"Accelerate Your Guitar Playing" by Tomo Fujita

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  1. John Hurtt

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    I've had Tomo's instructional dvd now for a while and I thought I would post my impressions. First of all, this is a dvd/78 page booklet set. It's available through Hal Leonard, I found mine at a site linked through the HL website.

    First of all, if you are looking for "licks from hell", this dvd is not for you. While Tomo's slap/pop funk technique is killer, this is more geared to working on your fundamentals and your overall musicality. I wish this would have been available 20 years ago, it would have kept me from developing many bad habits and lots of wasted time. Any beginner and intermediate player would really benefit from this, and more advanced players could definitely use this to clean up their technique and help develop their tone. Throughout the booklet you will find tips/pointers and directions from Tomo on how to make these exercises work for you.

    "Accelerate" is broken down into four parts:

    Part 1 focuses on fingering and picking exercises. Tomo goes throught the basics using chromatic scales to develop clean technique and facility on single string playing. From simple horizontal movement, crazy chromatics, string skipping, chromatic octaves and more, this section will really work out your fret/picking hand coordination.

    Part 2 focuses on Intervals and Ear Training, really understanding the fretboard. Tomo advocates learning where all the notes are (it's amazing to me how many players need to really look to find where, say, all the C# are on their guitar). Tomo teaches simple ear training, and how a single note can have many colors.

    Part 3 talks about Rhythm, Muting and Sight Reading. He works you through muting exercises for your fret hand, and how to apply them in different ways. This section is really where I found some issues with my own playing. I expect to really clean up my sound.

    Part 4 is probably the most "fun" section of the course. Here Tomo works on blues changes and grooves. He teaches many different changes and grooves in many styles (swing, jazz, shuffles, R & B, funk). There are even a few exercises showcasing Tomo's incredible slap guitar technique.

    One of the many things I liked about this instructional dvd is that the lessons logically build on each other. Plus, Tomo has lots of demo performances that are really beneficial to watch. And as a plus, Tomo is such an engaging and nice guy that even in the dvd he comes off as an instructor that you "want" to work for. This is more important than many people realize.

    As you can tell I really like this dvd/booklet and would highly recommend it to anyone that is unhappy with their technique or tone.

    :dude
     
  2. decay-o-caster

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    Neat! I ordered mine earlier this week - might even be waiting for me when I get back home. :)
     
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    I learned a lot just by watching him!

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I ordered 4 copies for the shop and one for myself from Hal Leonard. I can't wait to check it out. Tomo's a monster!
     
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    Where did you find it?

    I only found it online at "Guitar 9 records" online and they were out of stock... :-(

    I have been wanting to buy that and "Instant Guitar..."
     
  6. John Hurtt

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    I'll have to remember where I ordered it, I'll look when I get home tonight. It was on backorder though, when I did order it.
     
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    I just ordered one from Guitar Connection. I think they order most items after they get a customer order, but I usually receive the items in 10 to 14 days. Good prices and low shipping too.

    http://www.guitarconnection.com/
     
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    Thanks for the great review. I'm anxiously awaiting my copy (ordered it a few days ago from a local store).

    I'm very pleased to see that the content is more focused on technique, tone, and music, rather than any one style (from what I've discovered, Tomo can cover them all!). Honestly what pushed me to buy it was reading posts here and seeing what a genuinely nice person Tomo is - well... that and I suck at guitar and want to get better!
     
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    I got Tomo's DVD a week or two back. Agree with everything Ian stated. It's a fantastic DVD for improving your technique and working out some bad habits that seem to have crept into my playing overtime. I couldn't agree more that a large part of what appeals about this DVD to me is how Tomo's personality comes across- very cool and smart cat that is probably as good a hang as he is a player. Thanks for the hard work and help Tomo...
     
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    I just watched my copy for the first time last night. Now I have no excuse for being as sloppy as I am. Well, aside from the fact that my guitars are 3000 miles away. But everything on the DVD is sensible and do-able, and I can see that a little bit of application to what Tomo has to say could take you very far.

    Wonderful demos of him playing over his blues and funk changes, too.
     
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    I put in my order with a local store over two weeks ago. That would be okay, except they claimed it would be in within the week. Now I'm really anxious for this!

    -Garrett
     
  12. Tomo

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    Hi Guys!

    Thank you so much for your words on my Accelerate DVD.

    I am very happy to see my video is now available as dvd.


    Thank you John!

    What a amazing review! Very very cool.
    Thank you so much!


    Tomo
     
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    Thank you, Tomo, for sharing this. I just want to spread the word to my fellow players. I don't know of anyone who doesn't want to improve parts of their playing. You made a great tool to do it with.
     
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    I just spent some time with Tomo's DVD last night. Wow! There is enough material here to last you for a long time. This is really a different kind of instructional video, as it focuses on fundamentals common to all music. Its not "Tomo's great guitar playing" 101 (although I must have watched his demos 10 times last night).

    It really provides you with some good tools to apply to your own music. In fact, after I spent 1 hour with some of the exercizes, I started to play some blues lines. I felt that my picking was much tighter and my timing was much better. I didn't start playing like Tomo; I was able to play my own music without many of the limitations that I had before.

    Thanks Tomo.
     
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    Hi John,

    Thank you so much for your review.
    Sorry for my delay reply. I am very happy to
    hear that my Accelerate is working for you.
    Having good fundamental is most important
    for me. This way you can control over your guitar
    and express better... no matter how much you
    know patterns.... better habit won't limit your performance.

    I made my Accelerate series... 1,2,3,4 and other instruments..
    Hope HL will be released my Accelerate 2, which you have
    Japanese version. Anyway, thank you so much great detail
    review of my Accelerate dvd1. I wish I had this description
    when I released this.

    I hope you will enjoy your guitar playing more and more!

    Tomo
     
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    Hi David,

    Sorry for my late reply.
    Thank you for ordering my Accelerate dvd1.
    I just got my orders too. I got many request.

    Thank you so much!
     
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    Hi Pete,

    Thank you for watching my Accelerate DVD!

    We should talk more about blues....
    Accelerate 2 ..... Blues etudes section and you will
    like my blues demos.

    Tomo
     
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    I just got this DVD from my local store on Friday. I haven't had time to go through it yet, but I did sneak a peak. It looks like an excellent resource. Thank you so much Tomo for putting this out and providing some inspiring instruction. I think the worker at the store said that he was going to get one after seeing it being ordered. May you have continued success with it!

    -Garrett
     
  20. Tomo

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    Hi Bill,

    Thank you so much for ordering for your shop!
    I just got my order from HL last week... it's already
    leaving from house. Please check it out and let me
    know what your thought.

    You are tasty player! I love your TONE and choice
    of notes. I am really into listening you lately.
    Thank you for great inspiration. You know how important
    about "TONE" Hope my Accelerate dvd will help people's
    needs.

    PS, Glad to hear that you liked my old blues tunes.
    just 335 & amp.
     

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