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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar Exercises

By Hemme Luttjeboer

Composed by Hemme Luttjeboer. Guitar Method or Supplement; Method/Instruction; Technique Musicianship. Complete Idiot's Guide. Book; CD. Alfred Music #74-1592579723. Published by Alfred Music (AP.74-1592579723).

Item Number: AP.74-1592579723

ISBN 1592579728. English.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar Exercises will help new and experienced guitarists take their playing to the next level. Build strength, endurance, dexterity, and technique with a wide variety of exercises including single note, string-to-string, major and minor scales, harmonic and melodic minor scales, major and minor pentatonic and blues scales, chord progression exercises, and melodic patterns. Bonus chapters cover fingerpicking, fingerstyle blues, and Travis picking. Exercises are written in both TAB and standard notation. The accompanying audio CD features over 150 examples of the exercises featured in the book.

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  • 5

    Andrew DuBrock
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • January 12, 2011 Much More Than a Guitar Exercise Book

    Most people associate “exercises� with repetitive patterns and rote memorization—tasks that train fingers to dexterously play countless notes, but fail to teach underlying musical concepts or give students the tools to apply those exercises to “real world� situations. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Guitar Exercises fulfills all these...

    points by offering plenty of exercises to work the fingers while also explaining the theory behind them, then plugging these concepts into real songs. The book is laid out in a progressive fashion. It starts with warmup exercises, and then teaches how chord shapes fit together all over the fretboard via the CAGED system. A thorough section on scales and arpeggios follows (over 100 pages!), and the book closes with a section on fingerpicking. As a guitar publications editor for over 15 years, I highly recommend this book for anyone wanting to learn the fretboard more completely, increase their playing chops, or boost their music theory knowledge.

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