- Copertina flessibile: 80 pagine
- Editore: Barrett Tagliarino (1 settembre 2012)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 0980235340
- ISBN-13: 978-0980235340
- Peso di spedizione: 227 g
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Interval Studies and Lead Guitar Technique (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 1 set 2012
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'Interval Studies And Lead Technique' (from here on I will refer to as ISALT to keep it short and because it sounds funny) is no exception. He starts the book the same way he starts all of his books; he tells you what you need to do to make this book work for you. In other words, you don't just read it and learn by osmosis. You have to integrate it into your DAILY practice regimen or else it serves no purpose, which is no different than any guitar instruction book. You have to apply yourself.
ISALT covers fret hand mechanics, warm-up, and stretching. He doesn't just tell you to warm up and stretch, he explains the hows and whys that few others bother to do.
The meat and potatoes of the book starts on page 18 with the CAGED system and from there he tackles various scales and modes with interval exercises that will force you to think about scales in a much different manner than most instructional methods do. You won't be confined to boxes and playing neighboring notes. If you follow the exercises you will be able to improvise melodies that are much more interesting without having to think about it.
I have a ton of guitar and music theory books, but lately I find myself almost exclusively using Barrett's books. He has a very unique style of teaching that I have been able to connect with that has helped my playing progress beyond my expectations. ISALT is helping me push forward even further.
I found little to complain about with this book. My biggest complaint is that it's not easy. But that's what makes it worthwhile.
One more thing: the book contains a link to download the audio files to your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Since I rarely use a computer with a CD ROM drive I found this pretty convenient. Just remember to download it over a wifi connection instead of using your data plan because it is a pretty big file.
This is not a beginner book (if you are just learning the guitar and theory, I would recommend starting with Barrett's Guitar Fretboard Workbook first). The Interval Studies book being reviewed starts out with a brief look at fret and pick hand technique, followed by a few pages on the CAGED system. After that, you jump right into intervals, theory, and techniques such as sweep picking and economy picking. Most interesting to me is a different way to look at modes. I have always struggled with understanding how to use modes - I know what they are but never really figured out how to use them in my playing. Barrett spends a significant part of this book teaching a different way to look at modes that I am very interested in learning and applying.
As with all of Barrett's books I have read, these are geared towards the serious learner. If you want to study, practice, and apply what you learn to your improvisation and playing then this book and Barrett's others will likely deliver great results. You get out of it what you put into it. Don't let the page count (79) make you think this book is thin on content - it is not. I have started with this book and it will take me many months to work my way through the material and exercises with competence. The book includes access to downloadable MP3 examples for each of the exercises.
While going through the book I felt as though the author was right there in the room with me for each exercise, keeping me on track with comments on how to approach each lesson and what to listen for. I liked the section on how to practice, and the example to chart your progress.
Look at the table of contents. Every one of the exercises will improve your technique, even if you already know the basic concepts. Each example starts at square one and explains how to break out of old habits and patterns to get the most out of what each 'unit' has to offer.
Read the other reviews - they're probably going to say the same thing: this book will challenge you, regardless of your familiarity with the guitar and your technical abilities.
Pros: You will learn to break away from playing every note in a scale to create something memorable. You'll break the habit of playing consecutive scale tones, learn new approaches to make your playing more musical, and feel comfortable playing new things anywhere on the guitar.
Cons: If you follow the author's advice, you'll have to slow down, listen to what you're doing, and make corrections on the fly. In the end, music is about listening, after all. If you're more interested in how you look while holding a guitar, or how fast you can play the same old patterns, you won't enjoy the effort required to complete these tutorials.
After years of playing, I was surprised to see the difference between what I thought I sounded like, and what was coming out when I did the exercises in the book.
If you're ready to invest the time, this book will take you and your guitar to the next level. This one will separate students of guitar from every one else.