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Recommendations?

Posted: November 19th, 2010, 2:52 pm
by CanAtom
I'm new to this forum and I realize nobody responded to this subject in a while, but I was looking at a good book to learn music theory. I searched for guitar theory book and "Fretboard Theory" seemed the book with the best reviews, but from what I understand on this forum there is a lot of skeptical people about the "strange marketing" for this book.

Here is my situation, I've played for 4 years, I'm very dedicated (I play everyday and a lot on weekends), I believe I'm an advanced beginner, I can cover most pop songs and few very simple solos with a bit of practice, but I don't really understand the theory behind what I'm playing. I really feel I should learn some theory if I want to progress further. I can cover songs because I can read the tab and I practice it, but I want to learn how chords are constructed, why is everybody talking about major scales and pentatonic scales (I looked them up, but I don't get why I need to learn those). When I asked why we practice pentatonic scales, the answer I received was that it is a "pool of notes" rock guitar players used in their songs. :D Trust me, for a beginner like me it doesn't mean much.

I want a good book that can help me progress, I guess this forum is the best place to ask all of you that went through this what is the best book/tool to help me understand theory. Kingpatzer gave a few recommendations on books, is there any specific one that is better and simple enough for me.

Re: Recommendations?

Posted: November 25th, 2010, 1:54 pm
by NEZTOK
Planetalk, Rosetta Stone Of Guitar, Guitar Grid, The Guitar Grimoire, The Guitarist's Guide to Composing and Improvising, THe Advancing Guitarist, Chord Chemistry, Mel Bay's Deluxe Position Studies, Dansm's Website.