The Infinite Guitar
Paperback, 266 Pages
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Twenty years in the making, this level zero to infinity, 266 page book covers in detail every aspect of the modern guitar. Information includes: applications of chords such as triads, 6, 7th, 9th, 69, add9, 11th, 13th chords, altered dominants, slash chords and voice leading. Also covered in detail are the methods of composition and harmonization. Chapters on improvisation cover the: uses of the major scale and its modes, melodic minor scale and its modes, the half/whole diminished scale, harmonic minor scale, the pentatonic scales and the uses of arpeggios. Sight reading and advice on practicing and ear training are also given special attention. "This book has great sagely advice every creative soul needs to absorb. I wish I'd had this when I was a teen. It's like having your own personal musical mentor!" -Jennifer Batten (solo artist, guitarist for Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck)
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Dec 14, 2009This guitar book distills at least 20 years of a professional guitarist's experience/insights into organized units of essential concepts that help musicians understand the artistry and craftsmanship behind good musicianship. It dodges the hype that anyone can effortlessly play the guitar without any music knowledge in just 30 days. Instead, the book pops a few user-friendly quizzes to make sure that the reader hasn't flipped through the pages too carelessly. Chris has put a lot of himself into writing this book, so that others can use the guitar to express themselves. Thumb through the preview. You will already get the sense of a superb guitar resource/guide.
Jun 5, 2009"THE guitar resource to have" You would think after buying 30 or so books on guitar that I would have enough and never need another book- well I'd convinced my wife of that at least, but I tell you, I think I've truly found the one book I'd have on a deserted island with my guitar for the rest of my life. First of all, in case you haven't noticed with Chris's online lessons, he has a way of explaining some of the trickiest concepts on the guitar in a way that clicks immediately and gets you applying it to your playing as fast as possible. I've probably looked at over 100 online lessons in the past 10 years, and I've never found any as good as the ones he post for free. I guess this should be of no surprise since he's a former MI-GIT instructor, and now heads the Tokyo school of music. In other words this guy is not just an amazing guitar player, but a gifted educator- a combination that is hard to find. The book is extremely well organized, the diagrams are as legible and... More > easy to understand as any I've ever seen, and most importantly he covers pretty much every essential guitar concept you need to know about. Chris even covers traditionally difficult and not-fun subjects such as modes, sight reading and song writing in a way that is so clear and easy to follow, that I just can't believe I hadn't already found this information explained in such a clear manner from anyone else. Again, I’m convinced the real difference is that he is an educator and he's spent years teaching people, and has truly found the most efficient methods to enlighten students quickly. After 20 years of playing, I’m quite happy to finally have such a quality encyclopedia of information that will keep me busy for the rest of my life. And as if the book wasn’t enough, he regularly adds lessons to his site, so I’ve already added 2 excellent lessons to the book on practicing modes. Needles to say, I highly recommend this book- buy it today!< Less
Jan 2, 2009"Chris Juergensens Infinite Guitar" Recently bought your cd's and Infinite Guitar - like to tell you that I have enjoyed listening to your music immensely and your analysis of musical theory is a revelation. I am 52 and been playing the guitar for many years.I teach adults and younger pupils and always looking for aids to help get musical principles of improvisation over to students. Your Infinite Guitar is easily understood, written in a logical manner and has opened my eyes to a few techniques and trains of thought that have helped me with my guitar playing. I have many volumes of complicated theoretical descriptions of how to go about improvisation - I have not come across such a comprehensive, direct and easily understood tutorial as yours. I now use your book as a basis to develop my own and pupils playing. Congratulations on a life changing publication that is perfectly complimented by your recorded work which I've been listening to regularly since buying. Many thanks... More > Chris - Neil Speers UK.< Less
Feb 2, 2008"Fabulous!" I've gleaned more useful (directly applicable) knowledge from this book than I did from years of guitar lessons. It works. Thanks Chris! - Nate Hartman
Jan 6, 2008"Re: Infinite Guitar" the infinite guitar sucks. It does not explain things well...and i'm wasting my money!!!
Aug 3, 2007"Infinate Guitar - the only guitar book you'll need for a very long time" This TRULY IS an infanite road map to playing contemporary guitar. This book covers many many important areas such as modes of the major and melodic minore scale, developing a monsterous chord vocabulary, voice leading, sight reading, ear training, harmony, and much more. Click on "Preview Book" under picture of the book cover to read see it's table of contents. All this information is laid out in a very understandable way. It's as if Chris is sitting down right in front of you teaching you this stuff through a casual private lesson. It's very comprehendable - this means its NOT written using a bunch of guitar jargon stating things in overly complicated ways simply to boost the authors own ego. I have recommended this book to many people because it is just so great! And at this price, you're saving yourself alot of money. you would have to buy several books and probably a set of private... More > lessons to have it all explained to you in order to get the same amount of information as you would with the Infinate Guitar.< Less
Mar 5, 2007"Infinite Guitar" I have only read the preview but I can tell you for certain; This guy is good! He explains harmonic concepts simply. He puts subjects in logical order. He provides examples that any student can use as a creative springboard for effective practice. I have been teaching and playing professionally for three decades and had the honor of studying with Ted Greene while I was a studio musician in Los Angeles. His teaching style is different than Mr. Green's, but I would rate this instructional material up there with Ted's. It is straightforward, clear and fast! I am buying a copy right now. 'Nuff said? ...Geo Conner
Jul 12, 2006"The Infinite Guitar" This is the most comprehensive guitar book that I've ever seen. Chris Juergensen has packed this book with chords, scales, and a great deal of music theory. If you are a serious guitar player looking to learn more about the guitar, this is the book for you.
Jun 3, 2006"Re: Re: Infinite Guitar" Although I think your negative comments are unwarranted (considering the fact that out of the hundreds of people who have purchased it, the only unflattering comment has been yours), I am willing to admit that the book may not be for everyone. If you do not have a tiny amount of experience playing the guitar, it may feel like sailing across the Pacific Ocean in a row boat. I also think that if you are willing to say that something "sucks" you should also have balls enough to sign your name to the comment. Or maybe your comment has nothing to do with the book? -Chris Juergensen
Apr 12, 2006"Infinite Guitar - Wow!" I've played guitar for over 30 years and have worked through a lot of guitar books but nothing I've come across comes close to Chris Jurgensen's achievement with this book. He has a gift of presenting complex concepts in a very acessible way that even a guitar player can understand -:) The book presents the material in a non-linear way that lets me learn a few concepts, practice a few exercises and then jump to another part of the book to learn some complimentary concepts. For example I worked on some of the triad exercises and when I needed a change of pace I checked out the material on scales and it helped me understand the triads better and also allowed me to make up some cool riffs using my new found musical chops. If you like cranking through a book one page at a time there are other books that do that but Chris's treatise on the guitar IS INFINITE in that you could spend years with this thing and never run out concepts to learn and exercises... More > to put together. Besides all the knowledge this book has, Chris also provides some cool perspective on the guitar, its roots, how to practice smarter and have more fun. Bravo to Chris for adding this mountain range to the guitar landscape!< Less
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- Chris Juergensen
- April 10, 2006
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.76 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 8.5 wide x 11 tall
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