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This cross-stylistic compendium was designed to take ambitious guitarists on a knowledge and skill expanding journey. It spans a wide range of topics from European harmony and improvisation to North Indian classical and Turkish makam music. It illuminates en détail various facets of the different musical genres from a guitarist's point of view.
The 750-page book is divided into 9 chapters and, together with over 230 supplementary videos, forms a hybrid instructional resource designed in a traditional one-on-one teaching format. (The videos can be accessed free of charge on the YouTube channel @GuitarAcademia.)
This is not a conventional guitar lesson plan and it’s only fully comprehensible in conjunction with the videos. It provides advanced guitarists with a curriculum which exceeds a standard university course in a variety of ways.
The Informations and exercises are organised in a concise presentation. A specific topic is covered separately, and often in a more comprehensive and systematic way than it’s normally taught. The book contains the essence, while the videos expand on.
The book consists of all previously published PDF files
The book (750 pages) is divided into 9 chapters (PDFs), and organised to form a complete curriculum
It is a hybrid resource, the PDFs need to be supplemented by the videos
The videos (one-on-one lesson format) are public and free on the YouTube channel @GuitarAcademia
For easy reference, the number of the related video is shown at the bottom of each page
For each chapter there is a YouTube playlist with the corresponding videos in the order corresponding to the book
You can only buy the book here: https://www.hubhildenbrand.com/guitar-academia
Before purchasing the book, please check the playlist (YouTube) and the table of contents (free PDF), and then watch the YouTube video introducing the chapter
The price of the book is calculated so that you spend half of the price compared to if you would buy the individual PDFs (free PDFs are not calculated)
To avoid paying double, you will receive a voucher code if you have already bought individual PDFs which are also part of a purchased chapter
This book is the result of 30 years of dedicated work. It’s a result of my musical journey thus far, it captures the underpinnings of my music and conveys its essence. My musical journey was accompanied constantly by the writing of this book.
On the quest to find my very own musical language, I studied European harmony, American jazz, improvisation, North Indian classical music, Turkish makam music and other styles. During my studies it became evident to me that all of these stand-alone styles are interconnected, as a result I began to look at music as a single vast universe with its own immanent laws. This idea informs how I teach music.
When we explore a very specific musical culture we are exposed to an element of music, which might be present in other types of music, but it has been refined in the context of this particular style or culture. Thus, we are able to explore it more comprehensively in comparison with the standard approach, where many ideas are just glossed over.
For example, Western harmony represents harmonic structures and how they function in regards to tonality, Indian classical music represents, among other things, rhythm in its most perfected form, and Turkish classical music, with its fine microtonal graduations, provides access to the intonation found in all musical cultures across the world (European as well). All of these traditions have very strong musical foundations. By studying them, we also gain access to a more complete understanding of melody.
The students are encouraged to freely pursue the topics according to their inclinations and interests. The objective is for everyone to develop their very own take on music. This process will require dedication and time, and in some sense it will never be completed, nevertheless I hope that you will find value, insight, pleasure and inspiration here on this journey. May the guitar become a means for you to express the deepest parts of yourself.