About the Book
This LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD showcases the C A G E D guitar chord and scale sequence exclusively in the SECOND POSITION for all to see and use. But, before thumbing through the material inside, there's some subject matter that the guitarist may need reminding of...even though he or she may have played for years. For example, in this book, six is the exact number of consecutive frets involved in the SECOND POSITION, each guitar position spanning a full two octaves plus a perfect fourth when in standard tuning. And in the SECOND POSITION, the second and third fingers on the fretting hand remain stationary in their respective frets or "slots", initially, as their stationary qualities allow the first and or fourth finger to stretch or slide that additional fret. Concerning the picking hand, a very useful picking pattern occurs down by the sound hole or bridge, where that hand resides. This important picking pattern involves every other string, and is best evidenced when the sequence is plucked alphabetically, starting with the G note found on the thinnest or first guitar string. Start by picking the G root there (first string, second finger); then move to the A (third string, first finger); the C (fifth string, second finger); the D (second string, second finger); the E (fourth string, first finger) and conclude with the G (sixth string, second finger). This one-three-five, two-four-six string pattern naturally fits the picking fingers and is looped, forwards or backwards (six-four-two, five-three-one) as the G root notes found on the first/sixth string(s) are deemed interchangeable. There are three musical terms, those being main root notes, octaves and unisons, that need clarification for the purposes of this LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD. The main root note term represents a specific set of root notes that fall or cluster under the second and third fingers of the fretting hand, generally speaking, as there are two instances when the main root notes use the first and fourth fingers. Both instances are present here in SECOND POSITION. Please be aware of this. Once the placement of each main root note is learned the attention then moves to their octaves. An octave is defined as the interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its own frequency. Some correctly call the interval a "perfect octave", and in guitarland, octaves are usually "one string one fret away". This handy fact helps memorize their location even though, occasionally, two strings and or two frets are involved (the same concept applies in that there will be some sort of string skipping.) And when two or more music notes happen to sound the same pitch, it is said they are in unison. In guitarland, this unison often implies "same note different string or fret". The term also implies that the unison occurs in the guitar position at hand. So that's it! THE LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD for the SECOND POSITION remains uncomplicated, straightforward and super easy to use. Its "picture worth a thousand words" visual based format allows one to take full advantage of this material right away, discovering fresh perspectives on the same old same old, while also adding some new twists and turns to your own technique. Last, it should be mentioned that THE LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD for the SECOND POSITION also contains a trifecta of manuscript, tablature and fretboard paper too, and in copious amounts, allowing for one to keep a music journal of sorts. Finally, to close, thank you very kindly for including this LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD for the SECOND POSITION in your repertoire of fretboard knowledge needs...hope you enjoy!
About the Author: Meet the author Walter Klosowski "Kapowski"! In addition to writing books like this, Mr. "Kapowski" is a professional guitarist, composer and public school music educator. He holds a Master's degree in Music Theory on scholarship with emphasis on classical guitar as well as a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory/Composition and Guitar Performance. He is also the recipient of the Piano Guild USA Sonatina Award as well as three NSFM piano federation competition pins. This book, THE LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD, formally introduces and explains the C A G E D shapes and how each fits into the SECOND POSITION. The material is presented in a special way as to provide technical clarity and practicality to an all too often obscured subject area, that of the inner workings of the guitar fretboard. Having worked in the print music industry for over ten years, the series was authored by "Kapowski" in direct response to the lack of printed scholarly materials that focus only on the guitar positions and position work, all of which is especially evident at the onset of instruction. Compared to other members of the string instrument family, such as the violin, viola, cello and bass, there is no real technical standard in place that guitarists readily go to for position work. THE LITTLE GUITAR BOOK THAT COULD for the SECOND POSITION is one technical reference that checkmates this situation, and is very practical to use no matter what one's technical level. Enjoy!