#1
Learn chord construction. The formula for building each type of chord. Then learn how to add flavours to them. Learn what chords go in what key.

i'm wondering if you guys could suggest any books on this subject.

other books you'd recommend for people trying to learn guitar theory would be welcome too, so we can collect them into 1 thread.
#2
I suppose the obvious answer is the London College Of Music Popular Music Theory books. Depends how deep you want to go into it though; my mate has the Jazzology book, which is really intense jazz theory.
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#3
Edly's Music Theory for Dummies

Makes it all simple as it should be
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#4
recommended for someone like me too?
"Learn chord construction. The formula for building each type of chord. Then learn how to add flavours to them. Learn what chords go in what key."
that's what i kind of need
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recommended for someone like me too?
"Learn chord construction. The formula for building each type of chord. Then learn how to add flavours to them. Learn what chords go in what key."
that's what i kind of need


http://www.smithfowler.org/music/Chord_Formulas.htm

Here is what I used for formulas. You need to know the major scale to understand it tho.

As for what chords are in what keys, there's a lesson on here that explains it well. I myself just use the pattern which would be(pattern only works for major, if you wanna figure out for a minor key, just translate it to it's relative major);

maj
min
min
maj
maj
min
dim

So if you're in the key of C, that would be;

Cmaj
Dmin
Emin
Fmaj
Gmaj
Amin
Bdim

Basicly, if you check the notes in each of these chords, you'll see that all the notes are in the key of C major(C D E F G A B). You can extend it to figure a second pattern, which is;

maj7
min7
min7
maj7
dom7
min7
min7(b5)

Here is the lesson; http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/lessons/chords/what_chords_are_in_what_key_and_why.html
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#6
nice, thanks. so i'd have to learn the major scale before i'll be able to learn chord constructions/formulas?
#7
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nice, thanks. so i'd have to learn the major scale before i'll be able to learn chord constructions/formulas?


yup, and intervals too
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#8
i had a theory once of teaching somebody chords first.

learn the major scale to understand how to build them, but before going buck wild on scales, teach them chords. go in depth. teach them chords before scales. i feel like it may be extremely beneficial to learn that way
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#9
really? well i order 2 books, one is a book of opeth tabs but it includes "maps" of those chords they use that i find to sound real nice, the other book is alfreds basic guitar theory 1 & 2. hope it's any good.

thing is, the alfreds book contains some stuff with notes... i'm not sure if i find that apealing, but as it was only 7 bucks, i thought it'd be harmless to check it out!
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#11
The thing is chords are made out of formulas that apply to the major scale. You could learn chords but it wouldn't tell you what notes are used and why.

If you know the major scale, you can construct your own chords without having to look them up on the web. For example, a basic triad is 1st,3rd and 5th notes of the major scale, which gives us a major chords(for example, C). Knowing your scale you can make your own C chord anywhere on the fretboard.

EDIT: Learning the major scale doesn't mean knowing every notes of the scale on the fretboard. The very basic would just be to know how it's constructed out of your notes. With just that knowledge, you can start building up your own chords, and even the scales.
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#12
chord camp. there are at least 3 chord camp books (there might be more, idk) i never used the 1st 1 but the 2nd 1 covers all the basics of chord construction and which chords are in what keys so i'd skip the 1st 1. it explains major, minor, diminished, augmented, 5 (power chords, and b5 is mentioned), suspended 2, and suspended 4 chords, and it even explains when you would use them as dissonant chords.
#14
^sounds perfect

i feel teaching guitar is slightly backwards. i think chords are more important than scales. yes chords come out of scales, but also vice versa.

my theory is teach the major scale, and only the major scale. then teach them chords from then on. refer to scales only when that specific chord / scale has been taught
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