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About The Nocelli Guitar Method
​I've been instructing guitar of all levels for many years and I have found that the traditional mode (scale) forms are becoming more modified as the evolution of guitar playing escalates into the future. Just as the progression of knowledge, technology and futuristic ideas are molding us to be the "perfect" humans; I am constantly changing and experimenting with the guitar to help guitarists evolve into the most accomplished players they can be. Traditional mode (scale) forms don't have any release when playing them, moreover, they keep us trapped in one area on the fretboard and it is very difficult to blend them together.  

 In my experimentation of stretching each mode (scale) out on the fretboard, the end result is of 9 forms of each mode. With this method, you will have 8 forms of each mode and 1 connecting finger form to equal a total of 9; 8 independent and 1 combination mode. 

I urge you to practice these until you totally understand the concept. I highly recommend practicing with the companion backing tracks to this method, "Backing Jam Tracks". The backing jam tracks should be used in conjunction with the chord progressions found in these books. 

Once you've mastered The Nocelli Guitar Method, you will have the power and skills needed to accelerate your improvisational ideas and technique to new levels. I can attest to the difference this method will make to your overall playing ability.

Many guitarists are trying to learn as many different scales as they can, however, they are not completely understanding the modes (scales), their fingerings, and how and where to use them. 

This book is a complete formulated mode (scale) system that will take you out of the conventional guitar playing style and put you in a new dimension of guitar playing. It will change the way you think about modes and their chord relations. This system is called The Nocelli Guitar Method. 

The goal of The Nocelli Guitar Method is to teach you to connect and blend mode forms into each other while logically covering the entire fretboard, thus allowing you to get the most out of your playing. You will also learn to use the correct modes over various different chords and their progressions, and ways to always determine "what modes" over "what chords." 

This method is for the guitarist just beginning to learn modes, as well as the professional. This will discipline your mode playing and bring you to a new awakening. It seems that every student starting to learn modes eventually asks me this dreaded question: "Why bother learning all the modes when they are just different starting points of scales and if I play the scales, I'll be playing the modes anyway?" I give them all the same explanation: Modes are created by the sound of the position and placement of a mode in motion. The motion of a mode is created by properly and logically playing the Mode Finger Form. 

You will learn that this mode system moves in a FORWARD motion up the fretboard, unlike the conventional methods so frequently taught. They connect smoothly into each other so you will be forced to learn the forward motion of the modes which will prove beneficial when soloing and in general playing. 

You will be able to perform with much more speed, articulation, and fretboard memorization of each mode. Once perfected, the ease and smoothness of The Nocelli Guitar Method will amaze you. 

Modes have been around for a long time. Considering that fact, it is surprising that they are not always looked at in depth during general and immediate musical training. 

Modes are very important and whoever may tell you that you don't need to play or venture into them, should get a check up from the neck up! It is not the idea that you need to learn modes because I say you should, it is because it is for the fact that you should. Now why? The main reason is because it is not the same as playing one scale to achieve 7 different sounds. What I mean is this. Say for example if you were to play a G Major scale over a D Major or D dominant 7th chord, it is totally NOT going to sound the same as playing that same G Major scale starting on the D note (D Mixolydian) over these chords. Why? even though they are the same scale you would not phrase the notes the same. The sound and placement of, in this case D Mixolydian mode, will sound more complete and cohesive with its counterpart chord. And this where a lot of musicians are misinterpreting this concept, so since their are seven modes they would be applied in 7 types of applications and have their unique sound used over the appropriate chords.

Now, you don't need to to go through all these books in any particular order. These books are not only about the fingerings and quantity of forms but how to use these modes. This is probably even more important than how many fingerings there are. 

Each book comes with charts (and really cool ones) that I developed that reference all the possibilities of each of the modes in each of the books. Also their are many chord progressions designed to capture each of the tonal qualities of each mode to practice with and understand when and where to use these modes. Designated chord progressions are also available as backing tracks for each mode in rock and or jazz styles. It is encouraged that backing tracks be used to understand the sound quality of each mode and above all are fun as hell to create a host of other ideas to play along with your mode knowledge. Applying other applications or what I refer to in my books as Related Tools for Color and Tension (RTCT) is extremely important and something I encourage to the extreme. "Tool" is a word that I like to associate as a reference as any other creator (artist, painter, carpenter, etc) would use in his or her trade. Just as needed for these crafters, the same is needed for musicians. Tools are all of the improvisational scales, modes, and arpeggios etc. which are needed to get the job done. "Color" refers to using the tools as a choice for colorization adding 9ths, 11ths, 13ths, etc. Tension" refers to using any altered scales, modes, and arpeggios that would add tension by including alterations b5 (#11), #5 (b13), b9, #9.

For the Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Player

Each book has its own section dedicating to Jazz which would also include Jazz Fusion and Latin Jazz. This section would cover very important Jazz progressions, if you are just getting into Jazz, these books covers a wide range in the jazz style. 

The advanced players can benefit from the method itself which would be covering the entire guitar fretboard with these fingerings and potentially viewing modes in a way never before experienced. Also benefiting from all of the ideas that these books give to be creative in the wonderful world of Jazz improvisation. We all need ways to stimulate our creative mind and as jazz players, the more ways the absolute better!

For the Rock, Progressive Rock and Metal Players

Each book covers ideas and chord progressions found in these genres and gives detailed ideas of how to incorporate modes into these styles that maybe have not have been seen or used before. Ideas such as reshaping power chords can mold new ideas and bring in new sounds and reshape chords that would normally be heard in Jazz and Jazz Fusion, which could now be incorporated in these rock genres. Let's face it, Rock guitar players: We all need different and exciting concepts to stimulate our creative mind. I know I am always searching for new ways of thinking of things and experimenting with new ideas to excite my playing.  

Once you've mastered The Nocelli Guitar Method, you will have the power and skills needed to accelerate your improvisational ideas and technique to new levels. I can attest to the difference this method will make to your overall playing ability.


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