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Product Details

  • Series: Guitar Techniques
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; 2 edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793520886
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793520886
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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I have been banging my guitars around for years, and I play pretty well, but I'm like a monkey - monkey see, monkey do. I know basic chords, and I've tortuously put some lead stuff together with some tab help. But now that I've started this book, I am understanding what I'm doing; I understand how the notes work together, where to find them, and how they make up chords. Instead of just "put one finger here, and two more over there" you will understand the relationship between the major notes and it's 3rds and 5ths, etc. I'm not even halfway through the book, and I have gotten much, much more than my money's worth from this. These "roadmaps" are getting me past the "roadblocks" that have kept me from really advancing in my level of play. I'm so fired up from the doors this book has opened, I can't believe I put my guitar down long enough to type all of this.
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I've been playing on and off for about 15 years. This book really bridged the gap and I learned much more about the circle of fifths than I thought there was to learn. He didn't go into more theory such as constructing each key signature from the circle of fifths but he went into some meaty guitar-related info such as patterns on the guitar and progressions based on the circle of fifths.

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.
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This books stands out as a very concise reference of the most important patterns available to guitarists. These patterns are the key to improvisation and composition. Each chapter introduces a new pattern and explains... #1 why the pattern is important and useful, #2 What the pattern is in musical terms and what relationships it implicates, and #3 How to learn, practice and use it. I found every chapter to be an absolute treasure. None of the many many guitar books I've used show so much so clearly. It made learning complex guitar strategies almost effortless. I believe it would be most useful to intermediate guitar players, though any guitarist would certainly benefit from this book.
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I was sceptical but it small and inexpensive so I tried it. I now this would be a great 2nd or 3rd book for a beginner (David Mead's is another). This will stand you in good stead for the rest of your playing career. As an intermediate player I recognised the first patterns & recommend learning them -- and I found plenty of useful new info. too. This really is guitar playing in a nutshell. It could have fancier graphics and layout, but it is resfeshingly clear and concise and inexpensive. Great value. Highly recommended.
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The beauty of Sokolow's Roadmaps is that it is eminently practical while revealing the underlying logic of the guitar fretboard. This book took me from confusion to a performing and recording musician (and a teacher to boot).

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.
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The book starts out with how notes are laid out on the fretboard, then moves into how the major scale is laid out. If you are new to this information, these first couple of sections are useful. However, it then goes into what they are calling The D-A-F Roadmap. The concept here is what the rest of the guitar playing world knows as the CAGED system, except they keep calling the E shape of the CAGED system an F shape. This is not a simple typo as it's repeated numerous times throughout the book. This is confusion to anyone that has any prior experience with the CAGED concept. Wherever they say F shape, you have to remember it's really E shape.

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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