Fretboard Theory

Fretboard Theory

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by Desi Serna
     
 

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Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes, and details to hundreds of popular songs. Hands-on approach to guitar theory gives you total command of the fretboard and music's most critical elements by visualizing shapes, patterns and how they connect.Content includes: 1. What scales to learn and how -…  See more details below

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Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes, and details to hundreds of popular songs. Hands-on approach to guitar theory gives you total command of the fretboard and music's most critical elements by visualizing shapes, patterns and how they connect.Content includes: 1. What scales to learn and how - including pentatonic and major scale patterns. 2. Guitar CAGED chord system including inversions and arpeggio patterns. 3. Guitar chord progressions and playing by numbers (Nashville Number System). 4. Roots, keys and applying scales. 5. Understanding music modes and modal scales such as Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian. 6. Playing and using intervals including thirds, fifths and sixthsAdding extensions such as "add 9," "suspended 4," and "major 7". 7. Details to how hundreds of popular songs were played.

Not only does Fretboard Theory teach guitar music theory in a refreshing new manner, but it takes things a step farther by associating everything to your favorite songs. This is the ONLY GUITAR THEORY RESOURCE that includes important details to hundreds of popular songs. Pop, rock, acoustic, blues, metal and more! This new generation of guitar instruction is perfect whether you want to jam, compose or just understand the music you play better. For acoustic and electric guitar players. Four chapters are also available on DVD (see Getting Started with the Pentatonic Scale, CAGED Template Chord System, Guitar Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers, Guitar Modes - The Modal Scales of Popular Music). Sign up for a FREE PREVIEW at:

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - M. Popovich
I have been playing on and off for about 10 years. I have read fretboard theory books before, the CAGED system included, jazz comping, and numnerous books on Modes. I can honestly say not one of them explain the application as well as this book (and videos).

Most of what Serna teaches you probably have seen before; but what is unique about this material is the application. I dont know how many times before in other material the CAGED system, pentatonic scale, and modes have been...
Amazon - Marcy Weller
I started playing guitar 22 years ago. I became very dependant on tablature and MEMORIZING songs from TABS. Consequently, I learned very little about theory. I unsuccessfully tried several books in the past. Now I'm in a band that improvises quite often. I found I needed more fretboard awareness and articulation to keep up with the band. I found Fretboard Theory by chance while searching the internet.....and what a find it has turned out to be!! Fretboard Theory is clearly written for guitar...
Amazon - Peter Bailey
I have several books that deal with the CAGED system on the fretboard,etc. I recently bought this book, and I must say that I think it is the best of the bunch. Nice and practical, it gets the reader down to work right away and leads them along in a logical progression through the various scales starting with the Pentatonic. Also includes a good discussion of the CAGED Chord System, modes, applying scales over song keys, chord progressions, etc. Desi also adds nice little charts showing songs...
Amazon - David Harper
The book will teach you Pentatonic and Major scales shapes and how to move them around and play them in different keys. It provides you with tips on how to discover the key(s) that songs you are learning are in. You will learn the CAGED chord system and how to connect it. I've also have to mention Modes, Modes confuse many musicians but Desi explains and simplifies them beautifully. You will learn advanced chord topics and how they are created... WOW, I could go on but I'll just stop here...
Amazon - Don Draken
I've been playing rhythm guitar for about 25 years, on and off stage. After hitting a creative wall a few years into it, I began searching everywhere for a method of teaching that would help me progress past the open and barre chords into something more dynamic, and help me learn the leads and fills without memorizing every note on the fretboard. Fretboard Theory is what I found that actually works, and one can start using it in their playing almost immediately. It has a direct hands-on...
M. Popovich
I have been playing on and off for about 10 years. I have read fretboard theory books before, the CAGED system included, jazz comping, and numnerous books on Modes. I can honestly say not one of them explain the application as well as this book (and videos).

Most of what Serna teaches you probably have seen before; but what is unique about this material is the application. I dont know how many times before in other material the CAGED system, pentatonic scale, and modes have been...
Marcy Weller
I started playing guitar 22 years ago. I became very dependant on tablature and MEMORIZING songs from TABS. Consequently, I learned very little about theory. I unsuccessfully tried several books in the past. Now I'm in a band that improvises quite often. I found I needed more fretboard awareness and articulation to keep up with the band. I found Fretboard Theory by chance while searching the internet.....and what a find it has turned out to be!! Fretboard Theory is clearly written for guitar...
Peter Bailey
I have several books that deal with the CAGED system on the fretboard,etc. I recently bought this book, and I must say that I think it is the best of the bunch. Nice and practical, it gets the reader down to work right away and leads them along in a logical progression through the various scales starting with the Pentatonic. Also includes a good discussion of the CAGED Chord System, modes, applying scales over song keys, chord progressions, etc. Desi also adds nice little charts showing songs...
David Harper
The book will teach you Pentatonic and Major scales shapes and how to move them around and play them in different keys. It provides you with tips on how to discover the key(s) that songs you are learning are in. You will learn the CAGED chord system and how to connect it. I've also have to mention Modes, Modes confuse many musicians but Desi explains and simplifies them beautifully. You will learn advanced chord topics and how they are created... WOW, I could go on but I'll just stop here...
Don Draken
I've been playing rhythm guitar for about 25 years, on and off stage. After hitting a creative wall a few years into it, I began searching everywhere for a method of teaching that would help me progress past the open and barre chords into something more dynamic, and help me learn the leads and fills without memorizing every note on the fretboard. Fretboard Theory is what I found that actually works, and one can start using it in their playing almost immediately. It has a direct hands-on...

