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I would say that thanks to this book, my guitar-playing has improved more in the last 18 months than it has in any comparable period since I bought my Sigma acoustic guitar in Speaking for myself, Mr. Indeed, my knowledge of music theory is probably better than most guitarists at my level of ability due to the fact that I had a friend who shared a lot of what he was learning when studying composition, plus I just like theory of any kind and seek it out.
Still, did I know exactly what an F-sharp minor 11th chord was, and could I construct it from scratch?
Did I know exactly how to use the terms "major", "minor", "augmented", and "diminished" in their various contexts? If I knew where the root note was on a string, could I quickly locate, say, the 6th for that scale? I can do those things now, and much else besides. Of course, over the years I had learned to play many things up the neck of the guitar, and had learned many chords and some scales.
But what this workbook does is to complete that knowledge gained piecemeal, render it systematic, and synthesize it into a unity. The author makes use of a teaching technique that he has developed over years of personal instruction. It involves reading, writing, speaking, and playing. This multi-channeled learning approach causes you to advance faster. I took my time, and would recommend that you do the same. When I found the content of a chapter to be new or overwhelming, I would stay with it and keep playing the exercises.
I suppose my dominant impression of this book is that it filled in gaps in my knowledge. I knew quite a few of the things the author was teaching, so I was able to move through those more quickly. But even within those things I thought I knew there were gaps.
I feel I have a much more seamless, complete knowledge of the instrument. Does that mean I play like Mark Knopfler now? Then I would encounter a difficulty and in a frustration from trying to understand how I could play it correctly, put my guitar aside. I came to realize that learning guitar by myself on trial and error takes too much time and decreases my confidence in mastering the guitar.
When I saw this book, I knew it was how I should be paving my way to guitar mastery. A Before I started to read "Guitar Fretboard Workbook", I would usually search for the tabs of my favourite songs online and start playing. The book is intended for those who already have basic and pre-intermediate guitar knowledge; however, although I have taken a 6-week guitar course on coursera.
Overall, if you want to understand your fretboard well and know what you are playing at hand, Guitar Fretboard Workbook is a good book to check out but depending on your level prepare yourself to look for additional sources for the concepts explained in the book.
My favourite quote from the book: "Do you really understand what you are playing? What happens if you make a mistake? It always seemed books were out dated and wanted to teach you boring songs from the 20s and rarely discussed any advanced soloing techniques. This book is pretty good for the advanced stuff, but to really learn the guitar you will need the book How to Become a Guitar Player from Hell by Jason Earls.
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