapes, and at least a few different arpeggios shapes such as the G, E, and C from the CAGED system. At the start of the book every F chord triad combination is shown. This is used mostly for an understanding of where the double stops are coming from and not the focus of the book. While I think one would benefit the most from using this book with the pentatonics book and the arpeggio book, if you have a decent understanding of the things I mentioned above, then you will still benefit from the book by learning ways to melodically connect and intertwine all your pentatonics and arpeggios all over the neck.
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