Left-Handed Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts: Music Theory Explained in Practical, Everyday Context for All Genres


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“Left-Handed Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts” is a clear and concise guide that demystifies music theory for the left-handed guitarist. This 130-page book covers the essentials of scales, chords, and melodies with practical applications for every genre. Using the Seeing Music visual method, you’ll learn to “draw” chord shapes and patterns on the fretboard, moving beyond rote memorization to truly understand music’s mechanics.

The book includes 182 audio examples to aid your learning, breaking down music theory into simple, actionable knowledge. From reading fretboard diagrams to crafting your own chord progressions and improvising solos, this guide is an invaluable resource for any left-handed guitarist looking to advance their musical understanding and creativity.
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Just for Lefties! A Complete Guide to Music Theory on the Guitar in Practical, Everyday Context. For All Genres – Understand the Working of How Chords, Scales and Melodies Are All Related.

Left-Handed Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts has the theory answers you’ve been seeking, in plain language that links scales to chords and melodies in practical terms. It’s music theory in no-nonsense form that you’ll use in your own music, starting the first day.

Guitarists have a common obstacle to musical growth: understanding the basic construction of music. To progress, it’s crucial to know the mechanics of music. It’s music theory that’s behind great music, but too often discussions of music theory get too theoretical for most of us.

AUDIO BONUS: 182 audio examples from the book for FREE download. Check yourself against the recordings for quick, confident learning. Go to SeeingMusicBooks.com

It’s this EASY: Just as you can draw the basic shapes of triangle, square or circle from memory, successful guitar players can visually “draw” chord shapes on their ­fingerboards and move those shapes around easily, creating new music. This is the Seeing Music method of visual learning.

When you learn the simple rules that connect scales to chords, you’ll be ready to create on-the-spot, anytime.

Don’t spend time memorizing! Knowing the “Hows” and “Whys” of chord construction will let you spell them in any situation. And, it’s probably much simpler than you imagine.

Learn the secrets of how scales, triads and chords are all related.

Once you’ve seen the connection between the elements of melody and harmony, you’ll never be the same. Because the concepts are fundamental, you will be applying them to any music, any style and at every level of musicianship. The best part? There’s very little to memorize.

Take your music to the next level with this comprehensive guide to music theory.

In Left-Handed Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts, you will learn:

  • How to read fretboard diagrams
  • How to divide the fretboard into zones for memorization
  • How to create major and minor scales, triads and chords
  • How to identify any musical interval
  • How to transpose a chord progression
  • The relationship between major and minor
  • How to spell various types of 7th and 9th chords
  • How to edit a chord for playability
  • How to begin improvising solos and develop soloing strategies
  • All 7 modes of a major scale
  • How to create your own chords and progressions from scratch
  • How to arrange your playing with other musicians

Complete Chapter Listing:

  • They Hold Everything Together
  • Fretboard Diagrams
  • Know Your Fretboard (Part I)
  • Know Your Fretboard (Part II)
  • Major Scales, Triads and Chords
  • Minor Scales, Triads and Chords
  • Intervals
  • Even More Scales and Chords
  • Seeing the Whole Fretboard
  • How Major and Minor Are Related
  • 7th Chords
  • Transposing Chord Progressions
  • 9th Chords
  • Leave That Note Out? Yes, You Can!
  • Chord Progressions
  • Basic Improvising
  • Modal Theory
  • Creating Your Own Chords
  • Creating Your Own Music
  • Playing with Other Musicians
  • You Put It All Together
  • Chord and Scale Reference

A comprehensive guide to music theory you can use. You’ll enjoy this common-sense approach to the inner workings of music.

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130 pages, 8 ½” by 11” paperback with glossy cover.

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Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in
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Left handed