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Essential Chords for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and Banjo: Second Edition, Chord Fingering Charts, Keys, Barre Chords, Arpeggio Scales, Moveable Soloing Scales, Blank Chord Boxes and Sheet Music Paperback – October 7, 2011

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About the Author

Bruce Jones is a musician, author, graphic designer, software publisher and video producer and the creator of Essential Chord Charts for Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele and Banjo. Containing guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo chord and music charts for playing rock, folk, country and blues music.

I started learning guitar about 10 years ago and my music and chord charts came about from my search for clear basic music information to help me learn when I started playing the guitar. Over the years I found lots of the charts on the web and in books but most of them were too complicated or incomplete or poorly presented. So I started laying out my own charts and then started sharing them with my friends.

As I searched the web I wanted to learn the basic shapes for the major, minor, and seventh chords. I wanted to learn how to move up the neck of the guitar and play like the guys you see in real bands. Arpeggios what are they and how to play and apply them?

What are keys and simple chord substitutions, minor pentatonic and the mysterious G run, maybe a little chord theory? How to solo, a simple 101 approach? So those were the questions, my music and chord charts are what have come out of that effort. There is always more to learn and add to but this set gave me the essential basic beginning steps and information to play the music I wanted.

Along the way I also learned to play the mandolin, the ukulele and a little banjo. So those were also added to the collection along with blank sheet music and chord boxes for writing down ideas.

My intent was to make the charts easy to read, informative and great resource for when you are practicing and jamming with your friends.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (October 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466410361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466410367
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are two pages in this book that are useful for ukulele players. And those two pages contain information that can be found in multiple other places. I gave it two stars because it is useful for guitar, or perhaps for an instructor of multiple string instruments. I'm going to either give it away or sell it.
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This book only contains 39 pages of information; the remaining pages are worksheets. It contains only 14 pages of guitar chords and theory with inadequate explanations. It contains only 6 pages of mandolin chords and 2 pages of ukulele chords. The remaining 16 pages are for banjo in various tunings. The book attempts to cover basic open chords, barre chords, movable chords and power chords for the guitar in too few pages. It covers basic mandolin chords, 2 finger chords and arpeggio scale, but doesn't cover double stops and again its explanations are inadequate. This book might be useful if you have an instructor to answer your many questions, but as a stand alone (learning) resource it doesn't cut it. If you play several of these instruments during your jam sessions and you need a single resource for chord and key progression reminders then this might be useful.
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This is a great book that covers some basic and very useful chords for four instruments. I am using it for the mandolin and have found it extremely helpful. All the chords are simple to play with a bit of practice, so it has boosted my confidence in playing enormously.
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Where are the four-finger chords for the mandolin? The G is there, but not the D. Some others are missing also. Too bad.
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Good reference book to have around. Although it's devoted more towards guitar than the other instruments. It's well oganized, and well made.
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THIS IS A REALLY NEAT BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO PLAY OR WANT TO LEARN TO PLAY ANY AND ALL OF THE INSTRUMENTS LISTED IN THIS EXCELLENT REFERENCE BOOK. I WANTED TO FIND OUT CHORDS FOR MY NEW BANJO AND BARITONE UKULELE. I HAVE PLAYED ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOR MANY YEARS AND USED TO PLAY TA SOPRANO UKULELE, BUT IT'S BEEN YEARS SINCE I OWNED A UKE AND NOW, I USE THE CHORD BOOK TO TEACH MYSELF AGAIN WHAT I USED TO KNOW. I NEED THE BOOK FOR MY NEW BANJO. I'VE NEVER PLAYED ONE. THE BOOK IS REALLY COMPLETE AND HAS SECTIONS ON GUITAR, MANDOLIN, UKULELE, FOUR STRING BANJO, AND FIVE STRING BANJO. IT'S REALLY COOL AND SUPER INFORMATIVE. I'VE GOT A LOT TO LEARN AND AM THOROUGHLY ENJOYING GETTING THERE. BUY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT.
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This is an excellent overview of useful chords. Easy to read and has some basic, but helpful explanations. A very handy day to day tool and visual reference manual. Recommended for beginners as well as more experienced players.
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All this in one book, what a treat, ill take it on vacation so I can study in depth!! wish I could take all these instruments with me in the plane!!
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