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Fluid Soloing - Book 1: Arpegios for Lead Guitar (Mel Bay Guitar University) Paperback – 16 Dec 2008

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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Pap/Com edition (16 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786672757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786672752
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 21.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 756,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very good book much better than same priced publications that are available in the high st. I would recommend this to anyone who plays the guitar and it is not just usable by advanced players it is cleverly set out with a cd and theres no reason a beginner could not take a quick big step up in his guitar playing. cool book.thankyou
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Arpeggio book for techinque 7 April 2009
By David Deavenport - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am somewhat of a guitar instructional book junkie. I have literally hundreds of them, some good some bad, but I can usually get at least one or two positive things from even the worst of them. I have several books on arpeggios for guitars, and those are good for learning the different shapes. But if you just play the shapes, they will always sound a bit stiff.

Fluid Soloing has an entirely different approach. Not only were most of these fingerings for arpeggios completely new to me, the way the author has you play them was a revelation. I consider myself a fairly advanced guitarist, so after an hour or two the concepts made sense and I was able to execute a few of the arpeggios in the way the author instructed. It opened up a whole new way of playing for me. However, continuing on in the book I pretty much got my butt kicked. I would say you would have to be at least an intermediate guitarist with some fair technique to really get the most from this book. I am about half way through it and I have shoved my other books aside until I get this stuff down.

This will improve your playing, whether you're a rock, jazz, blues, or whatever guitarist. I think even if you never even used these arpeggios, your finger strength and technique will become much better having gone through this. You will find yourself doing combinations of long stretches with hammer-ons that are not your usual licks. This book will really make you re-evaluate your playing.

If you want to make some real progress with your strength, technique and chord knowledge, this book is a must. But be forewarned, it will take some work, and it's not some lightweight guide that you will blow through in a few days. This will be months of work, at least. It will be worth it. I am really getting into this book, and look forward to his next offering.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring your playing to the next level 25 Mar. 2009
By Christopher Baldwin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book has made such a HUGE impact on my playing. For years, I struggled to make the transition from Rock/Blues guitar to Jazz. I have always wanted to play Jazz but the complicated chord changes left my solos sounding confused and patchy at best. I credit this book for getting me over the hump.

Arpeggios to me represent a "safety net" for soloing - they always work. Since this book outlines arpeggios for pretty much every type of chord you will see (in every position), it gives you a safety net for every situation.

This safety net has allowed me to experiment more and play "outside the box" whenever I feel like stretching myself. If I lose myself or get out of control, I can always bring it back to an arpeggio to resolve the chaos. So I can practice new ideas in front of an audience without sounding horrible.

And here's the best thing... this book makes arpeggios sound COOL. The book shows you a "rapid fire" style of playing arpeggios, and that makes the arpeggios sound like really cool licks rather than boring patterns.

It's always tough to choose the right book because you know you will have to invest some time to get the most out of it. This book will be a valuable use of your time!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fluid soloing arpeggios 30 May 2009
By Coste Christophe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A reall "must have" book in your collection
This book allowed me to really improve my playing, these arpeggios can be applied in any style you play.
The book is very well organised and well thought.
The only bad point is the lack of explanation on the theoric point of view (fonction of each note should be added: root 3 ,5 7 for instance for a Maj 7 arpeggio) and for each arpeggio a note is added to demonstrate how you outline an embellished chord but it s not explained, you have to find it by yourself.
I'm really waiting for the following books of the Fluid soloing serie from mel bay
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this book! 24 Feb. 2009
By jd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book on learning arpeggios for guitar across, and up, the entire neck of the instrument. The book presents 8 arpeggio types - Major, Major Seventh, Dominant Seventh, Minor, Minor Seventh, Minor Seventh Flat Five, Diminished Seventh, and Minor Sixth (I am not entirely sure why that last one was included, is that chord really that popular?).

The first section of the book presents each arpeggio type in seven different positions. The positions are as follows: fifth string starting with the root note on the first finger, sixth string starting with the root note on the first finger, fifth string starting with the root note on the fourth finger, sixth string starting with the root note on the fourth finger, fourth string starting with the root note on the first finger, sixth string starting with the root note on the second finger, fifth string starting with the root note on the second finger. That's a total of 56 different patterns! Oh yeah, shed-city.

The second section of the book connects the position-based arpeggios into full length of the neck arpeggios. Very nice indeed. There are three patterns for each of the eight arpeggio types. That's 24 more patterns for the shed. There are also some practice etudes that connect different arpeggios together into musical phrases. Again - nice.

Of course no book is perfect. The order in which the arpeggios are presented in each section is weird to me; Minor 7, then Dominant 7, then Major 7, Diminished 7th, Minor 7th b5, Minor 6th, Major Triad, Minor Triad. Way weird. Why not Major Triad, Major 7th, Dominant 7th, Minor Triad, Minor 7th, Minor 7th b5, Diminished 7th , then Minor 6th. That way you work your way through the flatted notes in an orderly manner (BTW - I suggest you practice the arpeggios in that order - and memorize which part of the chord each note you play represents).

And I find some of the fingerings a bit bizarre - the FIVE fret stretch on page 19 Example 37 is insane and can be replaced by playing two notes with your little finger one note per consecutive string. There isn't a lot of emphasis on how to use all this arpeggio knowledge, but that is perhaps the subject for another book.

But then, no book is perfect. This book, plus a good book on scales and modes (I haven't found one of those, so I made my own based on stuff I learned at Berklee), and you should know your way around the fingerboard in most impressive style.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book for any guitarist, beginning to advanced (unless you already know EVERYTHING listed above), although obviously it will be a long slog for the beginner, but well worth it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Book 19 Mar. 2009
By Punkrocklava - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This review is coming from a High Level Intermediate/Advanced level guitarist. This is the best book specifically dedicated to arpeggios I have come across. The author gives the reader 36 pages of patterns and then the rest of the book connects everything very nicely. The spiral binding and the included CD are a nice finishing touch to a quality product. I'm excited to see what topics the author's future books cover.
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