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Product Details

  • Sheet music: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Musicians Institute Press (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634036289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634036286
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

This book gives self confidence to guitar learners.
Alper Yalcinkaya
The book offers a variety of chord progressions with some strum patterns as well.
Eric
As a beginner, I thought the difficulty level was perfect.
Hello Kitty Ellen

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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By M. C Cardoso on January 21, 2005
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The way I see it, the "Chord Progressions" book/CD is a great companion to the main Musician Institute book for Rhythm Guitar, the "Complete Guide". While the "Guide", another excellent book, builds your playing technique and chord vocabulary and can be used as the main "course book", "Chord Progressions" provides dozens of realistic examples of rhythm guitar as applied in popular music.

"Chord Progressions" is a great value for the money! It is useful for the beginner and intermediate guitar player, as it lays out smart chord progressions and includes 100 well-recorded tracks covering most styles in American popular music, from folk rock to heavy rock, from country to new wave, from soul & funk and reggae to classic rock ballads. Believe me, there are lots! And the guitar sounds right on every track.

If you are a well-rounded music lover that enjoys different styles, particularly from the '60s to the '80s, this book will have something for you. As for me, I am committed to learning ALL of the progressions. I found the music fun and they are a great source for songwriting and jamming inspiration.

Playing the tracks in enjoyable in its own right, but the greatest benefits will come from studying the progressions (rhythm, harmony and melody) and relating it to the famous and worthy music that guided the making of this book.

The author introduces EACH progression with very welcomed info on harmony, suggested playing technique, tricky parts and what makes the track effective. Do not overlook Mr. Kolb's comments as they clarify the "lessons" you should take from the exercise.

As a final remark, please note that the level of difficulty DOES vary from track to track, but NOT in a gradual way.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mary Anne on February 27, 2008
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I've been doing these progressions in order though you don't have to - but doing so really gives you a feel for how different voicings and sometimes different keys can flavor the same style and make it sound fresh. I had gotten in a rut, droning on in practice trying various voicings for chords and needed something to make such practice more productive and efficient. I tried this book based on the reviews here and found that this guy had done all the work for me in writing out and recording a collection of useful progressions that sound great and really mix up the voicings.

Descriptive narratives are provided in the book for each progression sample. These are really great because they point out the main concepts in a nutshell - things you might already know and understand but might not really talk about in such a well summarized way.

I use the cd that demos each sample to loop the progressions and play along, changing from rhythm to lead back and forth so I am ending up getting more then double my money worth - the rhythm guitar practice is great and then doing lead practice against each progression helps get you comfortable making up rifs and melodies for each style against the various voicings... I can't believe the price point on this. It's so little for so much - get it before they catch on to what a deal this is!

Bottom line: This book is fun, and it helps train your ear and improve your playing. Mastering all the samples will add a lot of variety to your tool kit of sounds - a great collection of voicings to encorporate in your own creative efforts.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Hello Kitty Ellen on March 30, 2006
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I love this learning to play guitar book because it includes ALL kinds of music: rock, country, fusion, bepop, punk, and on and on. Each chapter is a different style of music, so you can flip around to your favorites and learn a bit of everything! As a beginner, I thought the difficulty level was perfect. I learned a lot of new techniques. Only a few of the music pieces (each one is short - not a full song length) were too hard for me. I felt like I improved a lot especially with barre chords and different styles of strumming.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Milyard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2011
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The book has a lot of usable progressions even though I personally am not into Folk or Country, all the progressions help to increase speed and in most cases can be used in a variety of styles.
The first part of the Rock section is very disappointing as I personally cannot comfortably stretch across 5 frets (from 3 to 7) just to hit a two note power chord.
Also some of the cd tracks don't match the Tabs exactly, but close enough that you can figure it
out.
Some of the reviews call this book cheesy or contemporary, and I am not sure exactly what these people are after, as this book is obviously to put together simple chord progressions to build up chord change speed; which it does very well.
This is actually my second (modified) review of this book, as once I gave it more time, I was actually pretty impressed.
As Chord Progression books go, this is a good one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. GALVEZ on October 24, 2012
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Tom Kolb prepared a unique book: chord progressions in different styles. it is surprising that there few books about this topic, what makes this one so special. All Kolb books are superb and this one is perfect, with good explanations. Essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sade on November 3, 2011
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Great way to learn the rich open chords in the first sections. It's all worth learning. What seems hard at first turns into "glad I did it." So much is being taught here, and you have something to play while you work your way through it. Also, have never found another book that shows how to navigate sheet music. Delivers a lot for the price.
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