CHAPTER 1 Scales
CIRCLE OF FIFTHS
CHAPTER 2 Chord Construction
CHAPTER 3 The System
READING THE CHARTS
CHAPTER 4 Progressions
DROP 2 INVERSIONS
…An innovative approach to learning chords on the Guitar Fret board, including a full approach to music theory. This book is for the guitarist that wants an improvisational technique. More for advanced players but the beginner can learn from it as well. The author currently lives in Guatemala, and the illustrations are created by the local Mayan oil painter, David Peréz Sacach. We currently have the first two chapters to view on line as we work out the final touches. Below are some excerpts enjoy.
So many of the chord encyclopedias and charts that I have encountered, make little or no attempt at showing the dynamics of chords and how they are constructed. I will show you from the logical beginning, the theory involved for building chords, in any key signature. The method here is the most logical and streamlined beginning point in music. In my years of teaching guitar, I have found countless people, who learn music from so many sources, "a little bit here, a little bit there", they have developed what I call "a little bit of information is a bad thing syndrome". Music, a language extremely simple in its base, becomes difficult scattered and disenfranchised by this syndrome.
If you already have a handle on basic theory, great! Pass over this chapter. I suggest browsing the information to refresh and check your knowledge. You may find something you have overlooked, not considered, or discover an easier system to remember and utilize old information. If you learn from others teaching you a tune, or directly from sheet music, this book is probably not for you. However, if you strive to become a well versed, or jazz improvisational guitarist, this book is essential. The stuff here, is what ALL GREAT MUSICIANS use every time they pick up their instruments, it is the ALPHA and the OMEGA of MUSIC.
The last chapter dealt with music moving in the horizontal direction, moving from left to right. Chords are composed vertically, and the combination of notes played simultaneously will give a richer, fuller body sound to your music. Chords are especially versatile in creating mood. The following section will present chords from the most basic of note combinations to the most complex, with a wide range of "cross chord" adaptations. Although this chapter does not cover all chords, it will give you a clear means to develop your own combinations, and a logical approach to create chords that do rightfully exist. Chords give music the main body structure. Once we understand how chords are composed we will have the ability to maneuver through the fret board very rapidly, developing a large repertoire of sound dynamics in a very short time.