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Guitar Mastery Simplified: How Anyone Can Quickly Become a Strumming, Chords, and Lead Guitar Ninja Kindle Edition
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Sorry to mention his YouTube channel, but that's all this book is designed to do, make you aware of his online presence, while showing you stuff you can find out for free. Stuff like chord charts for example. There is a bizarre section on strumming patterns. Most teachers will invest time in showing their students rhythm blocks, so they can figure out any strumming pattern by ear, you know eighth note strumming, sixteenth note strumming all that good stuff. But here we are forced to remember dozens of random strumming patterns, which serve no purpose to actual working music. A kid with a guitar is better off being really well versed in rhythm block training like I mentioned earlier, instead of thinking: "Does this, down, down, up, down, up pattern work for this song?" It takes too long, it's impossible, it's not musically applicable at all!!!
The book demonstrates a couple of pentatonic scales. Again stuff you can find EVERYWHERE for free. On page 86 I thought the content may finally start to get better. Here the author demonstrates, what notes are on the lines and spaces on a musical staff in guitar sheet music. Ah, a bit of sight reading exercises then? Nope! The next few pages demonstrate basic fret board roadmaps, where notes are laid out on fret board diagrams similar to tab, but no basic sight reading exercises even in a simple context. You showed us the musical staff, but no how to use it! Seriously mate, it's just a waste of good paper.
Okay if you're a complete beginner there are some things in this book which may help you. The naming of the strings, basic open chords, basic bar chords. But all this stuff can be found free my friend. There is no mention of the CAGED system. For example the author does not demonstrate how to play a major chords using an E form, or how to play a G diminished chord built from an A form et cetera, you get my point. CAGED chord knowledge is extremely important to any player. The CAGED system is inescapable every guitar player uses it somehow, yet there's no mention of it in this book? And this author is going to turn the reader into a Guitar Ninja? In a Universe where guitar is a complete enigma perhaps...
I'm actually enraged by this product! This guy is a snake oil sales man. This book is just full of motivational paragraphs about why you should practice, with some directionless fret board knowledge thrown at you every few pages. How is this an amazon number one best seller? Look at all these five star reviews, how did you get anything out of this? People are just being naïve and hyping this product up to the ceiling as if this book turned them into the next Michael Lee Firkins. Get a grip on reality!
Many thanks Erich, so glad I found you. Keep up the good work Erich!
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