Don't know if you're still waiting on someone to reply to this post, but I can in fact comment on the book in question: I'm a touring musician for living and I bought this book last year for a friend â€“ he's a hobby-guitarist â€“ who had asked me to explain the theory behind some of the songs and solos he had already picked up by ear. Wellâ€¦I'm lazy and busy (a bad combination â€“ smirk) so I set out to find a book that would outline the basics for him; I settled on â€œFretboard Theoryâ€.
I certainly haven't forgotten the frustration and confusion that can result from poorly taught theoryâ€¦so I was careful to find something straight-forward and well-written.
You really can't go wrong with this book if you're a beginner or intermediate player; you don't have to read music to get started with it; the lessons are coherent and concise, and you'll learn only what you need to know as you go, without over-whelming references to advanced theory that doesn't apply at your level. Desi seems to teach modestly, using clear fretboard diagrams and â€œtabâ€, as well as referring you to classic and contemporary song standards that exemplify each lesson's content.
Like any book on music, it's not a miracle cure for a lack of discipline or the utterly tone-def among us (smirk), but if you have any musical inclination whatsoever, it'll give you a solid start (grin). Cheers!
My style (new age, space rock), I'm composing these days thanks to this book. I'm an academic kind of person; been searching for an avenue that could show me guitar academics in such way that I could relate better than just ordinary guitar lesson the last eight years. I have tinkered with all the songs Desi advocates learning and as mentioned, when you master the scales, your brain will kick in and that's what has happened to me.
If you purchase this book, be assured, it will help you beyond reproach. I have other books from famous people. Desi is an excellent technical writer. He knows his stuff and presents it well. Get it!
Desi, (ya happy now?)
Theres basically 10 chapters in it, the 11th is a short summary type chapter. I printed them out and stapled them into chapters so I now have 10 "mini books" and plan to work on each chapter in succession.
I have briefly read through the whole thing and as the others say it is well written and the more I read and play the better understanding I am having.
I got my download copy for $10 which is a real bargain. I think he is still selling them at this price.
Even if you can't grasp all of it (which I can't at the mo) I'm sure as I progress through the book all will become clearer, as is happening now.
Hope this helps
This book is very good. Its easy to follow. I bought the book last year - still working with it.
Its really worth buying. You understand much more how solos and riffs fit and start playing and creating yourself. Thats where fun comes in. I got Desis pentatonic DVD - buy it too. But: The material does not practise for you.
book I fell in love with it right off the bat. I could follow it and understand what he was trying to teach. The way
he describes the Pentatonic scales has open up a whole new guitar world for me. For instance I am amazed at how many
popular songs are based on the Em pentatonic scale alone. I was so impressed that I went and bought all 3 of his DVD's.
I will be spending this winter watching the DVD's and learning.
Here is his website. http://guitar-music-theory.com
Anyway...I can't say I'm overly cyber-community-savvy, but it seems to me that the original post -- posted nearly two years ago -- was made by a legitimate member with many previous posts to his credit...and I may be wrong, but given how I ended up here, I'm willing to venture that non of these folks know the author personally or owe him any great debt. I don't really care, to tell the truth...except to say that the reason why I came here was because I'd never heard of this forum and thought I'd check it out; maybe find a new place to waste the wee hours of the morning, winding down after gigs...and do a couple people a favour in the process [bford and this cat Desi, that is]. My bad!
Yada, yada...I just hope we can all get past this awkward introduction and be friends; after all, I may need to SPAM you about my own musical ventures someday (smirk). Cheers!