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#1041673 - 08/30/04 03:53 PM Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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Hello All,

Anyone know of a good book for learning chords and chord progressions? My goal is to be able to know what chord they're taking about if I see something on sheet music like G7 or Am7 or something like that. Thanks in advance.

pdolce
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#1041674 - 08/30/04 03:57 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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Look here:

Chords

Derick
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#1041675 - 08/30/04 04:01 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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Derick,
First time I've read your signature line.

I love it!

HM
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#1041676 - 08/30/04 04:05 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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Thanks, but it's not something I thought up. Glad you liked it though!

pdolce, I realize that's not what you asked for, but it's definitely interesting and may help you put a "visual" with the chord.

Derick
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#1041677 - 08/30/04 07:35 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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#1041678 - 08/30/04 07:53 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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here is a text book for learning harmony and progression:
amazon.com

i saw it at some bookstore. it seems to have everything you need to know. maybe you could get a used one to save some money.

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#1041679 - 08/30/04 08:50 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
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Here's a pretty compact graphical presentation of the basic chords. This site also has a lot of other good information.
http://www.apassion4jazz.net/jazz_chords.html


Bob Frazier has a good website with the theory of chord spelling summarized nicely.
http://catalog.com/sft/bobf/music_theory.html

Ralph Patt has listed over 100 common chord progressions and bridges found in over 400 popular jazz songs.
http://www.ralphpatt.com/Tonal.html

Ricky Adams' Music Theory site has a series of good on-demand lessons available. Its a good site.
http://www.musictheory.net./


Duane Shin sells lesson videos, but also has some very good illustrated chord information available free from this index page on his web site.
http://psrtutorial.com/Resources/R_ChordSecrets/r_chordsecrets.html

England's Dr. Bryan Blood's explanations are also clear and helpful.
http://www.dolmetsch.com/theoryintro.htm

Here's another "chord analyzer" similar to the PW link posted earlier, but with a little different format.
http://guitar.to/piano/index.html


Finally for something a little bit different, try

http://members.aol.com/chordmaps/chartmaps.htm

which attempts to "map out" possible chord progressions in a kind of "chutes and ladders" style. It misses some progressions, I think, but it has a different perspective that may be of help to you, at least a little later on.

All these people are saying basically the same thing, but it often helps in understanding something to come at it from several different angles.

Good luck,
bob

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#1041680 - 09/01/04 06:09 PM Re: Book on Chords and Chord progressions
pdolce Offline
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Thanks to everyone for all your help. I'll check it all out. I think if I know the chords and the chord progressions it'll make me a better pianist. Thanks again. \:D

pdolce
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