This book is a comprehensive course. As you progress through the first fewpages you're taught, not only chords but different strumming techniques,how to use a flat pick, different time signatures and other guitar basics.Within minutes of picking up the book you will be able to play Mull ofKintyre. Progress is quick, so motivates further learning. You do NOT haveto be able to read music, the diagrams are very easy to follow. There arealso instructions on how to play the MELODY of some of the songs.
The CD version has the advantage that you can hear how you're supposed tosound, then work towards that. Without the CD the timing could be slightlyout.
I would strongly recommend this course, the only down-side being theblisters on the fingertips of your left hand :o)