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Music Theory for Guitar: Video Lessons for Beginners

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The guitar is a great instrument for people who'd like to get involved with music even if they've never had formal music education. You don't need to read music notation to play songs - you can learn a few chords visually and start playing. But you might have discovered that the next songs you want to play have chords that are "too hard." They might be too hard to make, or understand, or remember. Having a richer understanding of the fretboard, chord construction and scales can help you tackle more complex chords.

Our goal is to teach you "just enough" music theory so that you can construct and deconstruct more complicated chords. It's a progressive education with each idea neatly building on the ones before it.

Video lessons make this learning process pain-free and maybe even fun! We've included 65 minutes of video. The videos have pictures, diagrams, animations and a live teacher. The video is divided into 13 short lessons.

Didn't quite catch something? Each chapter's text is the identical material that's in the video, with lots of pictures from the video, so you can review previous chapters or simply study at your own speed.

What's covered:
•Guitar Basics
•The Major Scale
•Roman Numerals (that's where we serve you pizza)
•The Natural Minor Scale
•Basic Terms
•Chords: Major and Minor
•Chord Syntax (our unique 4-column method)
•The Terrain of the 6-String Guitar (visual intervals, moveable chords)
•Chords with Added Notes (Cmaj7, C7, C9, Cm maj7, Cm7, Cm b5 7, Csus4, Cdim, Caug)
•Scale Tone Chords (and transposing songs to new keys)

Here are some things that you WON 'T have to do in this book.
•You won't be playing along with a recording.
•You won't be reading sheet music or tabs.
•You won't be taught how to hold your guitar, strum your guitar, finger the chords, or any special plucking techniques.

You WILL be learning principles of music theory and the guitar fretboard. Our goal is to give you knowledge and confidence to start playing more complex chords.


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Customer Reviews

Best couple who explain music for the beginners

I am beginner just try to learn how to play guitar, I found this video + audio explanation is the best in the world. If you are a beginner like me get this you will be happy. Love it. Clear and brief . Thanks a lot .

Music Theory for Guitar: Video Lessons for Beginners
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  • Free
  • Available on iPad, iPhone and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Apr 17, 2012
  • Publisher: Get Go Press, Austin, TX
  • Seller: Sunshine & Wild Oats, Inc.
  • Print Length: 88 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, or an iPad with iBooks 2 or later and iOS 5 or later, an iPhone with iOS 8.4 or later, or a Mac with OS X 10.9 or later.

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