I’m going to depart from the usual reviews of biographies and autobiographies of famous musicians and review one of the only books I can wholeheartedly recommend to any guitarist.
Traditional guitar teaching methods, like traditional methods for teaching almost anything, seem to focus only on parts of the big picture. In a way, guitar learning methods are designed to force the student to continue taking lessons. Most teach songs, melodies, or just guitar licks. You learn them one by one and are somehow supposed to put them all together by the time you become a real musician.
It’s rare for a book to teach the big picture. Yes, like any discipline, there is a “big picture” to guitar – a logical organizational system that ties it all together.
When I hear so-so guitarists play live, I can hear that they don’t really understand this “big picture.” They are recycling blues licks or running through scales without actually knowing what they are doing or playing anything original. Does this sound like your guitar playing?
If so, then I highly recommend Fretboard Logic by Bill Edwards. Now, there are many ways to look at the tuning system on the guitar, the least efficient being the traditional song-learning methods I described above.
The system in Fretboard Logic is to analyze the repeating patterns of different scales and the chords derived from them and then see how they are repeated everywhere on the guitar neck. Every note is accounted for and fits into this system.
This may mean nothing to you. Or you may have already figured out some of the patterns of the guitar on your own but have gaps in your understanding. Either way, if you are a guitarist and someday want to be a good guitarist who actually creates music, and you are confused about the relationships between scales, chords, and individual notes, then you should absolutely get your hands on this book.