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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Carl Fischer Music Publisher (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825835658
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825835650
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Adam Sroka on January 21, 2009
First of all, like all of the Grimoire series books this one is pedantically thorough. It weighs in at about 248 pages, but the material could probably be covered in a quarter of that. Still, even at the smaller size it would be well worth the price.

The first section presents major scale exercises in F. The reason F Maj. was chosen is that it puts the root of the first movable position on the first fret of the sixth string. At the end of the section diagrams are given for the other roots, but these could be easily derived by moving the forms.

The exercises in this first section have you practice the F Maj. scale three notes per string with economy picking up and down the neck. The advantage of this approach is that if you repeat the exercises the way he describes them (including the picking) you will be playing the major scale very quickly and precisely in no time.

There are some one or two string exercises, coil exercises in three and four note coils, and "scale tone" exercises where you play Maj/min 3rds instead of playing every note. Box positions are never covered, which was interesting to me, because that is how I initially learned.

Section two treats the F min. pentatonic the same way. Again, F because it is the first note on the fretboard for a movable position (Just like you might teach someone a bar chord in F and then say, "Hey you can move it wherever.") The exercises in this section are entirely similar to the first section except that the picking pattern is different because there are only two notes per string (per pattern). The "blues" scale variant is never mentioned.

The third section presents arpeggios of most chords in various keys. The author calls these "chord runs".
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When you open this book it doesn't look in the least bit interesting. It's basically the same patterns over and over with variations. And most of it is in the key of F major. You're probably thinking that if you want scales you'll buy a scale book. You're probably also thinking that you play rock guitar mostly in E minor and A minor and have little use for patterns in F major. That's where you're wrong. This is not a book for reading; it is a book for doing. It starts in F because that is the first fret, and you can move those patterns to any fret. But start in F. Start at the beginning. Play with a metronome. Slow it down. Go steady. Play the first exercise several times. Then play the next few. Tomorrow do it again, and then maybe add the next exercise. Do this again, and in a few days you'll find that you are playing more melodically, more rhythmically, and with steadier hands. This is not a book for your mind. Nor is it a traditional "chops" book. Do the exercises and you're playing will be better while you develop a better understanding of the fretboard. You won't have better understanding from reading theory but by doing. You think it's simple and repetitive? Yes it is. Keep doing it, and I promise you'll become a better player. Make sure you use a metronome.

After three days I was surprised at how much my playing had improved. I can only imagine how much more I will improve if I stop being lazy and play these exercises regularly for a whole year.
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This has got to be one of the highest regarded books in my collection, and certainly my favorite of the Guitar Grimoire series.

On it's outer shell, it may seem like another book about chromatic scales and coil exercises, but if you actually take a minute to sit down and DO the exercises you begin to see how well they are formulated.

Kadmon wrote nearly every exercise in F major, so that when played down by the nut, it gives room for a full scale mode, and lets the fingers stretch to the maximum point on the fretboard. He then goes into 3 note coils and 4 note coils, and later covers chord exercises and chromatic runs. Sound boring? Listen closer. After reading the book you may say "I could have come up with those exercises if I really just sat down and thought about it," but that's just it--50-60% of all people that start to play and learn the guitar quit after a certain point because "it hurts" or "they're just not getting better" or "they're not in a band because they're not good." Well this book could transform an average person into a guitarist--and not just someone that plays guitar...a real GUITARIST.

Plus, the entire book is notated for staff! What a bonus. Grade A, Kadmon...Grade A.

-Dr. Kenneth
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By jp, on March 11, 2014
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This is a great tool for novice and seasoned players looking to improve. The exercises include scales so it will aid in the learning of theory as well as dexterity and strength.
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This is such a great book to help keep your fingers nimble and should be used as much as possible for every guitarist. The only complaint that I have is that the ink is a little faded on some pages, and sometimes it is hard to distinguish the difference between an 8 and 0 on the tab lines. These are very minor complaints though, and I think this book is the best of its kind.
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I have been using MI (namely by Barrett Tagliarino) teaching books and the The Guitar Grimoire book and these combo are very good. They will get you going and this book will add to them by giving you ways to apply the Scale and Modes and Chords books into practice.
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