Help needed! I'm writing a book on advanced playing technique

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So, I started editing my guitar book.

It's for people who have been playing for a while (a year or two), so not a beginner book!

I've found that many guitarists get stuck at some point and don't know why. They are doing everything that all the guides are telling them to do, but never get anywhere. So, this is my guide to how to get over that barrier.

I would love to get some input on things that are hard to understand or what could be added and so on. If you can help me out, that would be super!

The book adresses guitarists, but I think the basic principles could be applied to any instrument. If you play piano and have similar problems, my book might help you.

It's still very much a work in progress. The second draft or so. It's missing pictures. All in good time. Smile

1. Let me know what sucks about the book.
2. What didn't you understand?
3. Are my examples stupid?
4. Am I stupid?
5. Does the text come off as just superfluous nonesense??
6. Is this even a real problem or am I dreaming?

Thank you!
Love all you all!

The G chord, p. 28. That fingering is "official" but sometime way back I started making it with index, ring and pinkie. This left my first finger free to, for example, hover over the B string, ready to make a C chord. It made chord changes easier and faster. I'm gonna have to try that original fingering for G to see how I do, I haven't done it in decades.

I got more for later, mostly about playing/jamming with others.

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@benbradley Hey thanks for the reply!

Personally, when I hear anything "official" about guitar, my first impression is to question it... hard! ROFL

It's strange, because we guitarists are an odd bunch. Take any other instrumentist and chances are, they have some formal music-studying background. Guitarists? Not so much. Just a bunch of fustilarians up to no good want to feel ourselves a bit special in whatever utmost-legitimate-establishment happens to book us. With 24 frets, you don't have to be all double-shung. I'd say it's just me, but I've talked to other guitarists. Biggrin

With ordinary musicians, "official" is whatever the well-established publication from 1788 says. With guitarists, "official" is whatever that guy who yells the loudest says. And you shut your yap lest you get strafed!

The more I hear other guitarists talk and fiercely defend whatever they deem the "truth", the more strongly I seem to adopt the presumption that none of them really know what the hell they're talking about. Probably just heard somebody they respect say something and then keep repeating it because surely it must be true, surely. Of course, that other person probably just heard it from somebody else. Now that I think about it, there are some very religious connotations in guitarist culture.

Is there a point to this rant? Nought. Except that I find it a tad disheartening that when I talk about these matters, I often get other guitarists telling me in not-so-politely manner to go f myself because I don't know what I'm talking about. Then again, just a couple of weeks ago, a guitarist told me he'd been battling with a piece of music for six months and with the help of my book mastered it in 15 minutes.

What do I make of this? Well, what is there to make? If people believe in something, no matter how wrong or how unhelpful, no matter if they never saw a glimpse of proof of its usefulness, if they believe in it, they'd rather kill you than admit that they were wrong.

Now I'm wondering if I should just erase all that... hmm... oh well!

Anyway, thank you again for taking the time to read it! Biggrin

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I haven't read all of your book yet, but I'll get to it. First impressions, I like your writing style, not presumptuous as almost every "how-to" book is, not that I ever bother with any hahaha. Guitarists are the worst! Can't stand them, let alone have any meaningful or helpful conversations about such instrument with any of them. They're always right, you're always wrong especially when you agree, you just didn't pluck it out right! Can never please a guitarist, you either "learned it all from a book" so no way you have any practical experience, or you just "don't know what you're doing because you didn't read the books".....often from the same person Smile Or I've played with so and so or was in so and so band or have been playing for 60 years so no way you can teach me anything! So good luck with the book! hahaha. I'm no guitarist, just been faking it for 20some odd years Smile Gods forbid I mention I don't even know my scale! or haven't worn my fingers raw playing Van Halen riffs over and over and over and over and over again, or don't know the Beatles songbook by heart.... whew....I must know nothing Wink Be absolutely positive you never mention an open/alternate tuning! unless ready to duck Smile That's not the "right" way. Yup not a fan of guitarists! hahaha.