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A guitar book for grown ups,
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This review is from: The Praxis System: Guitar Compendium - Volume 2 (Paperback)
Firstly this is the second in a set of 3 books written by Howard Roberts and Garry Hagberg. I bought volume 1 which is so good that I got this book, Volume 3 is difficult to find and is not available on Amazon. I have ordered it from my local music shop. Amazon, get your act together and stock it!
So who was Howard Roberts? He was a jazz guitarist in the 1950s who also did a lot of session work in the 60s before he took up teaching. Apart from recording several great albums most of which are sadly out of print (Amazon stock some) you would have heard a lot of his work on TV. He played the theme music to "Batman", "The Munsters", "Bonanza" , The Beverly Hillbillies", "Mission Impossible" and a load of others. He also "backed" a lot of 60's bands like "The Monkees" and "The Electric Prunes" For a biog see [...]. My point is that he could actually play the instrument. Not just talk about it.
The 3 books focus on trying to get you to play what's inside your head. There are a lot of exercises to bring this out. You don't have to approach them in a linear fashion, there are suggestions as to which ones to approach if you wish to play in a particular style. A lot of the focus is on how to approach problems you feel you have with your playing. Volume 2 is mostly about scales and intervals.
There is no TAB in the books. So you will need to know how to sight read from a score. There is nothing hugely complicated so just knowing where the notes are on the fretboard are will get you through most of the exercises. Or you could scan the scores into Sibelius and generate the TAB from that, with some editing to get the correct position. I would recommend "Music Theory" By Tom Kolb in the Hal Lenoard Guitar method if you want to learn "the dots" or for a more formal approach the William Leavett books with the DVD and CD.
There is a lot to learn in these books....they should keep you busy for a year or two!