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The Guitar Grimoire: The Exercise Book Paperback – January 1, 1999
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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".Read more ›
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.
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.
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Very thorough and very solid. After a couple weeks drilling just the first scale exercises with a metronome, focusing on perfect picking and fretting technique, I found my playing... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Philip Breczinski
The arpeggio exercises they illustrate are good, but there are not enough of them.
Mostly they fill up a lot of paper writing each exercise in every key .... unnecessary.
An excellent collection of scale exercises. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to improve their fretboard knowledge and develop their overall playing skills.Published 6 months ago by Andrew Lancaster
Good book for the exercises, I would just like it if the print were a little bigger so I could read it better on the music stand.Published 11 months ago by Heckert
Maybe the only practice book I'll ever need! This is like the Olympic exercise guide for guitar.Published 12 months ago by Thomas R. Gayheart