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Advanced Guitar: Book 1 begins by teaching all 7 modes which are illustrated with licks. A unique pattern for memorizing the barre chords in any key is explained and demonstrated. Three advance speed drills are taught along with the number system and students learn to how use the scales from the previous books with a chord progression. More advanced ideas on songwriting techniques are discussed and the book finishes with the student writing a new song.
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Born in Dallas, Texas in 1952, Johnnie Davison began studying the guitar at the age of 11. His method of learning the guitar, in the early sixties was quite different from today. Because there were fewer resources on guitar instruction and practically no actual guitar transcriptions from the popular songs of that time he learned to play the guitar by ear. While this developed Johnnies musical ability to play any song he heard he realized the importance of learning to read music when he began studying classical guitar at the age of 17. One year later, Johnnie began teaching the guitar at local music stores while continuing his own studies in the form of jazz and music theory.
In 1976, at the age of 22, Johnnie took his talents and hit the road touring the United States and Europe while playing with many popular artists of that time. When he stopped touring in 1988 he came back to Dallas and began teaching guitar lessons at music stores like Zoo Music, Brook Mays, and Musicians Headquarters. Unsatisfied with the selection of guitar method books available to use for his classes, he decided to write his own series of books.
In 1993, he set the foundation for his series. He decided that his books would teach a method of guitar unlike others. They would include the three important areas of his training: playing by ear, reading music, and understanding theory. Unlike other mediums he did not want his books to over teach, over explain, skip around or leave out important information. He also wanted his books to include illustrations of licks, progressions, soloing and a shorter method of learning to read music on the guitar. Futhermore, he wanted his books to include songwriting techniques so that all students could understand song construction, which would tap into their own creativity.
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