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Chord Progressions For Songwriters Paperback – Jan 30 2003
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About the Author
Richard Scott is a singer/songwriter with a degree in education. He is also the owner/webmaster of MoneyChords.com, a popular guitar lessons website. His prior books include Money Chords published in July 2000, a chord progression dictionary for songwriters.
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To me, this book has a big advantage on all others "chords progression" books : it puts each chord progression in one of the 21 kinds that are referenced. So you know all kinds of progressions, all the variations you can make and on what hits it has been used.
A great thing too : the book distingues the different inversions or pedal that are used on the progressions.
I am an arranger and building a interesting bass line over a progression can really refresh that classic progression that people already heard one million times.
You won't "discover THE music secret" thanks to this book or write hit songs just by using one of the chords progression (and if you think that a book like this exists, I have some very bad news for you :) ) but you will have all the basic material for harmony in songwriting, at the same place. There is nothing more to look at, it's all there.
I also bought this book just to give me new ideas and change my habits. Check yourself, you might always use the same progressions ... I did and this book teaches me new ones (no big discovery but even if I know these chords, I don't really use them in that order), and gives me a new approach on the harmonic analysis of the progressions I frequently use.
to finish with, sorry for my poor english ...
Looking to improve your improvisational skills? This book is a fantastic resource. "Chord Progressions" clearly defines the chord progressions used for various different styles of music. Regardless of whether or not you play jazz, or by the Nashville charts, understanding the lessons of this book are crucial to the art.
Regarding the above reviews, there was no promise that this is any way a fake book or "encyclopedia of chord progressions" as the first reviewer states (if you are looking for a great book that is in that area by this author, try Money Chords, or the website MoneyChords.com, as the second review mentioned). At the same time, I don't agree with the third reviewer either. If I could find a product that could do this, I would certainly be willing to pay more than $30 so I could collect my millions.
I hope this review helps sort out some issues, because this book is an essential tool and resource.
On a personal note, Amazon should disallow reviews from anyone who has not purchased the book directly from the site (especially to curb the effect of editorials not related directly to the work being reviewed).
In the chord list in the appendix. The major problem is sparcity of extended chord progression examples:
actual notation examples would have been helpful vice lists of song titles.
I was expecting a book I could use as a refference manual. This book isn't. However, as a self-teaching
text (the "now-you-try-it" exercizes are a nice touch) it is well worth the cost.
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