Dec 28, 2008

The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity

I'm proud to say that I've been quietly working away on a jam packed guitar instructional book called The Essential Guide To Guitar Virtuosity. In a way, this book has been in the making for well over a year now. I wasn't satisfied with the first draft, so I took some time away from it. I actually started the first draft before I ever opened GuitArticles to the world wide web. Once I came back to the book, I had a renewed and clearer vision of the subject matter, and general
layout of the book.

After a good 4 months of rewriting, editing, designing and tweaking, its finally finished and loaded to the brim with information, that spans a good amount of subject matter. This book can be broken down into two sections, though it is not exactly laid out in a two part fashion. Those sections would be the mental and physical properties of guitar playing, because both are highly important during the training process.

It does cover a lot of exercises, and it does cover a lot of tips on refining technique, but it also covers a lot of the metaphysical, delving deep into the artistic and aesthetic principles of guitar
playing. To get a better understanding of what I'm talking about, here's a run down of the chapter index.


1. Mental Mastery
2. The Seven Principles Of Guitar Speed
3. How To Train For Speed And Maximize Your Playing
4. Basic Speed Drills - Four Finger Exercises
5. Basic Speed Drills - Three Finger Exercises
6. Basic Speed Drills - Two Finger Exercises
7. Basic Speed Drills - Tremolo Picking
8. Moderately Advanced Picking Exercises
9. Advanced Picking Exercises
10. Better Bending
11. Better Vibrato
12. Better Hammer-Ons And Pull-Offs
13. Legato
14. Tapping
15. Sweep Picking
16. Developing Better Sliding Technique
17. Economy Picking
18. String Skipping
19. Harmonics
20. How To Write Awesome Guitar Solos
21. Ear Training
22. The Ultimate Practice Routine
23. The Power Of Metacognition
24. Recording And The Home Studio
Final Thoughts

With a total of 154 pages, and well over a 130 exercises, photos and diagrams, you can be well assured that I sweated intensely during the laborious construction of this book. Though some of the subject matter has been discussed on GuitArticles already, only about %25 of the content in the book has been revealed on this blog. Its also hard to go into as much detail on a blog site, as opposed to a complete book. Naturally, since I slaved away at the book, its not free - however, you can download a sample chapter from the book, which is in pdf format.

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