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Chords for Guitar

“Gareth Evan's guitar chord book is one of the most thorough and in-depth books I have ever seen. If you're armed with one of these books, you will have everything you will ever require to know all about chords.” Tony Cox - Award winning Acoustic guitarist (South Africa)

Chords for Guitar is about moveable chord shapes based on the CAGED guitar system. Rather than presenting the same shapes for the same chord types as different chords when moved up or down the fret-board, giving 1000’s of chords, Chords for Guitar makes this into a simple unified process by showing only the moveable shapes and how to move them up or down the fret-board, allowing for more chord types.

Chord Reference - Chords for Guitar is a reference of over 200 unique shapes for just over 60 different chord types, from the commonly used chord types such as major, minor, sus2, sus4, add9 and 7th chords to further extended chords, altered chords and inversions, enabling you to find many more chords yourself and get a better understanding of the fret-board.

Questions and Answers - The root note location within all of the guitar chords is clearly marked out, enabling you to transpose its moveable shape up and down the fret-board. Each chord type has a question to make sure you’re on track to being able to locate guitar chords yourself; shift the root note to its note name location (e.g. C, F#, G etc.) apply the chord shape, then check the answer at the back.

Theory - Theory and chord construction are explained using piano keys for the simplicity of its linear layout of notes, then applied to the six-string guitar, from the basics of using odd numbered intervals (e.g. 1, 3, 5 etc.) to the compound intervals within extended chords and alterations.

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“I had wanted to start playing less with a capo, and more with an ability to transpose chords just by being more familiar with the fret board in it's entirety. This book teaches you exactly this. Highly recommended.” Rebecca Cullen, Performing Musician & Composer (UK)

“At the School of Guitar we always use the CAGED system but we have never seen it applied so well to all chords. I love the way each transposable version of the chord is linked to an open chord. Simply the best book of chords we have seen.” Cormac O Caoimh, School of Guitar (Ireland)

Gareth Evans

Gareth started learning guitar at age 8 and by age 10 was playing guitar in the orchestral pit with the teachers for school plays playing guitar chords like Dom 9th, diminished and major 7th. At age 13 he achieved grade 5 classical guitar with honours. Later on Distinction at higher diploma level from the Academy of Contemporary music, grade 8 Electric guitar (RGT), grade 8 Electric guitar (RSL), grade 8 Contemporary Music Theory (LCM) and grade 8 Bass Guitar (RSL). He has his own guitar tuition practice where many of his students keep coming for years.

Understanding the needs of his students 1-1 helps decide what content to write in his Guitar Books. He decided there where ways things could be done differently, such as his “Guitar for Kids” book that doesn’t focus on sight-reading and uses mostly guitar tablature (like most guitar method books do) or “Chords for Guitar” rather than giving you 1000’s of guitar chords, gives you shapes for various chord types that you can move up and down the fret-board.

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