Author: Tim Quinn
When I wrote about this book previously, I ended off with “I’ll let you know when I buy it”. Well, I bought it … So now I guess I’d better let you know 🙂
This one is going to be simple. The book is good but not quite what I was expecting from the title. In short, this is a pure workbook. There’s not a great deal going on in terms of actual reading material. Although there are some tips scattered and a few pages of advice, the heart of this book is hands on. Lots of arpeggio patterns to practice in many variations and positions, including major and minor triads, major sevenths, dominant sevenths, minor sevenths, minor sixth and diminished arpeggios. There are a few short etudes included which are always great for practicing and warm ups and also give you some ideas of tying chords together. All examples are provided by TAB and notation.
This book is not for the beginner and I would say it’s borderline for intermediates. This really is aimed at advanced guitarists. Although the arpeggio patterns and examples are the kind you expect to see in the shred scene, they aren’t genre specific and will be useful for any style of guitar. Although many of the patterns could be played in swept fashion, the author recommends alternate picking for each of the exercises. The content is not just page filler, all the arpeggio shapes and patterns are worth knowing and well worth putting in the effort to practice. Just make sure you are ready for it. Some of these patterns require some difficult finger stretches.
All in all it’s a great workbook and a worthwhile addition to include among your learning resources. The only snag for me is the CD. Although all the examples are there for you to listen to, there are no practice tracks which is a bit of a let down and the examples can’t be panned out in the stereo field. Admittedly, my gripes are borne out of laziness. For anyone who takes guitar seriously, knocking up a quick backing track to aid your practice just isn’t a problem. Then again, you might be one of those aliens that only ever practice with a metronome so it wouldn’t be a problem! 🙂