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Music Principles for the Skeptical Guitarist: Volume One-The Big Picture

Music Principles for the Skeptical Guitarist: Volume One-The Big Picture

Music Principles for the Skeptical Guitarist: Volume One-The Big Picture

by Bruce Emery

You qualify as a skeptical guitarist if "1. You doubt that learning about music theory can have any impact whatsoever on your guitar playing. You may even think it may cause you deep suffering. OR 2. You realize the value of music theory, but you've never found a book that proved to be particularly useful or easy to read. You don't expect this one to be any different." Try one more - this one! Emery starts with the big picture and carefully connects the dots in his volumes teaching music theory. He's funny, logical and avoids lapsing into unintelligible jargon. He really WANTS you to learn. Recommended! Spiralbound, 136 pp>

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The First Approach

Notes and pitches 
The layout of the notes 

Tuning the guitar
Chords and chord quality
The Big Fifteen chords
Playing in different keys 

The 1-4-5 system
C-A-G-E-D examples 
Chord Families 

The 1 and 5 chords 

Songs in different keys 

The 1, 4 and 5 chords Songs in different keys 

"Silent Night" in all 5 keys 

Choosing the right key 

Using the capo 
Quiz time for the 1-4-5's 
Finding the starting note
Adding the Minor chords 

Songs in the Keys of G and C 

"Rhythm Changes" Secondary Dominants 
Bunches of useful chords (A-G)

The Second Approach

The Chromatic scale 
Layout on the neck 

The Major scale 

The Key of C 

Scale degrees and other keys 

The Key of G 

Worksheet for Major scales 

Traveling by Fifths 

Major scale summary 

The flat keys 

The fretboard and the keyboard 

Major scale exercises 

Back to Chord Families
The C Harmonized Diatonic scale 

Major chords versus Minor chords 

Four combinations of Thirds Other 

Chord Families 

Worksheets for Chord Families 

C-A-G-E-D Chord Family summary 
Example: "Morning Has Broken" 
Full Chord Family summary 

Transposition chart 

Details of the 1-4-5 relationship 

The Dominant 7th chord
Overlapping Chord Families 

Chord substitutions 

Triad spellings 

My Bio 
Circle of Fifths 
More on Secondary Dominants 

Examples in the Key of C 

Down by a 5th = up by a 4th 

Backcycling through all the keys 

C-A-G-E-D Chord Family examples 

Mixing in the Minor chords 

The Jazz Turnaround 

"Morning Has Broken" again 

Yuletide Backcycling in a the C-A-G-E-D keys 
Starting notes 
Shortcuts in terminology
The 4th of the 4th 

Major 7th and Minor 7th chords 

Minor keys 

C Major versus A Minor 

Three kinds of Minor scales 

Carols in the Keys of Am, Dm, and Em 

Appendix 1: Why the number "five"? 

Appendix 2: Key signatures 

Volume One in a nutshell
One last quiz

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