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High Intensity Guitar Technique Book 1: The Foundations of Proper Guitar Technique: Volume 1 Paperback – 20 Aug 2015
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About the Author
Anthony George started playing the guitar at the age of 13, developing quickly and showing particular skill for rock, metal, neo-classical and blues guitar soloing. Anthony developed to such a standard that by the time he was 17, was already teaching his first students. At the age of 20, Anthony graduated from London’s prestigious Guitar Institute, part of the Institute Of Contemporary Music Performance, with a Higher Diploma. After graduating, Anthony embarked on his career as a professional guitarist performing in function bands, pit bands, playing with the jazz fusion group Elektrik Jazz and delivering guitar clinics to universities and colleges. In 2012 Anthony set up his own guitar tuition company, Cutting Edge Guitar ltd, which operates in schools and from his own studio in Northampton, teaching over 100 students per week. To find out more about Anthony visit www.anthonygeorgeguitar.com
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There is a fantastic insight into the psychological pathways we as guitarists find ourselves at one stage or another.
It provides exactly what is said on the cover. A Foundation to build upon (Or if you are a seasoned veteran a reminder that maybe after 12 years of playing anything at anytime your hammer ons could be made me accurate after laziness and bad habits set in)
This uses elements from various 'schools' of thought, using the CAGED System, picking techniques etc etc. But doesn't actually bore you with laborious things like 4 chapters about how to hold a guitar, straight to the point , concise content to jump to and from.
This is concise, methodical and structured in a way that you can see Anthony's journey and start (or continue) your own. As you will see if you check out his website, Anthony is accomplished and okays with such accuracy and thought, that I can honestly say he the right man for the job.
This book will give you the hardcore, the cement, and the ditch to fill in, and I hope on future there are further books to start laying down the first floor of my guitar playing
Overall, a must have, enjoyable book, with personal touches and guidance which will elevate any part of your core playing techniques you feel are lacking.
I have struggled to replicate particular solos down the years and have been frustrated by this. This book has helped me realise the importance of proper technique and through practicing these exercises, I am now able to more effectively tackle these solos. It is a very well written book and the tablature is much clearer than other books I have used in the past!
guitar, or any other musical instrument for that matter. It all has to
come from you. Your dedication. Your hard work. However this is not to
say we do not need nor should not use help along the way. How good would
Jimi Hendrix be if he didn't have Johnny Jones to pester to show him
blues licks when Jimi was playing the Chitlin curcuit ? How would Joe
Bonamassa play his fast paced country licks if he didn't have Danny
Gatton to nurture him? Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were best friends, they
must have bounced ideas off of each other until they achieved their
level of mastery. Even B.b King had is cousin Booker White. My point
being is we all need guidance. And guidence is exactly what you will
find in Anthony Georges 'High Intensity Guitar Technique' book.
Upon first glance at the book you will notice that amongst the tablature
of the techniques there is text. A lot of text. Do not be put off, this
is what makes the book so special. I'm sure you can find many guitar
technique books that simply show you a technique and tell you to
practise to a metronome. So why the text? What is it all about? As I
said earlier, guidance. Anthony motivates you in this book, he gives you
ways to approach practising, talks you through the techniques he is
showing, tells you what guitarists deploy such techniques and most
importantly, he discusses how to develop the techniques.
This book is an insight to the mind of a very knowledgeable and
The proof of the pudding can be found by simply
going to Anthony's website, which can be found in the 'about the author'
section. We all want to see how good the person is that we are learning
from right? Chech out the guys videos and audio samples and you will
discover a musician who could easierly be jamming with the likes of
Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Guthrie Govan. Anthony knows his technique
there is no doubt there. This book will definitely improve your
I my self am a more blues orientated guitarist, where technique is often
brushed aside for feel, emotion and attitude and yet I still found this
book extremely helpful because no matter what style you play, at some
point you will need to have technique. Could I play the fast paced Clapton and Jimmy Page style licks I play as
well as I could without reading and using Anthonys alternate picking
excersises? No. Could I achieve the smooth legato sound of Jimi Hendrix
and Philip Sayce without using Anthony's legato exercises? No I could
not.I can not begin to imagine what this book could do in the hands of a
budding rock, prog, fusion, shred guitarist.
If you are hesitating on buying this book, check out the guys website,
weep a little, buy the book and improve your technique!!