Agogic Publishing was established in 1994. It all started with a teaching manual called
I created The World of Scales during my summer break at York University. I was
teaching about 50 guitar students a week and got tired of having to recommend that my
students purchase a certain guitar scale book, that other guitar scale book and oh yeah
that other guitar scale book too...
Scales was born.
The World of Scales remains in its original format. This book was edited by Rob Bowman
PhD, 1995 Grammy Award Winner for Best Album Notes.
From the World of Scales we've grow to more than 50 books and still counting.
levels. So however you want to play guitar: play guitar chords, play guitar scales, or
play your favourite guitar songs, we have something for you.
So what does "agogic" mean?
agogic (from Gr. agoge, melody).
1. An adjective indicating a variety of accentuation demanded by the nature of a
particular mus. phrase, rather than by the regular metric pulse of the mus. The first note
of a phrase, for instance, may be felt to suggest a slight lingering which confers the
effect of an accent: similarly, a leap to note significantly higher or lower than the
preceding notes, or a strong discord resolving to a concord, may convey an effect of
accentuation (by means of lingering, pressure, etc.) and there are other examples. The
complementary term to ‘agogic accent’ (accent of movement) is ‘dynamic accent’
(accent of force), which implies the normal and regular rhythmic accentuation of a piece
2. In a wider sense, ‘agogic’ covers everything connected with ‘expression’, e.g.
rallentando, accelerando, rubato, pause, accentuation as described above, etc.
MICHAEL KENNEDY and JOYCE BOURNE. "agogic." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of
Music. 1996. Encyclopedia.com. (February 17, 2010).
Don J. MacLean is one of the world’s leading authorities on accelerated learning
systems for guitar-with students using his methods in more than 50 countries worldwide.
Don is an active freelance guitarist, composer and educator. His musical training includes
studies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Humber College, and York University, where
he obtained his B.A. (Dbl. Hons. Maj.) in music and psychology.
His twenty-plus years of teaching, performing and composing have made Don a highly
sought-after expert for workshops, seminars and master classes.
Don J. MacLean is the author of more than 50 books including:
The World of Scales Improviser Superset for Guitar
The World of Scales Improviser Superset for all Instruments
Guitar Essentials: Chord Master
Guitar Essentials: Scale Master 1
Guitar Essentials: Improviser
Guitar Essentials: Chord and Scale Master Series
Guitar Essentials: Music Theory
Music Essentials: Improviser
Absolute Essentials of Guitar
Quick Tips: Guitar Technique 101
Quick Tips: Basic Guitar Chords 101
Fit Fingers Book 1
Fit Fingers Book 2
Mega Chops: Mozart for Pick-Style Guitar
Mega Chops: Bach for Pick-Style Guitar
Mega Chops: Corelli for Pick-Style Guitar
Mega Chops: Vivaldi for Pick-Style Guitar
Top 100 Most Popular Guitar Chords of All Time
Liquid Guitar: How to Master Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
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