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The Sprague Technique (2nd Edition)

The Sprague Technique (2nd Edition)

The book has been updated and improved! The first edition was released back in 1989 and this new version was completed in 2012. I felt the earlier version of the book lacked some explanation and examples. For this update I flushed out some of the ideas and included a lot of chord diagrams to make the ideas come to life. The book has received great reviews in Guitar Player Magazine and is a required music book for a class at Grossmont College in San Diego. Here is the introduction to the book.

OVER MY MANY YEARS of playing the guitar, I have accumulated a number of ideas and exercises that have helped to improve my playing. These ideas came from various different sources but strangely enough, they come primarily from saxophone and piano players rather than guitarists. These have been the musicians that have influenced me the most. I have always been on the path to try and free up the limitations that I feel the guitar has, especially in jazz music. One of the main ways I have taken this on is in the form of making MUSIC the important factor, not just what the guitar can or cannot play. If you look at music in this way, some of the most influential people have been the saxophonists, the trumpet players and the pianists. These have been my teachers and now I am passing to you a refinement of their ideas filtered through the guitar. My hope is that they meet you on good terms, bring you improvement in your technique, and help free up your natural creative abilities. Keep it rolling… .

Peter Sprague
March, 2012

Book Chapters
Chords
Singing
Fingering
Chord Inversion
Chord Progressions
Common Tones
How To Practice
The 2-5-1 Progression
Tension on Dominants
Chord Inversion Part 2
Chord Voicing Series
Chord Synonyms
Arpeggios
Triads
Scales
Pentatonic Patterns
The Five Scales
Diatonic Patterns
The Diminished Scale
Diatonic Chords
Polychords
Trills
Bebop Surround
The Tritone Substitution
Brazilian Rhythms
Special 11th Chord Voicings
Flashcards
Books and Records
About the Author

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