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Chord Progressions for Guitar: 101 Patterns for All Styles from Folk to Funk! Sheet music – June 1, 2003
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"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.Read more ›
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.
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
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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I wish I could've read the review I'm about to write before I bought this book.
Scientists of the world, I don't need full-on time travel, I just want to send myself... Read more
Just got the kindle version - no audio? What's the point of this then? Going to return it. I'm sure it would have been a useful guide if I could hear what it's supposed to sound... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephen Maxwell
I really, *really* DIG this book, but you know, to me, it seems that it's more about STRUM PATTERNS than about chord progressions. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Whitaker