Books & Choral Music by Tom Rasely


 The Chord Chart Guitar Method

Finally, a guitar method that teaches guitar technique from the point of view of the guitar!

Sound revolutionary? It shouldn't, but it is.

Most guitar method books teach note reading, which can be useful if you are going to study classical music, become a full-time studio musician, or play jazz charts note-for-note; however, what most people want to do with the guitar is to learn some chords so they can play songs that they like, for their own enjoyment. "The Chord Chart Guitar Method" helps you do just that, and teach you some valuable music theory along the way.

  • an introduction to good technique & hand positions
  • large size chord charts and explanations of the 9 basic chords
  • a complete and simple explanation of barre chords
  • an introduction to finger picking
  • a larger library of chords, including augmented, diminished, 7ths and maj7, as well as sus4 and add9 chords
  • lots of photographs to help you accomplish your guitar goals
  • 15 songs that help you apply chords and techniques in a musical context, including the 12-bar blues
  • 48 pages of encouragement, with 8 additional pages of practical guitar-related music theory!

This is a book that will give you a theoretically correct view of the fingerboard through the use of chord charts, exercises, songs and illustrations, so you can be playing songs in...well, however much dedicated time you put into it. There are no magic tricks to learning to play the guitar; however, there are ways that are more direct than others. "The Chord Chart Guitar Method" is about as simple and direct an approach as you'll find.

$12.00 + $2.95 shipping

 An Explanation of The Circle of Fifths

A complete explanation of what the Circle of Fifths is, and how it works! Key signatures, key relationships, how it affects scales...practical theory for the guitar hobbyist. 16 pages.

$6.00 + $2.95 shipping

 The Undreaded Barre Chord

This book takes the "dread" out of learning barre chords, and gives you the how and the why, in a step-by-step process, breaking it all down to a simple formula. Several songs are provided as exercises. Easy learning with practical theory! What a concept. 20 pages.

$6.00 + $2.95 shipping

 Unlocking The Upper Neck
A systematic view of the forst 12 frets of the guitar. Note relationships, "pivot points", and a brief look at upper neck chord forms. Practical theory. 16 pages.

$6.00 + $2.95 shipping

 SPECIAL OFFER! Stuck in a Rut

When you order all four of the above books ("The Chord Chart Guitar Method", "The Circle of Fifths", "The Undreaded Barre Chord", and "Unlocking the Upper Neck"), you will recieve a copy of "Stuck In A Rut!" free with your order. This little booklet of 16 pages has some very helpful advice and wisdom for all musicians.

$30.00 + $4.50 shipping (You save $9.80 on the shipping, and you get this extra book FREE!!)

 Types and Uses of the Capo

This book is published by Mel Bay Publications Inc.
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The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There is also a negative side. (Hunter Thompson)