Hailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Desi Serna is the author of the very popular Fretboard Theory line of guitar instructional material. He is known for his hands-on approach to music theory and emphasis on popular music. Desi honed his craft through decades of guitar teaching, performing and publishing. He operates his own guitar theory website where he posts online guitar lessons and discusses various music theory-related topics with his community of followers. He lives near Toledo, Ohio with his wife and two daughters.
Fretboard Theory Volume IIby Desi Serna
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Book two in the Fretboard Theory series picks up where the first volume left off and takes your guitar playing and musical knowledge to a whole new level. You learn many advanced applications and new musical concepts. There is information for rhythm guitarists, lead guitarists, improvisers and composers. Each chapter focuses on applications found in popular music and includes familiar song references. Gain new perspective on keys and tonalities. Apply new number systems. Bring dominant function and voice leading into play. Change keys, borrow chords and mix modes. Employ chromatic passing, diminished and augmented chords. Use the lead patterns preferred by the pros. Target chord tones and outline chord progressions. Discover the harmonic minor scale. Play pedal point and pedal tones. Sign up for a free preview and read the first chapter.
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I am a hobby bass player (5 string) and I found Fretboard Theory Volume I and II an excellent resource. Key topics in these books for me are: • Doing the detective work to figure out the key and underlying major scale of a song • Modal interchange (this is fabulous and explains why an out of place chord appears in a song) • Lead patterns-starting with pentatonic and extending to major/minor/harmonic minor-soloing on the bass is fun too. • Your extremely clear explanation of modes. • CAGED arpeggios-very valuable for bass • Outlining chords and chord progressions-where it all comes together. I strongly recommend these two books for any guitar or bass player who really wants to understand songs. This is also a great foundation for learning complex music such as jazz.
I have purchased the Fretboard theory books and all the DVDs. I appreciate the way Desi explain all topics. All the material from Desi is excellent. ERNESTO CUELLAR