A big read with many stimulating ideas

Eric Hill, guitarist.

In December 2008 Eric Hill, Classical and Jazz Guitarist, Performer and Educator, kindly provided this feedback on Guitar Playing and How it Works, 3rd edn.

EH: "I found your tutor a big read with many stimulating ideas many of which I can empathise with. Here are the parts of it that I most liked:

No Tablature. great!

PI: Yes - that's part of my "one man war on Tab". I think I am losing the battles and the campaign ...

Read more: A big read with many stimulating ideas

This book can help you play better

Bruce Irving, the Flying Singer (Singer & songwriter)

My friend Peter Inglis is a talented guy. We "met" online about 10 years ago when I discovered MiGMan's Flight Simulation Museum. I was really into flight sims at the time, and his online flight sim museum was (and still is) an amazing labor of love.

A bit later I learned that Pete was also an incredible classical and jazz guitarist. So we also had music in common (although I've never played a place quite as nice as the Sydney Opera House), and it was great when we could finally meet in person in 2006 when my wife and I took a vacation in Australia. Pete showed us around Sydney, and we attended one of his gigs. It was cool. Dude can play!

Pete is also a guitar teacher and the author of a wonderful book, Guitar Playing and How It Works. He's got an updated electronic edition that you can buy and download from his newly redesigned Whole Guitarist web site. His systematic and "wholistic" approach emphasizes the role of your whole body in developing proper technique.

Key points:

  • Anybody can play music
  • There are hierarchies of skill required
  • Performance is a wholistic activity
  • Not all fingerings work well in performance
  • Independence of the fingers is required
  • Loops are the most efficient way to develop technique
  • Calibration is essential to reliable performance
  • Intentional control of mental states
  • A wholistic approach brings everything together in performance
  • A reductionist approach helps isolate areas for improvement
  • Coordination essential for technique
  • Rhythm in music arises from bodily movement
  • Balance timbre and volume to project
  • Articulation adds clarity
  • Left hand - expansion and embrace contains the strings
  • Scales on one string develop melody playing
  • Practice musical combinations based on repertoire

You don't have to aspire to be a classical or jazz guitarist to benefit from this book - acoustic and even rock players will learn useful techniques too.

Whether you're a beginner or have been playing for years, this book can help you play better.

I think it's a great bargain too!

Peter also has a YouTube channel where you can see and hear examples of his solo and ensemble playing.

Guitar Playing and how it Works by Peter Inglis
Guitar Playing and how it Works

A more healthy approach to playing

"As a guitar teacher, Peter's broad knowledge base is extremely useful in helping him diagnose problems with technique. He has been able to very quickly work out what was causing my arm pain and to show me a more healthy approach to playing.

I also found Peter a very intuitive and generous teacher, able to 'meet' me as a student at exactly the right level."

Anna Salleh, 2014

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A book for all levels

Congratulations on a very impressive book. I have yet to find a book that so completely addresses the wide range of issues in music performance. This is a book for all levels, from the beginner student to the seasoned professional.

I was expecting another one of those rehashed guitar technique publications with lots of exercises and scales, but instead found a beautiful and inspired work that gives an insight into a mind that has explored every aspect of performing on an instrument. You have covered just about every area that every professional musician continually thinks about - from the use of macro muscles and posture, to performance anxiety, to the spiritual and deeper aspects of a performance.

I love the book and you should be very proud of it.

It is a book for all guitar players.

Dev Gopalasamy

Guitar Player, composer, arranger, Head of Performing Arts and Director of Music: St Ignatius' College, Riverview, Sydney, Australia
website - www.devgopal.com

Dev Gopalasamy

Guitar Playing and how it Works by Peter Inglis
Guitar Playing and how it Works