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Learning to master simple aspects of guitar playing becomes a monumental task for most and overwhelming for many. Thanks to the number of method books sending the same message of unconnected dots, missing information and confusion to uninformed teachers, this problem is only exemplified.

Fortunately, Mosby has cracked the code for a proven, systematic approach to developing acoustic guitar technique which allows easy access to a methodical approach based on a few simple ideas and a solid foundation in the basics of music.

The highlighted skills are built off a few simple principles which build strong, connected relationships. Comprehensive yet easy to follow, each unique study is packed with a life time of information. Eight basic chords and their related studies is all that is needed to develop the skill set necessary for personal style and expanded expression.

“The layout and presentation of this book is well thought out, methodical and easy to follow. Any student at any level will find it easy access…”

Dr. Roland Jordan, Composer / Music Theorist Professor, Washington University

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Mosby has cracked the code for a systematic approach to developing acoustic guitar technique. Acoustic Guitar For Contemporary Players Book II expands on critical concepts found in Book I. Knowledge is key to creative expansion allowing guitarists and songwriters full access to their creative capabilities for today’s music.

Book II takes the open-position GCFDAE chords to the next level. All major, major7

dominant 7, minor, minor 7 shapes are explored and put to practical work and get to the really cool sounds which are a part of the guitar palette. Barre chords and their inter-relationships to open-position chords are built upon for quick learning and physical deployment.

Moveable scales based on GCFDAE open chord forms along with a methodical approach to technical exercises increase fluency, counting, fingerboard note memorization and overall musical skills. Pentatonic scales and their applications in Blues are taught as well.

A unique, quick and enlightened approach Modern Chord Theory is introduced along with practical application. Diatonic and modal interchange theory will change the way you harmonize your songs and create new ones. The practice progressions and tunes in the back, have many examples for performance practice and analysis purposes.

“The layout and presentation of this book is well thought out, methodical and easy to follow. Any student at any level will find it easy access…”

Dr. Roland Jordan, Composer / Music Theorist Professor, Washington University

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Major Scales For Contemporary Guitar gets straight to the heart of scale study on the instrument by introducing the five basic major scale fingerings and drilling down on each in a repetitive methodical method.

Many methods introduce hundreds of scales with out showing their inter-relation to the basic major scale fingerings which can add a great amount of confusion, frustration and hinder advancement.

Mosby’s approach is straight ahead from the beginning. All major scales carry the same fingering patterns as any derivative scale. Since all modes are derived from the major scale and use the same fingerings, it makes sense to conquer these five basic shapes from the major scale perspective before moving on. The result is strong technique, clear mental focus in counting and note placement and confidence.

Once the major scale fingerings are conquered, then the modal possibilities bloom forth which will be featured in an upcoming book to take the student through the modes and their applications in improvisation, composition and reharmonization.

Learning to master simple aspects of guitar playing becomes a monumental task for most and overwhelming for many. Thanks to the number of method books sending the same message of unconnected dots, missing information and confusion to uninformed teachers, this problem is only exemplified.

Mosby has cracked the code for a proven, systematic approach to developing acoustic guitar technique which allows easy access to a methodical approach based on a few simple ideas and a solid foundation in the basics of music.

“The layout and presentation of this book is well thought out, methodical and easy to follow. Any student at any level will find it easy access…”

Dr. Roland Jordan, Composer / Music Theorist Professor, Washington University

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Classical Studies For Contemporary Guitar represents a body of violin etudes to development classical repertoire and pick style single string playing as well as fingerpicking technique.

For teachers, this volume offers duets in the form of inventions and cannons which aid in play along assignments. The Kreutzer etudes will help cement fingerings from the five basic groups. This is also a great aid to development of sight reading skills with in the five basic fingers.

For the practicing guitarist it offers a technical repertoire which works equally well in wedding type ceremonies, events which require classical background as well as a few pieces for concert settings.

Developed and tested over a period of time, these works are required pieces for the serious guitarist wanting to advance performance abilities. Violin studies were the only source of technical proficiency for pick style guitar until the mid 1960’s. Very practical, music written by masters of their time, Classical Studies For Contemporary Guitar will definitely ignite your chops.