- Series: Guitar World Presents
- Paperback: 88 pages
- Publisher: Alfred Music; Pap/Com edition (September 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0769291023
- ISBN-13: 978-0769291024
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 11.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guitar World Presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom: Book & CD Paperback – September 1, 2000
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Ideally the guitarist reading this book should have at least a basic working knowledge of the 7 basic modes (and all the types of chords, scales, and associated arpeggios) , circle of 5ths, and alternate picking techniques.
The book has a ton of great exercieses ( a LOT of chromatic runs) which will help your improve dexterity and 'cleanliness' in picking.
A HUGE bonus is the CD that's included in the back with like 100 tracks, you can actually hear the examples in the book as they are supposed to sound.
If you, as a guitarist, have been stuck in a rut, or are looking to delve into more exotic and cool song structures and such, definately check out this book!
There is so much in this book. I think the best approach is to take it 1 week at a time, and cover a chapter per week. That's what I'm going to attempt!
I myself have been a practicing guitarist since 1996.
I am usually satisfied if I can pull 2-3 useful tidbits out of a guitar book. I will probably pick up 10 things from this one. As to the comments regarding this book might be too much for a beginner, I disagree. Yes, the theory will be lost on you, but the mechanical exercises will build chops and vocabulary. You will also learn some interesting chords that will break you away from the C-D-G grind of most beginners stuff.
The secret of getting the most out of this book, and launching your playing to the next level? As others have stated, Metronome-Metronome-Metronome. Your progress is measured by how many batteries you burned through in your metronome. (A tip of the cap to those who have the wind-up type!) Get Practicing!
1. Get a metronome and use it.
2. Be patient. I thought I could rip through these exercises one after another but I find that I'm spending several sessions on each exercise to reach the speed and accuracy I want. You really need to memorize the exercises so you can practice them frequently.
3. Set aside the time to concentrate on this book. An hour a day is probably enough to move forward through the lessons. It gets harder as you turn the pages.
4. Resolve. This is a challenging program that Petrucci has put together. It would be easy to put it aside and do something that is more fun.
However, my playing has IMPROVED! I go back to songs I had attempted in the past and find I can rip through passages I stumbled on before.
The book works.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
enough exercises that you'll not need to buy another exercise book.
helps you build licks from basic exercises and patterns
I read music exercises and this book is very very good. It'll help me expand what I know already.
Great Descriptions and content to learn if your new, experienced or a pro. Berklee graduate says everything you need to know.Published on July 9, 2013 by Darren Cole
i bought this book four years ago. it's meant to be kind of a quick fix if you feel you've hit a plateau in your playing. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by J
i love this book/cd package. My playing ability is growing much faster since i started using it. The examples range from easy to pretty hard but with a metronome and practice... Read morePublished on March 3, 2009 by Timothy M. Snead