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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar Exercises based on 0 ratings. 2 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.