These are some of the guitar books I recommend to anyone looking to get into music theory. People can learn how to play guitar without theory and still become professionals at their craft. It should also be noted that none of the books will require you to read music, but the musical staff is there if you want to practice it. Each example will include tablature with rhythmic notation which can allow new players to jump in and follow along easier without having to read pitches on a staff.
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This book is about the building blocks of music theory and how it applies to the guitar. Guitar Theory will show you how to make sense of the fundamentals; the stuff that matters. Things that will help you figure out chords and scales without needing to resort to diagrams; understanding how and why chords belong to a particular key and how to recognise when they do; scale numbering and making scale choices for guitar soloing; why scales and chords go together?
This book makes no attempt at teaching advanced music theory which can take many years to master. It does however give you a head start by spending more time breaking down the basics instead of trying to stuff three years of serious study into less than a few hundred pages.
Once you understand the basics, the rest will make much more sense. The music theory building blocks will teach you: What the major scale is and why it is important. How scales are constructed and numbered. Intervals: Minor thirds, flat sevenths, augmented fifths etc. What it all means. How chords are constructed from scales. Chords and key. Why certain chords belong to a particular key. Minor scale types and their differences explained. The Circle of fifths: Is it really that useful?
Modes explained. How can seven scales contain all the same notes, yet be different? Scales and soloing: How to choose scales to play over different chord progressions. Scales and soloing is more of a bonus section. This is your crash course on one of the most common questions I get asked: "What scale do I use for my guitar solo? This book does not teach you how to read music and no music notation is included or explained.
Some Tab is included so you should know how to read basic guitar tablature. The content moves from beginner to advanced intermediate. Although much of the content is suitable for beginners, as the book progresses it leads more towards advanced ideas and some playing and listening experience is expected. The more you play, the more it will make sense. Audio Downloads Audio examples and jam tracks for the book content are available for download and can be played on your computer or uploaded to any MP3 compatible device.
Just go to the link included in the book and grab the MP3s. No email address or signup required.
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