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615420578
Publisher:
Desi Serna
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
150
Sales rank:
582,220
File size:
20 MB
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Meet the Author

Desi Serna teaches music theory lessons for guitar and is the author of Fretboard Theory and four video DVD programs including Getting Started with the Pentatonic Scale DVD, CAGED Template Chord System DVD, Guitar Chord Progressions and Playing by Numbers DVD and Guitar Modes - The Modal Scales of Popular Music DVD. Desi is also host of the popular iTunes podcast "Guitar Music Theory Lessons". Connect with Desi at http://www.facebook.com/guitarmusictheory , http://twitter.com/MrGuitarTheory and http://www.youtube.com/user/GuitarMusicTheoryTab or visit his website directly at: http://Guitar-Music-Theory.com

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Fretboard Theory 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well laid out and will improve your playing!!!!! After college, many years ago, I took up the guitar & tried a few lessons but work and life got in the way. Picked my Ibanez up again years later & tried to self-teach. I became proficient but always struggled to get better with just using the TAB available out there. Got to the point knowing open & many bar chords, the pentatonic scale, and could ‘jam’ a bit but never really understood how certain aspects of playing & how music fit together. This book takes you to the next level. I have improved over 200% with the topics covered in this book. I now know how to navigate the fretboard, play the major and minor scales easily. I'm even applying modes to certain songs and improvising over chord progressions. I really love jazz music and this book has helped me play songs from Wes, George Benson, and some other classic Jazz tunes. I remember more now and can take my playing to the next level. The only issue is finding the time between work and family to play. Wish I didn’t play basketball in high school and college and play guitar instead. . . . but….This book is making up for that lost time as a youth when time is plentiful. Bart NYC
Brian-Phillips More than 1 year ago
This book helps make the fretboard less intimidating. It takes through the Pentatonic scale, the CAGED system and Arpeggios, Chord Progressions and inversions, and the different modes of playing the guitar. Desi Serna has a way of teaching that makes learning simple. But this is not for the beginner. This is for the Intermediate player who is looking to take his playing to the next level. This book has 4 companion DVD's which I recommend along with the book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi Desi, Bought the FretBoardTheory Vol I this summer and it help me a lot to get the big picture. The eBook together with the DVD:s is really a great tool to use. - Just ordered the FretBoardTheory Vol II, and looking forward the take a additional step! Enjoying your Podcast as well, I spend a lot of time in my car, listening to you.;) Best regards, Martin
bruce2 More than 1 year ago
Great book. My playing and theory knowledge had expanded greatly,  lloking forward to the next book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was waiting for a book like this one. It is very easy to follow with clear and concise concepts. References to famous songs allow you to understand how theory is applied in real life. Thanks for this book , Desi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have brought 2 of desi serna dvd and books now and I am thrilled at my progress as it is so easy to follow and you are not bogged down to boring stuff like a lot of instructors highly reommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book along with the MP3 formatted video lessons. So far I am through the first one (Pentatonic) and partially through the 2nd (CAGED) videos. Excellent instruction. Very easy to understand and use while practicing on my guitar. I would recommend to any beginner or even advanced user.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own  a virtual library of guitar books.  My favorite, far and away, is Fretboard Theory.  I not only like to play guitar, but I need to understand why I am playing what I am playing and how that relates to the guitar fretboard. This book demystifies the process in a user friendy fashion that provides  exciting insights.  Strum away at first.  Play some licks.  But eventually you will find your way to Fretboard Theory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of all the guitar theory books that I've bought this one is by far the best. Desi's style is easy to understand and is supported by reference to popular songs that support the topic he is describing. I liked the book so much, that I actually ordered the ebook directly from Desi's site, so I could print it out, for note taking and use it to practice with. I highly recommend this book. Go to Desi's website at http://Guitar-Music-Theory.com for more information. Al Ketterer - St. Louis, MO
TaffLT More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book (and accompanying DVD's) to anyone who wants to learn the ins and outs of the guitar fretboard. Desi Serna does an excellent of job breaking things down and carrying you along in a non-intimidating manner. I've messed around with the guitar for 20+ years without really understanding it. If only I'd gotten Desi's materials sooner. If you want to learn the guitar, this is the way. Enjoy.
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