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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation; Pap/Com edition (1 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0793509629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0793509621
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.6 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Description Speed Mechanics For Lead Guitar The ultimate technique book for developing the kind of speed and precision in today's explosive playing styles. Songlist Caprice No. 10 (Paganini) Prelude In D (Bach) The Flight Of The Bumble Bee

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Trelloskilos on 6 Nov 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the biggest plus points for "Speed Mechanics for Lead Guitar" is that rather than make you sound like a shred-a-like guitarist, Troy Stetina settles for the bare bones of the excercises. The idea, rather than to develop a good set of licks and runs, is to just improve dexterity, finger independance and fluidity. What you do with it afterwards is your own business.
A small criticism, which cannot be helped, is that despite the wealth of genres out there which employ or require speedy guitar playing (jazz, and fusion, for instance), the book draws mostly from metal. While this is not in itself totally bad, the book does need to be updated to at least cite examples from more recent times. Many of the bands he takes his excercises from (Such as Dokken, Ratt etc.) are mostly unheard of nowadays. Also, another small criticism is that it is an obvious direct port over from tape to CD, without updating, and some of the original audio has been lost. This is a shame, as it would have benefitted more from having each excercise audible to the student as a point of reference, rather than having them work out something that ultimately may come out wrong.
Saying that, though - Speed Mechanics for lead Guitar is a no-frills, 'progress in your own time', sensible workbook for the aspiring lead guitarist, and does work through at a sensible and articulate pace.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Douglas on 18 May 2003
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I was a bit anxious about buying this book at first, as i thought it would turn me into a mindless guitar zombie, zooming around the fretboard with no musical input at all, the 'mechanics' part got me worried too. Thankfully, it is the best book i have ever read! It is full of simple exercises that u simply play over and over again until you can play as fast as the CD. For those familiar with 'Shaun Baxters Guitar Gym' series, they are much the same exercises, but much more fun as Troy lets you put them into practise. A killer version of 'Flight of the Bumblebee' (you may have heard John Petruccis version), is perfectly playable at the end of the book as you have slowly and accurately built up ur technique and stamina. A great book that teaches you how to incorporate speed into any type of rock playing, but doesnt force you to play anything you dont want to.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David on 31 Jan 2004
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I have only had this book a short time and am only on page 13. My playing has improved so much. My fingers are stronger, faster, better co-ordinated and more independent. The exercises focus on the right things, the strength of the book is that you can change the examples to suit what you want to practise, be it hammer-ons or economy picking. For £8 you get triple+ your money's worth. The cd has come straight from tape but you can write down the time as you go through the book which will take you all of 10 minutes. I've had other books which move too fast and go from easy to hard in 3 exercises. This book builds your abilities slowly, if you put in the practise you can improve quickly. I have nothing bad to say about the book it is everything a guitar book should be. He also gives you enough information to alter the exercises yourself to and challenge your weak areas. As well as this you absorb a bit of theory without even knowing it. Just remember I'm only on page 13 and there's lots to keep you busy. This book makes you want to play if it doesn't you should try another instrument. It's fantastic. The other reviewers were dead right! Thanks
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Homayoun on 21 Sep 2007
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Before deciding to buy this book I found myself buying teaching aids that I was never able to complete primarily out of lack of incentive and interest over time. So I picked up the thngs I liked and moved on to the next aid. For the first time ever, this aid presents everything you need from a technique perspective in a logical, chronological manner - each step building on the previous ones in a way that makes you appreciate and understand the progress you are making. Suffice to say that I have had to re-learn everything I thought I knew (I have been playing for 15 years - and let me tell you that starting the metronome at 60 again to make sure I am doing everything right has not been the most fun exercise ... but wow has it been rewarding). If you are prepared to do the same then this book is for you. I have had this book for about a year now, and I am still only on page nineteen (exercise 32). I play an hour or slightly more every day and although the experience has been very mechanicaly oriented and tedious at times, it has completely changed the quality of my playing. All the things I thought I would never be able to accomplish are finally within my grasp. The most important aspect is that he lays down a road map for you and you see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is a long and ardous journey, but you are able to see the finish line nonetheless, even if it takes a while to get there. This is not a book that cuts corners, as it forces you to start thinking and analyzing everything about your technique. This book really is a treasure chest but you have to be mentally prepared for the journey. It will not be for everyone as it really requires more dedication and devotion than any other training aid - and you have to stick with it.Read more ›
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