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Title: PLEASE PUT REVIEWS HERE - but not questions...
Post by: justinguitar on June 14, 2007, 03:53:34 pm
Hi

Hopefully some of you are getting a chance to go through it - please let me know your thoughts here.

Reviews both good and bad welcome - good ones help sell it - and bad ones help me improve it :)

DON'T PUT QUESTIONS HERE  - PLEASE MAKE EACH QUESTION A NEW THREAD SO IT BESTS HELPS OTHERS THAT MIGHT HAVE THE SAME QUESTION.

Thanks my friends

J
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Post by: jefcoq on June 22, 2007, 03:53:09 pm
Very Usefull material, Justin !! I can do exercise at work !!
very clear explanations, great work
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Post by: Harpmaker on June 22, 2007, 05:56:14 pm
I'm only up to page 7 and the fretboard is already beginning to make sense to me! I highly recommend this book.
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Post by: LievenDV on June 26, 2007, 10:46:27 am
I always study the structure of a obok first before reading and studying itself...

The sequence seems very logical to me and even though I haven't learned the "gotto learn this by heart" stuff yet;

I already got all the concepts.. You DE-mistify A LOT


It was all quite clear, but if I need to name something:
The piece of text I found the least clear wes perhaps the part with "chord finding" exercise to it etc...
I'll try to put down in words later; when I study it more profoundly, what perhaps could be the problem for me or the text

The CAGED part was a real eye-opener!
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Post by: justinguitar on June 28, 2007, 09:16:37 pm
so far... so good ... :)
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Post by: ClayMud on July 05, 2007, 02:35:09 am
This product has helped me tremendously.  I've already recommended it to two of my friends that are just starting out.  I just hope I can find a binder here in the US for it.  Thanks for all of your great help.
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Post by: Harpmaker on July 05, 2007, 05:06:21 am
Quote from: "ClayMud"
I just hope I can find a binder here in the US for it.

A4 (the standard paper-size in the U.K.) size binders are available here in the U.S. (I think Staples sells them), but they cost a lot more than our normal 8.5x11 inch binders. Expect to pay from $15 to $20 for one, if you find it. The cheapest I've found them on-line is $10, but then there are shipping and handling charges on top of that, so it works out to about the same as the in-store prices.

I'm waiting for one to be available from Justin. :)
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Post by: LievenDV on July 05, 2007, 12:55:02 pm
A week of lonelyness in Italy (for the job) has been filled GREAT with the excercises etc in the book!

been 'Chord Finding Method'-ing all the time etc :D
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Post by: aging_bimbo on July 05, 2007, 03:11:13 pm
For The Six Key Tones, I decided I needed one mnemonic (not pneumonic, btw, but who am I to quibble?), instead of three, so from across the strings from 3rd to 7th frets, we have Green Cats And Dogs Blend Effortlessly (they're in the jungle, obviously). They may be hard to visualise, tho, cos you can't really see them they're so well camouflaged.

Sorry.
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Post by: justinguitar on July 05, 2007, 03:59:35 pm
Quote from: "aging_bimbo"
For The Six Key Tones, I decided I needed one mnemonic (not pneumonic, btw, but who am I to quibble?), instead of three, so from across the strings from 3rd to 7th frets, we have Green Cats And Dogs Blend Effortlessly (they're in the jungle, obviously). They may be hard to visualise, tho, cos you can't really see them they're so well camouflaged.

Sorry.


i know i spelled it wrong... it's fixed for next edition - there are a few more too - no matter how many times you read it you never get them all till it's printed :)

J
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Post by: Trish on July 05, 2007, 04:11:56 pm
Quote from: "aging_bimbo"
For The Six Key Tones, I decided I needed one mnemonic (not pneumonic, btw, but who am I to quibble?),
Sorry.


hehe...it says that?  that's what happens when you ask a nurse to help proofread.  looks alright to me.   :P
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Post by: aging_bimbo on July 05, 2007, 04:35:25 pm
Yeah, sounds kinda medical!
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Post by: TB-AV on July 05, 2007, 05:08:57 pm
Hey, I kinda like that Green Cats And Dogs thing.

Green Cats
And Dogs
<have>
Big Ears



TB
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Post by: aging_bimbo on July 05, 2007, 05:14:50 pm
Green Cats
And Dogs
Bathe Ensemble (French for "together" - bit unlikely?)
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Post by: Trish on July 05, 2007, 05:24:25 pm
i learned my dots but kept frets 5 w. the same mnemonic (sp?), but at the 3rd fret i use "Godiva Chocolate".  3rd fret/the trinity in the godhead + chocolate mm mmmmm  and on the 7th *bald eagle* seems to stick in my head.  whatever works, right?
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Post by: jase67 on August 23, 2007, 07:20:00 pm
Ive had really useful guitar stuff for 10 days and Im impressed. My fretboard knowledge is coming along nicely .
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Post by: Scott Walker on September 09, 2007, 07:46:13 pm
Superb book.
Builds your knowledge base a bit at a time.
By the time you've finished one worksheet, the info makes sense and comes readily to mind for the next.
ta mate
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Post by: justinguitar on September 11, 2007, 03:10:56 pm
thanks dudes - glad you all like it

part 2 is nearly ready :)

J
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Post by: LievenDV on September 11, 2007, 03:35:49 pm
Quote from: "justinguitar"

part 2 is nearly ready :)


GREAT! looking forward to continue the journey!
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Post by: Rain on September 19, 2007, 05:42:54 pm
I've had the book for a couple weeks now. I'm taking alot of time learning where the notes on the fretboard are, but by choice, I want to burn them in my memory. So far I love this book. highly recommend
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Post by: fortuna on September 29, 2007, 12:07:04 pm
I got this book a few weeks ago and I recon it's great Justin makes it all seem so straigt forward and suddenly the the chords notes and schales all make perfect sence now so I recon this book will be really useful for me as I improve.
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Post by: Proteus on October 07, 2007, 01:44:18 pm
I found some of it easy to take in while other parts I struggled no end with. The 'Intervals on the neck' just left me confused as I couldn't work out the pattern you touched upoon. Double sharps and flats I thought could have been explained better as well. Examples of chord progressions used by well known artists would have been a great addition, as I find as a beginner, something I can relate to makes it easier to remember.

As a lad I used to skip music class because it was soooo boring but this book makes theory rather cool when you try out what you've learnt from it. Would recommend starting from the beginning once you have finished as parts that seemed difficult start to make sense.

Excellent value for money, now I can throw away the 'billion and one impossible to do chords unless you have 6 12inch long fingers' book and make my own  :lol:
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Post by: justinguitar on October 07, 2007, 08:44:30 pm
Point taken on the intervals on the neck Proteus. Will try and make it better for next edition.

Will check on the dble sharps and flats stuff...

The common chord progressions was supposed to be the other thing - it's in there no?? I can't say what song is what without possibly getting copyright issues...

Glad you seem to like it overall :)

Thanks and take care

J
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Post by: aging_bimbo on October 08, 2007, 01:05:51 am
What confused me about the double sharps and flats was that it doesn't seem to state anywhere that every letter name appears once and only once in each scale/key (or perhaps it does but I missed it).
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Post by: justinguitar on October 13, 2007, 10:04:05 am
you are quite right bimbo and protues - have fixed it for the next run!

thanks for the help :)

J
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Post by: Proteus on October 13, 2007, 01:30:07 pm
Quote from: "justinguitar"
you are quite right bimbo and protues - have fixed it for the next run!

thanks for the help :)

J


cheers you made us sound like 'ladies of ill respute' and I'm a dude LOL
Title: Re: PLEASE PUT REVIEWS HERE - but not questions...
Post by: justinguitar on October 22, 2007, 07:40:52 pm
Sorry Proteus

I didn't think you were a sheila mate :) lol

Not sure I get why you thought that but anyhows....
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Post by: hussaruk on October 29, 2007, 09:11:33 pm
Got mine on saturday and im up to page 16. I love the way its done..it makes you learn by not making the answers obvious, so rather than learn parrot fashion which I find only lasts for a few days, you HAVE to understand what you are learning. Ive hit spots where ive had to put it down and think about it and....BINGO!!  It all falls into place! Thanks Justin...I will be buying many more of your products in the near and hopefully far future.
Ollie
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Post by: justinguitar on October 29, 2007, 10:30:49 pm
cheers ollie :)

J
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Post by: Cozza on October 30, 2007, 11:57:52 am
I can play the common open chords, play basic finger style and even started to write my own tune but I can't understand a word of the book :( I've read it 5 times now

 :cry:  :cry:  :cry:

Cara xx
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Post by: LievenDV on October 30, 2007, 12:25:33 pm
lolz cozza... I even read it without a guitar at hand (I was in Italy)
I even had to translate soem stuff to "leftie-style" in my head :D

it's a very practical book.. you need to write down and explore the fretboard a couple of times... compose those chords... see the structure in die diatonic harmony by tearing the chords apart in notes etc...

I never learned so much in such a short time..

bug me on msn if you have questions about something!
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Post by: Cozza on October 30, 2007, 10:28:21 pm
Lieven, I'm going to end up spamming you!

