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77 Picking Exercises for Modern Guitar (Guitar Technique Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Alexander
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Book Description

-77 quick-working exercises to develop speed and control in your picking hand-
-Every exercise is accompanied by an individual audio example available to download for free from -
-This is the method taught by London's Guitar Institute-

There is a common idea amongst many guitarists that excellent instrumental technique is something that takes years to master. They believe that technique should be put before all else and that it should occupy the majority of your practice time.

In my experience this is not the case, and actually, an over-enthusiastic, single-minded pursuit of ‘perfect’ technique can be counterproductive, unnecessary, and even damaging to your health.

This book is one quarter of the full work, Complete Technique for Modern Guitar. It focuses solely on picking and 'right hand' technique.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2464 KB
  • Print Length: 56 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B8S0XS2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,402 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple but very challenging 29 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been playing guitar for a few years and realised I'd never be a 'god'. Spent so much time practicing over and over again and often struggling over certain points. Did rote exercises and got very good at doing them but progress was always slow. This book gives totally new exercises and they do seem to be more appropriate to technique. I'd never heard of these exercises and initially I was thinking 'wtf' but put my mind to them and have already found them very useful (after less than a week). The advice, like filming yourself to see how you get on (and how cool you look) is a good idea. My added advice - close your eyes when doing the exercises; I've found I am much better if I just let my fingers and ears do the work rather than looking at the fretboard.

The only problem I had with the kindle edition is that the notation is very small. I increased the text size but it didn't affect the notation. However, if you ask nicely you will get a pdf edition which is very easy to read.

Definitely recommend - and only costs a few pennies. The pdf and audio downloads make this well worth the money - and you will make progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't fault this. 2 Jun. 2013
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I will first cover what it doesn't have. No Zen like mysticism. No wild promises to turn you into a Guitar God with 5 minutes practice a week. This book just contains common sense. It promises to turn you into the guitar player you want to become, given the required level of input from you and although I have only had it for a few days, I believe it will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book 26 July 2014
By Shimmy
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Good book from a fine teacher, I do suggest that you put it on your computer using the Kindle App. This will give you a better chance to take advantage of the excellent video presentation. Joseph Alexander just seems to make sense!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 May 2014
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Another freebee but would have quite happily payed for this book as its very informative for both the learner and the more accomplished player.
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Any ebooks that help me to improve in my picking and playing generally is welcome. I came across it when simply checking for chord books. I have learned from this ebook and can recommend it.
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