In order to truly benefit from Desi's material, you should already know major, minor and seventh chords, common barre chords or power chords and have experience playing basic melodies or riffs. Also, you should have lots of experience playing songs. If you meet this criteria, then I think Desi's approach is an awesome way to rapidly improve your guitar theory knowledge. He knows his stuff and can teach too (often a rare combination)!
Desi's Fretboard Theory DVD's are extremely well done and cover topics such as tips and tricks for learning the notes on the guitar fretboard, chord progressions, the CAGED system, pentatonic and major scales as well as more advanced topics such as intervals and guitar modes.
Desi's teaching style is terrific in that he breaks down the fundamentals of guitar theory in a way that is easily understood. In the past, I have come across guitar theory books, but often found them difficult to follow and put into practice. With Desi's audio, video, and written material, as well as the forum on his website, there are so many helpful tips and tricks to turn you into a better player. I have been studying his material for more than a year now, it has definitely taken my playing to a new level.
Desi sells a book and DVD series that can be purchased instantly through the web or sent by mail to you. I was so impressed with his teaching methods that I purchased and downloaded all of his material (161 page e-book and over 9 hours of DVD instruction!). They have been so helpful for me in becoming a better player. If you are an intermediate or advanced player and serious about improving your guitar skills, I highly encourage you to explore his material and see if Desi's teaching style works for you.
* Note: All of Desi's material come with a Money-back guarantee and free e-mail support with all orders.
Desi Serna's DVD's and Written Material:
- Fretboard Theory Volume I
- Fretboard Theory Volume II
- Getting Started with the Pentatonic Scale
- CAGED Template Chord System
- Guitar Chord Progressions & Playing By Numbers
- Guitar Modes – The Modal Scales of Popular Music
- Guitar Theory For Dummies
- How to Make Money Teaching Guitar
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