YOUR Chord Book

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Now that you’ve got quite a few chords under your fingers, this could be a good time for you to start putting together your very own chord book! I know there are tons of chord books out there, but there really is some value to building your own.

Why Do This?

First off, most of those chord books are chock-full with chords you may never use! When making your own chord book, you can fill it with chords that you need to know for songs you’re actually going to play. Sometimes it’s just not necessary or beneficial to learn every variant of every chord out there (unless, of course, you’re Ted Greene, author of the legendary Chord Chemistry book).

Also, the process of putting your chord book together is helpful in and of itself. By putting all of the chords you want in there and writing them out the ways you like to play them, you’re creating a visual representation of it in your mind, committing it to memory, and making sense of it.

While making the chord book, you can even write down what the notes in the chords are. This becomes especially helpful if and when you go on to study more music theory, but in the meantime, you can start recognizing patterns in the notes, understanding how each note functions within the chord, and then you’ll see how you can manipulate the notes in a chord to get a specific sound.

The Process

To start off, you can download some blank chord box paper in the DOWNLOADS tab above, I included few variation so you can choose the style that suits you. What I’d recommend is printing out seven pages. That way, you can have one page just for your A chords, one for your B chords, one for your C chord, and so on and so forth.

Later on, you can add pages for your A# and Ab chords, etc.

Organize it all in a binder and keep it handy!

Great Chord Books

Later in your journey you will almost certainly want to get some chord books to explore new chord forms you might not think of on your own, the Mickey Backer Jazz Guitar book is a classic, Reaching For The Uncommon Chord by Allan Holdsworth, Joe Pass Jazz Chords book - there are quite a few that are super cool - but for the most part you should avoid the ones marketed at 1001 chords you must know and other clickbait titles - they're most often full of silly chords to make up the numbers!

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