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Guitar Chords for Dummies [Spiral-bound]

Antoine Polin
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June 21 2010 For Dummies
Whether you're playing blues, rock, classical, or folk-all the chords you'll need are here

Even Eric Clapton started with a few basic chords. And Guitar Chords For Dummies offers guitarists of every ambition, skill level, and musical genre a key to the simplest and most complex guitar chords-over 600 in all. Illustrated with a grid showing the position of the fingers on a string, a photograph of the chord being played, and a brief comment on the chord and how to play it, this handy, portable reference offers musicians, whether experimenting at home or playing in a coffee house, instant access to the full range of chords that can be played on a guitar.

  • Covers the theory and techniques of guitar chords
  • Features a handy, portable design, which can fit into a guitar case
  • Includes a convenient lay-flat (wire bound) format, allowing users to easily try out new chords

An ideal resource for broadening musical technique and getting new ideas, Guitar Chords For Dummies will help you, whether you're just picking up the guitar or a seasoned musician, add sparkle and range to your musical repertoire.


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All the chords you need to become an accomplished guitarist

Want to learn chords ranging from minors and majors to power chords and diminished 7ths? With easy-to-follow descriptions and clear photos of every chord, as well as chord voicings for a variety of purposes and playing styles, you'll be an expert in no time. This handy lay-flat guide will help you increase your guitar confidence and add hundreds of chords to your repertoire.

  • Create the perfect sound — use the photographs to position your fingers correctly every time

  • Break a chord down — understand the theory of how a chord is put together

  • Follow complete and illustrated walkthroughs — get going with a step-by-step guide through all the sharps, flats, minors and majors

  • Hone your skills — become more accurate and improve your playing technique

Open the book and find:

  • Coverage of the full range of chords

  • Clear photos of the finger positions needed for every chord

  • New sounds and styles to explore

  • Ways to improve your posture and playing style

  • How to read tab

Learn to:

  • Play over 600 chords in all 12 keys

  • Perfect your technique with a detailed photograph of every chord

  • Experiment with new styles

  • Work out names of chords and read chord boxes

About the Author

Antoine Polin was born in Paris and studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He is a professional guitarist, teaching jazz guitar, harmony and conducting at the Jazz à Tours school.

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Bloated with information but in a very good format. Gave me a new appreciation for Roy Clark and his abilities!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Chords for Dummies May 29 2013
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I gave thiis handy book a five, its a nice size that can easily fit into my pocket. It has coil binding that allows the pages to remain open all the time for quick reference. Even got a book mark with my order, which is a bonus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even great for non-dummies Sept. 11 2011
By DocLalor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I've been playing folk and rock guitar for a few decades; but when I started playing with a Latin jazz band, I turned to websites and Youtube videos for coaching on fingerings of all these new augmented, 7-flat-5, sharp-9 chords, etc. That can be a pain, and I wanted a one-stop fingering shop. This book is quite good. It doesn't contain fingering for every chord - but it contains multiple variations of many important ones. It's a great help for me. And the spiral binding is convenient: it sits open, hands-free - just as someone with two hands on a guitar would wish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOTS OF CHORDS & MORE Feb. 25 2014
By Ron Rio - Published on Amazon.com
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Tons of chords, probably more than you think you need. Each chord is supported with a diagram, a photo, the root and a helpful explanation. Although a wall mounted chord chart is an easy and indispensable tool, this book offers many more chords - and supportive coaching when you need extra help on a difficult chord.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar Chords for Dummies June 4 2012
By Steve G. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Very well organized book makes it easy and quick to find what you need. I really enjoyed the information about constructing chords which was comprehensive without being too technical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Jan. 6 2012
By Chemiboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Spiral-bound
If compared to Guitar for Dummies (written by Mark Philips, John Chappell), this one in "For Dummies" series is not too bad. If you really want to go deep in structure and compositions of guitar chords, this book really can help. Also, it can be used as a reference book on chords for "dummies" like me to look for whenever we need with clear and easy-to-follow photos. Good one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact, great format, multiple chord forms April 12 2013
By Seth Middlebrook - Published on Amazon.com
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I am extremely pleased with this purchase. Once again I am impressed with the 'Dummies' series of books--it has an understandable format and provides exactly the information I am looking for. I would recommend this chord book for any guitarist as it is compact, easy to use, and provides basic theory explanations on all the chord forms shown. Plus, the must have feature of a spiral-bound cover made it a no-brainer purchase for me. Five stars all the way.
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