Guitar Fretboard Workbook

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  1. "wm_burke" says:
    96 of 96 people found the following review helpful:
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    A complete, highly comprehensive approach to the fretboard., December 8, 2003
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    “wm_burke” (Pasadena, CA United States) –
    This review is from: Guitar Fretboard Workbook (Paperback)

    I have been using this book with my students since Barrett started putting together the opening chapters. I first used it with my advanced students, those who already had some experience with the 5 patterns of major scales. Immediately they returned saying that it helped them know the scales and visualize the fretboard more easily.

    Having my students walk in with diagrams of scales and intervals for me to check has been an incredible reversal of roles. Normally I would draw diagrams for them to study and play. Going over a chapter and sending them home to complete and play the exercises gets the student involved in a way that the normal draw, demonstrate, “see ya’ next week” sequence by no means really reaches. It gives the student an chance to take home and digest the information that was normally only available all through the lesson.

    Teaching people to operate a guitar and teaching music on a guitar are very nearly completely different tasks. I found the first six chapters to be very helpful when initiating beginner and intermediate students into the planet beyond the 3rd fret and power chords. There is something in this book for nearly anyone interested in knowing how to play the guitar.

    If you are an instructor you will find the comprehensive, organized approach very thorough and focused. If you are self-studying the instrument or a student seeking more than just another tabbed-out solo this is a book you can keep coming back to throughout your journey. I highly recommend it.

    Billy Burke

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  2. Steven Stathatos says:
    236 of 245 people found the following review helpful:
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    This is a gold mine!, January 18, 2004
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    Steven Stathatos (Berkeley, CA) –
    This review is from: Guitar Fretboard Workbook (Paperback)

    I have read countless testimonials about guitar books that guarantee results I by no means was able to achieve. This book really delivered for me, and it has done so in a huge way. My ambition, which previously eluded me entirely, has been to become fluent on the fretboard–to be able to improvise, follow changes, structure complex chords on the glide and the like. I tried so long in vain I chose I must just lack the necessary ability.

    This book altered all that for me. I am doing things now I only dreamed of before. I don’t know how the instigator figured it out, but he has come up with a way to communicate an understanding of music and the fretboard to both your head and, doubtless more vital, your hands. Simple things like combining diagram exercises and playing, reinforced by having you speak the information out loud, really work to imprint the material on your fingers. The book walks you one step at a time, honestly painlessly, from simple to very complex. This thing is a gold mine. No kidding.

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  3. E Scott says:
    108 of 113 people found the following review helpful:
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    Fretboard Magik, January 13, 2004
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    E Scott
    This review is from: Guitar Fretboard Workbook (Paperback)

    This is one of the best books I’ve ever read for guitar. I have always had distress finding my way around the fretbaord, but after effective with this book I have no distress at all. There are so many helpful tips and exercises that you can’t help but become ultra fluent on guitar. And unlike most books, the material in this book is presented in a manner that is simple to know. It’s all connected perfectly, instead of YOU having to piece things together. I would recomend this book to anyone.

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