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Rock Guitar Secrets Paperback – December 21, 2000
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Playing techniques, solo and improvisation concepts, exercises, licks and jam tracks for: warm ups, pentatonic scales, bending and vibrato techniques, blues scales, string skipping, major scales, alternate picking, modes, economy picking (sweeping), arpeggios, two-hand tapping, minor scales, legato techniques, exotic scales, whammy bar, how to build a solo, improvisation.
About the Author
Peter Fischer was born in 1966 and is Germany's most prominent author of instructional books and videos such as Masters of Rock Guitar, Rock Guitar Secrets, Total Guitar Technique, Blues Guitar Rules, and the instructional video Modern Rock Concepts, of which a few have also been translated into English. He is a contributing columnist for various European music magazines. A graduate of the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) in Los Angeles, he is also very active as a performer both on stage and in the studio. He was also a featured new talent in Mike Varney's Spotlight column in the November 1989 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.
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Peter Fischer covers a lot of territory in his book and I've concluded that it is best used as a reference rather than a start to finish effort. I started out from the beginning, but started skipping over areas as the book got into some areas that I wasn't interested in exploring.
Its strength is that you can pick an area of interest, learn as much as you can handle, listen to a finish example and then play along with an accompany track. It surveys many of the great styles and rock guitarist, giving examples of great riffs and licks.
I found that there were some gaps in my ability to understand music theory concepts that are mentioned in the book and needed to read other sources to get these concept explained more thoroughly. This included understanding intervals and scales.
One area that I thought was well covered was the different modes (Ionia, Dorian, etc.) There are some interesting exercises that explore these and raised my understanding in this area. I learned what modes are typically used in different genres and can often recognize these when I listen to music.
I also like many of the accompanying tracks that explore different chord progressions for practicing licks. I greatly increased my understanding of what chords work together and how leads can be used with them. I would also recommend picking up the Chord Wheel at [...] and reading the accompanying material. This really helped me take my understanding of chord concepts to the next level.
Arpeggios are the "in" thing it seems with contemporary rock guitarist, and Peter explores these comprehensively in "Arp Land"; the chapter dedicated to arpeggios in his book. I managed to learn a few of the 30+ or so that are illustrated. These things are hard to finger! I think an arps for dummies summary would have been useful. I actually incorporated some bits of arps into some licks that I worked out after spending some time on these.
I have to admit that I haven't made it all the way through all the material yet, but thought I should give some tips on those who are interested in this book:
This book is targeted at intermediate players like me who have mastered chords, pentatonic scales and can generally jam along with basic rock progressions. Don't buy this book if you are just a beginner, as it will be a challenge getting to the dexterity required for getting though most of the exercises.
For the price, you will get a huge return on your investment if you can spend the time to master all this material. I am currently not guitar lessons, and believe that an intermediate player can get a lot of mileage out of this book towards advancing their skills by just getting though this book. Having taken lessons in the past I can tell you that just going over the material and practicing will get you where you want to go for a lot less driving and money.
The accompanying CD has some really nice accompanying tracks and licks. My suggestion to Peter on the licks is that they be recorded in two speeds; slow for us mortals and normal for aspiring guitar gods.
If you don't have any music theory experience, pick up "Music Theory Made Easy" by David Harp. This should fill in the gaps on the basic music theory concepts that Peter discusses around some of the exercises.
Here is a note for Peter if he ever reads these: "Peter, excellent job on this book. I really am enjoying it. Please provide a tab of your introduction song on the CD. I really like it and want to learn to play some of the riffs."
The author has written another bookthat illustrates great rock players' sound which can be used as a supplement to this book.