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Fundamentals of Guitar Spiral-bound – February 25, 2015
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In the passed , I've taught an enviable student load out of a small shop & attended numerous workshops, master classes ...along with studying privately with many a " badass ".
I attempt to qualify myself here not for the sake of appearing like a good musician but as a judicious and seasoned consumer of music education material- who is well passed the point of thinking some app or handgrippy excercise device or stone pick or amp or guitar is going to solve my problem or " take me to the next level.
Essentially, I know enough to know what is superfluous and what is the WORK and experience needed to grow... I really did not need another guitar book.
I made the exception, and purchased Mr. Okazaki's book based on his playing and music, information from his site, the musical company he keeps and the musical company that keeps him.
This book is a highly valuable resource and should also be shot into space to show off to other life forms how rad we can potentially be at times.
The diagrams are so well designed and presented, communicating simple/complex ideas in a very intuitive and approachable manner- beyond spoken language; presenting what you've known all along in the most clear way you'll ever see and/or dangling the carrot towards pushing yourself to digest the work that is ahead of you. Things that were intriguiging as one offs were finally set in a context within an array of a larger organized system, for the purpose of embarking on understanding rather than marveling at only one aspect in a static manner.
It goes with out saying that information like this goes beyond a style of music and moreover beyond guitar alone.
If you are a spazz who doesn't know how / what to practice , there are excercises to follow or suggestions for ways to explore the material or generate excercises for yourself - again , not just reference.
If my bookshelf were to be organized by " value " , I would place this book flanked on one side by ALL the Ted Greene books ( but not before slipping in The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick ) on one side and all 3 Harmonic Mechanisms books by George VanEpps on the other side...
In short, each time I open this book it just gets cheaper.
For years I've wanted this exact explanation of the fretboard. I've got a custom build $3400 guitar on order and when it arrives I'm spending the first few months turning this book's content into jams on the guitar.
Miles Okazaki has his own channel on Youtube that mirrors a lot of content in this book (videos that spotlight a specific page in the book), along with his jazz guitar performances in the studio and on stage.
Also for guitarists (and really any improvising musician) looking to connect traditional harmony to chromatic harmony and 12 tone techniques, Miles' graphics can be a wonderful aid (also works well as a visual aid to John O'Gallagher's book "Twelve Tone Improvisation").