Serious about jamming, understanding, and creating guitar-driven music? Easy.
With an approachable and engaging style, Guitar Theory For Dummies goes beyond guitar basics, presenting the guidance intermediate to advanced players need to improve their improvisational and compositional skills. Plus, with access to audio tracks and video instruction online you can master the concepts and techniques covered in the book.
Key content coverage includes: pentatonic and major scale patterns; the CAGED chord system, chord progressions, and playing by numbers; roots, keys, and applying scales, plus modes and modal scales; intervals and chord extensions; popular song references and theory applications that help you understand how to play popular music and contemporary guitar styles, and create music of your own.
- This title also features companion audio tracks and video content hosted online at Dummies.com
- The expert instruction and easy-to-digest information provides comprehensive guidance on how to apply music theory concepts to fretted instruments
If you already have a handle on the basics and want to know more about the building blocks and theory behind guitar music, Guitar Theory For Dummies has you covered.
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.
Table of Contents
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 Chords35
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 Progressions91
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 PentatonicScale 167
Chapter 12: Playing Music’s Primary Melody Maker: TheMajor Scale 187
Chapter 13: Playing in Modes and Using Modal Scale Patterns205
Chapter 14: Exploring New Patterns with the Harmonic Minor Scale225
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have tried many different ways to learn music theory, and always gave up because it was either too much information too fast, or simply too boring to hold my attention. This book really takes it one step at a time and makes it understandable for everyone. The author also includes examples that relate to popular music to make things more interesting. I'm not even half way through this book and have already learned so much. If you want to take your knowledge of the guitar and music in general to the next level, buy this book!