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Centerstream Publishing Speed Metal Guitar Instruction (Book/CD)
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This terrific book and CD package teaches the aspiring rock guitarist how to pick faster and play more melodically. Dave Celentano uses examples from...Read More
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This terrific book and CD package teaches the aspiring rock guitarist how to pick faster and play more melodically. Dave Celentano uses examples from rock to Paganini and Bach to teach heavy metal techniques. The book is structured to take the player through the examples in order of difficulty from easy to challenging.
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I bought this book thinking I would learn all the secrets to virtuoso speed metal. I was somewhat disappointed to find that the book was 95% music. A couple of sentences before each song was the most explanation given. No exercises or techniques explained in depth, just transcriptions of Bach et al. Also, the CD seems to have been converted from a cassette tape played a little too fast. When I tried to tune to the CD, I had to tune up from E quite a bit, enough to break a string before even playing. That said, each selection is written in notation and tab, and even has a recommended fingering for each note. The print is nice and big and easy to read. Overall, this book isn't bad, but the title and description are a bit misleading.
This book contains a few great exercises, like the melodic exercises and the pedal tone exercises. However, this book focuses primarily on Paganini's 24th Caprice and doesn't explain how to tie all these elements into solos. Although he does indicate the key of each exercise, they are mostly just sweep picking arpeggio's and dimished runs. An okay book to introduce someone into neoclassical, but you're better off just learning solos from Yngwie Malmsteen and Joe Stump to get a feel how to really tie classical into your playing.If you want to play faster, purchase John Petrucci's Rock Discipline.