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Fretboard Theory: Complete Guitar Theory Including Scales, Chords, Progressions, Modes, Song Application and More. [Kindle Edition]

Desi Serna
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Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes, and details to hundreds of popular songs. Hands-on approach to guitar theory gives you total command of the fretboard and music's most critical elements by visualizing shapes, patterns and how they connect.

Content includes:
What scales to learn and how including pentatonic and major scale patterns
Guitar CAGED chord system including inversions and arpeggio patterns
Guitar chord progressions and playing by numbers (Nashville Number System)
Roots, keys and applying scales
Understanding music modes and modal scales such as Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian
Playing and using intervals including thirds, fifths and sixths
Adding extensions such as "add 9," "suspended 4," and "major 7"
Details to how hundreds of popular songs were played

Not only does Fretboard Theory teach guitar music theory in a refreshing new manner, but it takes things a step farther by associating everything to your favorite songs. This is the ONLY GUITAR THEORY RESOURCE that includes important details to hundreds of popular songs. Pop, rock, acoustic, blues, metal and more!

This new generation of guitar instruction is perfect whether you want to jam, compose or just understand the music you play better. For acoustic and electric guitar players. At 9x12 and 150 pages, Fretboard Theory includes twice the content of ordinary books. Four chapters are also available on DVD (see Getting Started with the Pentatonic Scale, CAGED Template Chord System, Guitar Chord Progressions and Playing By Numbers, Guitar Modes - The Modal Scales of Popular Music).


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About the Author

Hailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Desi Serna is the author of the very popular Fretboard Theory line of guitar instructional material as well as Guitar Theory For Dummies and Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies (a Wiley brand). He is known for his practical, hands-on approach to music teaching, with a focus on the guitar fretboard and emphasis on popular songs. Desi honed his craft through decades of teaching, performing, and publishing. He’s online everyday posting lessons to Guitar-Music-Theory.com and discussing various guitar music-related topics with his group of social media followers. In 2014, he relocated from his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to an area near Nashville, Tennessee, to be closer to Music City and its community of guitar players.

Product Details

  • File Size: 21902 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Desi Serna Guitar-Music-Theory.com (November 4, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ASNACS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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217 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, Easy to understand, Practical applications May 26, 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
I have been playing on and off for about 10 years. I have read fretboard theory books before, the CAGED system included, jazz comping, and numnerous books on Modes. I can honestly say not one of them explain the application as well as this book (and videos).

Most of what Serna teaches you probably have seen before; but what is unique about this material is the application. I dont know how many times before in other material the CAGED system, pentatonic scale, and modes have beenn disussed but never applied with actual examples. This course ties it all togther. At least it did for me. For the first time ever, I understand how modes are actually used and which are common and which are rare. Try finding that info in any other course - never happen.

Throughout the course Serna provides examples from the book and videos of how to apply what you have learned from actual songs you have heard on the radio etc.. Although he makes no attempt to teach the entire song, he gives you the understanding to figure it out yourself; so if you want to be told where to put your fingers to play a particular song this is not your book/course. If you want to learn and be able to figure things out, this course should be very helpful. It has been for me at least. Also, I think he does not reproduce entire songs ver batem because the music industry is closing down sites that directly reproduce artist intellectual property. That is why all the courses are now teaching methods "in the style of... Jimi Hendrix etc".

I play electric blues. I make no attempt to play top 40 cover tunes so my goal is to learn my own style for myself so I need to understand what I am doing and how to figure things out.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good grasp on solid information November 8, 2006
By BJ
Format:Spiral-bound
This is my first guitar learning book besides a Mel Bay book that one of my friends gave me a while ago. I am pleased with this book and I do find it helpful. I certainly have no regrets from buying it. I also like how the author gives a personal touch by sending and replying to e-mails. He also sends links to some extra materials that compliment the material in the book.

I just want to add that I do know music theory from my years playing sax, if that weighs on my review at all.

I'm sure that anyone who wants to get a solid hold on the basics of playing guitar without learning music theory will benefit greatly from this book. It covers the pentatonic patterns, CAGED chord patterns, arpeggio patterns, interval patterns, major scale patterns, and a few other things, and relates them to each other very well. The visuals are used very effectively to teach the relations. You don't need to sight read to learn from this book and you will not learn how to sight read from it. The emphasis is on patterns and shapes and relating them to songs as well as to each other. This is a very effective and simple way to learn the fretboard and it is done very well in this book. The author is very descriptive of how to apply what he is teaching to playing songs, and the song references are great if you are able to play by ear (because the music is not written in the book, and it would cost a fortune to buy all of the sheet music). The author also encourages the reader to contact him at the end of each chapter so I don't think you will have any problem getting answers to any questions you have.

The book sits very easily on my music stand thanks to the spiral binding, and the material is presented extremely well.
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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
By Bobster
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
This book overlaps a great deal with Fretboard Logic vols 1&2 which I purchased at the same time. It shows you the CAGED chords, scales from the chords, etc. I got about halfway thru the book when I started to see some things I didn't know already. I consider myself an intermediate player.

The way he explains modes is unique, to my knowledge, and very helpful. The mode is in context of what root it's played over. You can't hear the mode of a scale without hearing the root underneath. This alone made the book worth the price of admission for me, and I'm still working through the rest of it.

Some silly things: (1) Auhor lists examples of songs that contain what he is teaching. A list of songs with the E chord in them, oh yeah! Later this is somewhat more useful, for example a list of songs with chromatic scales, or mostly seventh chords. Many of author's teachings cite the same songs as example without specifying what part of the song is relevant to what's being taught. I know there's copyright issues but without this the examples are next to useless.

(2) Author shows the treble staff, the guitar tab, the bass staff, and the bass tab for each example. But never does the bass tab differ from the guitar tab! This is just a waste of space. Honestly, if I wanted to learn bass I'd buy a bass book.

Neither this book nor Fretboard Logic place much emphasis on learning where the root of a scale pattern resides. I know the value of this so I'm going to pencil this in myself.

I guess it's of value to me if I learned something from it. I have yet to discover the perfect guitar book and I don't think it exists. I give it three stars.

Friends of the author marking my review as unhelpful: you may fire when ready.
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Published 3 months ago by Jimmy Bright
3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry but I am not so in love with this book.
Purchased this based on reviews, not sure if I am inept or what, but this is not a book for newbie's. I have been inable to find any info here that I find usable. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rose A. Delloye
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
The concepts addressed in his book are extremely helpful to intermediate and advanced players.
Published 3 months ago by Jeremy Marshall
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Published 3 months ago by Carole Rendon
5.0 out of 5 stars It gave me deep knowledge
Desi made the guitar understandable to me, before it didn't make much sense. Now I understand the reason behind things, play lead, and can fabricate all sorts of sounds. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
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More About the Author

Hailed as a "music-theory expert" by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Desi Serna is the author of the very popular Fretboard Theory line of guitar instructional material as well as Guitar Theory For Dummies and Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies (a Wiley brand). He is known for his practical, hands-on approach to music teaching, with a focus on the guitar fretboard and emphasis on popular songs. Desi honed his craft through decades of teaching, performing, and publishing. He's online everyday posting lessons to Guitar-Music-Theory.com and discussing various guitar music-related topics with his group of social media followers. In 2014, he relocated from his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to an area near Nashville, Tennessee, to be closer to Music City and its community of guitar players.


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