Thanks to an instructional guitar book being released next month by Scale The Summit guitarist Chris Letchford.

The book is pretty thorough. From the Scale The Summit store:

The book includes 52 custom exercises that Chris has written out for 6 string guitars, months worth of material to work on. A perfect book for building your chops and mastering the fingerboard! Great for all styles of music, from classical to metal, rock, latin, jazz, and country.

They are also spiral bound, which makes it stay open when laying flat or on a music stand! Why all music books aren’t made this way is beyond me!

The Book focuses on:
• left hand and right hand technique
• string skipping
• scales
• modes
• alternate picking
• chord stretching
• chord arpeggiating
• odd meter
• metric modulation
• sweep picking
• sweep picking in odd meter
• hybrid picking
• sliding
• legato
• bending
• grace notes
• hammer on / pull offs
• economy picking
• arpeggios
• rolling bar technique
• tapping
• tapping with multiple fingers
• tapping with slides
• visualizing the neck exercises
• chromatic
• combing multiple techniques
• using octaves
• melodic exercises
• applying all 4 fingers
• using tritones
• right hand picking exercises and warmups
• harmonic minor exercise

Holy shit. The book may look cheap, but it’s just minimalistic by design. Judging by the sample page, it’s easy to read and look at, with both tablature and sheet music. It will be available starting January 1st, but is now open for pre-orders here. It goes for $20 and comes with a bottle opener (?!) and stickers. I’m definitely buying a copy.

– JR

Scale the Summit will be on tour in a few weeks on The Great Misdirect tour featuring the best lineup in fucking ever: Between The Buried And Me, Devin Townsend Project, and Cynic. GO SEE THIS TOUR.


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