Category Archives: Music Theory

The New Complete Guitarist

Author: Richard Chapman
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

New complete guitarist

The way I would best describe this book is it’s the “ultimate snippet guide to guitar”. I’m torn on this one. It’s almost like the author has tried hard to improve on the classic Guitar Handbook by Ralph Denyer but failed miserably, probably because of restrictions and guidelines imposed by the publisher. Continue reading

The Guitar Handbook

Author: Ralph Denyer

Ralph Denyer Guitar Handbook

I couldn’t begin to imagine how many times I have opened this book, I’ve owned it for around twenty years and I still use it today. If something happened to it I would immediately order a replacement. So what’s so cool about it? Well to be honest it’s not particularly exiting or anything like that, it’s also not exactly a guitar teaching book either. Continue reading

Chord Chemistry – Ted Greene

Chord Chemistry is one of those books that many advanced guitarists talk about. It took me a few years to get around to actually buying it and when I did, and opened it for the first time, I just stared at it. If anything I felt disappointed, it just looks like a book packed with chord diagrams! Well, I’m grown up enough to realise that I must be missing something because I have a lot of respect for the people that recommend this book. With that, I put on the bookshelf and decided to look at it another day. Okay, that was about three years ago and I wanted to write something about it for this website so today was a good day to take another look at it.

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Music Theory for Guitarists

Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

By Tom Kolb

I’ve not read this book and I probably won’t buy it because I’m done with theory and I don’t think there’s anything new I could learn from this book, but I’ll put a link to it here because if you’re a guitarist looking to learn theory (and you should be) then you might prefer something like this over The Idiot’s Guide for the fact it’s directly related to the guitar.

Music theory is music theory and to be honest it doesn’t matter what method you use to learn it but if guitar is your instrument then you might find it that little bit easier to make sense of when it’s related to the guitar fretboard layout.

This has got some great reviews on amazon but the main reason I mention it here is because it’s one of those books I see crop up a lot in guitar forums and it’s very often recommended.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Music Theory

I must confess I haven’t made my way through all of this book and probably never will, not because there is anything wrong with it but because I pretty much knew about most of it’s content before I bought it. So why did I buy it? Well, like all information junkies I’ve just got to have more more more!

This isn’t to say I’m not familiar with the book as it has become my all time go-to for any time I need a reference on music theory. Continue reading