Discuss playing styles and techniques, or share your own here.
Post Reply
Posts: 11
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2003 9:30 pm


#1 Post by Hame » Thu Feb 05, 2004 2:57 pm


does anyone here noe any good books out there that i can buy which show you like all the chords in every key and like their formula and how they are formed etc etc etc.

I dont take guitar lessons anymore cause i cant afford them so i need to get something else to help me learn and i thought that books could be a good idea.

So if any of you noe any good books out their on chords and stuff i would really aprreciate it if u told me the tittle and the author of it so i can buy it.
(p.s other books that are good that teach you technique or scales or anything that are very good would also be helpful)

Ryan Layton
Posts: 1206
Joined: Mon Nov 03, 2003 3:28 pm
Location: NC

#2 Post by Ryan Layton » Thu Feb 05, 2004 3:06 pm

Ted Greene's Chord Chemestry

amazing book. It shows the chords in the keys of A and E but the shapes are movable so you can just slide em.

Posts: 121
Joined: Sun Nov 16, 2003 2:32 pm
Location: Washington


#3 Post by johnz » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:10 pm

Chord Chemistry is the chord book. Vai himself recommends this book. He not only covers hundreds apon hundreds of chord forms he explains them in a great way.

Posts: 686
Joined: Mon Nov 17, 2003 10:33 pm
Location: Boston, MA

#4 Post by tim_knox » Thu Feb 05, 2004 4:16 pm

hey, a great chord book that i stumbled along to in called "The Encyclopedia of Guitar Picture Chords". It has every type of chord in at least like six to eight different positions and fingerings on the fretboard. This book is a great reference and has great pictures. You must get this book

Henrique Henriques
Posts: 797
Joined: Mon Jul 14, 2003 9:14 pm
Location: Brazil

#5 Post by Henrique Henriques » Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:11 am

Why Buy a book?

This should solve all your basic, or better yet ALL of your doubts about chords and stuff.
Gtdork wrote: Ok! So I will go over it again, since it’s so hard for some of the board members, who think that someone that is not from the U.S., can not speak or write English.

C A G E D Is the chords formed from the basic shapes of the

C (triad major) chord,
A (triad major) chord
G (triad major) chord,
E (triad major) chord and
D (triad major) chord

The triads are made of Root, 3rd and 5th. Think of a C note, than count; E is the 3rd(note)and G is the 5th (note).

Now as we know chords and scales are purely made out of intervals, so as we use the chords we have to locate the intervals within them.

for example: C (yes that basic C at the beginning of the fret board)
It’s root is based on the A string, the order of the intervals that builds this chord follows this “formula”:

1, 3M, P5, P8, 3M.

Of course that any triad has 1 (root ), 3 and 5, but as I said the intervals above follow the root metioned as 1.

So You would have the 1(root) on the A string (playing a C note)
The Major 3rd on the D string (playing the note E)
The Perfect 5th on the G string (playing it on the open string sound like the name of it G)
The Perfect 8th on the B string (playing the C note)
And again (but not really mandatory) the Major 3rd on the E string (playing it onpen string sounding like a E)

Now if you apply that formula, or shape, on any other note you will get a Major chord on the form of the C major chord.

So C is 1 3 5 8 3.
A D G B E (strings)

The same works for the A major chord.

You got your root at the A string,
Your P5th on the D string,
Your P8th on the G string,
Your Major 3rd (or minor) at the B string,
Your P5th again on the E string.

Thus having A: 1 5 8 3 5
A D G B E (strings). There now you can make any chords on this particular “shape”

Now if you know your intervals correctly, it is as easy as making warm milk.
The same formula applies to the G E and D major chords.

You can make any chords using that same formula.

G major Form: 1(root), 3 , 5, 8, 3, 8
E A D G B E (strings)

E major Form: 1, 5, 8, 3, 5, 8
E, A, D, G, B, E (strings)

D major form: (5th, which is optional, because we are not mentioning inversions) so, again
(5), 1, 5, 8, 3,
A D G B E (strings)

No matter wich chords you want to play, you will have to use the same group of strings to do a specific chord formation.

Say you want to play a F major using a C Major form.

You get the group of strings; A D G B E, and follow the formula; 1 3 5 8 3.

So you would play the notes F, A, C, F, A, on those strings

The first F would be in the A string fret 8
The first A would be at the D string 7th fret
The C would be at the G String 5th fret
The second F would be at the B string 6th fret
The second A would at the (1st) E string 5th fret.

Got it? I think that is pretty thorough
Anymore questions feel free to ask!


P.S. but if you must buy a book, try TED GREENE's Chord Chemistry

Posts: 208
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2003 7:52 pm
Location: New Albany, OH

#6 Post by Kevan » Fri Feb 06, 2004 9:51 am

Jon Finn and Andy Martin both have books available.
Andy's book, "7-String Guitar" was the first book written just for 7-stringers. It's a great tool. He's also got a new one out that's an encyclopedia of arpeggios. Pretty cool stuff.

Jon Finn's two books are available on his site-
From beginner to uber-player, his books are great.
(Psst....there's a video too!)

Posts: 37
Joined: Sun Apr 13, 2003 8:10 am

#7 Post by Ibanezwizard » Fri Feb 06, 2004 10:59 am


The Guitar Grimoire is a beast of a book- its huge and is packed with scales. I also recommend Chord Chemistry.


Posts: 57
Joined: Tue Oct 28, 2003 4:45 am

#8 Post by Jackhammer » Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:46 am

Bah, do you know where it's possible to order these books online?

Posts: 208
Joined: Sat Apr 05, 2003 7:52 pm
Location: New Albany, OH

#9 Post by Kevan » Sat Feb 07, 2004 5:59 am

Here's another cool resource I use all the time: ... d1-71.html

Guitar Grimoire for your computer. :-)

Post Reply