- Paperback: 48 pages
- Publisher: Mel Bay Publications; Pap/DVD edition (July 1, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0786635339
- ISBN-13: 978-0786635337
- Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 8.7 x 0.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mel Bay Rhythm Guitar Chord System Paperback – July 1, 1973
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THE LAYOUT: For each class of chord (major, minor, dominant, 6th chords, altered dominant, etc.) you are given a set of chord diagrams and a few exercises and etudes to practice them with. No standard notation is used - just the diagrams and quarter note/slash style notation for the exercises. The inversion that is to be used is designated with the fret that it is to be played at, so one must really learn how to transpose the inversions around the neck. Many of the etudes are simple yet effective and practical as they use typical harmonic progressions that one would commonly find in this style.
THE PROS: This is definitely a left hand workout. Some of the switches are pretty tough and will really improve finger independence. Almost all of the chords have at least one muted string which increases the difficulty of accurate finger placement. The four to the bar right hand strumming will make your quarter note rhythm solid. And of course, there are lots of chords; many of them are very different than the types that one might be used to. So you will get to learn a bunch of chords and improve your fingers and ears while you're at it.Read more ›