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Guitar Theory for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Guitar Theory 5 Chapter 1: Guitar Theory in a Nutshell 7 Chapter 2: Navigating the Fretboard Like a Pro 15 Part II: Working with Chords from the Ground Up 33 Chapter 3: Harmonizing the Major Scale to Form Triads and Chords 35 Chapter 4: Forming Chord Shapes with the CAGED System 41 Chapter 5: Adding Chord Tones and Extensions to Chords 71 Part III: Getting to Know Keys, Modes, and Chord Progressions 91 Chapter 6: Playing Chord Progressions by Numbers 93 Chapter 7: Knowing Music Inside Out: Identifying Tonics, Keys, and Modes 103 Chapter 8: Following Key Changes 129 Chapter 9: Dominant Function and Voice Leading 143 Chapter 10: Filling the Gaps with Passing Chords 153 Part IV: Playing Guitar Scales 165 Chapter 11: Preparing for Riffs and Solos with the Pentatonic Scale 167 Chapter 12: Playing Music?s Primary Melody Maker: The Major Scale 187 Chapter 13: Playing in Modes and Using Modal Scale Patterns 205 Chapter 14: Exploring New Patterns with the Harmonic Minor Scale 225 Chapter 15: Playing the Blues 239 Part V: Part of Tens 251 Chapter 16: Ten Guitar Songs Worth Learning 253 Chapter 17: Ten Sample Scale Applications 265 Chapter 18: Tens Ways to Put Theory into Practice 269 Appendix: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 273 Index 277

About the Author

Desi Serna , hailed as a music theory expert by Rolling Stone magazine, is a guitar player and teacher with over 10,000 hours of experience providing private guitar lessons and classes. He owns and operates one of the most popular guitar theory sites on the web, guitar-music-theory.com.

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