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Post by Nick » March 24th, 2005, 6:42 am

You can read my review here:

http://www.guitarnoise.com/reviews/musi ... uitarists/

You can buy the book from the link an the bottom of the review. It's just a great theory book.


If you are in the UK drop a PM to greybeard. He is the UK distributor.

It's also available on Amazon.
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Post by m07zm4n » March 25th, 2005, 3:16 am

I'm aware of the connection between this review and one review on amazon.com

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Post by Nick » March 25th, 2005, 5:02 am

Yep, they are both mine.

What can I say? When I see a good thing I want to let the world know. :D

BTW, I get no kickback or percentage of sales from Noteboat's book.
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Post by m07zm4n » March 28th, 2005, 2:32 am

:D
I know what you mean.
It really caught my attention, and that's the purpose in the end!

btw: is it really MONDAY? where have I been the last three days?
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Post by alexduller » April 9th, 2005, 7:20 am

Has anyone seen the latest review by a guy called J Hays?? Either he's illiterate or he's got the wrong book......nasty guy...

Take a look:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-rev ... oding=UTF8

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Post by Nick » April 9th, 2005, 8:18 am

weird....that sounds like an axe to grind to me.
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Post by NoteBoat » April 9th, 2005, 10:21 am

I saw that the day he posted it - it's my only bad review so far, anywhere.

I thought about answering it, but I figured it's really not worth the trouble - sales through Amazon have dipped slightly, but not much - they still sell about 80 copies a month or so.

I was sort of flattered that he said it's not as bad as the 'for Dummies' book. I haven't read their theory book, but all the Dummies and Idiots books I've looked at have been pretty decent in their subjects.

The other two faults he finds - that I'm not 'up to date on advances in guitar tablature' and that you need to have more than a basic undertanding of music to use the book, simply don't make sense. You can't learn theory through tab - tab does not distinguish between F# and Gb (an important difference, for theory!) or other enharmonic notes - so tab is only used to facilitate understanding the standard notation.

You don't need any background in music to use the book, either... but it won't teach you how to play guitar. If you're looking for a book to give you all the chord fingerings or scale patterns, this ain't it - there are books available for those purposes.

My impression is that here's a guy who plays some other instrument, and figured understanding theory as applied to the guitar would make him a guitarist. That's not the way it works, and it's not what the book was written for.

Oh well :)

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Post by corbind » September 12th, 2005, 3:35 pm

Well, I came across this and posted my review:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/de ... 8&v=glance

Tom, I re-read your book and the other reviewer was smokin' crack at the time of his writing. :shock: I'm happy to learn just a few new things in a theory book. Anything more is just gravy.
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Post by greybeard » September 13th, 2005, 9:25 am

Tom,

Do you know a Chris Hays or Chris Hays Karvon? Couple of names I googled up with the search "J. Hays guitar"
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Post by NoteBoat » September 13th, 2005, 9:31 am

Not personally, no. But then, I don't know most of the people who've bought the book :)
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Post by JSnood » September 27th, 2005, 4:08 am

I have been looking for a music theory book that uses guitar rather than keyboard. I've just ordered this. Thanks.
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Post by undercat » October 30th, 2005, 10:35 pm

Just thought I'd let you know, Tom - my birthday came around and I asked for your book and my folks actually got it for me!

My only dissapointment is that it wasn't signed to me, since I feel like I know you in a way, but that's the drag of getting presents! :D

Anyhow, I'm starting to get into it and I have to say it's everything I thought it would be, very clear, consise, and thorough.

Thanks for a good read! 8)
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Post by Evolution » October 31st, 2005, 1:30 pm

Just a quick question:

Did this book go out of print? I can't find at my local bookstores and I went on http://amazon.ca and it says the book is out of print. I'm guessing this is only in Canada(hopefully). I really want to check out this book it sounds interesting.

Edit: So I just saw this link: http://www.noteboat.com/specials/gn_special.html and I was wondering how much the shipping to Canada would be. Since it says it will only cover shipping to the US..... :(

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Post by NoteBoat » November 7th, 2005, 8:14 pm

It's definately not out of print; however, I don't think Amazon stocks it in Canada. I'll ship direct to Canada via surface mail (depending on where you are, that could take a few weeks), or you could have a bookstore order it - I know some Canadian bookstores have stocked it.
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Post by greybeard » November 8th, 2005, 12:34 am

If Amazon doesn't stock it, but has it listed, they do tend to mark it as "out of print"
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