Book review: Intervallic Fretboard - Towards Improvising on the Guitar
If you’re one of those that use “memorizing frets” approach when learning songs, solos and improvisation, we have a book that can completely change your fret board knowledge. Written by Ashkan Mashhour and Dave H. Murdy, this book will teach you understand all those tricky things on the guitar and never get lost when improvising. Intervallic Fretboard - Towards Improvising on the Guitar came to our hands for a review and will be one of the prizes for our next Live4guitar competition.
To be honest at the beginning, there are similar books out there but not many are done in an extremely easy to read and understandable way. Most of the books don’t have in depth explanation about what’s going on but rather a bunch of transcribed solos and examples where you need to figure things out yourself. This book explains it all and if you read carefully you can get an idea of how important the intervallic approach is. If you extract any piece of music into the smallest ingredients, you will end up with bunch of intervals. Music in general is all about how you put intervals together and sort them in a musical way. Scales are made of intervals, chords are made of intervals, melodic lines are also bunch of intervals... If you learn them properly on every place on the fretboard, you don’t have to be scared or embarrassed when you get out on a stage to jam. In 8 extensively explored sections, this book will surely teach you all that together with some real world examples that are also available on the CD. Each example is analysed bar by bar explaining exactly “why that note over that chord” ... You will also find secrets of targeting important and non important notes in your solo lines, chord melody, rhythm changes, chord-scale relations over complex progression and a lot more. Authors have also tabbed the whole book in an interesting way. Besides notation and a standard tab, you also have intervallic tab where instead of fret numbers you have all interval numbers for each note in an example keeping you aware in every moment what interval you’re playing rather than just memorizing frets.
Overall, this book is highly recommended for those that want to explore guitar neck in an academic way and get out of cliché and standard bunch of licks.
Ashkan Mashhour has also written a very useful Cheatsheet series for a quick reference which is a very helpful and essential guitar material for everybody.