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Ordering Books

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 9:08 am
by Jackhammer
I'm going to order stuff from Amazon so I thought I'd check the instructional books on guitar.

I narrowed my choices down to :

Joe Satriani : Guitar Secrets

Al Di Meola : A Guide To Chords, Scales and Arpeggios

Andrew Green : Jazz Guitar Technique

Andrew Green : Jazz Guitar Structure

Arnie Berle : Patterns, Scales, and Modes for Jazz Guitar

Paul F. Berliner : Thinking in Jazz - The Infinite Art of Improvisation

Can anyone comment on any of them?

If there are better choices could you please mention them? :)

Thanks, Jackhammer! :D

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 9:49 am
by Big Bad Bill
I've had Satch's Guitar Secrets for a number of years. It's 'OK'-remember it's simply a collection of article he wrote for Guitar World all bound together. It offers some good tips here and there, some good exercises here and there, but it lacks any real coherence. It's a bit like Mick Goodrick's Advancing Guitarist in that it leaves a lot unsaid- in a zen-like fashion but personally I like things as explicit as possible!

Has it helped me?-not a great deal. Would I buy it again? Only because it's Satch.

If I were to recommend a book I'd suggest 'The Ultimate Guitar Workout Book' available from Musical Progessions:

It is a series of progressive exercises from the simplest chromatic exercises right through to explaining the modes and it really is step-by-step. I like it because with it I could say to myself, "I shall master exercises 1-10 in a week" and with my trusty metronome I'd bash away at it and by the end of the week I could really feel a difference in my technique (mainly my fourth finger strength and independance). The exercises are awkward and getting to grips with them is satisfying-for me anyway!

But remember, what suits one person doesn't really suit another.

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 7:05 pm
by Jackhammer
Sorry for bumping this thread but I'd like to get as many replies as possible because I want to finalise the order in the coming days. :P

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 7:17 pm
by Rembrandt Q. Einstein
Get the Troy Stetina series it's very good. Speedpicking by Frank Gambale is great as well as Linear Expressions by Pat Martino.

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 9:43 am
by Jackhammer
I looked at Troy Stetina's books but they weren't the books I was looking for.

They're all written for people who want to play rock. Personally I'm looking for some Jazz (I know Al Di Meola isnt considered 100% Jazz :P).

The Joe Satriani booklet is just something else I saw that I thought might be interesting.

Unfortunately I couldn't find Linear Expressions by Pat Martino on Amazon. :(

Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 4:01 pm
by Rembrandt Q. Einstein
If you want jazz go for the Martino book. It's kinda advanced though.

Posted: Sun Nov 14, 2004 6:53 am
by The Extremist
Use its the best place for music books.

Man, i strongly recommend you get "Jam With Joe Satriani" as it comes with backing tracks as well as the original song, and i think it would help you to improve on your improvisation.