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
in my career during the 1920's, I was greatly inspired by the artistry
of pianist Art Tatum. After hearing him, I realized that I couldn't
play on the guitar the same complex and intricate arpeggios and
scale passages that he played on the piano. Upon examination, I
discovered the problem was in the use of the pick. This led me to
develop a completely new approach to using the pick, which I call
the "JS System of Slur-Alternate Picking." This new approach
gave me greater efficiency, flexibility, and a smoother flowing
commend Jim Tillman, right from my heart, for taking on the mammoth
task to document, publish, and preserve for posterity the JS
Slur-Alternate Picking technique. It will be a great aid to
guitarists all over the world. I give him the highest accolades
for such distinguished work. I don't know who else would have had
the ability to put it in writing.
is with great pride and personal pleasure that I give Jim Tillman--one
of my former students, and author of the guitar master study system--the
right to use my name, photographs, and present my picking technique
in his publications. This unique system, I believe, will revolutionize
the aArt of guitar playing.
highly endorse and recommend this method for all aspiring guitarists."
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. Sgro's level of guitar mastery is unrivaled.
Learn his amazing system through Guitar Master.
the 2-octave barrier
and learn to flow continuously through the full 3 octaves
of the guitar. Guitar Master books offer one of the most
advanced guitar studies you can take for the acoustic and
electric pick-style guitar.
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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