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Music Principles for the
Skeptical Guitarist
Volume Two: The Fretboard

(1998; ISBN 0-9665029-1-4)
142 pages

While Volume One deals with general music theory that applies to ALL musical instruments, Volume Two is aimed primarily at guitarists: It shows how to apply the principles of music to the neck of the guitar specifically, and how to track down the C-A-G-E-D scale and chord forms.  As the Circle of Fifths was the star of the first book, so the C-A-G-E-D system dominates the second book. It will help you organize scales and chords into all these handy inter-connected box patterns up and down the neck.

Topics include chord voicings and inversions, movable chord and scale shapes and box patterns, complex chord qualities, quadrads and their extensions, walking chord progressions, how to put chords to a melody, and harmonizing by thirds, sixths and tenths.

Table of Contents

Reviewing the C Major scale
Chord voicings, starting with C
Adding the 6th string
Skipping strings
Chord tone personalities
Other C-A-G-E-D chord form voicings
Worksheet for other voicings
Back to the G chord form voicings
Comparing the C and G voicings
My own E, A and D voicings
E chord form voicings
The movable E chord form
A chord form voicings
The movable A chord form
Using the E- and A-shapes together
D chord form voicings
Drop D tuning
Summarizing the E-, A- and D-shapes
Chord shapes...our story so far
Complex chord qualities
C complex chord qualities
Adding the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th degrees
Worksheets for G, E, A and D complex chords
Weird little exercise
Chords with the same quality compared
1-4-5 complex chord progressions
The five basic chord shapes
C chord in C, A, G, E and D shapes
The entire tamale
Partial chord shapes
The other C-A-G-E-D chords
6th-string versus 5th-string roots

Bring out your capo!
Capo placement chart
Scale shapes / box patterns
C scale in C, A, G, E and D shapes
C Major scale all over the neck
Traveling from pocket to pocket
Major scales other than C (finally)
Keys of D, Eb, E, F, G, A and Bb
Chord qualities other than Major
Minor chords
Dominant 7th chords
Movable barre chords
Minor 7th chords
Minor 6th chords
Minor sus2 and sus4 chords
Walking chord progressions
Quadrads of the Harmonized Diatonic scale
Exercises and explanations
Worksheet: "Rhythm Changes"
Movable 2-5-1 progressions
Summary of Chord Family quadrads
Oddball Quadrads
Diminished 7th chords
Augmented and Augmented 7th chords
Minor-Major 7th chord
Chromatic walkdown progressions
Quadrad Extensions: 9th, 11th and 13th
C, G, E, A and D quadrad extensions
Sample chord progressions
How to put chords to a melody
"Frere Jacques"
Harmonizing by Thirds, Sixths and Tenths
Combining them in "Frere Jacques"

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