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Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction Paperback – October 7, 2013
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From the Back Cover
- Look at theory from a guitar player's perspective
- Understand how music "works" on the fretboard
- Unravel the secrets to your favorite songs
- Navigate the fretboard like the pros
View video demonstrations and listen to audio tracks online
Serious about understanding and creating guitar-driven music? Easy.
Guitar Theory For Dummies goes beyond guitar basics, presenting information on how music works and gets applied to the guitar fretboard. It provides the guidance you need to play songs and improve your improvisational and compositional skills. Plus, access to audio tracks and video instruction online help you master the concepts and techniques covered in the book. If you already have a handle on the basics and want to take your understanding and playing of guitar music to the next level, Guitar Theory For Dummies has you covered.
- Guitar Theory 101 — find out how guitar theory will change the way you hear and learn music and navigate your way around the fretboard
- From the ground up — discover how major scale triads make chords (and what those little numbers mean in chord names) and play any major or minor chord using the guitar CAGED system
- Make progress — understand where chord progressions come from, how related chords are grouped together, and why musicians play by number
- Don't scale back — start using popular scale patterns to play guitar solos, melodies, riffs, and bass lines
- Guitar Theory applications — explore popular songs and music to help you with your playing style and in creating your own original music
Visit Dummies.com to: Improve your skills by listening to and playing along with audio tracks and viewing videos demonstrating concepts and examples from the book
Open the book and find
- Why certain elements of music go together
- How to form chords, assemble chord progressions, and apply scales
- Popular song and guitarist references
- Ways to identify tonal centers, keys, and key changes
- Ten guitar songs worth learning
- Sample scale patterns
- Tips on putting guitar theory into practice
- Access to audio tracks and video instruction
Top Customer Reviews
Only once I found Desi's book and his free podcasts did it all "click" so I could begin to play. I'm not performing yet, but for the very first time, I understand the full "landscape" of the guitar, why I'm learning scales, why a chord is what it is, how all the pieces fit together.
Words can't describe how grateful I am for this book. I hope it brings you similar joy. (And if, like me, you prefer to "understand" what you're doing, I'm sure it will.)
But if you’re a ‘by ear’ player of any genre of rock, blues, or pop, or a songwriter who wants to better understand what you’re doing and use that knowledge to broaden your options for writing and improvising, there’s a lot of useful material here, presented in a friendly straightforward way.
The material covered is essentially chords (the commonly used CAGED system of fingerings), chord progressions and scales. The book assumes you already play at an intermediate level and is really about giving you the knowledge behind what you already know and the tools to build upon your current skills.
The book refers to a large number of rock and popular tunes to illustrate chord progressions and the use of particular scales. It seems purposely designed to appeal to a wide range of players, covering titles from the 60’s through the past decade, so you’re bound to find a couple of tunes you know well that really nail down some of the ideas.
The presentation uses primarily chord diagrams and tab, with a relatively small amount of traditional notation that’s always accompanied by tab. The author makes the point (and I strongly agree) that learning traditional music notation doesn’t mean becoming as proficient as an orchestral conductor or a concert violinist. It means, for the most part, understanding rhythmic subdivision up to 16th notes. We all choose the effort we put into music and what we get from it. I’ll just say that if you have the patience to learn tab, you have the patience to learn basic notation, and you’ll never regret the musical doors that open up to you as a result.
I also studied Bill Edwards Fretboard Logic. One could say Desi makes it a bit more fun and easy to learn.
After owning his material for little over a year I wanted to write this ( I don't much care to do) not so much to benefit him, I think he is doing just fine, but to save some folks the pain, expense and most of all not to quit. I consider myself still a beginner but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Not that there is an end to this life long commitment but the tunnel is bright now (Thank you Desi). Some folks may not even need a teacher with this material to learn and get very good. Also a software like Garage band. I just like the enforcement of weekly lessons with a teacher who understands the Desi method.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wish I could give this book 5 stars. Really I do. But you see, I am a lefty, who plays lefty. All of the diagrams are reversed for me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sunny's Daughter
This is a super fantastic great product at a great price. I'm very happy with it and glad I made the purchase. You will be too, so don't wait until they are all gone. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Brozinski
This is another great book by Desi Serna. He explains the fretboard layout in a simple and usable way. This is very helpful for someone learning guitar. I highly recommend it.Published 2 months ago by Maplerunner
A must for anybody serious about music and all of the other aspects related to this book.Published 3 months ago by manuel hernandez
This book is not for the faint hearted. There are some simple ideas but much of this is college level complex. If you put in the effort it will be a big payoff.Published 4 months ago by Ellen Handberry
Lot of knowledge packed in this book. Like the way author gives examples by referencing popular songs. I'm self taught and have played guitar for 40 years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by W. K. Upshaw
Interesting book with a practical approach to learning guitar theory.Published 4 months ago by steve lowry