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Product Details

  • Paperback: 8 pages
  • Publisher: First Stage Concepts (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966771915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966771916
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Finally, an enjoyable method to learning to play guitar. Chris Lopez makes the complex appear simple." -- Russ Hucek - Kradle, Inc. - Oct 1998

From the Author

I have put together a simple method which will help you to learn guitar chords much sooner than previous methods, so that you can enjoy playing your favorite guitar songs right away. I present illustrations in groups of four chords from each key which are the most commonly played. You will find a very useful chord combination chart with the first twelve chord groups which will enable you to create various chord combinations. I have also included some simple chord combinations with each chord that you might enjoy practicing.

Customer Reviews

Nice, clear, easy to understand graphics and good chord fundamental presentation.
Amazon Customer
The chart doesn't though tell you how to hold the guitar or anything like that so don't think this is all you need if you are brand knew starting out on the guitar.
Thomas Feistel
I was better off searching the internet for a free PDF file, and would have gotten exactly the same or better.
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128 of 132 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Beirão on October 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had been checking music stores and the net for a good chord reference material. I found plenty of those 10000 or a million chords books, which seems to be very useful for professional musicians, but unfortunately were too complicated for such a beginner and "weekend" guitar player like me.
Then I found this booklet, which was 8 pages long, but it seemed quite complete and very simply to follow and understand.
We basically have chord diagrams with four types of A chords, four types of E chords, four types of D chords, etc... We have the most common and used 48 chords, and an interesting aspect is that it always tells you which chords go well with other chords.
It means that you can learn the chords by simply copying the diagrams and then create your chord progression for a song you want to compose. A very useful tool to compose your first songs for acoustic or electric guitar.
There is also a guide for chord progressions, in case you don't even want to create your own and just want to follow instructions and learn new things.
I am sure there must be more complete books around, but if you basically want to learn a few more chords, learn about chord progressions and maybe compose your first songs, this cheap booklet is almost a must.
This booklet is rightly priced, it contains valuable info and is presented in a simply to understand format. Maybe later I will go for a more complete book on chords, with all those thousands of chords, but right now I am very happy with my choice!
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57 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Daniel Mora on April 9, 2002
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You can't go wrong his books! They're straight and to the point, but easy enough for the beginners. I play seven different instruments, all self taught and the guitar is the hardest instrument that I have ever tried to master. This man's books have made that goal a lot easier. If you don't to spend a lot of money on lessons, then just buy his books and practice, practice, practice! Did you know that most musicians out there are self taught? It's true and I'm living proof!!!
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a very handy chord reference guide to have available for a quick check on a chord you are practicing. It also includes a chord combination chart so that you can start arranging your own chord progressions.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Steve P on June 30, 2004
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Recently got First Stage Guitar Chord Chart by Chris Lopez and Essentials by Bruce Arnold. I'm a weekend geetar picker just getting started. I'm mostly interested in learning chords and scales. I thought both books were good they both gave simple presentations of the most important chords and scales. Essentials has an interesting quark in that you can download videos and mp3 files that go with various parts of the book. I found the mp3 files to be very useful to jam over but I'm over here on a dial up connection so couldn't use the video stuff that much. One thing I did watch though was movies about common problems found with each chord. It showed me all the common problems people have when learning chords and I thought that was pretty cool. Ya really can't go wrong with either book though - they lay everything out very clearly and are enjoyable to work with.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 29, 1999
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There is much more to this chord chart than the most commonly played guitar chords, it also shows you how to make up your own chord arrangements and plenty of practice chord combinations. This low priced handy chord chart is the best one I've seen out there. It is definitely a must get guitar learning helper.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Moy on May 6, 2007
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This booklet (only 8 pages long) is ok for giving you some starting chords to play simple tunes with. In fact, there are only 3 pages of chords and 5 pages of information about guitar tuning, guitar fret notes, common chord combo's, and basic guitar positioning.

You can easily get this info on the internet. I'd suggest getting a more comprehensive book on chords or a guitar method book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 1998
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The "First Stage" Guitar Chord Chart has alot of very valuable information. For the beginner it is extremely helpful, there is enough instruction to get you started playing guitar immediately. The author was generous with his knowledge of guitar learning methods. I highly recommend this chart to all beginners and even those who already play. The illustrations are clear and simple to read. The "First Stage" Guitar Chord Chart is more than worth the small amount I paid.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Stockholm on January 7, 2008
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I was very disappointed with this product. It has VERY FEW chords listed; and for the price, I expected at least a book of chords. I would hardly call this a booklet!
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