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Music Theory & Reference

Music Theory is the study of how music works mechanically. While music is primarily and expression of emotions, this form of expression has a definite structure that can be studies in a scholarly manner, while being enjoyed emotionally. There are various elements of music that may be studied separately or together. These elements include melody, harmony, rhythm, structure, form and texture. We have chosen a good selection of music theory books to that would be most useful to the bluegrass musician.

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Music Theory
FAQ:Types And Uses Of The Capo
FAQ:Types And Uses Of The Capo
The capo is a tool of the trade. This will guide you through an understanding of how it works, and how to select the one that is right for you and your guitar. It is a theoretically correct method that relies mainly on an understanding of the fingerboard of the guitar; and which can be employed with any notational system. Lots of photos, examples, charts, and exercises are included.
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How to Use a Capo for Guitar
How to Use a Capo for Guitar
This essential reference for all guitarists teaches how to play with a capo in the style of The Beatles, Keith Richards, The Byrds, Indigo Girls, Robert Johnson, and other great artists. Covers: basic information and capo types, capo chord shapes, capo tunings, and more. Includes standard notation and tab.
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Music Theory in the Real World
Music Theory in the Real World
In this book Mike Perlowin combines the practical experience of being a working musician in the fields of rock, blues, country, R&B, reggae, and bluegrass with the theoretical knowledge of an academic backround to explain music theory in terms that any moderately accomplished musician can understand.
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Music Essentials
Music Essentials
Regardless of the instrument or music you play there are music essentials that bridge the gaps between different styles and musical genres. Understanding these inner workings of the musical world will open up an awareness and creativity you never dreamed possible. Theory, Harmony, and Notation.
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The Gig Bag Book of Theory and Harmony
The Gig Bag Book of Theory and Harmony
Packed with information! No other series has been as highly acclaimed by musicians. Designed to fit into instrument case, comb-bound to lay open flat. A handy reference guide for both amateur and professional musicians. An excellent resource to learn or review all aspects of music theory.
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Understanding The Formula Of Music
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How To Figure Out Music From Recordings
How To Figure Out Music From Recordings
How many times have you heard a great solo on a CD & wished you could play it exactly like the original? In this 2-hour video you will learn the history of lick learning, the ear training benefits, & how the process actually works the same for all instrument.
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Songwriting and the Guitar - The Complete Guide
Songwriting and the Guitar - The Complete Guide
With this unique and informative guide, you'll discover new ideas and inspirations for crafting your own songs and making the most of your instrument. You'll gain a better understanding of chord progressions, melodies, alternate tunings and other subjects through a series of expertly designed workshops.
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Alternate Tunings for Guitar
Alternate Tunings for Guitar
This pocket book contains a comprehensive guide for over 300 tunings. Arranged in alphabetical order-drop, open, modal, unison, slack, and hybrid tunings are discussed. For example, under 'B' you'll find you can tune your guitar BADGBE to achieve Soundgarden's 'Rusty Cage' sound.
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Harmonics
Harmonics
This pack covers: harp harmonics and natural harmonics; combining harmonics with hammers and pulls; using harmonics over chord progressions; and more. The CD includes 30 full-demo examples.
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All Scales in all Positions for Guitar
All Scales in all Positions for Guitar
This book featuring Jim Scott's revolutionary "rows" concept gives guitarists the tools to really understand scales, and to create any type of scale in any position. It covers: major and minor scales; pentatonic and blues scales; the modes; and more.
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Building Right Hand Technique
Building Right Hand Technique
This book provides a master source for building agility, flexibility and speed while playing with a flatpick, as well as a repertoire source for the plectrum-style guitarist. The studies are designed to build reading ability and clarity of sound in a variety of styles, as well as agility in cross-picking and the playing of rapid linear passages.
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Modal Jams and Theory
Modal Jams and Theory
Not only will this book show you how to play the modes, it will also show you the theory behind mode construction, how to play any mode in any key, how to play the proper mode over a given chord progression, and how to write chord progressions for each of the seven modes.
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Guitar One Presents Music Theory for Guitars
Guitar One Presents Music Theory for Guitars
This handy guitar case-sized guide presented by Guitar One magazine covers music fundamentals, including: notation, scales, chords, meter and rhythm, keys, transposition, progressions, and more. An essential reference for any guitarist!
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Scales
Scales
Find any scale quickly and with ease! This book presents over 70 scales from bebop scales to synthetic scales to exotic scales from around the globe. Each scale is displayed on every possible string from lowest to highest with numerous fingering options. This is the ideal book for beginners.
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Finger Gymnastics: Warm-up, Flexibility, Speed & S
Finger Gymnastics: Warm-up, Flexibility, Speed & S
This book is for all levels and styles of guitarists. "Finger Gymnastics" is a term used for warm-ups, stretching, and any type of practice exercise that develops technique and stamina while preventing technique related injuries.
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Killer Pentatonics for Guitar
Killer Pentatonics for Guitar
Innovative and diverse ways of playing pentatonic scales in blues, rock and heavy metal. The licks and ideas in this book will give you fresh approaches to playing the pentatonic scale, hopefully inspiring you to reach for higher levels in your playing. Companion audio features recorded examples. 37-minute audio.
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Reading Studies for Guitar
Reading Studies for Guitar
