Instructionals that Have Improved Your Playing By Leaps and Bounds

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  1. Soopahmahn

    Soopahmahn Tu ne cede malis

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    Troy Stetina series.
     
  2. Pooluke41

    Pooluke41 H. Maddas

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    Guthrie Govans books,

    I love the little jokes he puts in.

    And some of the Spelling mistakes, haha
     
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    jsl2h90 Awaiting Boden8

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    I'm actually working on Creative Guitar 1 at the moment. How's the 2nd book?
    Seems like the most helpful part of the book is the first chapter of advice, he brings up a lot of good points and I agree the humor is a plus.
     
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    Pooluke41 H. Maddas

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    The 2nd book is also good but much more Technique related.
     
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    jsl2h90 Awaiting Boden8

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    Tosin Abasi needs to release an REH style video. I signed up for jamplay to learn some double thumping and song excerpts which was a pretty good purchase but I'd be down for a couple of DVD's with a little more structure for sure.

    Anyone know of instructionals that cover how to practice with a metronome? It's easy to practice anything in a 4/4 time signature but I don't know how to approach it from any other angles.
     
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    stuglue SS.org Regular

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    If you need help with how to practice effectively with a metronome pm me.
    Here's a shout for Marty Friedman's Exotic Metal Guitar, really good video. He encourages students to create variations, not just learning his licks, the string bending section is great for getting away from the cliche bends. He also teaches rhythmic groupings other than 3 a d 4. The best part is the solo construction, very useful, you'll need some theory knowledge to understand what he's talking about but it gets you out of the one scale mindset
     
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    Frank Gambale's - Chop Builder.

    One of the best players ever!
     
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    Lagtastic Five Align

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    All of Rusty's stuff. Especially:

    -Fretboard Autopsy
    -Shred Guitar Manifesto
    -The Art of Picking
    -Arpeggio Madness (just came out this month)

    Steve Vai - 10 Hour Guitar Workout

    Michael Romeo - The Guitar Chapter. Not very much instruction here, just closeups of licks and examples if you want to learn his style.
     
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    jsl2h90 Awaiting Boden8

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    How's the new Rusty Cooley DVD? I've gotta pick that up.

    Anyone happen to have tried Wayne Krantz's "An Improviser's OS" book?
     
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    EdgeC Songs in C#

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    Good gear. Tonnes of good excercises and different ways of approaching arpeggios.

    Not a criticism about the DVD but the thing that gets me with Rusty is that at mid speed everything he plays sounds melodic and awesome but then he plays the excercise in warp speed and it seems to loose all it's musicality. :2c:
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    Jsl2h90, find yourself a metronome which doesn't accent a certain beat. Count the number of beats you want to play to and just count subdivision (quavers, triplets tee c.) on various beats but not all of them. That way you can vary what beats have the subdivisions and make up lots of interesting rhythms to become used to counting uncommon time signatures. If you find a rhythm you particularly like the write something based on it and play that to the metronome, still counting the beats and subdivisions out loud. If you're struggling to count and play then that's not a sign that you should stop counting, it's a sign that you should stop playing, count the rhythm more on its own and then play and count more. Once you can count and play at the same time together, then you can stop counting aloud but it's still good to count it in your head.
     
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    I just got Guitar Aerobics, by Troy Nelson, today and have been doing the first week. I am better already! Sweep picking is amazing fun. :shred:

    There is so much in there, for fifteen dollars it is a steal. It will take me a long time to get through it.:yesway:
     
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    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    Krantz's book is interesting, but honestly, you'll probably get 80% or more of the useful stuff by tracking down the article about his approach in Guitar Player from a few years ago. Substantial portions of Krantz's book are just lists of possible three, four, five, six, etc. tone groupings from the octave, which you can figure out yourself with a little work.
     
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    Im a big fan of Mark Tremonti's instructional DVD, that has been like my bible for the past year or so.

    Solodini - Your sample chapter link for your book takes you to a Facebook page, i couldn't find any samples from your book itself...or did I just not see it? Lol!
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    Check the "about" box, man. :)
     
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    the "Fretboard Logic" series did wonders for me
     
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    28mistertee SS.org Regular

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    Thanks bro I'll take a look :)
     
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    Solodini MORE RESTS!

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    I appreciate it. Let me know how you find it or if you face any difficulties. :)
     
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    28mistertee SS.org Regular

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    I'll have a look when I next switch my computer on, it doesn't work from my phone. Sounds like a promising buy though. Could be just what I need. :)
     
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    wespaul Octaves of Manhattan

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    I'm surprised to see so many people recommend Chop Builder.
     

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