The Guitar Decoder Ring

Featuring SIGIL - the New Language of Guitar

Non-Fiction - Music/Entertainment
318 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2023
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Author Biography

Asher Black is an author, musician, and karateka living the life he always dreamed of. Status = “I love my life.” He is an art collector, film enthusiast, and enthusiastic theater-goer who flirts shamelessly with ballroom dance, boating, hiking, languages, and other diverse interests.

Asher lives, works, reads, and thinks on a tree-lined street in Brooklyn, tells stories, works outside, and hosts a bevy of smoking pipes. His allies and friends are fiercely independent individuals who are extraordinarily clever and mutually loyal.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Guitar Decoder Ring: Featuring SIGIL - the New Language of Guitar is a work of non-fiction in the music, education, and how-to-guide subgenres. It is suitable for both young adult and adult readers to learn from and was created by the author duo Asher Black and Barry Gilman. This engaging work introduces readers to SIGIL, a new language of guitar that serves as a decoder ring for guitarists of all levels, from beginners to advanced players. This innovative tool allows guitarists to visualize the entire fretboard, gain knowledge of modes, scales, and intervals without the need for wall charts, and unlock new possibilities for improvisation and composition. With SIGIL, guitarists can create more engaging and interesting solos, overcome creative blocks, and enhance their overall play. The book is co-authored by a seasoned musician with albums to his credit and a lively storyteller, providing eye-opening and amusing examples to guide readers through this transformative toolset.

Author duo Asher Black and Barry Gilman have teamed up to create an enlightening and enjoyable reading experience. The concept of SIGIL as a new language for guitarists is fascinating, and the authors present it in a clear and engaging manner. The book successfully bridges the gap between theory and practical application, making it accessible to both beginners and experienced guitarists. The visual approach to understanding the fretboard and its integration with modes and scales is ingenious and enhances the reader's understanding of guitar theory. The use of anecdotes and examples adds a lively and entertaining element to the learning process. Whether you're a novice or an experienced player looking to expand your musical horizons, The Guitar Decoder Ring offers a valuable and refreshing perspective on guitar study and improvisation, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.