A comprehensive collection of studies for beginners to improve their reading and technical ability. Covers: positions 1 through 7 in all keys while introducing scales, arpeggios, written-out chords, and a variety of rhythms and time signatures
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Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar
Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar
This Berklee Workshop is designed for serious guitarists who want to sharpen their high register reading skills and take their playing expertise to the next level. It introduces studies in all keys, using positions 8 through 12 and all major, minor and symmetric scales.
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Celtic Music
Celtic Music
This comprehensive guidebook covers all that is Celtic in music today, through essays exploring solo artists, bands, singers, and players of specialized instruments, such as harps, pipes, fiddles, drums, squeezeboxes, whistles, mandolins and more.
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Repair, Maintenance & Construction
Guitar Player Repair Guide
Guitar Player Repair Guide
Whether you simply want to maintain your guitar or hot-rod it into a radical new incarnation, this book is the ideal guide. By the columnist of Guitar Player's popular Repairs & Modifications column, this comprehensive book is a must for any guitarist who needs information on beginning repairs through advance enhancements.
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Guitar Set Up, Maintenance & Repair
Guitar Set Up, Maintenance & Repair
This guide will use photographs, diagrams and sketches made by the author and some provided by various manufacturers to teach how to clean, condition, adjust the action and properly intonate your acoustic guitar, as well as: John's trade secrets on hand-carving bone nuts and bridge saddles, wiring and fretwork. John has also included a chapter on identifying and diagnosing problem guitars. It even includes a forward written by Bob Taylor of Taylor Guitars. This book is perfect to teach a beginner or a reference for the guitar repair professional
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Get to Know Your Acoustic Guitar
Get to Know Your Acoustic Guitar
Noted guitar builder and repair specialist Marty Lanham of The Nashville Guitar Company gives an inside look at the flattop, steel string guitar. Learn how the guitar creates its sound, and what each component contributes to the tone - plus what you need to know about common repair and maintenance of your guitar. 2 hour DVD.
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The Guitar Handbook
The Guitar Handbook
The Essential Encyclopedia for Every Guitar Player! The Guitar Handbook is the complete guide to playing the guitar - from simple chords to advanced improvisations. Its uniquely devised learning program combines specially commissioned, step-by-step photographs with a chord dictionary.
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Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar
Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar
Every guitarist dreams of owning a handmade instrument, but for most, the cost is likely to be prohibitive. The alternative building your own fine guitar is not as difficult as you might imagine, given some skill, patience, and the expert guidance of a master luthier. Briston, England-based Jonathan Kinkead has been building guitars for nearly 30 years. His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail.
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Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance
Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance
This is a new kind of manual that helps electric guitarists adjust easily from the music shop to the workshop without demanding great technical skills. This accessible guide describes key procedures for applying the right adjustment at the right time, offering simple and straightforward advice.
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Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual
Acoustic Guitar Owner's Manual
Acoustic guitarists can now better understand their instruments, preserve and protect their value, and get the sounds they really want, thanks to this new book from the experts at Acoustic Guitar magazine. Includes a primer and glossary of terms.
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The Complete Guide to Guitar and Amp Maintenance
The Complete Guide to Guitar and Amp Maintenance
From the author of Amps! comes an essential survival guide for every guitar player and amp owner. Packed with concise, clearly written tips on troubleshooting and repairs, this guide teaches the secrets of maintenance and fixing it yourself, with straightforward, step-by-step instructions.
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History & Reference
Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars - 2nd Edition
Gruhn's Guide to Vintage Guitars - 2nd Edition
The original version of this guide has sold over 30,000 copies. This new edition has been expanded by 25% and promises to become an invaluable resource. For collectors, dealers and players, this completely updated "field guide" provides specifications, serial numbers, and more.
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Vintage Guitars
Vintage Guitars
Vintage Guitars: The Instruments, the Players, and the Music is the first pictorial reference work to offer guitar enthusiasts, players and collectors an opportunity to explore the eventful, endless give-and-take between musicians and instrument makers that has produced America's popular music.
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The Martin Book
The Martin Book
The Martin Book chronicles the history of an instrument that mirrors the development of the acoustic guitar and acoustic music in America. This photographic 150-year journey pulls together the strands of the past to create a fascinating and entertaining testimony to the unparalleled quality and craftmanship of the Martin acoustic guitar.
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Ring The Banjar!
Ring The Banjar!
Includes information on the instrument's enduring popularity, the banjo makers of Boston, rare instruments, a glossary and bibliography of the banjo, and more .
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The Ultimate Guitar Book
The Ultimate Guitar Book
The Ultimate Guitar Book is a comprehensive, lavishly illustrated guide to guitars, from early acoustics to the latest electrics. No book has ever brought together so many guitars in such keen detail and rich portrayal, featuring specially commissioned photographs of over 450 famous, rare and vintage guitars.
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Electric Guitars and Basses
Electric Guitars and Basses
This follow-up to Acoustic Guitars And Other Fretted Instruments is a stunning full-color journey from the mid-1930s to the present, depicting the technical and aesthetic development of the American electric guitar - the Hawaiian, 'Spanish-neck,' full-depth hollowbody, solidbody, and thinbody.
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Music theory and reference

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