Please recommend guitar books

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  1. badshirt

    badshirt Guest

    I've been playing by ear for about 14 years and am now learning soloing (finger positions), faster picking, the fretboard etc.. - trying to be a player.

    I'm wondering which books can teach me or guide me on how to practice or what to work on to improve; you know practice with a purpose.

    I've recorder basic progressions and have been soloing over them in 2 different positions so far. This gets tedious after a while and I'm looking for different types of practice techniques and content.

    Thanks in advance!!!
    pjk
     
  2. Kappy

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    Welcome to the forum!

    If you only know two positions, then it would behoove you to learn the C-A-G-E-D system for learning scales. I did a cheesy lesson on it here. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Jack Zucker's "Sheets of Sound" would also probably be pretty good. He sells it to forum members at a discount...do a search on his name or the title of the book. It's full of great exercises that will help you bust your rut.

    If you want more recommendations, come back with some more detail and I'm sure you'll get a ton more.

    Good luck!

    Dave
     
  3. Kappy

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    P.S. I almost forgot! I'd also very highly recommend Tomo Fujita's video "Accelerate Your Guitar Playing". Regardless of your level of skill, this is a very good video for getting strong fundamental skills as a player.
     
  4. badshirt

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    Excellent. If anybody has more I would love to hear them.
    I'm stepping away for a few hours. I'd love to hear from anybody who has a suggestion on what they used to elevate their playing.
     
  5. Tom Gross

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    Yeah, I'd give a + to the CAGED system for someone in your shoes. It'll give you the whole neck, tie together chords, scales & arpeggios, and eventually get away from positions.
    Good link here:

    http://www.highcountryguitar.com/caged.htm
     
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    I'll second the 'sheets of sound' suggestion, but would like to add that with any book/DVD, you'll obviously need some level of discipline to soldier through the material.

    If you can, a teacher is highly recommended.
     
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    great site!
     
  8. lhallam

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    Last year Jack posted a similar thread and another guy compiled the answers in a list. There may be some duplicates.

    Here ya go:

    BOOKS

    Joe Pass Guitar Style

    Shawn Lane Power Licks

    Charlie Parker Omnibook

    Pat Metheny Songbook

    Albert Lee Starlicks Sessions

    The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine.

    Ted Greene - Chord Chemistry

    Styles for the Studio - Leon White

    Joe Pass Guitar Style

    Shawn Lane Power Licks

    Charlie Parker Omnibook

    The Martino vids transcription books

    jack Z-Sheets Of Sound

    The Wes Montgomery transcription book by Steve Khan, well, and his transcritions of martino as well.

    Any transcribed Coltrane stuff

    Holdsworth Reach For The Uncommon Chord

    The Albert Lee REH vids

    Scott Henderson's chord grips

    The REH vids of Brent Mason and Michael Lee Firkins

    The Carl Verheyen REH vid

    The Brett Garsed REH vid

    Henderson's Phrasing vid

    Ted Greene - Chord Chemistry

    Mick Goodrick - The Advancing Guitarist

    George Van Eps - Harmonic Mechanisms for the Guitar series

    William Leavitt - A Modern Method for the Guitar series

    Steve Khan - Contemporary Chord Khancepts

    Mark Levine - The Jazz Theory Book

    George Russell - The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization

    well for jazz, I would say:

    Improvising Jazz and Patterns for Jazz by Jerry Coker (2 different books)

    Intervallic Improvisation by Walt Wieskopf

    The Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine

    Charlie Parker for Guitar (not sure about author)

    Chromatic Approach to Improvisation by David Liebman

    Joey Goldstein's book (which is really fabulous by the way).

    Mick Goodrick's book

    Jack Grassel's three book series of jazz guitar transcriptions.

    Wolfe Marshall's Jazz Guitar transcriptions

    Jimmy Bruno No Nonsense Jazz guitar

    Wolf Marshall's Best of Jazz Guitar

    Wolf Marshall's Pat Martino Signature licks.

    Ted Greene's books.

    Frank Gambale's books on speed picking and theory.

    Dave Baker bebop books

    The Advancing Guitarist

    Mickey Baker Jazz books.

    For beginning rock - Rock Guitar by Happy and Artie Traum

    For fingerpicking - Fingerpicking Styles For Guitar By Happy Traum

    For Classical - Andres Segovia Studies For Guitar by Ferndando Sor

    Carcassi Studies.

    Paul Hindemith Craft of Musical Composition: Book One and Two

    Materials and Structure of Music by Christ, Delone, Kliewer, Rowell, Thompson

    Polyrhythms by Peter Magadini

    The David L Burge series - Relative Pitch and Perfect Pitch Courses

    Reading and Writing Music by Dave Stewart - only know by reputation but hear it's good. Dave is a great composer and keyboardist.

    Emily Remler's videos.

    Hal Galper's Forward Motion

    Mark Levine's Jazz Theory

    Dave Liebman's Chromatic Approach to Jazz Harmony and Melody

    Scott Henderson's Melodic Phrasing

    Dave Creamer's Advanced Arpeggio/Scale Relationships

    Jack Zucker's Sheets of Sound

    Band-In-A-Box

    Chop Shop

    A book version of Ronnie Earl's Playing Blues with Soul along with an accompanying DVD.

