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Guitar Journals: Chords by William Bay

The work of William Bay relating to guitar instruction is always on target. He gives material that is both helpful and enjoyable. His latest entry on chords is excellent.

My knowledge of many instruments is varied, and my ability to play them is workable. This guitar book has it all, and is a most useful item to have handy for reference.

What this spiral-bound hardcover does is allow the reader to encounter a comprehensive study in modern chord voicings. The book is divided into two sections. The first section of the book shows the various chord types as found in their various and intricate inversions. What makes this instruction book such a delight is the authors fine ability to give the inversions and then follow immediately with a short etude for practice. This allows the guitarist to utilize the voicings for select keys. Part two continues as an indepth study of chord progressions in each key.

As a guide for use I found this book excellent for daily study. The book adds to the aspiring guitarist's learining a full mastery of melody and rhythm as well as coming to a full comrehension of chord voicings. For the jazz guitarist this is a great reference.

The key of F chord studies is of particular notice and will appeal to many guitarists. Clearly written this guitar instruction book is highly recommended. Take a look at the FM Quartal Harmony on pages 81 and 82 for some insightful information.

Congratulations to William Bay for a fine book and to Mel Bay Publications for publishing it in their continuing excellent guitar instruction books! With the passage of time it is evident why the publications from Mel Bay Publications remain so popular with musicians who want a hands-on approach and to learn.

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Guitar Journals: Chords
  • Author: William Bay
  • Publisher: Mel Bay
  • Year Published: 2006
  • Book Type:: Musical Instruction
  • ISBN: 078660722X
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 224
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