for greater speed, finger agility and strength
scale forms and position studies
moves over the entire fretboard
of chord progression
and left hand techniques
modulations for smooth transitions
fingering and picking techniques for smoother sound
& Minor scales and arpeggios
& diminish-seventh modulations
ON THE SYSTEM DEVELOPED BY JOSEPH SGRO "I highly endorse and recommend this method for all aspiring
guitarists." - Joseph Sgro.
Secret of Great Guitar Playing
Secret of Great Guitar Playingis
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advanced studies written specifically for the acoustic and electric
pick-style guitar. Based
on the advanced system developed by renowned guitarist, Joseph
is one of the best possible courses of study to improve your technique
and prepare you to move skillfully and easily over the instrument.
level of guitar mastery is unrivaled. Learn his amazing system through
and Benefits of the Guitar Master Method
Guitar Master books present new fingering
that provides a logical and systematic approach to mastering
all the major and minor scales (including arpeggios) through
the entire 3 octave range of the guitar. The
uniquness of the guitar rerquires that a student know a minimum
of four fingerings for each scale. Part of the "magic"
of the new approach is its incoporation of scales and arpeggios
with basic chord pogressions.
fingering--There are many occasions when it is necessary
to stretch your fingers beyond the range of the position you
are playing. The Guitar Master system develops finger independence,
agiliy, finger strength, and finger patterns to facilitate moving
over the insrument.
and Performance--Guitar Master provides a complete set
of progressively difficult material that will raise your level
of performance. Development of technical skills along with an
understanding of relevant musical theory prepare the Guitar Master
student to flexibile, creative when performing, soloing and composing
playing and music notation--Learn fingering and musical
notation effortlessly in thirteen positions. GuitarMaster
material accelerates learning of musical notes as well as the
neck of the guitar.
Master offers a remarkable technique for using the pick in the
most efficient way. It is a unique combination of alternate and
Alternate picking is a constant down and up stroke. In directional
picking, the pick always flows
in the direction of movement toward the next string.
With no wasted motion, this is very practical method.
and fluidity --The technique taught in the Guitar Master
system allows the guitarist to produce a smooth and even sound,
with unrivaled control even when playing complex and intricate
in his career
during the 1920's, Joseph Sgro discovered the problem in playing
complex and intricate passages ton the guitar was in the use of
the pick. This led him to develop a completely new approach to using
the pick, which he called the JS System of Slur-alternate Picking.
This new approach gave him greater efficiency, flexibility and a
smoother flow. "This technique," says Sgro, "will
be a great aid to guitarists all over the world. I commend Jim Tillman
(one of my former students, and author of the Guitar Master System)
for taking on the mammoth task of documenting, publishing and preserving
the technique. I don't know who else could have the ability to put
it in writing. This unique system, I believe, will revolutionize
the art of guitar playing."
guitarist, Joe Sgro
is a musical genius who has recorded hundreds of records with top
named artists too numerous to mention. Composer, arranger, conductor,
and teacher, Sgro was featured as the "world's greatest guitarist"
on the Ed McMahon show. A child prodigy, Sgro gave his first concert
at the age of ten. Since then, he's worked with practically all
the big names in show business including Jackie Gleason, Jan Murray,
Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, the Victor Hugo band, the Paul Whiteman
orchestra, and the Dave Steven's orchestra at CBS to name a few.
Joe Sgro has appeared with the Philadelphia orchestra under guest
conductors Percy Faith, Andre Kostelanitz and Eugene Ormandy, and
played with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra whenever plectrum
stringed instruments are required.
believe this unique system will revolutionize the art of
guitar playing. The technique will be a great aid to guitarists
all over the world."
Sgro, Renowned Guitarist
Master books have been endorsed by professional musicians and guitar
instructors at numerous schools including:
jazz violinist/ recording artist
Guitar Academy, Chicago, IL
College of Music, Boston, MA
School of Music, New York, NY
of the Arts,
County Community College,
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