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Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2019
The first clue that this book was not worth the $5 I spent on it - once you get past the cover, table of contents and introduction to Chapter 1 you are already 18% through the entire book. Yes, almost one fifth. Chapter 1 is fluff - "why should I learn the notes?" The author notes you probably bought the book for exactly that reason but then goes on to burn another page explaining why. So far, nothing but fluff and filler, which brings us to 26% through the book. Chapter 2: Basic music theory that assumes no knowledge, but then attempts to explain music theory in TWO PAGES. Subsequent chapters take you painfully up the fret board on the various strings. For the D-G-B strings, the author makes a huge deal of what they call the L Rule, then has to backtrack and explain why it doesn't work for the B string. But if you've gotten this far,you pretty much have read the book - in 13 minutes, a total of 42% of the entire book on the meat of the subject. The rest of the book consists of practice tips and games followed by a bit of "advanced learning." At this point you are marginally closer to learning the fret board than you were 18 minutes earlier. Then the author gives you the truth - PRACTICE. That's how you learn the fret board: learn the theory behind it and then practice.I should mention, I hate giving bad reviews, and very seldom do. But this book deserves one - out of the three books on this subject I have bought, this is the worst.