Cara xx
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Post by: JohneeeBoy on November 10, 2007, 06:04:57 pm
For me, this book is the puppy's parts :) .
Easy to follow. A little bit of study and things become clear.
Glad I bought the book and Im excited about learning this stuff.

Well done Justin......and thank you :D
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Post by: justinguitar on November 16, 2007, 05:27:43 pm
You're welcome Johneeeboy :)
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Post by: bsingo on December 02, 2007, 05:17:46 pm
Justin, this book had one of the most important pieces of theory in it that was lacking in my guitar knowledge previously. I now understand the major scale and the relationship between chords in those scales. As a result, I haven't stopped transcribing some of my favourite JF songs (and getting them right too). Before I bought this book, I was itching to start working out songs myself but had no theoretical knowledge on how to do it and your book answered the question I didn't know how to ask. You have taken my guitar playing to the next level through a basic understanding of theory and I thank you for that.
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Post by: JimboV on January 23, 2008, 07:40:52 pm
I will buy this book when I have some money, lol.  :D
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Post by: justinguitar on January 30, 2008, 12:50:06 pm
Cheers dudes :)
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Post by: ins87 on February 11, 2008, 09:20:10 pm
I got my book this morning i haven't read everything but i couldn't name a single note on the fretboard before and now i can (still slow though :p).

Thanks Justin!
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Post by: littlechick on March 10, 2008, 02:42:27 am
I've just started and already I'm very glad I bought this!  I've had my guitar for almost a year now and have learned a few songs from tab, but I never took the time to memorize the fretboard because I HATE rote memorization (which is how every other lesson I've seen has you do it, either fret-by-fret or string-by-string).  Learning the octive shapes really helps a lot and it's something you can fall back on time and again!

Thanks, Justin, for putting this out!  I'm more motivated than ever to learn all about this instrument!

LC
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Post by: justinguitar on March 29, 2008, 04:22:04 pm
glad you all diggin on it still... :) J
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Post by: borth1967 on April 26, 2008, 07:47:32 am
Hi all
         Had justins really U G Stuff for a few months now, learn the first few pages, but now got to the stage when i need to learn all the notes on each string before progressin any further ( know all notes on E,A so far at speed   using metronome, found the exercise " where`s than dam f chord" from your website the best.

Dont wanna go any further until i know what i should know, blame my dad he has always leant things in order.

or........... has anyone leant the " Note circle of by heart" ?

jp
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Post by: justinguitar on April 27, 2008, 10:19:45 am
hi borth

you should learn the note circle by heart - remember each note has a # or b between them except EF BC.

then just do the 8ves lesson to find the notes - keep working on that until you can do it - leave the "Find A Note" exercise and the Mind Bening..." until later - but you can move ahead while you learn the notes on the neck, cos the next few lesson are pure theory!!

Good luck, J
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Post by: borth1967 on April 27, 2008, 04:38:23 pm
Hi Justin,
              Thanks for the reply, how would you recommend specifically learning the note circle?

JP
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Post by: aging_bimbo on April 28, 2008, 04:01:16 am
Here's a mnemonic for the order of the major keys going clockwise: Can't Guys Do Anything Else But Flirt? (from Bruce Emery's book Music Principles for the Skeptical Guitarist). When you get to the F, which is F#, that's the same note as Gb, and for the flat keys the order just repeats again starting from G.
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Post by: borth1967 on April 30, 2008, 10:52:09 am
Thanks Justin,
                    But............ok you say learn the not circle, but you can keep lookin at it and its remembering it !!! The TB 007 excercise of learning the notes was working, any advice ???

Also going back to you last message whats 8ves??? Do you mean the above exercise, sorry for being thick.A number of people on your forum ar saying to lean the notes on your guitar, pick a note and learn it completey onm your fret board !! wanna know what is the best way forward.

 ??? ??? ???  regards
Jon
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Post by: justinguitar on May 13, 2008, 04:20:14 pm
Jon

There is not one way - it is different for different people!!!

Just keep working on it and it will start to form in your head - it is not really so complicated...

There is a  # and b between every note, except B/C and E/F. Done :)

good luck

J
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Post by: borth1967 on May 13, 2008, 04:55:20 pm
thanks justin,
                     walkin round the house goin over it in my head time after time.

jp
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Post by: trwmodela on May 13, 2008, 05:54:40 pm
I highly recommend Practical Music Theory...Really Useful Guitar Stuff Part-1. It's a great workbook and easy to learn from.  :)

Tim
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Post by: borth1967 on May 16, 2008, 07:46:28 am
ok tim,
            workin through Justins gutiar therory, on the page" know were the notes are" dont wanna move on until i know them.

JON
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Post by: ScottStrat on May 29, 2008, 10:41:52 am
Awesome lesson guide. Extremely useful and extremely helpful. The explanations for some of the complex theory are explained in such a clear and understandable way that even I can learn it. The pages are great.A+
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Post by: schalid on June 03, 2008, 03:26:51 am
I think the book is great. But I am one of those who struggle with learning notes and understanding the whole fretboard. I know quite a few chords, I know most notes on 5th and 6th string but struggle with the rest. I can also learn songs with software that slows them down. Right now my mind is struggling with the learning notes all over!!! :-\
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Post by: schalid on June 03, 2008, 03:38:05 am
By the way, It was shipped on Thurs. and I got it Mon. morning!! ;D
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Post by: justinguitar on June 13, 2008, 12:49:08 am
Cheers dudes.

Jon - Be aware that yu can move on and do a little more of the theory without knowing where all the notes are perfectly, cos that can sometimes take a little while, and you don't wanna be stuck on it forever :)

Take care, J
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Post by: dave.b on June 19, 2008, 10:54:35 pm
HI all.... been playing guitar for years but never truly grasped the theory. Am an OK player, in a covers band and I enjoy it immensely. Trouble is I couldn't improvise a solo beyond the first pentatonic pattern. Sooooo.... I bit the bullet a few weeks ago and decided to learn theory from scratch. Came across Justin's site and hence the RUGS 1 book. I'm now playing with the right fingers  ;D, have a basic understanding of caged, scales and relationships, and changing my chord structures with the caged system. I'm a long way from ripping off peoples faces with a fretboard burning solo but I know with plenty of practice and the book/site I'll get better weekly!

An excellent book....it leaves you with just enough information so you can go off and work stuff out, rather than spoon feeding every answer. I'm scratching my head at some parts but it's making me think and logically think of answers. Plus the forum and the moderators are uber helpful.... Excellent book, the phrase "thank you" doesn't justify my gratitude to justin, jedi and the moderators.

PS...3 days from RUGS 1 bought to delivered...nice one!

Dave
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Post by: Lou on June 23, 2008, 03:39:22 pm
This is just what I've been looking for, a step by step guide to music theory. I've just read page 1 to 10 in my lunch hour at work and already I have several pennies dropping. I've been looking for a way to learn where all the notes are on the guitar without having to count each fret from the nut. I'd also heard about finding notes from their octave but never really understood what it all meant. Within an hour of reading, it has now all become crystal clear and I reckon that I could name all the notes on the neck up to about fret 12 fairly quickly without having to start from the nut.

Awesome teaching methods :)

I've also got the Major Scales and the Blues Solo 1 dvds and I think that after 4 years of struggling I now have the tools to master this bloody guitar ;)

Thanks very much
xxx
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Post by: cheesus on June 29, 2008, 04:27:38 pm
I'm only a slight bit through the book but from what I have learnt and read so far this book is a good broad aspect on practical knowledge and information you can use. You don't NEED to have guitar theory but I believe some of it is quite essential to helping people coming and evolve into a better guitar player, a lot of the information you will need to improve is in this book, and you will learn a lot easier with the use of the information in the book, I would reccomend it to anyone !
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Post by: justinguitar on July 07, 2008, 04:40:07 pm
Cheers dudes :)

I am happy that you guys are learning from it.

Take care

J
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Post by: Paulo on July 27, 2008, 12:24:49 pm
Knowledge is power! Just sitting in the sun working through the book and my understanding of intervals and chords has increased dramatically.
Do the exercises and don't cheat and it's really worthwhile. Need to start translating some of this to the actual guitar.Highly recommended.
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Post by: Quark on August 08, 2008, 01:30:44 pm
Justin I had hesitated to work on more than just cursory theory but after we met I knew I needed to take the plunge into the theory pool. Had I known (and probably should have realized) that you were going to break it down so that even I could get it, I would have jumped in a whole lot sooner. Very good job!! Thank you!  :)

W
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Post by: t0pw0p on August 24, 2008, 04:17:38 pm
The book is nicely done.  I use it mostly on a long drive or sitting at the airport.  It really keeps your mind working and unlocks some of the mystery of guitar theory.

Willie
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Post by: Jekyll on August 28, 2008, 01:18:54 am
great product -can't lose at the price. - thanks :)
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Post by: justinguitar on September 08, 2008, 07:57:28 pm
Cheers dudes :)

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Post by: ManoGuitar on October 08, 2008, 02:49:28 pm
I can't say anything yet about the content of the book, but I've just been informed that it has arrived at my house, and I ordered it last thursday night!