    The Advancing Guitarist- Mick Goodrick

    Advanced Aprpeggio/Scale relationships- Dave Creamer

    John Abercrombie's Homespun video

    Ted Greene's Modern Chord progressions (Great study of voice leading)

    Progressive Steps To Syncopation For The Modern Drummer (rhythm exercises to adapt to guiitar)

    Forward Motion by Hal Galper
    http://www.halgalper.com

    Effortless Mastery by Ken Werner

    Frank Gambale's "Speed Picking" is also very good.

    Joe Diorio's Intervallic Designs?

    Kreutzer 42 Studies or Caprices

    Fabulous studies for developing picking technique.

    "120 daily guitar studies for the right hand by
    Mauro Giuliani"

    "SOLFEGE"

    "Modern Reading Text in4/4 by Louis Bellson"

    "The techique of the flute/chord studies"
     
  9. Kappy

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    Paul Hindemith. He also wrote "Elementary Training for Musicians" which most modern musicians would be blown away by. The exercises in this book are insanely difficult. Amazing that at one time it's possible that this stuff was really "elementary" to some people.

    I didn't know Christ wrote music. Cool stuff man! ;)
     
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    Thanks, I just couldn't remember it, I'll edit my spelling.

    That Christ book was from my Freshman year 1973.
     
  11. Kappy

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    Lance, great list, btw. I'd like to add some to that list...(and do some lame-o reviews of the ones I know). I'll peruse the books I have and post it up when I get a chance.
     
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    Just to be clear, many members of TGP posted their faves, another put them all into one post and then I just copied it into a spreadsheet.

    I'm looking forward to adding your contribution to my spreadsheet.
     
  13. badshirt

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    I've been a bit stagnant and struggling to advance and find ways to make practice times that count (like I said).
    I'm going to start off with the Tomo Accelerate Your playing DVD first. I'll chime in later.

    Thanks again, guys!!!
     
  14. KRosser

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    I don't spend a lot of time in music/guitar books these days (though I am still working through the Van Eps below, VERY slowly), these have been pretty important for me at one time or another:

    Chord Chemistry - Ted Greene
    The Advancing Guitarist - Mick Goodrick
    Patterns for Jazz - Jerry Coker
    Masters of the Telecaster - Arlen Roth
    20th Century Harmony - Vincent Persichetti
    Polyrythmns - Pete Magadini
    Drum Wisdom - Bob Moses
    Thesaurus Of Scales & Melodic Patterns - Nicolas Slonimsky
    Harmonic Mechanisms, Vols 1-3 - George Van Eps
    Exploring Jazz Guitar - Jim Hall
    Improvisation - Derek Bailey
    Arcana - Various, edited by John Zorn
    The Harvard Dictionary Of Music
    Reading Studies for Guitar - William Levitt
    Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar - William Levitt
    Musics of Many Cultures - Various, edited by Elizabeth May
    The Shaping Forces Of Music - Ernst Toch
    Brazilian Guitar - Nelson Faria
    Intervallic Patterns - Joe Diorio
    Linear Expressions - Pat Martino
    Pumping Nylon - Scott Tennant
    The Art Of Practicing - Alice Artzt
    + Lenny Breau & Ralph Towner's books, both of the names of which escape me at the moment and I'm too lazy to get up and look....


    I'm not a big fan of transcription books, sorry. I'd rather lift things off of CD's myself.
     
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    I have owned or looked at most of the selections posted so far but one which seems to be missing is

    CREATIVE CHORD SUBSTITUTION by Eddie Arkin

    Of all the books I own, this one is most falling apart from overusage. The best chapters on secondary dominants and fouth chord subs I have ever seen. Does anyone care to guess what the tritone of Em11 is? Hint: It's not a b5 above!

    Steven
     
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    Where do you get the Dave Creamer stuff?

    Anyone have any of his old recordings? He plays differently now but back in the '70s he was an amazing wide-interval player.
     
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    Interesting. I wish he'd do a book on the intervallic stuff. Do you have his book? How is it? The description sounds very similar to my dodecaphonics stuff.
     
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    I don't have it. Based on the description it sounds like somewhat of a concatenation of chord/scale relationships, which I already have a number of books on. I may get it b/c I am almost as much a collector of these books as a student of the material, though.

    Have you checked out any of Verheyen intervallic books? I was thinking of picking one of those up next. My memory fails me but I seem to recall reading about some other book oriented toward intervallic playing, but I can't remember. Could be the Verheyen book I'm thinking of.
     
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    This is the other one I saw online recently that I was thinking about.

    Does anyone know anything about these "grimoire" books? I've heard a lot of hype about them, but when I stumbled onto one of the chord books in the series, it was just a really dull looking chord book with what seemed very little discourse regarding usage. Would appreciate any opinions/comparisons. Thanks!

    Dave
     

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