Monster Modes for Guitar 2 (Paperback)

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Monster Modes for Guitar 2 (Paperback)


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Over 1000 modal exercises, patterns and riffs

This book is intended for guitarists who have already had experience with playing or learning modes. There are an enormous number of exercises, techniques, and connected patterns for gaining proficiency in playing in any key all over the fretboard, regardless of playing style. Although this is mainly a modal exercise book, there are tips and insights included to help deepen your understanding of the use and application of modes. If you want to learn all about modes, there is a perfect companion book: Monster Modes I, which covers all aspects of learning, playing, and using modes, is available here:

Things to consider before you begin:
Each exercise should be done first with alternate picking, then with hammer-ons and pull-offs wherever possible, even if the example has only alternate picking shown above it. To determine whether to use a hammer-on or pull-off, a lower numbered fret going to a higher numbered fret on the same string is a hammer-on, and a higher numbered fret going to a lower numbered fret is a pull-off.

Other suggested techniques: Economy picking, various right-hand techniques; for example, alternating IM as in PIMA (classical guitar or bass guitar).
Some exercises may seem to be very large, but if you know the modes well, most of the patterns for the exercises can be figured out within the first measure or two
Most of the examples start from the same places on the fretboard. This is just for comfort when playing the exercises. The exercises span most of the fretboard, but try playing the patterns from other frets or connecting the modes for various keys by starting from different frets.

In the table of contents, the title of each section indicates the general idea of what is contained in the section. For example, a section in the book titled "Three Octave Modes" not only shows you the patterns for three octave modes but also many different variations created from the basic three octave patterns.

Use a metronome. A metronome set to a comfortable speed is recommended. Some users set it to one click per beat, but it can be very helpful to set the metronome to click once per note Metronome apps can be set to a very high setting, which is useful when playing one note per click.

Use proper technique. Make sure you're sitting or standing in the proper position depending on your style or type of guitar you are using. Generally, for sitting, use a chair without arms that is not too high with something under your foot to raise the leg the guitar rests on to prevent the guitar from sliding down your leg as you practice. If standing, your strap should be adjusted until your fretting hand arm is at about a 45-degree angle. Fretting hand: keep your fingers on the tips and your thumb behind the neck. Try not to drag your thumb when moving to other frets or positions; move your thumb with your hand. Picking hand: a relaxed wrist movement is best with the pick at about a 45-degree angle.
Product Details ISBN: 9798378629602
Publisher: Independently Published
Publication Date: February 23rd, 2023
Pages: 264
Language: English