So that is 4 workdays from the UK to the Netherlands. Thats just great, thnx J!
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Post by: Jamie_Edinburgh on November 26, 2008, 12:30:33 pm
Hi

Hopefully some of you are getting a chance to go through it - please let me know your thoughts here.

Reviews both good and bad welcome - good ones help sell it - and bad ones help me improve it :)

DON'T PUT QUESTIONS HERE  - PLEASE MAKE EACH QUESTION A NEW THREAD SO IT BESTS HELPS OTHERS THAT MIGHT HAVE THE SAME QUESTION.

Thanks my friends

J
Justin,

as a complete novice to musical theory i am pretty much half way through the book and in a nutshell, its excellent. i now have a complete understanding of how to work out notes/scales and dim/aug/sus chords and how you work them out. cant wait to finish and start on chord construction guide aswell - thanks for all your help
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on November 18, 2009, 11:32:57 am
Hi folks,

Has anybody read Justins Practical Music Theory and if so how do you rate it.
Im thinking of downloading it but not sure that it will help as most books Iv read just dont sink in ( could be just me being thick)
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Post by: Bootstrap on November 18, 2009, 01:55:00 pm
Dude download it - for me it was epiphiny stuff - to be able to understand keys, how chords are constructed, how to work out notes on the fretboard and to understand the mysteries of the caged system - I just couldn't get enough of it!

Cheers, Bootstrap
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on November 18, 2009, 02:09:48 pm
Hey Thanks,

As with all Justins stuff I thought it would be good. will download it soon.


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Post by: Quark on November 18, 2009, 03:24:34 pm
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Has anybody read Justins Practical Music Theory and if so how do you rate it.

Scale of 1-10? I would say an 11!

W
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on November 21, 2009, 09:41:45 pm
Ok I got the book,

And so far its realy good.
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Post by: licksnkicks on January 05, 2010, 03:18:27 pm
I got the book too and it put things together for me!  It really helps you to understand things and takes the frustration out of trying to learn theory which for some of us is a great intellectual feat!

Licksnkicks
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on January 05, 2010, 03:24:50 pm
Yep for me it is indeed an  intellectual feat.
I am finding the book most helpful its the kind of thing you need to read over and over until it sinks in.
This is a slow process for me,  but this book is the best Iv looked at by far.

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Post by: justinguitar on January 11, 2010, 11:17:58 pm
@greatwhitepoet

good luck dude - remember the board is here if you get stuck!!

J
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Post by: Fly4him17 on January 12, 2010, 07:56:06 pm
I've been trying to learn guitar theory for a while. I own a small library of theory books but Justin's eBook is without doubt the best. I'd say the info it contains will take me around 6-12 months to really grasp.

Also, don't under estimate the value the message boards add to the learning process... they are tremendously helpful.
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Post by: jecd1973 on January 12, 2010, 09:41:05 pm
This is what makes all of Justin's products extra good...not only are they the best (without doubt) products i have purchased but if you get stuck there are people on here to give you a hand, and you can not put a price on that!
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Post by: Quark on January 13, 2010, 03:27:24 pm
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not only are they the best (without doubt) products i have purchased but if you get stuck there are people on here to give you a hand, and you can not put a price on that!

Very well put!

W
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Post by: justinguitar on January 14, 2010, 08:57:11 am
:)
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Post by: rj76 on January 17, 2010, 10:18:17 pm
I bought this e-book, and I have to say its by far the best book I have found on guitar theory. I've learned a heck of a lot from it, and I often refer back to it as it serves as an excellent reference material.

Its very well written. Justin explains things in a very clear and concise manner and it cuts out the crap that other books generally have. Plus by buying it you are supporting this site, and as users of this site I'm sure we are all in agreement, we get a heck of a lot for free from this site so by giving something back we help keep it free and enable Justin to continue to help us along our journey of learning the guitar ;D

I would recommend it to anyone. Excellent resource!
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Post by: EVK on February 15, 2010, 01:50:10 pm
I already had a good understanding of basic music theory and suspected that Practical Music Theory may be too basic for me. Still it's not an expensive pack (less than two guitar magazines) and I'm happy to support Justins work. I'm really glad I bought it, it did contain some stuff that was new to me, but more importantly. It's PRACTICAL. Even if I did know most of this on a theoretical level. I didn't have the practical skills to really use it. Remember though, that skill can't be bought. The big investment isn't the £10. You'll have to put in some real time into this, but it's worth it!

Justin suggests that you should use a jam buddy for practicing finding the notes on the fretboard. Since I didn't have one available I wrote (http://http://flum.net/test/fret/) one in javascript. Not much of a jammer nor much of a buddy. But very good for learning the fretboard.

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Post by: justinguitar on February 15, 2010, 02:59:16 pm
Cheers EVK, glad you dig it :)

just realised that it's over a year since the last review too!!

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Post by: rolling56 on February 15, 2010, 03:00:44 pm

Justin suggests that you should use a jam buddy for practicing finding the notes on the fretboard. Since I didn't have one available I wrote (http://"http://flum.net/test/fret/") one in javascript. Not much of a jammer nor much of a buddy. But very good for learning the fretboard.



Can you make one for leftys too?
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Post by: justinguitar on February 15, 2010, 03:02:46 pm
And EPK

Can you email me (subject INDUSTRY) about using your tool there - a few slight mods and I could use than in the course with your permission.,..

Cheers dude, J
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Post by: rolling56 on February 16, 2010, 02:29:01 pm
Can you make one for leftys too?

Thank you EVK  8)

It is now for leftys and rightys http://flum.net/test/fret/fret2.html
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Post by: GaryBee on March 11, 2010, 09:39:38 pm
Going through it now, plenty of stuff to keep you going. Goes through it all step by step, I would recommend it.
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Post by: kinggeorge1987 on April 20, 2010, 09:27:19 pm
Highly recommend it! I've been in it non stop since i downloaded it. Not only is my playing getting more organized, now im not afraid to write stuff down and work out what the next best thing for my tune im writing is! This is a life saver for me especially since I enjoy playing in alternate tunings. Who would have thought a little math and extra practice could open up such a vibrant world of music. The book is just as much a inspiration as Justin himself telling you not to give up ya know ?
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Post by: markju on May 05, 2010, 11:06:06 am
I can honestly say this is the best ten pounds I have ever spent in my life! I have known random bits of music theory but this book has filled in the huge gaps I had and has made sense of all the bits I already knew. I now understand what people are talking about in forums which helps enormously with learning. I now understand the relationship between chords/scales etc. This book is absolutely essential for everyone including anyone who thinks they know it all already but don't!
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Post by: littlesthobo on May 05, 2010, 12:48:30 pm
Is it worth me buying this as a 2 week beginner guitarist? Or should I wait till I'm a bit further into the beginners course?

My thinking is it can't hurt to start on the theory side of things as early as possible, or would it be to much info to take in so early on into my progress?

Cheers Kevin.
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on May 05, 2010, 01:23:52 pm
 It is a great book but if I were you I would just enjoy the basics as a beginner guitarist..have fun and come back and buy this book at a much later stage.
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Post by: GaryBee on May 05, 2010, 09:39:10 pm
I bought it as a beginner, have got part way through and parked it for later. It starts off simple, like what an octave is, beleive it or not I didn't know. I will pick it up later when I am futher through the beginners course.

I like to understand a bit about what I am doing, so that worked for me, you don't need it at this stage, but I'm sure you'll want it eventually anyway.
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Post by: Nilsson on May 30, 2010, 01:15:02 pm
Edit: Wrong place i guess./ sorry

Allright, short review, GREAT BOOK! Helped my loads!
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Post by: steveo2 on June 11, 2010, 03:27:44 pm
I just got the book, it is a really good book, I knew about 70% of what was in it but I have many book on theory.
This book is easy to understand, I would advice anyone to buy it.
Theory is a boring subject and Justin book is not boring at all.
Love my copy, don't delay and get yours today. LOL
Steveo
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Post by: steveo2 on June 11, 2010, 09:08:36 pm
Love the Book.
Theory can be hard and boring but Justin's book is written very well and even if you already know it, it is most interesting to read.
If a book like this was around when I started playing many years ago, I would be a much better player.
I have many books on theory, to me this is the best book I have and the stuff you will learn from this book is priceless.
I truly feel it was money well spent, you will learn not just theory but how to apply it to the guitar.
Thanks Justin
Steve0
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Post by: Boston17 on July 08, 2010, 04:46:26 pm
Debating on whether I should buy this or not....I am assuming it is great material, but just want to make sure its what I want before I buy it

I have been playing for around a year now and would like to learn all the scales and ways to improv and make up some original stuff, learning songs have gotten a little repetitive and i feel like i become one dimensional from just learning songs...i know most of the "basic" guitar knowledge (chord shapes, notes, some keys, etc.)

This book for me?

sorry, wrong forummmm
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Post by: close2u on July 08, 2010, 05:54:01 pm
yes
this book is for you
it is invaluable stuff
but for scales and other related stuff
look at the lesson index down the left hand side of the home page
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Post by: steveo2 on July 09, 2010, 03:32:10 am
Best book, love Justins lesson still kicking myself for not getting it years ago, get rugs 2 next lol
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Post by: Darka on October 11, 2010, 08:30:27 am
The more I read RUGS1 the more I get from it, I'm on my third read through and am still learning from it - I would strongly suggest that anyone who doesn't yet have it should buy it, it's a great purchase and as always we should help support Justin for giving us this amazing site.

