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Fretboard Theory (Volume 1) Paperback – February 20, 2015
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Hailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Desi Serna is the author of the very popular Fretboard Theory line of guitar instructional material as well as Guitar Theory For Dummies and Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies. He is known for his practical, hands-on approach to music teaching, with a focus on the guitar fretboard and emphasis on popular songs. Desi honed his craft through decades of teaching, performing, and publishing. He’s online everyday managing his GuitarMusicTheory.com website and messaging with his customers. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Desi and his family live near Nashville, Tennessee.
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An 80 yo friend gave me a bass guitar Thanksgiving, and I have been having a ball. I asked another another friend for lessons, and got a Hal Leonard book.
By week 3, I had jumped WAY ahead of myself and was trying to read about modes, asking why the harmony in 30's country was a given interval apart, whether you play a major or minor scale with the blues, and getting answers that I was unable to understand. I was very frustrated.
After all, I still had never heard of pentatonic patterns, intervals, flat vs major 7ths... and when I did hear about something like a "perfect fifth", my brain would get stuck in why it's called a fifth, and what makes it perfect. (I found myself trying to read about Pythagoras late one night...)
My wife found these podcasts and they were everything I needed:
- A fundamental approach to the Theory of music, rather than a sheet of chords
- Well paced
- An Intellectually curious approach
- Accurate and solid and deep
- Serna tells what he's going to demonstrate, demonstrates it succinctly, then reviews what he just demonstrated
- I know most of the songs he references well
2 weeks in, I've purchased both Fretboard Theory books, one in paper and one on Kindle. I'm on podcast 12. And I'm boring everyone at parties telling them excitedly about all the magical things I've learned.
Every day now I play my lovely bass and my new semi hollow body and my acoustic. But I can hardly hear the wonderful new sounds I'm making, for all the clicking in my head as everything falls into place.
I've been a teacher all my life, so I can see appreciate Desi Serna's gifts as a teacher. Praise and thanks for this amazing guidebook into music theory.
I just wish I lived in Nashville so I could come take lessons.
THAT SAID, Desi manages to explain things in a way that you can think of differently and cut through the fat. he also doesn't bother with learning to read music, there are plenty of books on that, so that is a welcome thing as well. I enjoy what I have read so far, feel like it is really sticking in my brain better than the dry theory books I have plenty of. is it a magic bullet? maybe not, but you will enjoy it more than the other theory books you have read. it works well for people that know something as well as the beginner, and that is a feat in and of itself. I just vol 2 for when I am done with this and will look through it some this weekend. I feel I found someone who really talks like a guitarist and not a professor. thank you mr. Serna
Essential for beginner to intermediate and even advanced may learn a thing or two. Works as reference and instruction. Very well done.
I recommend the spiral bound as it is a study book and needs to be used, not read and put on the shelf.
Similar to Fretboard Logic and I recommend both. This one goes into more depth and can be a bit more difficult to find a certain reference point but the devil is in the details.
The lists of songs in keys is a great idea! Beginners and even advanced have difficulty figuring out keys of songs. This gets you started and provides examples to jam with and start getting into the mechanics of guitar playing.
Desi has done a wonderful job and I look forward to buying more of his material as I complete this.
The problem with a lot of the "other" books I own, is that they are too music theory laden and will have your head spinning in circles after 2-3 pages. Often times other books will throw together a scale or a diagram without much information to follow. Or other books will provide examples such as a scale or teaching technique without a clear explanation, or why. Music Theory for Guitarists, Guitar Fretboard Workbook, Mel Bay Fingerboard Theory, Chord Tone Soloing, were all books that became confusing after a few reads. My copy of Desi Serna's Fretboard Theory has been my go-to book, and is apparent in that the cover is worn and often used. The other books I own still look brand new, since I rarely reference them.
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