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Fretboard Harmony

by Bruce Bishop


Fretboard Harmony by Bruce Bishop is a book that provides an approach to modern harmonic relationships that is unique to the guitar, creating the foundation necessary for a complete understanding of music theory as it relates to the guitar fingerboard. Designed for the elementary and intermediate player, this book does not require the ability to sight-read.

The book is divided into two sections: text and workbook. The text section is presented with a minimum of verbiage, the workbook section is comprised of simple exercises designed to promote assimilation and utilization of the information provided in the text.

Topics covered: Sharps, flats and enharmonics; symmetrical scales and technique exercises; the five pentatonic scale patterns; the “relative minor” relationship; pattern movements within I, IV, V progressions; intervals and their symbols; the fretboard geometry of intervals; the major scale and its role in present-day music; chords, chord progressions and chord substitutions; chord inversions; 15 common major-scale-type chord progressions; 45 real-world, useable chords diagrammed and explained; the five major scale patterns; root positions of the five major scale patterns; detailed presentations and analyses of three songs; the “D” tuning, with diagrams of 40 practical chords; line progressions, diagrammed and explained; passing chords, ascending and descending; contrasting major and minor keys; understanding minor progressions; and commonly used chord types in minor progressions.

It is recommended that players practice and study at least one hour per day to reap the maximum benefits from this book.

 

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Cover

Introduction

Acknowedgements

Table of Contents

 

PART I FRETBOARD HARMONY TEXTBOOK

 

1 THE BASICS

Sharps, Flats and Enharmonics

Symmetrical Scales and Technique

Pentatonic Scales

Metronome Practice

General Practice Tips

 

2 CHANGING MAJOR TO MINOR

Major and Minor

Relative Minor

Summary of Basic Major and Minor Chord Shapes within the

Pentatonic Patterns

 

3 I, IV, V PROGRESSIONS

Pentatonic Scales within I, IV, V Progressions

 

4 MIXED I, IV, V PROGRESSIONS

Mixed I, IV, V Progression Combinations

Simplifying the Pentatonic Pattern Movement in I, IV, V Progressions

Group One Pentatonic Movement

Group Two Pentatonic Movement

Group Three Pentatonic Movement

Group Four Pentatonic Movement

Group Five Pentatonic Movement

Group Six Pentatonic Movement

Group Seven Pentatonic Movement

 

5 INTERVAL GEOMETRY

Intervals and Symbols

Upper Extensions

Interval Geometry

 

6 THE MAJOR SCALE

The Major Scale

Chords and Chord Progressions

Learning New Chords

About Inversions

 

7 THE MAJOR SCALE PATTERNS

The Major Scale Patterns

Root Positions of Major Scale Patterns

 

8 SONG ANALYSIS, EXAMPLE 1

Example 1: Julia

Julia

Chords for Julia

Song Analysis: Julia

 

9 SONG ANALYSIS, EXAMPLE II

Example II: Freddie the Freeloader

Freddie the Freeloader

Chord Melody for Freddie the Freeloader

The Dominant Pentatonic Scale

 

10 SONG ANALYSIS, EXAMPLE III

Example III: The Low Down

The Low Down

Chords for The Low Down

Chord Chart Analysis: The Low Down

 

11 THE "D" TUNING

The "D" Tuning

"D" Tuning Diatonic Chords

Basic Minor Chords in the "D" Tuning

 

12 BEYOND THE MAJOR SCALE

Line Progressions

Passing Chords

Contrasting Major and Minor

Playing Minor Progressions

 

PART II FRETBOARD HARMONY WORKBOOK

 

Workbook 1

Sharps, Flats and Enharmonics

The Chromatic Scale

Symmetrical Scales

Pentatonic Scales

 

Workbook 2

Relative Minor

Changing Major to Minor

Relative Minor Pentatonic Scales

 

Workbook 3

I, IV, V Progressions

Pattern Movement in I, IV, V Progressions

Pattern Movement in I, IV, V Progressions in Minor

 

Workbook 4

Pattern Movement in Mixed I, IV, V Progressions

Pattern Movement Circles

 

Workbook 5

Intervals

Interval Geometry

 

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