Guitar Theory Books

Book 2: An Introduction to Chord Construction

This book covers the essential theory concepts for building chords on the guitar. In a clear and easy to follow style, the book explains the following topics:

  • What are chords?
  • Intervals
  • Building Chords from the 5th String
  • Building Chords from the 6th String
  • Building Chords from the 4th String
  • Some Applications
  • Appendix
  • Chord Dictionary

By the end of this book, you will be able to:
  • Build chords from scratch
  • Understand chord charts and symbols (Examples: C9, G6, Bb13 etc...)
  • Visualize the fretboard in terms of "scale tones" like intermediate and advanced guitarists

Personal Testimony:

After playing guitar for about 1 year, my teacher Stephen Rollins (the author of these books) sold me his books to take home and read. After a couple weeks, I went from a total beginner with basic knowledge to having a competency and literacy in theory, helping me to start writing my own songs and start learning Jazz tunes. The books are amazing and very clear and packed with practical and essential theory information. After teaching guitar the past 10 years, I've taught Steve's methods to my own students, then decided to help get his books into the world. I use them with my own students and they are able to understand the ideas and apply them quite easily. Hope you'll get the same results! 

-Brett Sanders

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