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A Logical Place To Start
on July 24, 2003
The beginning guitarist often buys one of the many chord books, typically entitled something like "1000 Guitar Chords!" in his or her search to advance. But once they start looking throuugh these massive volumes the reaction is not enlightenment, but desapir. What are all these chords for? Which ones do I have to know? And when do I actually use them?
Luckily, though, there's Arnie Berle. This boook will guide anyone from the rank beginner through the intermediate guitarist through the maze of chords. Rather than the usual listings- "here's every possible C shord in every position"- Arnie starts out simply and builds on basics, showing you at every step how chords function, where they come from, and why you might want to use a particular form in a particular situation.
The book starts with open chords, and then moves into the rocker's favorite, 6 string bar chords, with plenty of examples of common progressions. From there it's on to 4 and 5 string jazz voicings, along with copious examples, and simplified 3-string rhythm chords for the swing or big band guitarist. By the time you finish with this book- and you might take anywhere from a month to a year, depending on how you went at it- you should be able to start with a simple lead sheet and make your own hip rhythym part.
I'd recommend this book to beginners inetrested in learning something beyond simple open chords- particularly those with a bit of jazz interest. I'd also recommend it to any intermediate-level guitarist who wants to go beyond the basic rock chords into something a little hipper. There's something here for most every player.