I also have RUGS2 and it's all starting to make sense to me now, thanks Justin.

regards,


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Post by: jateeq on November 12, 2010, 01:59:25 am
Hey Justin,

Great book. I haven`t read all of it yet, but it`s certainly helping a lot. I've been playing the guitar (if you can call it playing) with no idea of what I was doing for more than 2 years. This book gave me direction. It gives you some theory and then some useful exercises follow right after.
Well worth the investment.

I am a beginner though and sometimes I feel you`re assuming your reader to be more a little more than that in which case I`ve had to go elsewhere on the internet to try to find out what you mean. I want to give you examples but I`m not sure if this is the right place. Let me know what you find appropriate and I can tell you what sections I`m having trouble with as I read along.

Cheers.
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Post by: ronaldguilmet on November 13, 2010, 01:18:38 am
Justin I just purchased the book. I usually never endorse things, but this is so worth the buy. I cannot begin to thank you for putting it out there. This is so informative, and easy to understand. love it, love it, love it..

Ron Guilmet
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Post by: ronaldguilmet on November 13, 2010, 01:19:58 am
Justin I just purchased the book. I usually never endorse things, but this is so worth the buy. I cannot begin to thank you for putting it out there. This is so informative, and easy to understand. love it, love it, love it..

Ron Guilmet
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Post by: LoveMyDaisyRock on December 08, 2010, 03:50:11 pm
I just bought this book last week and it has helped me so much with my music theory that I am kicking myself in the butt for not buying this book sooner!  Not only is it very well layed out, filled with great lessons and learning techniques but it will help you get more out of the lessons here on the website.  I've been a little hestitant to buy this book because I have taken music lessons when I was younger (piano) and thought the theory would have been repetitve, but I was very wrong and sometimes have a hard time with the guitar because I'm always thinking theory (notes, patterns, etc) in terms of piano and while that is a helpful base I needed something strictly for guitar. I also love that you get this book instantly and can save it on your computer so it's there to refresh you whenever you need it.  It's more than worth the price and a great way to support Justin and his staff for all the hard work put into this site and products!

Cheers!
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Post by: Night Guitarist on December 15, 2010, 08:36:27 pm
ey one question
if i lose the book i can always redownload it right?
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Post by: Phalanx on December 15, 2010, 08:39:50 pm
ey one question
if i lose the book i can always redownload it right?
No, only within the first week of purchase I think. Make sure you save it to an external hard-drive / usb stick.
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Post by: PattheBunny on December 27, 2010, 06:12:22 am
This is not a full review but a comment on a single section. 
So I got to the intervals section and immediately got lost in the definitions and thought "what is this all for?" 

Although the introduction says that understanding intervals will help you understand chords, I think that the language is not specific enough.  I had to go to the forum and then to the aural training web lessons before I got that because, for instance,  chords are made up of notes in intervals from each other, if you can hear the interval you can figure out the chord.   

It would be immensely helpful to be told specific ways in which theory is applied to what you do when you have a guitar in hand or want to learn a song or talk to someone else about what you are playing.  And to be told in the introduction to intervals that we will be using them to create chords in a few pages would have helped too. 

This is where I will be staying for a while.  I can hear intervals fine but there are so many definitions on this page that I am overwhelmed. 

Pat
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Post by: Toad on January 20, 2011, 08:45:36 pm
Very good book.  I knew many of the concepts in this book already from reading "Music Theory for Dummies".  Honestly, Justin's book is much better if you are a guitarist.  It applies all those theories directly to the guitar.  While MTfD was very informative, it was harder to grasp the concepts because it was all just information floating around your head.  With Justin's book those little bits of info slowly piece themselves together into a beautiful picture.  

Cheers :)

Oh, one bit I am disappointed about is that it did not mention anything about the circle of 5th's.  Such an important tool in music theory, imo.  But maybe Justin thought it was too advanced, idk.  I really think the book should be revised to include it though.
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Post by: steveo2 on January 20, 2011, 09:28:11 pm
This is not a full review but a comment on a single section. 
So I got to the intervals section and immediately got lost in the definitions and thought "what is this all for?" 

Although the introduction says that understanding intervals will help you understand chords, I think that the language is not specific enough.  I had to go to the forum and then to the aural training web lessons before I got that because, for instance,  chords are made up of notes in intervals from each other, if you can hear the interval you can figure out the chord.   

It would be immensely helpful to be told specific ways in which theory is applied to what you do when you have a guitar in hand or want to learn a song or talk to someone else about what you are playing.  And to be told in the introduction to intervals that we will be using them to create chords in a few pages would have helped too. 

This is where I will be staying for a while.  I can hear intervals fine but there are so many definitions on this page that I am overwhelmed. 

Pat
I think you my be right, but there is good lesson that Justin did on ear trainer and this is were the confusion is with you I feel.
He did a great job with these video so check them out.
This book is basic stuff I did read the whole book and it is a good book
The section on chord theory is good.
I had to print my copy cause I don't see well , the page number got a little mixed up plus I kind of copr file and added to it.
Hope this is helpful ;D
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Post by: Sasquatch on January 23, 2011, 07:04:49 pm
I would say, good bang for the buck.  I like how you have the exercises placed throughout the book.  Forces you to master what you've learned before continuing on. 

My only comment, if you ever do a rewrite of your book.  At the tail end under the consolidation section. You have the bullet items listed under Theory and Practical.  It would be nice to put this section at the front end as objectives; Just my two cents, certainly not a show stopper.

Again very nice, now I just have to set my backside down an study.

Sasquatch
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Post by: mark melling on February 04, 2011, 10:58:31 pm
I have literally just finished the book!! :D

I initially bought the book when it was released a while a go and printed it all out with the intention of getting stuck right in..how many
have said that and actually done it!!  ;)

About a month ago i decided every night to have a timer set for an hour and come what may until the alarm went off just stick to my schedule and its amazing how self discipline can pay off, the biggest factor being actually having the timer so i knew what i had to do!

Well tonight i have just finished the caged system to complete the book. What now? i'm going to start it all over again, though there was nothing in the book i didn't eventually grasp, i think its one thing to have an initial understanding of something and quite another to have that info firmly imbedded in the mind (for my mind anyway!!)
 
So now my goal is to maybe spend 30 minutes every other day, studying less but having it really sink in, if needed study the book over a few times.

I would recommend to anyone struggling with the concepts of the theory to really stick at it and to stick to a real routine.
The book at times is difficult to take everything in and retain it, but at least Justin has made it as "painless" as possible..i actually got quite addicted to the study because the it was so logically written!

The only thing i would have like to have seen in addition was maybe a definition page for the terms, Intervals, Key Tones, Ext,
sometimes i found myself having to backtrack trying to remember the meaning of some terms even though i understood the theory!

Also maybe a brief description of why learning certain theory would be beneficial in the future, what its practical application might be. It would
just be more of a motivation to really put in that extra effort if you know the eventual benefits.

Would i recommend the book to others?? without a doubt!! I have been playing for a while without ever understanding the theory behind it..and
to me personally thats very limiting, initially i just wanted to play, but without understanding the theory behind it, i never felt fully satisfied, though i still have a long way to go theory wise to make it really a part of me..its an exciting "journey" rather than a destination i want to get to as fast as possible.

Ps thanks Justin!!  ;D
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Post by: KCJonez on April 26, 2011, 08:39:09 pm
Just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed and learned from book #1. I'm a self taught guitar player, who's been hacking around with the same stale patterns for close to 20 years. Recently, I decided that it was time to finally learn what's actually going on with the notes on the fretboard and I am so glad that I picked up this book. I've known the 'how' for some time, but had no idea about the 'why'. This has opened so many fun and exciting musical ideas, that I have no idea why I waited so long. Without the theory, there's no question that progress with the guitar will always be stunted. I wish I was this interested in studying back when I was 15. Oh well, better late than never. Thanks, Justin, for opening this avenue for me and I look forward to getting to the sequel once I've firmly consolidated lesson #1.
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Post by: Saphira on April 27, 2011, 03:24:12 pm
Justin have I told you lately that I love you.  Wait hold on not in the freaky stalker way, just the little brother who you are surprised when they do something nice way.   ;D

I'm still actually working on this book, I'm only on page 17.  But I have to say I've always wanted to understand this stuff.  I knew it was important but when someone tried to explain it to me they just sounded like someone talking in a different language, nothing was sinking in.  I thought I was just that stupid that I could never understand this stuff.  I don't know if it's the way it's laid out, or because it's all written down for me read and re-read, or the exercises you have at each stage, but whatever it is it's actually sinking in.  Whatever it is, please keep doing what you are doing.  Everytime I get to a new section in the book I feel a little better about myself that I'm actually getting it, then I wonder why I didn't understand all of this the 1st time someone tried to explain it to me.  This really is a well laid out book if I can actually understand it, anyone else should be able to.  thanks Justin.
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Post by: Liam on May 24, 2011, 09:14:01 pm
Just bought the ebook and printed it all now, forgot to click reverse pages when printing..Had fun re-ordering the book by hand :p..

