• Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
  • Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask
ISBN: 063406651X
EAN13: 9780634066511
Language: English
Release Date: May 1, 2005
Pages: 104
Dimensions: 0.3" H x 11.7" L x 9" W
Weight: 0.85 lbs.
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(Guitar Method). Guitarists of all levels will find a wealth of practical music knowledge in this special book with online audio access. Veteran guitarist and author Tom Kolb dispels the mysteries of music theory using plain and simple terms and diagrams. The accompanying recordings provide 94 tracks of music examples, scales, modes, chords, ear training, and much more

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5
   Great book. Covers a lot
I love how the book goes through a lot of musical theory, McBride said. Simply put, it's easy to understand. Great organization of the papers, charts and quizzes, he said. I would definitely recommend it to anybody that wants to learn or wants to refresh his or her knowledge of the theory behind the music, Harrison said.
 
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   Disorganized and assumes lots of prior knowledge of music theory.
While there is some good information, Manfredi fails to explain basic music theory in a logical progression and book's content and lessons are disorganized. For example, in chapter 3 he refers to perfect fourths and degrees, but those terms had not been previously explained or in any depth, only coming in a later chapter. However, the committee said, the explanations are unclear in many, many instances and that is unacceptable. But for beginners, I would recommend avoiding this book because it is not well written and is a bit of a pain to deal with. Even a one star rating is too high of a rating.
 
5
   Excellent Course!
Yes, I mean, technically speaking, I say that. The book contains quizzes, ear training and plenty of supporting diagrams. Even if you spent an entire college symester on this material, you would not absorb all of it. It belongs on every guitar player's bookshelf and an absolute must for song writers. However, by reading through the entire book you feel strong in you can eat through it no problems. Short of chord diagrams, one might want to own one so you can play through the examples. Tracks and albums by McCartney are among the best in quality and substance. Overall an excellent work and as always up to the Hal Leaonard quality, Michael said.
 
4
   Good Source of information
It's great to have a great source for music knowledge, but it lacks in the way it teaches it. It was just straight forward information, Michael Schweer, director of public affairs for Microsoft, said.
 
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   No attempt at explaining theory
The author presents the material in this book as fact with very little explanation or useful practice examples. Material does not seem to be integrated into a cohesive formula that unfolds and allows for pauses and possible aha moments, he said. This is, in effect, a dry and useless exercise for the uninitiated guitar player looking to integrate theory. A video goes well beyond this book in explaining intervals and well, pretty much everything else. I scoff at YouTube for lessons but the more I buy books and watch videos the more I sift out the good online teachers and that has proven invaluable compared to Hal Leonard's books from the 90's.
 
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   Good Reference Book
This is a very good reference book for guitarists. The book is now available in bookstores. The explanations of concepts are so terse, even for the most experienced physicists. Ear training is a nice exercise but they also ramp up very quickly. This is still a good book.
 
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   Poor quality control in printing
I'd give it 5 stars, but the pages are connected to one another, and peeling them apart damages the book.
 
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   Digital version: Audio access code STRIPPED from the Kindle version. Incomplete product.
However, I purchased the book with the expectation of having access to the numerous accompanying audio tracks. However, the company's research indicates that the audio tracks are only available using an Apple or Amazon Fire device. Even after installing the software on my PC, I still do not have access to the audio tracks that I paid for as advertised with this product. Note that access to audio content for its books requires you to have the 16 character code that is on page 1 of the book. This is a parody, said Blair, referring to the "kindle version" of the game. It's a great book, but I was disappointed with the end result.
 
5
   Must Have For Advanced Guitarist
It was way, way advanced for me, Mr. Caramore said. I am after 7 years of lessons. An alternative is Idiots Guide to Music For Guitar which is more than enough for the first few years. It teaches basic chord construction and has all the important scales, shapes and modes of playing. But if you really want to understand music theory as it applies to the guitar, you need to get this book. I can now fully understand Kolb's book as I aspire to become an advanced player, Williams said.
 
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   I like this book
Sarah Jane Moore, 29, a University of Virginia graduate, said: "I like the book. None of the recorded music files play in the Kindle or Android devices. However, both have the following message when there is an audio file: There is audio content at this location that is not currently supported for your kindle device. Caption not shown: Anyone have any idea how to correct this so I can play the audio examples?
 
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