Guitar Fretboard Workbook

Navigate the guitar neck better than ever before with this easy-to-use book! Designed from Musicians Institute core curriculum programs, it covers essential concepts for players of every level, acoustic or electric. A hands-on guide to theory, it will help you learn to build any scale or chord on your own and unleash creativity.


About the Author

Barrett Tagliarino has been a full-time instructor at Musicians Institute in Hollywood since 1989. His books are popular choices for course syllabi at other universities, vocational, and high schools. Barrett’s books are designed to get you playing the music you want with a clear understanding and no time wasted.

The same engaging and lucid teaching style in his books makes Barrett’s classes at MI often fill to capacity with a waiting list. His current schedule includes Blues Level II, Reading Level III, Technique I, and Performance I. Barrett was Rock department head at Hohner MusikSchule in Vienna in 1995. His traveling work as a performer and clinician has taken him around the world.

Barrett has two CDs showcasing his rock guitar style with blues and jazz influences: “Throttle Twister” and “Moe’s Art,” both available here on, and has made numerous guest recording contributions as an LA session guitarist.

Guitar magazines such as Guitar Edge, Guitar Player, and Guitar World have featured Barrett’s full-length article contributions on technique, styles, and phrasing. He also works as an editor for the Hal Leonard Corporation, adding his knowledge and insight to over 100 books like “Jazzology: The Encyclopedia of Jazz Theory,” and “Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask.”


This book clearly relates the fretboard to the same musical principles all professionals on any instrument use, teaching the practical hands-on basics without glossing over the theory every guitarist should know. It does not invent its own terminology or pattern numbering system, a problem that has lessened the value of many books like this in the past. The CAGED-based fretboard system used has world-wide recognition and a long historic basis, refined and tweaked in Musicians Institute curricula since 1977 by hundreds of instructors after its introduction by Howard Roberts in the early 1970s.

You’ll cover everything you need for a rock-solid foundation, including modes and slash chords. You’ll understand and play (anywhere on the neck!) any scale or chord you encounter or imagine. Besides offering you a chance to completely grasp the guitar, this method assures you will be able to communicate with other trained musicians no matter what their instrument.

The book was designed for use in three arenas: private lessons, classroom instruction, and personal study by the motivated individual. There are 22 short chapters of very gradually increasing difficulty, suitable for teaching in 20-30 minute time frames. Each chapter has modest written and playing assignments, with all the answers in the back of the book. The text was written specifically to be concise, informative, and fun, yet easily understood by non-native English speakers.



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