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Music Theory
trega  
25 Dec 2008 23:25 | Quote
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anybody know any good books to learn theory from? preferably one that would be easy for someone with not a lot of experience in the subject to understand.
RelaxedDude  
25 Dec 2008 23:46 | Quote
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I started with Guitar For the Absolute Beginner and I turned out fine =D
telecrater  
26 Dec 2008 09:19 | Quote
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I've found that the best books out there apply technique, style, and theory. what style are you into? Hal Lenord has a theory for guitar but I've not had a chance to look at it. You can always check out amazon.com they usually have reviews of most of the books they carry.

EMB5490  
26 Dec 2008 09:43 | Quote
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im still learining to read...
telecrater  
26 Dec 2008 11:38 | Quote
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wow
Heather  
26 Dec 2008 17:49 | Quote
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Haha EllioT!

Anyway, I agree with Telecrater pretty much. Find a book with styles you like but with reasonable levels of skill required in a variation of songs that contain different technique to learn. I can't recomend any personally though, I probebly should really get a book! But for the moment I'm just being given sheets, collecting from the internet and being taught them. So if you find agood onelet me know :D I'll take one.
trega  
26 Dec 2008 17:49 | Quote
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thanks. i'll check out amazon.
JazzMaverick  
27 Dec 2008 11:32 | Quote
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uh oh Heather, you forgot the extra "T" in his name! dun dun dunnnnnn!

If you're up for getting a program, I'd recommend "Guitar Made Simple" by Chris Standring. It covers a crap load of stuff and it'll also teach you how to read notation. (If you're interested)

Otherwise, books; "Total Guitar" by Terry Burrows. It covers the beginning to most genres, as written well over 1000 chords, shows you countless examples for techniques, strumming patterns, finger picking, etc. That might be a good one to start with - it may be old (90s) but it covers everything you need to know.
telecrater  
27 Dec 2008 11:54 | Quote
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wow is the 90's old now?

I wounder will they start playing Nirvana on the oldies station?

I've said this before but Blues you can use helped me a lot. you have a tune or practice track you work on in each lesson and it goes through and gives you the rhythm and and scales and goes through the theory behind each track. Very well done way of learning, and it was a ton of fun playing.

JazzMaverick  
27 Dec 2008 12:30 | Quote
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Well, compared to the new books. I mean, you look at the pictures and you can tell the age of the book. So retro haha.

They do! haha They actually play him in the old radio I've checked out.
Heather  
27 Dec 2008 12:45 | Quote
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JazzMaverick says:
uh oh Heather, you forgot the extra "T" in his name! dun dun dunnnnnn!
*Gasps* Noooo! the fatel and yet obvious mistake! Why? Why did I make it?

There's an idea! I want a retro 90's book. And for the record if the oldies are looking, I'm insulted! The 90's will NEVER get old, rave pants and moon walk forever!
telecrater  
27 Dec 2008 13:18 | Quote
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oh heather the moonwalk was so 80's you've got your decades mixed up :)
league  
30 Jun 2009 22:54 | Quote
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I'd like to share the book that taught me about %70 of what I now about guitar music and music in general. This is the closest I got to books in the search.

It teaches theory really well. Kind of like Jazzmav's lessons but simpler for the simpler minded. It also has a lot of fun pictures yay!




HeavyGuitar  
30 Jun 2009 23:26 | Quote
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Go to your nearist music store and ask;)
JazzMaverick  
1 Jul 2009 10:52 | Quote
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Don't ask music store workers, they'll big anything up so they can get a profit.

telecrater says:
the moonwalk was so 80's


I had a dream I learnt how to moonwalk last night, it was truly amazing. I woke up thinking it was true haha
PT_Cruiser42  
29 Aug 2009 13:49 | Quote
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For theory, I use the "music theory in practice" books by Eric Taylor. THey're very good. That and the AB guide to music theory
JazzMaverick  
29 Aug 2009 19:36 | Quote
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I used those too. He's a damn good writer and explains it in such hardcore detail.
carlsnow  
30 Aug 2009 14:32 | Quote
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Guitar Grimoure .. and thats about it
JazzMaverick  
31 Aug 2009 17:20 | Quote
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The Jazz Theory Book if you're into Jazz you'll honestly never need another book! This will keep you occupied for years (seriously).
JustJeff  
31 Aug 2009 18:55 | Quote
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I would say, if you really want to learn music theory don't by a "music theory for -insert genre-"

Go out to your local barnes and nobles/university book store and buy the textbook for the class. That will teach you true classical music theory.
RA  
31 Aug 2009 23:57 | Quote
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best thing to do is read many books all they all have holes in them(some more then others). but reading many is the best to "see" the whole picture.

I Like Ted Greene's books the best, plus they always get voted for must haves for any guitarist.

and the book jazzmaverick Recommend is great, has tons of really good and practical info even if I really don't really like the writing style and how he deals with chords. And i agree with jeff that "music theory for -insert genre-" are not the best approach but this book is very very different it is a textbook for jazz and I think it was the first of it's kind if I'm not mistaken, called by some the jazz bible.
However on that note the Berkley music school's book is good and you can get the parts in one book. i taught my self to read notation using it, has a step learning curve through.
harleyofdoom  
1 Sep 2009 00:50 | Quote
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zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance,

i will admit that it doesn't directly say anything about guitar theory but you should read it anyway
carlsnow  
1 Sep 2009 07:25 | Quote
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RA says:
Berkley music school


if you say that 3 times while looking in the mirror ...well
ChicagoMedic  
1 Sep 2009 09:30 | Quote
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I just bought the guitar grimoire.

It's great
J05H  
4 Sep 2009 17:58 | Quote
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i learned by myslf
JazzMaverick  
4 Sep 2009 19:36 | Quote
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No offense, Jo5h... but that speaks volumes! You haven't learnt everything so you can't possibly say that.
RA  
5 Sep 2009 23:24 | Quote
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carlsnow says:
if you say that 3 times while looking in the mirror ...well


I didn't go, don't think that. I just bought the book and read all of part one and some of 2. it taught me to read and i was done. and i can tell them where to shove it. I know sometimes i come off as smug with that attitude, but i really hate that and i try not too and don't in real life, but my written skills are not my best as i have said before and it make me have that impression some times. How post relate to each other i have real trouble with, as tele once found out and i was just left embarrassed over it.

and i taught my self, not that I'm saying I am good, but whats wrong with that? So you don't have money for a teacher or just don't like teachers, does that make you less of a person? I did it with books maybe he just listens to music. many have done it that way and are amazing, Wes Montgomery is one. Granted it is a post that should of never been posted it is about what books are good who cares that you don't like any books it is not relevant.


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