The Praxis System: Guitar Compendium Vol. 3
By Garry Hagberg and Howard Roberts
Technique / Improvisation / Musicianship / Theory
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This is the first instructional book of its kind, taking a strikingly new and refreshing approach to learning guitar, carefully designed to guarantee efficient practice with rewarding results. Whether your playing falls under one of the more traditional styles, or whether you're a composer and arranger or exploring new musical regions and establishing your own musical direction or personal fusion of musical ideas and influences, The Praxis System has what you need. The name of the system ("Praxis" comes from the Greek word meaning "practice" and "to do") accurately reflects its general orientation. Play it first, getting sound and satisfaction out of the guitar immediately, and musical understanding will naturally follow. Praxis lets you choose the precise subject you want and immediately provides relevant musical examples. And these examples are presented in such a way that the principle behind the example is always clear, thus allowing you to apply it directly to your music. Traditional guitar books try to teach you to play someone else's music, while Praxis takes you directly to being able to play anything that you want---someone else's music, your own music, and everything in between.
Guitar instruction books are traditionally written in a progressive fashion; Book 1 first, then Book 2, etc. However, the selection and sequencing of material is usually determined by the book rather than the reader, and the familiar result is that---while the book progresses, the student doesn't. Again, Praxis reverses this. You don't have to start with Book 1, there is no Book 1! You go where your interests lie. Just begin work on any one subject in any volume that attracts you. Because Praxis is a modular system, it can be reassembled into many different combinations. These different combinations of units can answer both varying curricular needs as well as individual interests.
Titles: Style & Craft: Inventory of the Basic Moves * Inventory of the Basic Moves (continued) * Troubleshooting: Preliminary Questions * Further Questions * The Finger Map: Chords * The Linear Conception of Harmony * Chord Construction and Control * Chord Transformation * The Harmonized Scale * Chord Progressions Through the Individual Voice * Creative Directions * Further Creative Directions.