Looks very very detailed cant wait to get reading

thanks justin
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Post by: Liam on May 24, 2011, 11:39:42 pm
3 gay cats singing ymca lmao :D
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Post by: andersonjayson on May 25, 2011, 09:16:20 am
Just wanted to say that I finally got through the course and honestly I have no question.. This book is really awesome and made theory very simple to understand.. I love the exercises in the book and how you can immediately start applying it to the guitar.. This book is already helping me transcribe some of my fav songs already. Thx Justin and I look forward to your Song Book!
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Post by: Small_Paul on July 21, 2011, 11:21:39 pm
I too am going to buy this book, bought the beginners song book, which is very recommended so I don't have to second guess whether this book is as good as people say it is because I know it will be.

Thanks Justin for the effort you put in too everything you do.
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Post by: Gibbon on August 20, 2011, 08:42:13 pm
Wondering when is the right time to start with this? After completion of the begginer course? later? I'm not there yet, just wondering!
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Post by: mike42 on August 21, 2011, 01:51:36 am
Any time is good, I think. Even if some stuff goes right over your head right away, you will be able to slowly work through it and stuff will start to come together in your head. its a very good starting theory book, imo.
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Post by: artonsafari on August 26, 2011, 08:17:56 pm
Been playing rhythm stuff by ear and with tab books off and on for about 26yrs but never bothered to learn/practice scales or theory. Decided it was time to start playing at a higher level than I've been at and found Justin's site through a search for technical and picking exercises.

Since then I've learned some blues licks, pentatonic scale positions, where more noted on the neck are, etc...

Really looking forward to going through this book and getting a feel for some basic theory. Hopefully I can stay ahead of my 7 and 4 year old boys when they pick up an instrument.  :D
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Post by: steveo2 on August 26, 2011, 08:30:51 pm
Very good book.  I knew many of the concepts in this book already from reading "Music Theory for Dummies".  Honestly, Justin's book is much better if you are a guitarist.  It applies all those theories directly to the guitar.  While MTfD was very informative, it was harder to grasp the concepts because it was all just information floating around your head.  With Justin's book those little bits of info slowly piece themselves together into a beautiful picture.  

Cheers :)

Oh, one bit I am disappointed about is that it did not mention anything about the circle of 5th's.  Such an important tool in music theory, imo.  But maybe Justin thought it was too advanced, idk.  I really think the book should be revised to include it though.
Yes there always room for this topic,
I guess it did not make the cut because you have to at least get one major scale down to really see the circle as anything other than a way of seeing the fifths or a way of telling the order of sharps and flats.
Most musicians see it in this simple way but it is much more.

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Post by: manisankard on September 20, 2011, 07:44:30 pm
I think its priceless.
A must read book and an asset. Answers questions that stops us from moving ahead in this journey.
I would recommand everyone who would want to read this to buy it and not use one if found on the net. If Justin can do so much for us, we can atleast ensure we dont miss use his goodness..
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Post by: Endureth on September 24, 2011, 08:12:47 pm
I bought this, I have no doubt I'm going to benefit from it.  At the end it had me verify my shipping address.  Does a physical copy of the book get mailed or is it just the .pdf?
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Post by: steveo2 on September 24, 2011, 11:36:04 pm
I bought this, I have no doubt I'm going to benefit from it.  At the end it had me verify my shipping address.  Does a physical copy of the book get mailed or is it just the .pdf?
A pdf is it, I kind of lied and have had mine a long time.
I did print it with other stuff from the site.
Be sure and ask a mod or someone about printing it.
Mine was not printed to fix the Paper so I have a strange looking book.

Peace
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Post by: Endureth on September 25, 2011, 04:07:13 am
Staples won't print it because it has a copyright and "please don't copy or distribute my work" in bold on the front so they don't want to break the law...  They said they'd need a personal letter from Justin before they would print it for me, lol.  Yeah right.

Oh well.
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Post by: mouser9169 on September 25, 2011, 06:47:37 am
I could see a bunch of musicians getting upset if I could buy a CD, take it to Staples and get them to make a bunch of perfect copies with the CD art and everything. It's the same thing.

Save up for, or find a friend with a printer. Email yourself the .pdf (or use fileshare or something) if you need to go to someone else's place to print it. At least in the US, printing a copy for yourself is perfectly legal.
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Post by: Endureth on September 25, 2011, 07:43:52 am
I understand how it works and how easy it is to circumvent but that doesn't make it any less lame.
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Post by: steveo2 on September 25, 2011, 02:51:36 pm
I understand how it works and how easy it is to circumvent but that doesn't make it any less lame.
I think it comes with a money back, if your not happy.

I could be wrong but it use to be this way.

Happy people playing music I think is the goal.
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on September 25, 2011, 07:16:44 pm
I also can honestly say this is the best ten pounds  music related that I have spent, ok its not an actual book its a pdf that you need to print out yourself, I got mine printed out with a nice coloured card cover and a smart plastic binder at my work place so its cool...ok not everyone has the facilities to do this but its the information included thats the important thing here and that alone is well worth the money. If you don't have a printer just save it to a portable usb or copy to cd and take it to your local Library and youl probably find they will print it for you at a small charge you may even be able to print it out directly from your email .
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on September 25, 2011, 07:20:59 pm

Please remember to only Print one copy for yourself after payment as sharing it is not really fair to the author.
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Post by: steveo2 on September 26, 2011, 03:48:38 pm
I also can honestly say this is the best ten pounds  music related that I have spent, ok its not an actual book its a pdf that you need to print out yourself, I got mine printed out with a nice coloured card cover and a smart plastic binder at my work place so its cool...ok not everyone has the facilities to do this but its the information included thats the important thing here and that alone is well worth the money. If you don't have a printer just save it to a portable usb or copy to cd and take it to your local Library and youl probably find they will print it for you at a small charge you may even be able to print it out directly from your email .
It is a good book my library charge 25 cent a page and there are so many theory book that are under 10 buck that say the same and really more I can't advise this.
The is basic and practical theory as I said I have may own printed but it look nothing like the original as it is full of other topics not covered in the book.

A printer and gas are factor of money you could get a real nice book with plastic cover pages or waxed and nice plastic or ring binders for what it would cost you too print this at 25 cents a page.
Really a book made of high quality paper with nice ring binding may last for hundreds of years so 30 to 50 bucks not a bad deal there.

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Post by: mouser9169 on September 26, 2011, 05:19:05 pm
It is a good book my library charge 25 cent a page and there are so many theory book that are under 10 buck that say the same and really more I can't advise this.


at 25 cents I page I agree with you, but if she can get it printed for less, than that changes things.

@Endureth: there may be print shops near you that will print you a single copy if you tell them what you want and why. Doesn't hurt to ask around.

Another option is to start your own "musical journal". I've got a nice hardback one with small lines I picked up for about $8 at a bookstore. It's not staff or TAB paper, just pages with small lines to write on. I keep all the "hard" information I get from other books: chord charts, scales, intervals - plus any notes I make (transposing the major scale into all 15 keys, what chord shapes are when played on each fret, chord progressions) in this one small book.

You'll learn and retain the information by writing it down and adding your notes, and as you get other books, or information from the web lessons, you can keep it all in one place.
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on September 26, 2011, 05:57:51 pm
I cant believe all this nonsense about a very reasonable price for the information the pdf contains.
If you want another book off the shelf of your local music store then go and get it, don't waste your time bickering on here life's too short.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide
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Post by: steveo2 on September 26, 2011, 08:12:42 pm
I cant believe all this nonsense about a very reasonable price for the information the pdf contains.
If you want another book off the shelf of your local music store then go and get it, don't waste your time bickering on here life's too short.

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide
I THINK you may be mIs-understanding.
Mouser idea is not bad, we are just trying to help a person who want a copy but has no printer I think and due to something written they could not get it printed as it has work sheets and such a person may wish to test themselves with.

The book is good has more practical info than some other books in that price range.
 
It is very basic and for some people money is a real issue, and there are nicer and better books if you had 35 or 50 USA.
 It really depends on were you live, I don;t think Justin himself would say print this book it is is going to cost that much.
I could be wrong, I have a very large library of theory book most got on or from Justin's recommends page.
 

This is the review area so the book is good, great if you know really nothing.
With so many people who know the info it contains pretty well I sure don't feel I it is bad advise to tell a person who know no theory to by it but if you have read other theory books you may not like it.
Nor is is wrong if a person had trouble with other theory book to try to.
I like it.
I did cause it is very basic and I am a simple basic kind of guy.

