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  • Spiral-bound: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Spi edition (20 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047066603X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470666036
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.9 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All the chords you need to become an accomplished guitarist Want to learn chords ranging from minors and majors to power chords and diminished 7ths? With easy–to–follow descriptions and clear photos of every chord, as well as chord voicings for a variety of purposes and playing styles, you′ll be an expert in no time. This handy lay–flat guide will help you increase your guitar confidence and add hundreds of chords to your repertoire. Create the perfect sound — use the photographs to position your fingers correctly every time Break a chord down — understand the theory of how a chord is put together Follow complete and illustrated walkthroughs — get going with a step–by–step guide through all the sharps, flats, minors and majors Hone your skills — become more accurate and improve your playing technique Open the book and find: Coverage of the full range of chords Clear photos of the finger positions needed for every chord New sounds and styles to explore Ways to improve your posture and playing style How to read tab Learn to: Play over 600 chords in all 12 keys Perfect your technique with a detailed photograph of every chord Experiment with new styles Work out names of chords and read chord boxes

About the Author

Antoine Polin was born in Paris and studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a professional guitarist, teaching jazz guitar, harmony and conducting at the Jazz à Tours school.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BooksBooksBooks101 on 6 Aug. 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
A really solid reference. 600 chords with a chord diagram and a very clear photo for each. Each chord is also accompanied by a setence or two of explanation on how to play the chord, with the information is presented so that if you're just looking for the chord diagram or photo, it won't get in your way. Spiral spine is also nice -- doesn't close shut on its own when you're trying to hold the guitar and look at the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Snowy Melton on 15 May 2011
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I've bought three (yes,3!) copies of this book as presents for my friends; that's how impressed I am. It not only shows just about every chord you can think of, and some you can't, but also outlines HOW chords are constructed. This is so damn useful to those of us who are self-taught and have NO technical understanding of the machinations of music theory. It's also dead easy to use and finding chords is a breeze. (Can I have my money now?) No, just kidding; this is a really useful book.
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This book will show you how to play every chord you're ever likely to need and a few more besides. Looking through it at the start, it can seem quite confusing and the huge amount of chords it contains can seem a little off-putting, and yes, looking at the family names and roots and so on can be quite daunting; indeed, some can seem more complex than an algebra equation, especially for a novice like myself, but a little bit theory never did anyone any harm. And besides, if push comes to shove, you don't really need to know about or understand the roots and so on. If you know what a chord is, then this book is pretty much the only one you'll need for the sheer number of chords it features. The main thing here is that there is a chord diagram and a photo illustration of each and every of the 600+ plus chords in the book. And it is these that are the main purpose of the book. They show where to place your fingers, the open strings and which strings need to be strummed to get the right note. Of course, the natural limitation of the book is that it doesn't show you how to actually play guitar, merely how to finger position the chords, so don't buy it expecting to learn how to play. Well worth the £7 I paid as it is proving to be an indispensable guide to the chords.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ross T. on 20 Sept. 2014
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I must go beyond a dummie...first time having used a guitar and even reading any music.
Found confusing to start but became clear when music teacher explained. Excellent book now ☺
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By kaza on 31 Mar. 2014
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I purchased a 12 string guitar a few weeks ago and wanted a guide to show me chords that was easy to use and that I would be able to follow. This little book is great, it is spiral bound and you can sit with it in front of you and try different chords in a very easy to follow way. The chord names are with each chord so that you can also learn which chords they are as you play along. i have found it invaluable and would recommend it to anyone as it is a great little learning tool for the keen amateur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Swales on 4 Feb. 2013
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All the chords you will ever need are found here in several positions, and infoo as to what substitutes can be made.
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I bought this book for my husband who is learning to play the guitar, and he found it really helpful - in fact, he told me it was the best book he'd used so far to learn from, as it gave more detailed information and it was all laid out very clearly. I would recommend this book to anyone who is just beginning to learn to play the guitar - my husband has found it invaluable and he uses it all the time!
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It wont teach you to play but it is a very comprehensive and useful reference guide packed with stuff every guitarist needs to know.
On second thoughts, if you can't learn to play the guitar with just this one book, you are never going to learn. Highly recommended.
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