Guitar Scales in Three Octaves in All Keys: The New, Logical Path for Scale and Fretboard Knowledge

Overview

Violinists, violists, cellists, pianists and many other instrumentalists practice three octave scales in all keys on a daily basis. This establishes and maintains technical competency and a core knowledge of their instruments, as well as a fundamental understanding of the foundation of Western music. As a violist, I begin every practice session with three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios in all keys. This routine, along with other studies and repertory, has been essential in building the muscle memory ...
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Overview

Violinists, violists, cellists, pianists and many other instrumentalists practice three octave scales in all keys on a daily basis. This establishes and maintains technical competency and a core knowledge of their instruments, as well as a fundamental understanding of the foundation of Western music. As a violist, I begin every practice session with three-octave major and minor scales and arpeggios in all keys. This routine, along with other studies and repertory, has been essential in building the muscle memory that has been vital to my work for over 27 years as a studio musician. Muscle memory is fundamental to sight reading, which is any session player's stock-in-trade. Moreover, muscle memory is an instrumentalist's foundation when learning a new piece, no matter what the style. In short, muscle memory probably is the single most purely physical aspect to learning an instrument.
As a guitarist, I have searched endlessly to find a logical and systematic approach for three-octave major and minor scales similar to those that can be found for other instruments. There are many guitar scale books, and many guitar books that contain scales. However, I have not found a three-octave guitar scale system that provides functional and logical fingerings in one simple and succinct book. So, I wrote my own. In time, you will find that you can play through all thirty-six scales at a slow to medium tempo in about twelve to fifteen minutes.
I can say without hesitation that this scale method is truly logical and easy to assimilate. I am completely sold on it. I hope you will be too.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497339798
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/20/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 881,880
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Gordon, guitarist and violist, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Master of Fine Arts in Music with a focus on violin and viola from The California Institute of the Arts. He is also a past recipient of an NEA grant in operatic conducting, and he holds a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from UCLA.
Mr. Gordon has played viola professionally for over thirty years, having performed in a variety of orchestras, chamber ensembles and music festivals. He has also worked in the recording industry for many years and played on hundreds of film scores, numerous TV shows and a variety of pop, rock and several jazz albums. The composers he has worked with include John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, Randy Newman, James Horner, Howard Shore, Brian Tyler, Marco Beltrami, Mark Isham, John Barry, Maurice Jarre, Elmer Bernstein, Michelle Legrand, Dave Grusin, Marc Shaman, John Debney, Teddy Shapiro and many more.
Pop, rock and jazz artists Mr. Gordon has worked with include Natalie Cole, Linda Ronstadt, Charlie Haden, Randy Newman, Harry Connick Jr., Celine Dion, Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow and others.
Recently, Mr. Gordon attained a Professional Certificate in Music Production using Pro Tools, and earned a Specialist Certificate in Guitar Skills from Berklee College Online.
Currently, Mr. Gordon is an active chamber musician, and is producing an album featuring his work as a guitarist and violist. The record will include the music of Bach, Walton, Villa-Lobos and Joe Pass, among others.
Steven Gordon is a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS).
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