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Mel Bay Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios   

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Even the most accomplished guitarist will find some new ideas in the extensive, 3-part collection provided in the Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Sca...Read More

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A book every guitarist should have.

Even the most accomplished guitarist will find some new ideas in the extensive, 3-part collection provided in the Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios. The reference book gives you 2- and 3-octave fingerings for hundreds of guitar chords. 294 pages.

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Mel BayComplete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios
 
4.4

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to follow (3)
  • Improves musicianship (3)
  • Improves technique (3)

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5.0

This is an awesome book!

By KJSulli

from Loveland, CO

About Me Novice

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Pros

  • Challenging
  • Easy To Follow
  • Improves Musicianship
  • Improves Technique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills
    • Learning To Play
    • Music Lessons
    • Specific Techniques

    Comments about Mel Bay Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios:

    I played guitar 35 years ago and am picking it back up again. I bought this book for the Arpeggios scales because I don't want to just strum along but instead be able to play up and down the neck and stay in key. Also to be able to jam with others and get creative with riffs and runs.

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    4.0

    Wonderfully Exhaustive

    By Steevo

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Follow
    • Improves Musicianship
    • Improves Technique

    Cons

    • Error in one section
    • Incomplete

    Best Uses

    • Improving Skills

    Comments about Mel Bay Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios:

    As exhaustive as this volume is, the section on minor scales is incomplete. It only shows melodic minor scales but does not have harmonic minor nor natural minor scales.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Beginners beware.

    By Whiskey Jack

    from New York

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Follow
    • Improves Musicianship
    • Improves Technique
    • Very Thorough

    Cons

    • Mislabeled Minor Scales

    Best Uses

      Comments about Mel Bay Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios:

      So, all in all, I still like this book, but I do have one serious issue with it. I bought it purely as a reference tool, and after playing through each variation of the major scales, I was pretty pleased with them. However, when I reached the "minor" scales, I noticed something. While they are not listed as harmonic minor scales, they ALL are. This causes no problems with me using the book, as I know the difference. But say a beginner picks up the book and begins memorizing all these scales as the natural minor scales. How is a beginner supposed to know? This book could use some more concise labelling and I believe this could possibly be an error. After all, why would they not show the natural minor at all, but instead list all the harmonic minors? It makes no sense. Beginners beware, start with something else.

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      5.0

      Great book

      By David Arnison

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      Comments about Mel Bay Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios:

      Fast shipping. Easy to read. There are a few things you may need to ask someone who really knows their music, but overall it's an awesome book for begginers & pros alike.
      Has more guitar chords and ways to play them than i ever imagined existed.
      Also very clearly shows finger placement.
      It's a paperback like most music books, it bends & creases easily.
      Definately best value for this kind of book

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      5.0

      Great for all levels

      Comments about Mel Bay Complete Book of Guitar Chords, Scales and Arpeggios:

      I have had this book for 10 years. It's an amazing refrence tool. The scale section shows fingerings for the 12 major keys and their modes. Thy're shown in tab, notaion, and grids. The chord section is the best chord book I have seen. It gives you the chord type, the fingering, the formula, the note names and shows the chord in notation. Chords are shown in several psitions.

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