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Understanding Chord Progressions for Guitar Paperback – 31 Dec 1995

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Music Sales Ltd (31 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825614880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825614880
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 0.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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For a compact book, it contains more useful information than books three times as big. Most helpful in understanding how to alter and embellish basic ii-V-I and I-IV-V progressions and understanding how to analyze chord function within a progession. A must for anyone serious about the guitar.
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It's one of those little handbooks that promises more than it seems to deliver - but maybe that's just me. Never really got on with these pocketbook formats.

It's a pretty straight forward approach and if you worked through this book you know quite a bit about chord patterns and how to apply them. But in a market where there's so much good material this one didn't really do it for me. (I do actually own a copy though).

Try "Rhythm Guitar" by Bruce Buckingham in the Musicians Institute series. It's very progressive, starting easy and getting up to quite a nice standard. When you've finished that, try Mickey Baker's, "Jazz Guitar" book from the 50's. All the exercises will get you playing all the more complex chords in practical applications and the first half of the book on chordwork contains what Baker says is 6 months work at 2 hours a day. (I like someone who gives students a heads-up on the effort required.)
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As I can already play to a fair level, I bought this book to help me understand chord progressions and song structures. But it is really based arond Jazz Guitar, and uses a lot of Jazz-type chords that are not found in regular pop and rock or folk music. So its very good but very specialized, so BEWARE
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This is a nice little book if your looking for more colorful chord progressions. I'm a songwriter with a yearning for those 30's 40's jazz chords and how they all fit together to give great foundation for those timeless melodies, this is what Paul McCartney did and if its good enough for him its good enough for me
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I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now, but I'm really a keyboardist, so I knew something about music before picking this book up. All the same, I found this little book to be a revelation - a fantastic introduction to music writing on the guitar.

Be aware, if you are the sort of person who wants to imitate their favourite rock stars or just play famous tunes, this may not be the best purchase. There are no famous riffs here and no tunes to copy. However, it really inspires and rewards creative thinking. If you have a love of music and want to explore the framework on which the modern musical genres hang, then this is a real gem.

This book shows you how chord changes are made, tells you a little of the theory behind it, and gives you a solid foundation to take it further into your own writing. It covers mostly popular chord progressions as well as how to get interesting nuances on popular chords. While the progressions may not be breaking new ground, that may be a good thing: most chord progressions are often used again and again in pop or blues etc. and ultimately you can always use the building blocks to go on and experiment further.

The exercises are straightforward and allow you to see how many songs are put together and get progressively more complex over the chapters. There are a few errors in the text, and these can be really annoying. Perhaps later editions have fixed them.

This is only a small book, and so can't cover a huge amount of ground, but it is good as what it does. While there are no hard and fast rules in music, there is definitely a kind of framework that modern music hangs on, and this book offers a glimpse at how the framework sits beneath the surface of pop, rock and blues.
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The title says it all....Understanding.....I dind't ...I dond't think this book will be very helpfull for people like me , who like to play , pop , rock songs...Must have been written for the "sages"
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Good for intermediate/advanced players. Very handy for chord interpretations, easy to read & use.
Does require a bit of musical theory/knowledge to fully understand it.
Let's just say that you have to be a fair distance from bar chord play to get the benefits of this book. Some would say this has a jazz leaning, they would properly be right! Buy it
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Gives a few good ideas about progressions useful for different styles of music, possibly not much more than you could find free on the web, but still a good reference. The book is a peculiar shape, I would prefer a regular book shape.
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