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Understanding Guitar Chords

By Bob Balsley

Guitar (All) - Intermediate
Composed by Bob Balsley. Saddle-stitched, Theory & Harmony. All Styles. Book. 80 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.96932).

Item Number: MB.96932

ISBN 9780786632657. 8.5 x 11 inches.

There are many ways to play and categorize chords and many schemes for cataloguing them. This book focuses on understanding the ways that chords are made, enabling the student to figure out how to play a new chord in several different positions. This is not a technique book, but rather a step-by-step method of understanding guitar chord symbols and the musical sounds they represent. The author's goal in writing this book was to empower the reader with the ability to play from sheet music, jazz charts, or lead sheets, all of which is accomplished through chord and fretboard diagrams, standard notation and tablature, and plain English. This book is recommended for seasoned players who want to enrich their harmonic palettes as well as for beginners who need help in conquering the initially abstract quality of the guitar fretboard.

  • Chapter Five Ð C Major Shapes  
  • Chapter Four Ð A Major Shapes  
  • Chapter One Ð The Tools for Understanding Chords  
  • Chapter Seven Ð Odds & Ends  
  • Chapter Six Ð D major Shapes  
  • Chapter Three Ð E major Shapes  
  • Chapter Two Ð Chord Names and Symbols  
  • Introduction, Understanding Chords  
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    LA CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2005-02-03 00:00:00.0 Understand what you already play

    This book helps those of us who can play songs and chords but don't really understand what we are doing. The simple theory concepts let the novice player SEE what is actually being played and understand how to change a simple major chord to any other chord type. The...

    logic and simplicity is impeccable and leads to many AHA!!! moments.

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