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Chord Tone Soloing: A Guitarist's Guide to Melodic Improvising in Any Style (Musicians Institute: Private Lessons) Paperback – June 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Series: Musicians Institute: Private Lessons
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Musicians Institute Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634083651
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634083655
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Furr on May 8, 2007
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This book is the advanced user manual for your guitar. If you already know the basics such as chords and scales then this book is EXACTLY what you need.

Basically it covers the how and why of music and how you the guitar player should think about it. Be forwarned this is not a book that will make you better overnight. In fact there is a chance that you will feel as though you have gotten worse at first. My reccommendation for those that can afford the time is to buy this book and use it right along side a good relative pitch ear training program....seriously. If you want to be a good musician then the methods in this book will provide the how and why while your ear will be responsible for the when.

I have A LOT of guitar books...as do most of you reading this. This book teaches you the way to think about the guitar. It will take a lot of serious practice to ingrain the material in these pages, but those that do will transition for ok players to real players.

Plain and simple: Best book I've bought in a long time.

One draw back. The sound tracks are corney sounding...but that's a very minor issue in light of what this book provides.
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I've been a guitar player for over 20 years and a guitar teacher for the past 5, and this book is one of the best I've come across. Whenever I show a student scales, they want to know how to turn those scales into music. I can remember having the same frustration when I was starting out. The information in this book answers that question, and clarifies a lot of the confusion about playing a solo. This book is clearly written, absolutely packed with information, and - most importantly - that information is presented in manageable, fun chapters. This book has given me a whole new excitement about playing. A guitar instruction classic.
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I'm a beginner/intermediate guitar player for over a decade now, and I never really improved beyond reading tabs to songs. I never got the feel for how music worked, or really understood much theory at all. This doesn't mean that I didn't try. I certainly tried to pick up theory. I bought a handful of books on theory (some big ones), like a book on classical guitar playing because I thought it would help me learn to read music and understand notes and scales and how to improvise.

I was wrong. At least, for me, the books didn't seem to "click" in my head. All of them seemed to require massive amounts of straight up memorization. There didn't seem to be a lot of rhyme or reason to why I was memorizing what I was.

Then I picked up The Ultimate Scale Book and Guitar Aerobics: A 52-Week, One-lick-per-day Workout Program for Developing, Improving and Maintaining Guitar Technique after an extended absence from guitar playing. I still remembered the basic chord shapes (and my fingers would sometimes cooperate), some riffs, but zero theory. At one point I had tried to mark my guitar to memorize the notes, but I failed. These two books got me back into the habit of learning, and I finally memorized the pentatonic minor scale after a stubborn hour of repetition.

Enter this book. I've always wanted to really play guitar, not just strum through power chords or play somebody else's tabbed songs. The intro portions of this book opened my eyes right away. They enabled me to see the end-goal, and not start out bogged in the details.
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This lesson book and CD is exceptional. What does the beginner or intermidiate guitar player do between strumming those endless chords to make the music more interesting? How do you fill in those "spaces" in your playing to take things to the next level? What can you do that sounds impressive and professional besides just strumming chords or finger picking them? The answers to ALL of those questions are right here in this book!

The book lays out how that you can add interesting melody lines and great "riffs" or phrases to your chords and does it in an easy to understand way with examples that you can both see and hear. The musical solos are based on the current chords that you are playing, so both hearing them and adding them in becomes easier. In a nutshell these lead pieces make sense, musically and formationally and are easy to transition into with your current chord understanding.

I would rate this book as "excellent" for those who have a basic understanding of chords and chord movement and guitar students who would classify themselves as being on an intermediate level. This course will take you to advanced level if you apply the concepts!
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You can't teach creative improvisation, but you can teach the prerequisites, and Tagliarino's books are the best organized, most approachable methods of understanding the guitar and its relationship to music that I've come across. He doesn't just give you the concepts, he quizzes you on them and gives you good practice materials. Used in combination with a live teacher, or alternatively, a lot of self-discipline, they are great stuff.
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