Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (Guitar Method)

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  1. Brian B says:
    143 of 143 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best book out there for music scheme as applied to guitar., July 24, 2006
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    This review is from: Music Scheme for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Worried to Question (Guitar Method) (Paperback)

    There are many things to really like about this book. Music scheme throughout the book is presented systematically from triads to seventh chords to altered chords and so forth. There are quizzes at the end of chapters to test yourself to make sure you really know what was just presented in the chapter. There are ear training exercises in most chapters to develope your aural skills by the side of the way. Graphics are professional and visually appealing. The diagrams really make the book simple to follow. Every critical chord group, scale, and mode is clarified. The instigator gives information on how the guitarist can apply scales over jazz changes and clarifies key centers and substitutions. Fantastic book for beginning and intermediate level jazz guitarists.

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  2. Arthur Bradley "Arthur Bradley" says:
    448 of 463 people found the following review helpful:
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    Review by a beginner, February 10, 2008
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    This review is from: Music Scheme for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Worried to Question (Guitar Method) (Paperback)

    I should start by stating that I am a beginning guitar student. So please take my review in the appropriate light. The book “Music Scheme” is a unique addition to my quickly growing guitar library. It is kaput into 13 chapters:

    Chapter 1 – a detailed explanation of the fretboard. This was particularly useful for me, because it clarified what every note on the fretboard was. Tuning and intonation are also briefly discussed. Everything in the book is also given in TAB as well as sheet music.

    Chapter 2 – covers the basics of reading music including the treble clef, musical alphabet (A-G), accidentals (flats, sharps, naturals), rhythm, time signatures, note values, beams, dotted clarification, chords (stacks, names, and frames), repeat signs, and tablature.

    Chapter 3 – discusses the major/minor scales, key signatures, and the handy circle of fifths.

    Chapter 4 – focuses on intervals (distance linking two clarification).

    Chapter 5 – covers the major and minor triads (chords which are a third interval apart).

    Chapter 6 – discusses harmonizing the major scale.

    Chapter 7 – a study of chord construction – both in scheme and on the fretboard, covering major, minor, power, suspended, sixth, six/nine, seventh, extended, altered, slash, and poly chords.

    Chapter 8 – discusses harmonizing the minor scale.

    Chapter 9 – talks about key centers (something I must admit I haven’t quite figured out yet).

    Chapter 10 – covers the 12-bar blues progression, the major and minor pentatonic scales, and parallel pentatonic scales.

    Chapter 11/12 – discusses modes, modal harmony, other scales, and chord/scale relationships.

    Chapter 13 – covers chord substitutions and reharmonization.

    My impression of the book is “Wow!” There is a tremendous amount of information in this book. As a beginner, I really benefitted from the first five chapters, but quickly lost my way as I pushed further ahead. But I fully expect that as I gain more experience, I will continue to consult this very valuable resource.

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  3. William L. Whitman says:
    154 of 158 people found the following review helpful:
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    Best yet, August 27, 2005
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    This review is from: Music Scheme for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Worried to Question (Guitar Method) (Paperback)

    After 35 years of self taught guitar and knowing a honest amount about music scheme, I found this book to be the clearest, most concise and comprehensive overview of scheme I’ve ever read. This is “must have” for any guitarist who wants to go beyond groping the neck and develop an organized approach to your music.

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