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Guitar Chord Bible (Music Bibles) Kindle Edition
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The book is divided into sections by root note, C through B. Each note has subsections for the main chord qualities; major, minor and 7. Every chord is then laid out with a numbered diagram, as well as a photo showing the proper fingering position. It has several inversions for most chords.
To get an idea of the comprehensiveness, the first section (for note C) includes: Cmaj (5 inversions), Cmaj6 (5), Cmaj7 (5), Csus4 (2), Csus2 (3), Cmin (5), Cmin6 (2), Cmin7 (3), Cdom7 (5), C7#5 (2), C7sus4 (3), Cdom9 (1), C7#9 (1), C7b9 (1), C13 (2). That's a total of 15 chord types and 45 inversions just for C! The other 11 sections are similar.
My only complaint is the non-standard diagram notation (it's similar to the usual chord diagrams, but rotated at an angle and looks more like a photo than a drawing). This is probably a plus for novices, or people used to learning by watching someone play in front of them; for me it's an annoying mental adjustment. But it works, and is not a big enough gripe to knock off a star.
A final note: this book is also a trove for ukulelists (I play both). Since the intervals between the ukulele's strings are the same as the 4 treble strings on the guitar, all the chord shapes listed in the book will also work on the ukulele. (They'll have the same quality; major, minor, 7, etc.; but sound 5 frets higher in pitch, so a Cmaj7 on the guitar is an Fmaj7 on the ukulele. Baritone uke is easier still--even the note names stay the same as the guitar.) Just ignore the two bass strings, and strum away!
If you are a ukulelist, I'd also recommend Roy Sakuma's "Treasury of Ukulele Chords", which is available on Amazon too. Happy playing!
Also this book shows an actual photo of a hand playing the chord which I liked. The book's tablature (chord pictures) shows which note is the root in the chord which I also liked.
Another cool thing is that the book is spiral bound so that it will lay open flat. This is really helpful when you're actually playing your guitar chords and not holding the book.
So while this book doesn't have 1000's of chords like some do (it doesn't get into a lot of "fancy" chords--suspended, 11ths, 13ths, etc) it does give you 500 of the most useful ones. I also like the appendixes that have more blues, jazz, rock chords.
It's a good book all in all.
It has great pictures, descriptions, and little blurbs about interesting or useful chords.
Great book for beginners like me, and, I imagine, intermediate to advanced.
There is something nice about having a paper copy of something that is much nicer than looking it up on a digital screen.
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