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by Bruce Emery

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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 
The 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