I also have books over a hundred years old and I have some theory book that are very nice and some very cheap.
The nice one will last many lifetimes and they will go to others 300 years from today a person will look inside book and see Steveo's little notes.
I am sure there will still by triangle, the Nile and Mississippi river will still be here and they may laugh my stuff. ;D
Or course Justin's book in on the internet pretty sure it may be here forever.
LOL
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Post by: agbenny on October 13, 2011, 04:01:06 pm
I am very new to Guitar. Just started playing few simple songs in Chords, and Leads. Should I buy this now or later? What will i get after reading this?
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Post by: Bootstrap on October 13, 2011, 07:44:32 pm
Most of what you need to know and a life long addiction to music theory :)
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Post by: Gibbon on October 17, 2011, 06:57:24 pm
I've just started with it basically, about two months ago, and I really love it. I'm no expert obvously, since I'm a beginner, but I think about halfway through the beginner's course is good, about stage 5, for getting the music theory ebook:)
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Post by: Nosugrof on October 28, 2011, 07:17:25 pm
I just bought this last night and it's really very good. Lots more material than I can absorb quickly so I'll be working on it for a while. To be fair I think most of the material is available on the site for free but this does put it together in a very sensible flow. I wish it were available in hard copy - I would have paid a bit more to get it that way but I can print it myself pretty easily. Understanding how specific chords relate to a given key is really insightful. It's going to take some time for all of it to gel in my mind but I think it's going to be very helpful. I knew it was critical to learn the notes on the fingerboard and it's been on my TODO list for a while but reading this material moved it way up the priority list.

I've spent a lot of money on lessons and other materials and I've learned ten times more from the free material on Justin's web site. The book is easily worth the $17 it cost me but I figure I'm way behind on paying for all the benefit I've received from the site so I feel really good about finally kicking in a bit and certainly plan to buy more.

Kudos to Justin for building an excellent free site and sharing his insights into playing guitar. Not everyone is in a position to contribute but if you can and you feel as I do that you've benefited from the site give it some thought.
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Post by: antwilk1981 on November 20, 2011, 10:53:53 pm
After reading the good reviews on here about this I finally took the plunge into the world of theory! After only the first two exercises the fretboard is already making more sense. Great purchase worth every penny thanks again Justin!
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Post by: mcarrera on December 18, 2011, 01:03:53 pm
It's the first course material I buy from Justin, and I have to say I am really impressed. He did a great job putting together concise and useful information without wasting words.  In the past I paid 20 euro for a very popular (perhaps the most popular) guitar method, with dvd included... I watched 2 videos, got to page 9 and abandoned it after about 2 weeks.
Considering the huge amount of video available on the Justing's website and, his unique personal touch, 10GBP for this book is more than fair. Justin is the best guitar teacher available online, and I really grateful for his work.
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Post by: Arppa on January 10, 2012, 04:33:11 pm
I have read the PMT and it does make sense even to my thick head. I wish I had it 30 years ago when I purchased my first guitar book which turn out to be something that put me off music theory forever (or so I tought at the time). Well it did for 28 years! I bought a guitar again last spring and started over again. Beginners method book is very easy to read, things are told so that even I can understand them and it is by far the best beginners course that I have read. I purchased a Ralph Denyers book last spring and with the help of the Justin´s book it all starts to make some sense to me finally. Would recommend Justin´s book to everybody!  8)

Thanks a Million times Justin!
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Post by: Paul Thurston on January 21, 2012, 03:37:57 am
Hi Justin and all,

Just got a copy of Practical Music Theory and it is awesome. I have been playing by ear for many years but never got round to learning much beyond the open string names  :-[

The book is well laid out and easy to follow. Now I just need to get it printed out.

One thing I am finding helpful with all this is my clip on tuner. It shows me each note as I play
and that seems to be helping cement the notes on the fretboard into my brain.

Not sure if that's a good thing or not?

I'm understanding the theory behind all this but for me, the hardest part is commiting it all to memory.

Practice & repetition should sort me out.

Thanks Justin. Great work.
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Post by: weblogik on January 30, 2012, 06:58:37 am
I have been playing "since" 20 years ago... i wouldnt say i have been playing for 20 years cause i took something like ten years off dedicating myself to other music / and work ventures, but in the past 4-5 years i have started picking up the guitar again, and until then my knowledge was strictly what id learned on my own , picked up here and there from other people that played guitar , zero theory outside of pentatonic blues scales. Playing a lot of stuff rather well, without knowing really what i was doing. To get me back in the groove about 4 years ago i took a couple of lessons, and at that point i REALLY had lost my chops, and the guy did teach me major scales, however the little theory he tried to explain to me i just couldnt wrap my head around , i had kind of no idea of what he was talking about and didnt even see remotely how it applied to guitar.

I have been sort of back at guitar in the past two years, and have gradually moved to justin as the only guitar teacher i need... I bought this practical music theory book and i just completed the intervals section, so im just kind of getting started with it but im blown away at how easy its been for me to grasp these concepts.  Granted, i have read all this stuff before so maybe some of it is in my head, but i never made sense before prior to now.  im itching to get to the CAGED section cause that is also something that i have read on before and Sort of kind of get the general concept but have not really been able to apply it to my playing but im assuming like everythign else justin does its going to be one of those "I GET IT" moments :)  Also Chord theory, jesus its been years since i have wanted to grasp all that.

I am practicing daily for months for the first time since my teens, justin is the xx--xx. And this book is highly recommended!
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Post by: allanhu on February 01, 2012, 09:55:11 pm
 Any chance that this will become a physical book in the future?
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Post by: justinguitar on February 13, 2012, 10:55:13 am
I'm working now on an expanded physical edition, after the success of the songbook and coursebook I'm confident to try it out!! :) J
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Post by: Drubbing on February 13, 2012, 11:54:29 am
Even more mayhem to get your head around?

I'm struggling after the 6 key tones. But that's not a sight on the material, I've understood a little more already than other resources have tried to explain.

As stressed in the intro, it's stuff you have to take your time with, and absorb slowly. There may only be 12 notes on the fretboard, but they stick them all over the place, and then repeat them. A lot.



I don't get the printer 'problem'. This is 2012. Everyone will know someone with a printer. I thumb, one mate with a printer? Sorted.
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Post by: ipoo2 on February 13, 2012, 12:17:37 pm
I'm working now on an expanded physical edition, after the success of the songbook and coursebook I'm confident to try it out!! :) J

Ohh interesting! Any estimated time scale? I was thinking of getting this as my next purchase, but may hold of! Will it be substantially different?
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Post by: matonanjin on February 16, 2012, 09:14:16 pm
So is this no longer available as a paper book? >:(  Only a download? :'(

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Post by: Hefty Man John on February 16, 2012, 09:18:57 pm
It's a great book. YOu have a 30 day refund period or somethin like that. It's definitely something you want to check out
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Post by: misterg on February 19, 2012, 05:42:13 pm
So is this no longer available as a paper book? >:(  Only a download? :'(



This has only been available as a download, dude.

Welcome :)

Andy
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on February 19, 2012, 05:51:32 pm
Good luck with the physical edition Justin, Im sure it will be a great success.
There's been quite a lot of interest since I started this topic!!
Although I don't pretend to know everything in the book its certainly helped and I like to dip into it from time to time ....and each time I take a little more from it. 8)
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Post by: matonanjin on February 19, 2012, 07:34:26 pm
So is this no longer available as a paper book? >:(  Only a download? :'(



This has only been available as a download, dude.

Welcome :)

Andy

I'm not dude.
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Post by: misterg on February 19, 2012, 08:02:43 pm
I'm not dude.

Ooh! Sorry!  :-[

No offence intended.

Andy  :)
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Post by: steveo2 on February 19, 2012, 08:50:25 pm
Good luck with the physical edition Justin, Im sure it will be a great success.
There's been quite a lot of interest since I started this topic!!
Although I don't pretend to know everything in the book its certainly helped and I like to dip into it from time to time ....and each time I take a little more from it. 8)
It's a basic book,it ask you to learn triads and The major scale.
It pretty basic stuff and you have the book 3 years and should have the contents down, This is the most basic stuff spoken in a basic level.
6 month to a year one should have it pretty much nailed down.
 :)
No offence intended either just stating some basic facts, accept for a few mis-spelled words ,this is the very basic's of theory and meant to be memorized.
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Post by: greatwhitepoet on February 20, 2012, 07:24:24 pm


    Yes, drill sergeant!

Stupid is as stupid does

 :-\
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Post by: ambersmiths on March 13, 2012, 06:43:41 am
Got the Book so far it nice kind of work for me.
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Post by: modest_mouse on April 08, 2012, 08:53:27 pm
Hi, just wondering if there is any update to the ETA of the paper version of PMT? Been holding out for a while  :)

Thanks!
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Post by: adraw on June 26, 2012, 07:35:26 pm
I love practical music theory. Especialy the way, how it progresses towards more and more complex concepts. Sometimes I was a little bid overwhelmed by the amount of information, but as time progressed, with more takes, it became natural.

I can only encourage to download this ebook. It helps a lot and its fun to learn from.
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Post by: bluesfloyd on June 30, 2012, 10:43:47 am

 hi guys,
             new to this site, first post, not sure where its going to end up, got the e. book  the other day, some stuff i know , lots i do not know, very well explained, its going to really help me, i am sure of that, a big thanks justin for all your hard work,   i will now check where this post as gone,  ha  ha ha ha ha ha,

                                   all the best,       bluesfloyd.
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Post by: DA_music on June 30, 2012, 12:13:46 pm
Had this for a couple of weeks and I've been reading through it a few times. I've even printed the thing off (DON'T do such a thing unless you have an insane amount of spare ink!) so that I can keep it on my music stand as I'm playing.

