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The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Guitar Exercises provides new and experienced guitarists with practice you need to take your playing to the next level.
Exercises designed to build strength, endurance, dexterity, and technique
A wide variety including single note, string-to-string, minor and major scales, harmonic and melodic minor scales, major and minor pentatonic and blues scales, chord progression exercises and melodic patterns
Bonus chapters include fingerpicking, fingerstyle blues and Travis picking exercises
Written using both standard notation and TAB
Accompanied by an audio CD featuring over 150 samples of the exercises featured in the book
Praise for this book by:
Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and Ringo Starr's All- Starr Band)
Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck)
Steve Howe (Yes, Asia)
Albert Lee (Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers)
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
Mike Mushok (Staind)
Mike Stern (Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire)
|Series:||Complete Idiot's Guide Series|
|Edition description:||Book and CD|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Most people associate "exercises" with repetitive patterns and rote memorization-tasks that train fingers to dexterously play countless notes, but fail to teach underlying musical concepts or give students the tools to apply those exercises to "real world" situations. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar Exercises fulfills all these points by offering plenty of exercises to work the fingers while also explaining the theory behind them, then plugging these concepts into real songs. The book is laid out in a progressive fashion. It starts with warmup exercises, and then teaches how chord shapes fit together all over the fretboard via the CAGED system. A thorough section on scales and arpeggios follows (over 100 pages!), and the book closes with a section on fingerpicking. As a guitar publications editor for over 15 years, I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn the fretboard more completely, increase their playing chops, or boost their music theory knowledge.
Let me begin with a disclaimer, I have not gone through this entire book as yet. I know however, that once I do, I'll be the much better musician for it. This is a great manual for the beginner as well as the person who's been playing for awhile, maybe took a few months of lessons and occasionally checks out some lessons on line. If you're one of those folks who can play some tunes, maybe take an odd solo here and there but you know there's far more out there than what you're doing, This book will help a lot. Hemme Luttjeboer is a fine guitarist and a master transcriber as well as a great writer. Going trough these exercises will help you become a better guitarist, expand your horizoms and give you fresh ideas to add to your playing. My only real objection is the title of this series, "The Complete Idiot's Guide" is a misnomer.