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The Complete Guide to Playing Blues Guitar: Book Two - Melodic Phrasing: 2 (Play Blues Guitar) [Paperback]

Mr Joseph Alexander
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13 Feb 2014 Play Blues Guitar
The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Book Two: Melodic Phrasing

Master Expressive Blues Guitar Phrasing

106 Pages

165 Notated Audio Examples

Standard Notation and Tab

Original Backing Tracks

Breaks down musical feel and expression into learnable skills

Book Two: Melodic Phrasing focuses exclusively on the essential elements that will quickly develop feel, control and expression in your soloing and contains 165 notated audio examples to let you hear each important concept.

Too many teachers say that good musicians are “just feeling it”. This is never an acceptable explanation because it is possible to break down the concept of good feel and phrasing into tangible, teachable skills.

This is not just another lick book! The concept is that we all have the same 12 notes: it is how and when we play them that sets us apart as musicians. When we play the blues, we often only use 5 or 6 notes so phrasing and placement is everything.

This is the book that will teach you to ‘just feel it’.

The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Book Two: Melodic Phrasing challenges our perception of what blues soloing is. No longer will you be ‘chasing licks’ around the fretboard; struggling because you couldn’t quite execute or remember the line you were reaching for.

In this book you will learn how to use fundamental rhythmic fragments to create and drive your solo forward. By focusing on rhythm and phrasing, and by learning to combine and develop these rhythmic building blocks, the melodies will take care of themselves.

This is a natural, organic approach to developing your guitar soloing where you learn to truly improvise and break away from the prison of ‘lick playing’ or just ‘exploring’ the minor pentatonic scale.

The most essential soloing skills are control of rhythm and placement. Good musicians can easily begin a phrase at any point in the bar. They are not tied to just the major beats and can use this rhythmic freedom to enhance their expression on the guitar. The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Book Two: Melodic Phrasing goes into this concept in great detail and gives practical exercises that teach you precise placement and freedom to easily and spontaneously play at any point in the bar.

Great soloists are also masters of displacement. This is where we can use the same phrase or lick and begin it at different points in the bar for a completely altered meaning or sound. Using displacement it is easy to recycle and disguise the material you already know; twisting it to have new melodic effect and emotional meaning. In this way we can control and mask our licks, using rhythm to creatively break away from our locked-in patterns and become infinitely more expressive.

The lessons in this book are the difference between average and excellent blues guitarists. If you’ve been stuck trying to memorise licks and exploring pentatonic scales for a while, rhythmic and melodic phrasing is probably what you need to work on the most, and more often than not it simply isn’t taught.

The Complete Guide to Blues Guitar Part Two: Melodic Phrasing breaks down expressive musical feel and teaches it to you step by step. This is where you learn to ‘just feel it’


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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (13 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 149593845X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1495938450
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A professional guitar teacher for over 12 years, Joseph Alexander graduated from The Guitar Institute in London with a Diploma in Popular Music Performance. He continued his education at the prestigious Leeds College of Music achieving a BA (Hons) in Jazz Studies in 2002.

Immediately following his graduation Joseph was awarded a bursary and internship writing music for the West Yorkshire Playhouse where he composed scores for three individual works.

Music has taken Joseph all over the world. He has performed on little islands in Thailand and 100,000 ton ocean liners in the Caribbean. He currently lives in Poynton, England and is busy teaching a new wave of upcoming guitarists. He has often worked as a peripatetic teacher in Cheshire schools and at times has over 40 weekly private students.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A complete guide 20 Feb 2014
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to take that step further in their guitar playing.

I also would recommend any of Joseph's other books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 26 Jun 2014
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I'm an intermediate player and I found this book fantastic. Too many books focus on theory at the expense of actual playing, and while some theory and understanding is obviously required, this book actually teaches you HOW to play. Easy to follow with high quality downloadable sound files. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars oh yes 14 May 2014
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this series /author is a must
just so long as you don't want any video instruction !##guess theres plenty of free on utube thoufg.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Playing the Blues Book 2 24 April 2014
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Again this book delivers on all fronts for any level of guitarist who has an interest in playing the Blues, this book is well written and can be understood by all levels of guitar players.
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By Giddy
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Leaning guitar licks is great fun, but being able to create and develop your own guitar licks is soooo much more fun.

What sets Joseph’s book apart from other guitar tuition books on the market is that he has a great conversational tone to his writing that makes you feel as if Joseph is giving you a private guitar lesson.

His exercises feel fresh and inspiring and are presented in such a way that beginners should not feel intimated by the material and on the flip side experienced players, I am confident to say, will learn something new.
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By SLEE
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THIS SERIES OF BOOKS BY JOSEPH ALEXANDER ARE GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!

HI THERE,,,
I reckon myself an intermediate/begginer and at first I thought I couldn't but after trying a few licks, as I do almost have a complete knowldge of minor,major pentatonic box scale..i realized that I could....now I have a way to connect them a logical way..you know step by step...so it 's gonna take some time but now I feeling more confident about that...so ...thanks to joseph I have another way to make much headway in guitar playing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well structured and accessible introduction 14 April 2014
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This, together with book 1 of the series are probably the most accessible and practical self study guides I have come across for guitar so far. They are logically structured and progressively build on the concepts and techniques covered to provide the player with a menu of options for approaching blues guitar. Extensive examples are provided for all the concepts in classical notation and tablature.

There is theory enough to provide an understanding of what is being taught but without blinding the reader with science.

Additional bonuses:
1 If you buy the Kindle version you can request a pdf copy from the author, which very practical for playing along with the examples.
2 Audio files are also available from the author. These are very good quality and essential for those like me who find sight reading a challenge. There are also some nice backing tracks to practice improvisation.

All together an excellent package, particularly at the low price compared with the many of the books available in this segment.

Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what one needs to focus on the subject! 14 April 2014
By VT
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Anyone who studies the blues should benefit from this book - not simplistic, not complicated, a nice path to understanding melodic phrasing.
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