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Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction

ISBN: 978-1-118-64693-9
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312 pages
September 2013
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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

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