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Anyone bought the Rick Beato book? Was it worth it- what did you get from it? Cheers.
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  • sweepysweepy Frets: 3289
    Yes I bought it and it’s very we’ll laid out and informative, my biggest issue is lack of time to really get the most out of it
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  • Cheers sweepy, haha yes I know that one!
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  • markblagdonmarkblagdon Frets: 1606
    I’m interested in this as well, having seen version 4 has just been released. I’ve a basic music knowledge (how diatonic chords are created from scales, etc), which I apply when playing rock/blues.  

    What level of knowledge and music style Is this book aimed at?
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  • stratman3142stratman3142 Frets: 1165
    I've had it since version 2.3 and always updated. I updated to V4.0 yesterday. It spans very basic to advanced stuff.

    It's not something I'd read cover to cover  I find it a very useful reference and tend to dip into it for areas of interest.

    For example, I'm currently interested in chord progressions that depart form the standard diatonic and am looking at the Chords for Songwriters tables (page 24 & 25).

    It's not a competition.
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  • digitalkettledigitalkettle Frets: 506
    markblagdon said:
    I’m interested in this as well, having seen version 4 has just been released. I’ve a basic music knowledge (how diatonic chords are created from scales, etc), which I apply when playing rock/blues.  

    What level of knowledge and music style Is this book aimed at?
    Table of contents for v4 is here: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/2145/8901/files/The_Beato_Book_4.0_-_Table_of_Contents.pdf?v=1591459842

    Chapter one is comprehensive...after that, things get a lot drier / less talkative and you are presented with pages of study material: chord boxes, scales and arps, linear studies (short passages over changes). It's a reference...it's up to you to make something of it...it won't hold your hand along the way.

    I'm great at buying books but crap at actually working through them. However, I'm sure I can open it at page 367 right now and find an idea to explore ;) As a PDF, it's very convenient.

    Here's a recent tFB thread: https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/170338/recommended-theory-books
    Amongst the recommendations, there's:
    • Eric Taylor's 'The AB guide to music theory' (parts i & ii) - solid, non-guitar based, cold, hard, theory...these should be on your bookshelf next to the dictionary and thesaurus
    • Mick Goodrick's 'The Advancing Guitarist' - one of the standard books...no tab...I didn't enjoy it much
    • I'd add Jon Damian's 'The Guitarist's Guide...' - I remember enjoying this one because it feels more modern and is written with a bit of humour...no tab
    The last two are more applied and jazz-oriented...but that's where theory takes you if you turn it to 11. It doesn't mean you have to ruin all your rock/blues jams with whole-tone scales and maj7#5 arps ;) I like that, every now and then, I can use some of this material to get me out of a rut and start thinking broadly again.

    To be honest, I bought The Beato Book a few years back as I was enjoying the YouTube channel and wanted to give something back.

    Apologies: strong coffee this morning!
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  • pintspillerpintspiller Frets: 887
    edited June 7
    Theory is hard. I'm not into the total science of it, but I need to know some of the how or why now and then if I'm tying to write or arrange.

    I play occasionally in a covers band and don't write as much these days. So I wing it or Google it.

    I don't do jazz, most of what I've written is solely fifth chords  but occasionally I like to strum five or six strings and just let it ring using major or minor chords. Hell, I even use seventh chords now and then!

    If I get stuck, or think I need more on an occasion, I fill in gaps using Google or Youtube. Sometimes I even remember what I was shown.

    am a subscriber to Rick Beato's channel, but I choose to watch or not watch depending on the title and whether I think the content is relevant or interesting on the day. I'm like that with a few channels I subscribe to.
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  • pickergpickerg Frets: 21
    edited June 8
    edit: duplicate post
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  • pickergpickerg Frets: 21

    Here's a recent tFB thread: https://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/170338/recommended-theory-books
    Amongst the recommendations, there's:
    • Eric Taylor's 'The AB guide to music theory' (parts i & ii) - solid, non-guitar based, cold, hard, theory...these should be on your bookshelf next to the dictionary and thesaurus
    • Mick Goodrick's 'The Advancing Guitarist' - one of the standard books...no tab...I didn't enjoy it much
    • I'd add Jon Damian's 'The Guitarist's Guide...' - I remember enjoying this one because it feels more modern and is written with a bit of humour...no tab
    The last two are more applied and jazz-oriented...but that's where theory takes you if you turn it to 11. It doesn't mean you have to ruin all your rock/blues jams with whole-tone scales and maj7#5 arps ;) I like that, every now and then, I can use some of this material to get me out of a rut and start thinking broadly again.
    That's interesting, I've got the Taylor and Goodrick books and have been thinking of getting Damian's other book, The Chord Factory.
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  • nectarnectar Frets: 8
    I bought this, and it’s a nice reference / covers a lot of ground but probably best to use as one of several different ways of learning theory. If you haven’t come across the concepts in there it’s probably not going to give you enough of an introduction on its own.
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  • spark240spark240 Frets: 1481
    Love his vids....I’m not a big reader so not sure I can handle a book !


    Mac Mini i7, 2.3Ghz.
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  • prowlaprowla Frets: 3042
    spark240 said:
    Love his vids....I’m not a big reader so not sure I can handle a book !

    I like his YT stuff too.
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