Note to all considering purchasing "The Guitar Explained" :

"In the old days, craftsmen did not cut corners. They worked carefully, and they took care with every aspect of their work. Every part of the product was considered, and each was designed and made to be exactly as it should be. These craftsmen did not relax their thoughtful self-discipline even with respect to features of their work which would ordinarily not be visible. Although no one would notice if those features were not quite right, the craftsmen would be bothered by their consciences. So nothing was swept under the rug. Or, one might perhaps also say, there was no bullshit." 

"On Bullshit" ~ Harry Frankfurt, Princeton University.

Just so you know, I adhere to the same principles described above. 

That is, in my reckoning, (after 54 years of studying the guitar,) 

there is NO bullshit in my book.   ~ Pauly

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The Guitar Explained

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For beginners to advanced, a how-to, self-help instruction manual that covers everything you need to know; scales, exercises, theory, how to create chords and much more! 40 pages printed on 100-pound paper stock with digital non-smudge ink for maximum life. Less than dinner for two or even a partial tank of gas. Over 1,350 sold with no returns or complaints. *NOTE: While I am notified when I make a sale, there isn't a section for notes, so if you want your book autographed, it would help if you would send me a note in my contact form here on my site to let me know that. Also, PLEASE send your phone number in case there is any issue that I need to contact you immediately. Your number is kept confidential as is ALL your info, ALL the time! This site uses full SSL security, provided by GoDaddy.

  Isn't that a beautiful book cover? (The copyright notice is only for the web and does NOT appear on the book cover!) 

* My personal guitars, from left to right:

1968 Gibson Johnny Smith Archtop Jazz Guitar

1975 Alvarez-Yairi DY 75

1977 MusicMan StingRay Bass Guitar

1977 Gibson Les Paul Standard

What you need to know about my book ...

Here's EVERYTHING you need to know about my book, recommended by Larry Coryell, Mark Egan and others!

As of July 4th 2019, I have updated 19 pages in my book. Most are cosmetic changes and a few typos were uncovered and corrected as  some references to other pages, making it easier to navigate. I never stop upgrading my beautiful book! 

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Update: I just concluded reading an article how a major college in Wisconsin is deleting many liberal arts courses ... https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2018/12/the-liberal-arts-may-not-survive-the-21st-century/577876/ geography, 2D and 3D art, history and all because their tuition needs to be so high, and, students can now learn what they need in many cases, outside the classroom. I tried and failed to get any institution to hire me (despite my obvious qualifications) and now find myself in the unique position of reminding you that my book, including shipping, designed as a self-help manual that will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know (except reading music notation) to be a better guitarist than you would have been on your own, and IT IS ONLY $36.00. You'll spend more than that on sending out application papers to some college, let alone the $50K a year it will cost you to end up learning LESS THAN IS IN MY BOOK. I GUARANTEE THAT and that is why the Summa cum Laude Juilliard grad who reviewed my book told me there was more information in THE GUITAR EXPLAINED than she learned at that august school and could she CONTINUE STUDYING IT after granting me the copyright. I think that's a pretty solid recommendation, right?

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According to me, (as stated in bold letters on the cover,) "A 100% non-piano, guitar / bass-centric, atomic-level study of music theory as applied to the true natural architecture of the world's most innovative instrument". I MEANT THIS SINCERELY.

FIRST - I have passed sales of 1,400 copies of my book, no returns, no complaints, no big publishing company taking the profits!!! Thank you, everybody!

SECONDLY, my book is ENTIRELY concerned with Guitar-Centric Theory and Architecture ... there is NO instruction (nor will there EVER be) in READING MUSIC NOTATION; I do not believe in learning notation until you firmly understand MUSIC THEORY and how it is applied to the guitar. So, to sum up at this juncture, the book teaches REAL, standard music theory and ALSO guitar-centric (or purely guitar related) Music Theory.


So READ THIS and see if it makes sense to you:

The language and characters of all numbers in the world are  0 - 9.
The language and characters of our Western reading and writing are A - Z.
The language and characters of all music are Root - Major 7th,
which is called "The Twelve-Tone System".

If you had been taught the twelve-tone system at the same age as you were the other 2 languages you use every day, you would now speak, play and write music with the same ease. It's that SIMPLE.

But were you? Has ANY student I have ever taught music to
(and that's over 3000 physical humans) known this language when
they came in for lessons - even when they had had other teachers? I SWEAR TO GOD - NOT ONE. You may now correct the failure of the educational system by beginning with the names of the notes and the titles for their positions within said twelve tones.

Has any guitar instruction manual taught you Root - Major 7th as the
first lesson? I don't think so. THIS does!! You must learn this language to understand what the names of chords mean, how to solo over them, how to speak music to other musicians and, most of all, how to replicate the results of your practice and learning, etc. Otherwise you will be "poking around" forever. It's all very well to say "I play blues and I don't need that". That's wrong, kid.

It's that -SIMPLE.

SO: PLEASE ASK YOURSELF THESE 3 QUESTIONS:

1. DO I REALLY KNOW WHERE I AM ON THE FRETBOARD WHEN I TRY TO SOLO ?

2. DO I KNOW HOW TO CREATE ANY CHORD BY MYSELF, ANYWHERE ON THE FRETBOARD, AT ANY TIME ?

3. HAVE I PAID FOR LESSONS BEFORE AND STILL FEEL UNSURE OF WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO PLAY, WHAT TO DO ?

If you answered yourself truthfully and the answers were NO -  NO - YES,
then my book is for you, beginner OR advanced! Please go read the testimonials on this site from geniuses like Larry Coryell and Mark Egan (Google them if you are unaware of their names!) and then realize that for less than a ONE-MONTH PHONE BILL, ($36.00 with shipping, to be exact) you could know what you're doing forever. Then after your friends freak out, you can act all cool, knowing you were smart enough to trust me.

Again, *The Guitar Explained was reviewed by a Summa cum Laude graduate of the Juilliard School of Music who works for the Library of Congress and granted me the copyright based on correctness of the info. Not only did she tell me there was more information in my book than she was taught at Juilliard, she also praised the graphics, the clarity of explanations and asked if she could continue studying from it! 


Again: I have sold over 1,300 copies without any requests for money back nor any complaints ... (there are those persons who feel you're too impatient or SPA [SmartPhoneAddicted] to EVER be able to read a BOOK - oh NO, a BOOK! A thousand years of precedent, but YOU can't do it, they say ... not me - books don't need electricity to use them !!)


HERE's WHAT TO DO NEXT: Watch the videos of me playing live and decide for yourself if I know what I'm doing ... I think you'll hear years of practice, execution, technique and SOUL. 



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Award for winning 5 of 7 finalist positions out of 250+ submissions