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Fretboard Roadmaps: The Essential Guitar Patterns That All the Pros Know and Use (Guitar Techniques) Paperback – September 1, 1993
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I've had music theory in the past but if you haven't, go read up a bit first.
Also, there's a lot to this book. For example, the author says "learn the notes on the 6th and 5th string" and that's one bullet item on a page - you really need to spend the time on this!
Learn some basics then come back when you're ready for an intermediate course on theory so you can construct your own chords and chord progressions instead of just memorizing them.
The author never proclaimed this to be an exhaustive reference - he claimed it to be roadmaps (which are just patterns) on the guitar to make learning easier. It does this and much more.
Check out the excellent complementary books on Rock, Blues, Jazz, Slide, and Country guitar... the only series you'll ever need.
No single book (and I've gone through lots of them) compares. If you want to forge ahead with your guitar with a practical and thorough guide then you've come to the right place.
Then he seems to ignore any standard again when he goes into the circle of fifths. If you do an Internet image search for 'circle of fifths' you will see a circle with note names going around it. There's C at 12 o'clock and as you go clockwise around it goes from C>G>D>A, ect... You will see literally hundreds of images of the circle of fifths that are all the same... but not the one in this book. The diagram in this book is completely backwards from the rest of the world. Once you understand how to use the circle of fifths, either way is useful, but why would you bother learning it backwards from the accepted standard?
Then there's his version of the blues scale... The typically understood blues scale is the pentatonic scale with an added 'blue' note. His version is the pentatonic scale with some bends - no blue note. I could understand his version if the bends were used to add the blue note, but that's not the case.
I'm rating this book only at two stars because it's too confusing to be useful since it doesn't follow with the vast majority of any other instructional tools. In fact, I think if this is your first book and you take the time to learn everything in this method, you're going to be confused whenever you read ANY other book not written by this author.
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What a great book! It's really cleared up any confusion I had about the fretboard.Published 16 months ago by frankw
Another great book from this author. This is important for every guitarist to know.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've been playing guitar recreationally about 25 years. I know a smattering of music theory but mostly I just strum chords and sing along. Read morePublished 20 months ago by T
A little complex at time but still and outstanding book. I would give it a 4.5 star rating, but system wont let me, so I've given it the benefit of the doubt of an 5 star ratingPublished 20 months ago by LTD