When it comes to any type of theory teaching there is actually more than just a simplification of the subject that is required. It is the simplification in such a way that the student is taken to the point where there is a full understanding by the end of the book/lesson so that practical usage is possible. Having this within a book is doubly difficult for a teacher as there is no two-way communication for the "master" to see what the apprentice has missed. Justin has taken Music Theory and has been able to do exactly this with a vast array of diagrams, exercises (potentially made from reading his text and given throughout) and with the usual talent of his teaching that we experience through his videos.

I won't say it is a must for all guitar players to learn. I'm the type of guy who would look to learn it even if it was only for major professionals, but what I can say is that with this book there should not be a fear of learning the topic. Working alongside other Justin lessons will keep any nerves/"eek...theory" reactions at bay and you'll end up knowing what you need to by the end of the book.
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Post by: DA_music on June 30, 2012, 12:17:20 pm
I've printed mine from home and I'll say to anyone thinking about getting a hard copy to do make sure you've got a good amount of backup ink or can get it done from a place that won't charge an arm-and-a-leg/from work. It's definitely a help having a physical copy and I'll be printing off his other e-books as well, it's incredibly ink heavy. Black text, black music notations, black diagrams equals A Lot of Black!
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Post by: bluesfloyd on July 01, 2012, 01:10:21 am

 hi guys,
             new to this site, first post, not sure where its going to end up, got the e. book  the other day, some stuff i know , lots i do not know, very well explained, its going to really help me, i am sure of that, a big thanks justin for all your hard work,   i will now check where this post as gone,  ha  ha ha ha ha ha,

                                   all the best,       bluesfloyd.
               
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Post by: jnb on July 01, 2012, 10:21:22 am
I've printed mine from home and I'll say to anyone thinking about getting a hard copy to do make sure you've got a good amount of backup ink or can get it done from a place that won't charge an arm-and-a-leg/from work. It's definitely a help having a physical copy and I'll be printing off his other e-books as well, it's incredibly ink heavy. Black text, black music notations, black diagrams equals A Lot of Black!

Can't say I've tried printing that but I've printed a lot of scores and something I've noticed is that you can't even use ink save or draft modes to save a bit of money. If I try that with some of the scores I have all the crotchets don't get filled in and turn into minims, which makes it a bit confusing to read! ???
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Post by: DA_music on July 01, 2012, 11:44:04 am
I don't know if having a higher end printer would do a better job in those modes but for "standard" printers it is definitely an either/or situation. You print it and take a hit or you only use the electronic version.

Either way though it's a great book to have.
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Post by: FaxteR on July 08, 2012, 01:45:53 am
Would it be possible to get this book on amazon?
They're pretty big at selling eBooks and stuff. Could be way more easy for alot of people!

(Me included), some people don't want to get their bank account data on the internet in too many places.
Amazon got them and I don't want to make a PayPal Account just for getting this eBook. =/

All those Begginer's "real paper books" are there, but I think I'm beyond that phase for now. :)

Any chance at all?
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Post by: bobz1b on September 01, 2012, 09:38:11 pm
Hi all

I bought this book recently and I can honestly say its the best theory tutorial I have read, the quiz or test pages can be used again and again and can be used as exersises to keep growing and learning, I`m only about half way through it but it has opened my eyes to technical stuff on the guitar, I would highly recommend it.
I  can`t thank you enough Justin. I have played off and on for 40 years  and I feel this book is helping pieces of a jigsaw drop into place

Fondest regards

bobz1b
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Post by: quahog on September 08, 2012, 01:40:59 pm
Hey Everyone!

Well, last night I finished the PMT.  WOW! What a great theory book.  I can honestly say it's improved my understanding of the guitar and music theory tenfold.  Best $15 I've spent in a long time.

I also recently picked up Justin's CCG but I plan to really spend some more time working out chords all over the neck until this stuff really sinks in. 

Buy it... you won't be disappointed.
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Post by: Guitar_noob on September 08, 2012, 08:53:07 pm
Useful information right from the beginning. Each page's bringing you some enlightment. Everything's starting to make sense after a few pages. You really understand how you guitar works.

A must have, really !

And 10€ only. :)
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Post by: conv90 on January 04, 2013, 10:59:18 am
I really want this BOOK.
but I hate to read on my PC or tablet.
Can you confirm that this book is only in .PDF ??
Thanks
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Post by: Endureth on January 04, 2013, 02:33:01 pm
I really want this BOOK.
but I hate to read on my PC or tablet.
Can you confirm that this book is only in .PDF ??
Thanks

Yes, but you can print it up.
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Post by: dwood29d on January 12, 2013, 05:55:42 am
To be honest, I really only bought the book to support the cause because the site is so great but sweet holy Moses am I glad I went through with it. Anywho, I bought the PDF a few days ago and read through to the first worksheet, at which time I promptly printed out all 45 pages, 3 hole punched them, and stuck them in a binder for ease of use. Nothing wrong with the PDF format, especially since I can just print out the individual worksheet pages because they're always on a page to themselves, I just actually thought it a good/helpful enough read that it was worthy to be printed out in its entirety.

As far as reviews go. This book is fantastic. I already have a bit of background in music because I played a few instruments growing up in my school's bands. I understood key signature and that certain key signatures had certain sharps or flats, but never understood why, and since I never played a chord instrument, I never had use for understanding or building chords. 15 pages into the book and I already understand exactly how every major key is formed and am well on the road to understanding how to build chords. It's not automatic because I haven't memorized everything yet, but to be able to memorize one idea (the progression of tones and semi-tones in a major scale) and then translate that into so much after only 2 or 3 hours of reading and practice is amazing. Fantastic work! Thanks Justin.
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Post by: justinguitar on January 12, 2013, 09:30:52 am
Thanks for all the awesome reviews y'all :) much appreciate it!
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Post by: bradt on March 09, 2013, 11:29:29 pm
I guess it's time I added my review to the heap here. :)

Let me start by saying that I consider myself very green when it comes to theory. I did what we all did at the start and looked over the internet finding scale diagrams and positions; finding what chords go where; and finding what notes are in a key. It's all really good information to have, but I never understood how it worked. I was just memorizing it all.

Where this book really shined for me is that it filled in those gaps in a way that was very approachable. While all of the other theory books like to throw in a bunch of big words and concepts assuming you know them already, Justin doesn't do that. He explains everything in a clear and concise manner that makes sense. He just makes it click.

I actually think to some degree this book is having a laugh at a lot of the others. It's like it's pulled back the curtain and shown you that there's nothing very complicated back there at all. It's just a bunch of simple principals that build on each other. It's amazing how many times I was thinking "ooooh...That's why it does that."

One of my favorite things about the style of this book is that it never pretends to be more than it is. It's a beginner's book and is there to provide you with some tools and a good understanding of how to use them. It doesn't tell you what to do; it teaches you how to do it. It gives you the knowledge required get you on your way, but it's up to you to take those tools and master them on your own, and that's how it should be.

If you're looking for a good introduction to theory then here's your book.
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Post by: azel1963 on April 04, 2013, 11:12:54 am
I'm close to finishing this course and have got to say that this has demystified so many things and simplified many others.

Some of it seems quite daunting until you pick up the guitar and transfer whats written onto the actual fretboard, and then you get that lovely "Aaahhhhhh I see" feeling.

Very educational, rewarding and enjoyable!!
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Post by: logie74 on April 21, 2013, 03:35:55 pm
Only started the beginner course 6 days ago and have bought the beginner songbook, read the reviews on the theory one and will pick that up too.

Absolutely enthralled with learning guitar now that I've finally started and a massive thank you to justin and everyone who has made his site a reality, 6 days in and I feel like I'm adding to my knowledge and improving everyday, I know I will hit a 'wall' at some point but there wouldn't be any point if there wasn't challenges to be overcome.
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Post by: Bogeybuster on June 07, 2013, 11:52:49 pm
Hi all just wanted to rave about the above book which I ordered last week of how well structured and concise it is.
I am new to the guitar and just started to learn to play it.
This book is amazing and it actually promotes and encourages you to do the dreaded word yes PRACTICE.
I actually look forward to it now.
Tried a lot of other books and just about gave up.
I love the way it comes with 2 CD's and the song book fits in perfectly to the course book.
Oh and also Justin your videos are fabulous and very informative. Really loving this web site.
Just wanted to share that with you folks but then I guess you will all already know how good this site is.
Keep on making great music and thanks for having me.
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Post by: jcenter on June 29, 2013, 06:00:46 pm
I'm working now on an expanded physical edition, after the success of the songbook and coursebook I'm confident to try it out!! :) J
I have become a huge fan of Justin's work - I'm a beginner and already have the hard copy Beginner's Course and Songbook, although I watch every video as well just because Justin's personality and dedication shine through so completely.  I really want to get the Theory book (I already own two others, neither of which has impressed me), but I'm definitely a hard copy book guy.  I'm reluctant to buy the ebook and then spend additional money to have it printed and bound, but I do want a hard copy of the book.

