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MJS Music Publications Total Scales Techniques and Applications - Guitar (Book/CD)
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The only course you'll ever need to learn scales and play lead guitar.

Recommended for every guitarist regardless of playing level or musical taste. It starts with all the basics a beginner needs to know, and moves progressively through advanced and professional level techniques and applications. It is a scale encyclopedia, but more importantly it shows every possible way of using the scales to make music. You learn to play in every key and use every position on the fretboard.

The CD includes many examples to enhance your learning.

"...pure playing with basic scales and also tons of cool exotic scales that intermediate and advanced players will really enjoy. ...tons of cool guitar techniques... a rare resource that you'll use far more than you might anticipate."
Chris Arnold, Guitar Digest Magazine

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    As reviewed by J Corlew on 6/29/2006

    I own this book and consider it priceless! To date I've never found a guitar book that so clearly explains its contents. The beginning of this book is very beginner friendly and progresses at a steady rate getting you used to playing all over the fretboard. The author has you achieve this by using 3 finger patterns. Each scale position points out major and minor root notes, so you can easily change things up. Although this is a book on scales, Sternal does introduce basic chords on page 18 which can be used with the scale to write music. You don't need to memorize each scale position because pages 19 through 88 has you repeating them when new techniques or applications are introduced. This alone has helped me become familiar with the entire fretboard of my guitar as well as every cool trick I've ever heard or seen in concert! The second half of the book introduces modes and key changes. Not only does the author clearly explain how to change keys, he also does the work for you. Every key change is written out for the entire fretboard. Cultural and exotic scales are also included, and again written for the entire fretboard. The entire book is written with staff connected to TAB, just like most magazines and song book transcriptions. It also includes a CD which the author narrates and performs the entire book. I own over 70 guitar books, many of which have left me frustrated and confused. Total Scales Techniques and Applications has proven to be the most amazing tool I've ever seen for guitar players. This book has taken me by the hand and made me a very advanced guitarist.

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  • Great for Learning

    As reviewed by Guitarist on 11/2/2006

    This book has help me tremendously with my guitar techniques. It helps explain and go into detail on techniques and how to do them. It has helped me tremendously

    11 of 23 people found this review helpful.
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  • MJS, Genius

    As reviewed by AznJazz on 5/31/2007

    This is perfect for any level guitarist who wants to shape up their skills. This is one of the most useful instructional book for guitar I have come across. If anything this book is more useful than alot of the scale books I have seen. It surpassed "Guitar Grimore" in numbers of ways. The text of the book kinds of annoys me, but the content is really good. Not much to say, but if you are a beginner then get this and get a teacher. If you are an advancer player I would advice this as well, but just look at it and see what you missed.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful.
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