Fundamentals of Guitar

by Miles Okazaki
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Designed for guitarists at any skill level. Beginners can use it as an introduction to the foundational concepts of the instrument, intermediate players can use it for training and theoretical work, and advanced players can explore the sections on advanced theory, extended technique and the exhaustive tables of melodic and rhythmic possibilities. Divided into two parts: Pitch and Rhythm. Part 1 (pitch) begins with the properties of string, harmonics, and tuning systems. It then moves methodically through pitch information. This is followed by a study of intervals. Part 2 (rhythm) begins with a complete course in "Symmetrical Picking," a method based on drum rudiments that builds control in the picking hand through an exhaustive variety of movements. Plain English is used as much as possible to describe theoretical concepts, and hundreds of illustrations function as an aid to those who don't speak English or prefer to think visually. Multiple levels. Note/tab. Spiralbound. 166 pp.

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  • Preface
  • Introduction

PART I Pitch

  • The String
  • Harmonics
  • Stopped Pitches
  • Just Intonation and Equal Temperament
  • Tuning
  • Monads
  • All locations of any single pitch
  • The Pentatonic
  • The Diatonic
  • Diatonic Patterns
  • Modulation
  • Other Scales
  • Symmetry
  • Dyads
  • All locations of any two pitches
  • Intervals
  • Triads
  • Constructing three-note structures
  • All locations of any three pitches
  • Voice leading
  • Triadic space
  • Tetrads and beyond
  • Constructing four-note structures
  • All tetrads of the four Heptatonic scales
  • Dominant progressions
  • All-Interval Tetrads
  • All remaining pitch structures

PART II Rhythm

  • One String, One Pitch
  • Time
  • Symmetrical Picking
  • Diatonic scales with Symmetrical Picking
  • Pick Control
  • Dynamics
  • Endurance
  • Rhythmic Pentatonics and Diatonics
  • Reduction
  • One String, Multiple Pitches
  • Diatonic scales with Legato phrasing
  • Diatonic ornaments
  • Chromatic ornaments
  • Slides
  • Multiple Strings
  • Polypulse
  • Creating rhythms
  • Rhythmic Dyads, Triads, and Tetrads
  • Polyrhythm
  • Rhythmic tiling
  • Infinite growth
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Short subjects
  • Sources
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the author