Start reading 77 Picking Exercises for Modern Guitar on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
77 Picking Exercises for Modern Guitar (Guitar Technique Book 1)

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

Joseph Alexander
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: £2.43 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.
Borrow this book for free on a Kindle device with Amazon Prime. Learn more about Kindle Owners' Lending Library.
Join Prime to borrow this book at no cost.
The Kindle Owners' Lending Library gives you access to thousands of books, including New York Times bestsellers, to borrow and read for free.
  • Borrow a book as frequently as once per month
  • No due dates — keep books as long as you like and return them when it's time for something new
  • Read on any Amazon Kindle device

Amazon Prime members also enjoy:
  • Unlimited streaming of thousands of popular movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video
  • FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items, with no minimum order size

For more information about the Kindle Owners' Lending Library visit our help page.

Kindle Summer Sale: Over 500 Books from £0.99
Have you seen the Kindle Summer Sale yet? Browse selected books from popular authors and debut novelists, including new releases and bestsellers. Learn more

Product Description

Product 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.

Product details

  • 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
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #220,258 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

3 star
2 star
1 star
4.7 out of 5 stars
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another freebee but would have quite happily payed for this book as its very informative for both the learner and the more accomplished player.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't fault this. 2 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 4.2 out of 5 stars  12 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you actually spend the time... 13 April 2013
By wag - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
If you actually spend the time to do these exercises you will improve. Commit to it for a month, 10 minutes (with rests) a day, every day and you will notice an improvement in your playing across the board.

This book lays out these exercises in very small digestible chunks. They are easy to follow and the book is laid out and formatted well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome book by Joseph Alexander 16 Aug 2013
By Kyle J. Ferris - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say this author is a genius! His exercises actually yield results fast. This book if used properly can give you results you see and feel. It makes a big difference in your technique and picking in about three days. No joke if your serious with his exercises and stick with them, they do make you improve. I do not know what theory he uses to create these books, but I own his entire set of publications they are clearly written, concise and are not bogged down with terminology which is a plus. Someone that has no formal guitar training can pick up this book and clearly understand the teaching point his demonstrates in the book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A high value product 24 Jan 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I received this book over a month ago. I have purchased several books from this author and have never been disappointed. I have been playing guitar for over 50 years. I'm 65 and thought that I was pretty much unable to learn any new techniques or styles. I am a hardcore blues and classic rock player. This book, like the others I own by this author has allowed me to grow musically and has helped me push past the concept of "old hands, slow hands" My speed and technique has improved dramatically and all the skills in this book are well taught, easy to understand and digest. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to be the best player they can be, regardless of how young or experienced they may be.
Warren Layton
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Satisfied 14 Aug 2013
By Harold R. Harms - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This writer shows that he is very good at passing-on his knowledge to others, who don't know anything about the subject. I enjoy reading it and practising from it and I must say the results are good !!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opinion 14 April 2013
By Dominique - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am very glad that I found a compact, but essential method to improve my picking ability.
I'm in for more of that good stuff :).
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category