MJS Music & Entertainment, LLC has released its answer to the Guitar Hero video game craze. GUITAR DVD: Total Scales Techniques and Applications (TSTA), the latest product from the company, is based on the best-selling method book and CD of the same title. The dual-layered DVD is over 4 hours in length, and teaches students to play like a REAL guitar hero.
"This method is for beginner through professional guitar players, looking to move to the next level," says MJS President Mark John Sternal, who also performs on the DVD. "I've played guitar my whole life. I've read nearly every method book out there, and watched dozens of guitar videos. TSTA was designed to reign superior. It is the fastest and easiest way for anyone to achieve the understanding and ability of a true guitar legend."
On the video, Sternal starts the viewer off with a simplified beginner section, then progressively increases speed and difficulty - adding every conceivable guitar trick and technique along the way. The core of the method applies musical scales to the entire fretboard of the guitar while exploring ways to use them musically. The viewer will learn basic through advanced techniques including hammer ons, pull offs, pick patterns, vibrato, string bending, and two hand tapping - plus techniques exclusive to electric guitar, such as tremolo bar and electronic control tricks. Applications or patterns are introduced to make each scale more melodic by using increment patterns, string skipping, double note or harmony, harmonics, scale notes as chords, and song writing tips. All of these are introduced in a song context. The user will receive thorough examples of how these scales, techniques and applications can be used musically!
To wrap up this amazing DVD, Mark teaches all of the modes and key changes, plus 50 exotic and cultural scales - from America's Pentatonic or Blues scale to the Spanish, Hungarian, Neapolitan and Japanese scales.