Guitar for Songwriters

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Whether you're a beginning guitarist/songwriter or have been at it for a while, you'll find a wealth of tips and techniques for exploring and expanding your musical creativity in GUITAR FOR SONGWRITERS. Guitarist, composer, and teacher Leo Cavanagh is your guide on this tour of chords and chord progressions that will help you expand your use of guitar for composing and accompanying. The more you know about chords and how they go together, the stronger a songwriting tool your guitar will become. From basic chords...
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Overview


Whether you're a beginning guitarist/songwriter or have been at it for a while, you'll find a wealth of tips and techniques for exploring and expanding your musical creativity in GUITAR FOR SONGWRITERS. Guitarist, composer, and teacher Leo Cavanagh is your guide on this tour of chords and chord progressions that will help you expand your use of guitar for composing and accompanying. The more you know about chords and how they go together, the stronger a songwriting tool your guitar will become. From basic chords through power chords, bar chords, and jazz chords, this book uses common progressions and good voicings to demonstrate the possibilities of the guitar. It includes the harmonized scale, chord construction, and various accompaniment styles. Whether you want to play in different keys, find a jazzy sounding progression, or just add that one special chord to a song, GUITAR FOR SONGWRITERS can help.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781305116702
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 6/25/2014
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,360,984
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Leo Cavanagh is a guitarist and teacher living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides leading a jazz quintet performing his original compositions, he has composed and performed music for the Napa Valley Shakespeare Festival and transcribed the music for the Best of Michael Nesmith and the Peter Rowan Songbook. He has appeared at the Healdsburg Guitar Festival and with Arthur Fiedler and the San Francisco Pops Symphony. He is author of Guitar for Songwriters and a contributor to Music Theory with the Guitar Wheel.
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Table of Contents


1. Introduction. 2. The Basic Chords: Major, Minor and 7th chords; I, IV, and V in Easy Keys. 3. The Harmonized Scale: How Chords Go Together. 4. The Right Hand: Strumming, Fingerpicking, Bass Notes, Special Effects. 5. Power Chords. 6. Bar Chords: Playing in All Keys. 7. Chord Construction: How to Build Chords and Find Good Voicings. 8. More Chord Formulas. 9. Jazz Chords and Progressions: Adding Some Spice. 10. The Blues.
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