Justin, is the 'expanded physical edition' of your Theory book going to be available soon?  Do you have a target date for publication?  Or should I just bite the bullet and get the ebook and have it printed on my own?  I certainly wouldn't object to paying a premium for a physical copy if it came directly from you, and so supported your great work.  Hope to hear something soon.  Thanks a bunch!
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Post by: justinguitar on June 30, 2013, 11:24:17 am
Hard copy is still in the distance. It'll happen at some point, but probably not until next year.

Not going to work with Amazon... they take far too much money for selling products.

Cheers, J.
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Post by: naturalcanvas on July 24, 2013, 03:53:51 pm
Hi Guys,

Some advice please.. As a beginner is it ok to purchase and start learning the Practical Music Theory side of things so soon?? Would i find this a bit daunting at the moment or would it be beneficial? I'm doing really well and zipping through the first stages and cant get enough at the moment! Thanks :)
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Post by: mmmbert on July 25, 2013, 12:21:21 am
In my experience, I continually kept at the theory part while learning. I would always recommend trying to understand what and why you are doing something, in any endeavor.

That being said, it is best taken in small bites. Justin's book is concise and gives the nuts and bolts. I had another theory book, centered around guitar, more in depth. It was months before I learned much past what scales are and how to construct major and minor chords.  The more "advanced" parts usually came as sudden revelations. It just comes.

You don't have to even know this to start, for quite a while. Much of the groundwork in learning guitar is learning the shapes of the handful of chords that get you at least 75% of the way, almost 100% of the way to enjoying it and playing songs. It is developing good technique, posture, hand position, avoiding bad habits, and developing muscle memory and speed. It is a pretty full plate for a while.

So, I would keep the theory around, for times to read and experiment. Won't hurt. But the real work is the beginner's course.
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Post by: mouser9169 on July 25, 2013, 03:25:53 am
Reading the book can't hurt you.

How much it helps depends on the type of learner you are. Some people need to know the 'why' in order to do the 'how'. Others can just jump into doing the how without ever worrying about the why. Most people fall somewhere in between those two extremes.

Personally, I'm a theory kind of guy. But I'd still recommend getting the Beginner's Songbook first if you have to choose one. I wish I had a book like that when I was first learning.
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Post by: naturalcanvas on July 25, 2013, 04:14:48 pm
Brill.. thanks for the replies! I feel comfortable at the moment with my progress :) think ill leave it a while longer till i have more chords nailed. Your all really helpful thank you!
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Post by: lurch on January 18, 2014, 10:31:35 pm
Pretty new here, I'm hoping a paperback will be imminent, I'm old fashioned, and I don't fancy firing off a dozen ink cartridges :)
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Post by: sophiehiker on January 19, 2014, 01:11:51 pm
@lurch,  take it to your local print shop.  They'll whip you off a copy.  Remember it's in A4 format, so it you're in the States, you'll want them to "adjust to fit" in the printer driver.   Good luck!
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Post by: flying.muppet on February 15, 2014, 11:26:52 am
 :D  Hi Justin.
 I bought your complete works some 8 months ago and am pleased with it. Still working my way through
it and just bought this E. book Music theory. My only complaint is it was not included in the package.
It is great I have found a new way of getting to sleep. Instead of counting sheep. I work out what note is in a certain position on the fret board EG fret 8 on string 4   (D#) and so on 
                              BRILL  ;) 8)
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Post by: FCBfan on March 20, 2014, 05:39:31 pm
A Must Have ! Pure and simple.

You'll understand so much better what is going on on the guitar...

Can't wait for part 2 !
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Post by: Sinead on April 11, 2014, 07:48:01 pm
Got the pdf last night and although I've only gone through the first few pages I'm really enjoying getting to grips with guitar theory. Everything is explained very clearly so far!

Got the app Note trainer app too which really helped with getting to know the notes on the fretboard in a fun and challenging way. I prefer to get a complete understanding of each lesson before moving on as I don't want to get too confused.

Thanks for the fantastic material Justin!
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Post by: Trun89410 on May 26, 2014, 02:59:04 am
Hi Justin and staff,

Just curious, could you update us on the potential of releasing this as a physical product?  It looks like in June 2013, the estimate was a year or so. 

Thank you.
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Post by: Slateminer on November 06, 2014, 08:53:31 am

I've mentioned in another thread that due to tennis elbow I'm going to have to take a break from playing the guitar.

Just wondered if there is any further development in the availability a hard copy of Practical Music Theory in the near future, or should I just go ahead and order the e-book. Would prefer a 'real' book if possible.
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Post by: Tim Mason on November 06, 2014, 08:55:54 am
It's only 45 pages long. I've printed it out and put it in a ring-binder.
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Post by: Slateminer on November 06, 2014, 09:01:50 am

Tim : thanks for your very quick reply! Yes as you say 45 pages isn't too much, I'm sure my printer can cope. :)  Ring-binder is a good idea, think I'll go for it.
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Post by: Matek on November 06, 2014, 05:39:03 pm
I'm about half way through the theory program.

The best thing by far is the fact that it is very basic, which is great for a beginner.

I have tried a couple of other theory for guitar books but they seem to go from basics to advanced stuff way to quickly.

Justin's method covers everything you need to know in a logical progression of lessons.
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Post by: FPS on November 29, 2014, 09:59:02 pm
Sorry if this has been asked before. Can I download this ebook directly onto my iPad or does the download process just work on Mac/PC?

Thanks in advance,
Fatih
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Post by: Joerfe on November 29, 2014, 10:45:21 pm
@Faith, I downloaded it to my iPad. No problem.
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Post by: sochin67 on December 10, 2014, 01:55:58 pm
Hi all,
learning the key notes on the fret board by remembering 3 gay cats with sparkling collars and little leather pants dancing to YMCA on a fence.
Became curious?
Just go and spend just 10£ for this great piece of paper and learn music theory the unusual way.
Absolutely amazing...
 ;D
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Post by: Rolandson on February 06, 2015, 11:10:58 am
Why Music theory?

Ok you are learing to know alot about the guitar but does it help you to learn songs faster and play them better?
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Post by: shadowscott007 on February 08, 2015, 01:36:36 pm
Well... yes it does.

Shadow
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Post by: Rolandson on February 09, 2015, 09:49:02 am
It's pretty good and easy to understand.
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Post by: Bar on September 24, 2015, 08:42:26 am
It's excellent. Just get it. It may look like just another 43 page PDF but it really does explain things so clearly.  In just 2 hours I found I actually understood all topics (which for the last year have left me lost) up to half way through the CAGED system which is when the beer started to take effect. I reckon I'd have spent more time just looking for the "right" book in a book shop only to leave without one, frustrated yet again.  If a guitar lesson costs 20 quid/euros/gumbobeads and lasts 40 minutes then this book is equivalent to  20 minutes of lesson but will actually teach you what you'd maybe learn in 10+ theory only classes (well, that's my guess). Basically, all that for the price of 3 of 4 beers. If you're just starting off I'd say  it's a no brainer.
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Post by: Lnphappy on April 09, 2016, 07:59:56 am
I just purchased it and love it!  I would really love a Ukulele version of this as well!,  😀
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Post by: Joerfe on April 09, 2016, 09:51:55 am
I just purchased it and love it!  I would really love a Ukulele version of this as well!, 

When you have finished it You should be able to use your knowledge on the ukulele.
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Post by: shadowscott007 on April 09, 2016, 05:07:59 pm
How do you make a guitar a ukelele?

Capo on the 5th fret and play the top (thinnest) 4 strings.  Except for the fact that the lowest string ends up an octave low, all the chord shapes and grips come out identical.  Handy for a guitarist who wants to use the understanding of guitar mechanics to give them a head start on uke.

Shadow
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Post by: suzidownunder on April 10, 2016, 04:51:55 am
Just downloaded Justins book on theory to my tablet. Looks very comprehensive. Always happy when I can donate to Justin and this looks well worth it!

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Post by: batwoman on January 26, 2017, 01:01:24 am
I bought a copy of this little gem last week. My only regret is that I didn't do it months ago. Like all the stuff Justin offers us, it's easy to use, fun to read, well laid out, full of interesting, useful info and it gives my hungry brain something to devour, yum yum. Justin has a gift for making the obscure accessible and to give it a place in the practical musical experience. Thanks Justin  :)
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Post by: awooly on August 03, 2017, 02:07:39 pm
Been playing guitar since February and currently working my way through Stage 4 of the BC.

Bought and downloaded this a couple of days ago and have only worked through the first few pages but gee the guitar is starting to make sense now!!

Highly recommend this.


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Post by: alessia297 on August 07, 2017, 01:24:40 am
Amazing book. I wanted to get into jazz but jazz charts always confused me, and I never understood where the m7b5 or 9 chords came from. This book cleared up all my doubts.
Also, if you want to take Justin's aural training course, jazz course or any other course, reading this book beforehand is extremely useful because 1) he often refers to it 2) whenever he says xyz doesn't matter because it's just music theory, you won't be confused because the basics are all here.
A MUST.

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Post by: Cyclebob on August 08, 2017, 12:28:59 am
This is a very good resource: practical & simply explained. I feel like it's distilled down to the theory that has immediate application to the guitar and really does improve your fret board fluency and understanding of what your playing. Well worth the cost especially considering your dollars are supporting all the other free learning resources.


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