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The Advancing Guitarist Sheet music – November 1, 1987
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A number of people have said they were left scratching their heads when they first went through this book. I think it has to do with the author's tendency to take a more complicated approach to any given subject than is really necessary. I can see what the author is after. For him it's all about exploring the unexplored. He wants to always be thinking outside the box. I get it. But still I think the extra complications he adds could be avoided.
The copy I have was published way back in 1987. I can't help but wonder if the author would still take the same approach today. I doubt it. But the fact remains that this book has stood the test of time while so many others are long since out of print and forgotten. That counts for something. On the other hand, another reviewer made a reference to the story of the emperor's clothes. I have to agree that's an uncanny analogy.
I'm not trashing this book. Don't get me wrong. And heaven forbid I should invoke the wrath of what appears to be a small cult following around this book. I just think some of the enthusiasm I've seen regarding this book is a bit over the top. I also think there are other books that get the same information across in a way that's far easier to understand.
I've gone through this book several times now. I'll shelve it for awhile and then go through it again to see if it does more for me than the last time I read it. But each time I just never get very excited about it. Certainly nowhere near the level of some of the raving reviews I've seen. It's partly because I'd already learned much of what the author talks about before I came across this book. And then there were a number of things I simply didn't agree with or that I thought were of little use to me personally.
When it comes to guitar instruction books and videos, I guess it gets down to personal taste. One of my favorite books is "The Guitar Cookbook" which I bought at the same time I bought "The Advancing Guitarist." The two are somewhat similar although they take an entirely different approach. Another favorite was "How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons." That may have been the single most important music book I've ever read despite the fact that it has nothing to do with the guitar. But it's possible others could read those books and get very little out of them.
In "The Advancing Guitarist" you'll find some choice nuggets of wisdom. And while I wasn't nearly as impressed as so many others seem to be, one thing that really does come across is the author's passion for exploring every facet of the guitar from every possible angle. This book can help you break out of any molds, narrow grooves or boxes you may have allowed yourself to get stuck in. That could make it well worth the price of admission for certain people.
What you get out of this book seems to depend on where you are as a guitarist. And although you could end up confused or frustrated reading this book by itself it can put some important questions in your mind that you might not otherwise think to ask. With diligence you'll find the answers one way or another. As the author said it's up to you what use you make of this book.
1. This is NOT FOR BEGINNERS
2.You must be able to READ MUSIC
3. you should know the notes on the fret board or at least have a reference
4. you should get a basic understanding of music theory
If you are still interested Read on.
This is not your typical guitar instruction book. It gives great information but you will have to build your practice routine and take a customize the approach to it.The best description of the book is the intro to the book
"This is a do it yourself book. It is not a method book. You supply the method; you do it yourself. I may make some suggestions along the way - point out some things that seem important or relevant. But what you do with it is entirely your own business; its totally up to you. don,t depend on anyone but yourself for your own musical growth.... Take what you need - what you can use.... I have taken the time to supply the book. You have to supply the you"
Personally I love this book (if you made it to this paragraph and are still interested after truly considering what was said earlier buy it now!) and it gives great concepts and techniques and it has helped my playing a great deal as I had hit a plateau in my playing ability. through your journey through this book you will learn important theory on modes scales triads rhythm and much more.
Goodrick's approach of learning the guitar by working horizontally (i.e. up and down) one string at a time, and sticking to one key until the intervals are perfectly instinctual was exactly what I needed. My other hobby is reading about how the brain works, especially how it learns and creates, and this approach seems to fit with what I understand about cognitive science. The traditional vertical approach is popular because it gets you playing chords and songs quickly but it doesn't allow the brain to develop a solid map of the instrument. In other words, you might be fine if you stick to set of chords and fingerings that you've learned by rote, but you won't be in a position to really fly.
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