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Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook: 240-Lesson, Step-By-Step Guitar Guide, Beginner to Advanced Levels (Book & Videos) by [Ferrante, Damon, Technique, Guitar]
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"Damon is an extraordinary composer, but he is also a shredder. I have had some very revealing conversations with him about his secrets. This book ["Guitar Scales Handbook"] now makes Damon's experience available to any and all. It covers the basics and then goes on to a unique approach to advanced scales." William Anderson, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Damon Ferrante has written a clear and comprehensive book about scales ["Guitar Scales Handbook"]. I know him as an accomplished composer and guitarist, and this book is a wonderful step-by-step guide to scales and their application. Helpful for the beginner or advanced guitarist. Oren Fader, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Within a few hours the beginning student will make rapid progress into this book and learn about root notes and major, minor, augmented, and diminished chord structures. Coming from a talented multi-instrument musician, music teacher and composer, the book is a very clear approach for learning how to play acoustic or electric guitar." Jon Acheson, Educator

"I really love this book! As a kid when I was first learning, the chord charts were often difficult to decipher and confusing. Damon's approach to this is so much more direct and easy to grasp. This all translates really well for any guitar player, whether it be a beginner who's getting used to the instrument or a more advanced player. Damon's videos are excellent, too. This is just an excellent tool to have on you as a player. It's comprehensive, detailed, and all-in-all, really fun!" Sean Kelly, Guitarist for A Fragile Tomorrow

From the Author

As a guitarist and guitar teacher, for over 25 years, I was always looking for a book that would teach chords, scales, arpeggios and the music theory behind them in a fun, useful and musical format. Since I could not find one for my students, I decided to write one myself. Ultimate Guitar Chords, Scales & Arpeggios Handbook is the product of these efforts and is designed for Beginner through Advanced guitarists.

The following materials (in 1, 2, and 3 Octaves with fingerings and music theory) are covered in the 285 pages of this book:
  • Major Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Theory and Modes
  • Minor Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Theory and Modes
  • The Blues & Pentatonic Scales, plus 7th Chords & Arpeggios
  • Advanced Concepts (for example, 9th, 11th, and 13th Chords & Arpeggios)
  • Chromatic Scales & Advanced / Exotic Scales
  • 15 Free Play-Along Videos to improve improvising and musicality
You might also find this book useful and fun, if you are a:
  • Guitarist (from beginner to professional / advanced level), who would like to improve your technique, creativity, musical vocabulary, and music theory and fretboard understanding.
  • Guitar Teacher, who is looking for material to teach your students about chords, scales, arpeggios, music theory, the notes of the guitar neck, fretboard theory, technique, songwriting, and improvising / building guitar solos.
  • Songwriter, who would like to expand your creativity and the variety of chords, melodies, and textures in your songs.
  • Teacher, who would like to play the guitar in the classroom and improve your technique, creativity, and understanding of the guitar.
  • Parent, who would like your children to learn how to play the guitar.
  • Musician, who would like to add the guitar to the instruments you know how to play.

Product Details

  • File Size: 37470 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Steeplechase Arts (December 19, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AQTTLVE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Many books that take you from "beginning to advanced" seem to focus on only one aspect of instrument learning. Some choose to teach you music theory, but fail to make you truly familiar with the instrument. Others teach you to play the instrument visually without really teaching you anything about how music works. And many method books are just SO BORING that you really can't get through them at all. Luckily, this book works from many directions at once-- it has clearly laid-out finger position diagrams, coupled with staff reading at the bottom, AND when paired with the videos, it's actually fun! If you know where to put your fingers but have no clue with those balls and sticks on the page are, you'll definitely know how to read a score by the end of this book. If you can read music like a whiz but have never picked up a guitar in your life, you'll appreciate reinforcing the finger positions with the written notes. A great book for guitarists of all stripes.
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I'll start off by stating, I've been playing guitar a bit over eight years. I received this book with little to no expectations, to be honest. It was intended to be a quick reference for scales during my personal practices, however, after reading through a couple sections, this book has proven to be much, MUCH, more than that. Bear in mind, this is coming from a metal/shred guitarist and composer. Anything you could ever want and/or need to know about guitar, is concisely and completely written within this awesome resource. To further sweeten the deal, the author, Damon (fellow virtuoso guitarist and shredder), has released a TON of great instructional videos to further refine the concepts and techniques shared within this book. If you are a beginner in need of the best training I've found thus far, look no further.

What makes this book an excellent resource is just how thorough it really is. Any scale or arpeggio you truly could ever need to play great music is here, finally. The format of the book is designed in such a way that as you progress through the lessons, the difficulty increases; Thus, your SKILL increases, regardless of your level of experience. Knowledge is key here, and the more you know, the more you can actually grow, and this here is a book of knowledge. This is a resource that every guitarist should have in his/her possession, and I couldn't be happier to have it in mine.

So what're you waiting for? If you want the best instruction, you've found it.
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I really love this book! As a kid when I was first learning, the chord charts were often difficult to decipher and confusing. Damon's approach to this is so much more direct and easy to grasp. Labeling the frets the way he does, showing the name of each note you're playing, labeling the strings with note names and numbering them from top to bottom. This all translates really well for any guitar player, whether it be a beginner who's getting used to the instrument or a more advanced player looking to learn a new scale. If the chart is easy to navigate, you'll learn quicker and more efficiently! Damon really understands that.

The thing I really love about this book is that even for the most advanced player it can be used as a handbook to expand your abilities or evolve your playing style. For me, I'm most excited about discovering new scales and arpeggios. Damon's videos are excellent, too. Damon really shows with this book that his approach to teaching is accessible to all players, new or old. This is just an excellent tool to have on you as a player. It's comprehensive, detailed, and all-in-all, really fun!
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This is a very thorough guitar instruction guide. It has a similar and effective approach as some other excellent guitar books that I own ("Guitar Adventures", which I use with my students, and "Guitar Aerobics"). Damon Ferrante does a very good job in presenting the material in a clear, well-thought-out, and step-by-step manner. The book is supplemented with free, streaming videos, which makes it fun for my students to practice and improvise with the materials. It contains around 250 lessons that include a comprehensive presentation of scales, chords, and arpeggios, plus a lot of information on music theory, fretboard theory (learning the notes of the guitar neck), and when to use certain scales, chords, and arpeggios. The fingerings are very useful and fit the hand well. All in all, it is one of the best resources that I have seen and works well for all levels of guitarists--beginner to expert. Bravo!
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This guitar handbook is well laid out and very easy to read on the Kindle. As a classically trained musician who is looking to pick up the guitar, I was happy to see that the handbook covers a lot of theory as well as step by step diagrams to the various scales, arpeggios and chords. I have only seen a bit of the accompanying videos ([...] but they will be quite helpful as I tackle the lessons. I highly recommend this kindle book to anyone looking to pick up the guitar!
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Damon Ferrante's handbook for guitar chords, scales and arpeggios is excellent! It is well laid out and the graphic design is so well done that it is clear and appeals to all levels. The balance of text and image make it a great resource. The way that music theory is woven into the instruction covers all necessary areas to make this very, very practical. That Ferrante has a strong foundation and extensive experience in music education is very evident in this method book. It is brilliant that he includes the videos. I highly recommend it to all ages!
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