The Chord Factory: Build Your Own Guitar Chord Dictionary

The Chord Factory: Build Your Own Guitar Chord Dictionary

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(Berklee Guide). The Chord Factory is for all levels and styles of chord explorers, from professional-level guitarists in need of harmonic stimulation and to fill in some “gray areas,” to the early-level guitarist just embarking on that fascinating and fun aspect of exploring chords and harmony. This added chord vocabulary and understanding will strengthen all areas of your musical world as a performer and composer.


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  1. 12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Absolutely essential for the complete guitarist, March 21, 2010
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    This review is from: The Chord Factory: Build Your Own Guitar Chord Dictionary (Paperback)
    One of the most challenging things about playing guitar is that, unlike other instruments, the exact same pitches can be found in multiple places all over the neck. While this idiosyncrasy creates tremendous creative possibilities, it also creates a seemingly infinite amount of chords that one must master.

    Virtually every chord diagram I have ever seen uses solid black dots to indicate the fingerings. This includes all of the books I encountered and used when studying at Berklee in the 80s (I never studied with Jon, but like everyone, I knew he was a monster player). While this approach is good for quickly grabbing chords, it does nothing to help the player understand the interrelations of the notes and how they really fit together. Enter this masterful volume.

    I can’t tell you how much, in my early 40s, I wish I’d had this book 25 years ago. Standard guitar chord dictionaries are simply lists of chords and are fine as references. But again, they don’t give you much beyond that. By providing the essential “architecture” of chords, then leaving it up to the reader to literally “build” their own dictionary by hand, Damian succeeds in imbuing the reader with the tools to find his/her unique solutions in many contexts. Starting with a fretboard diagram, then simple intervals and triads, the reader is gradually indoctrinated to a new way of viewing the fretboard. And you label each chord with the chord tones, not back dots. Life changing! (BTW, Jon sticks to the construction metaphor consistently, and it isn’t merely a gimmick. It is a logical and helpful way to view chord theory.)

    This book is not for the lazy. If you are seriously interested in making your own dictionary, it will require some serious time and effort. And it is probably not for the novice player. I have been playing for 30 years and, though the theory involved isn’t terribly challenging at this point in my career, actually creating some of the 5-part chord templates has been a challenge. At times, I feel like I am doing some type of weird Sudoku! But it is a challenge I have been relishing and I have already learned so much in the few weeks I have been building my dictionary. My vision of the fretboard has gotten a real overhaul. That alone makes this book invaluable to me.

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  2. 11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a must have!!!, December 28, 2007
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    I’ve been playing guitar for about 30 yrs and I’m always looking for new books to spark some creativity and improve my playing. When I say I’ve bought a lot of guitar/music books over the years…that’s an understatement…from Greene to Goodrick and everything in between,… and can honestly say this book along with Jon’s first book, are two of the most important and useful books you will ever get. Seriously…I’ve read ’em all and these 2 books by Jon Damian are special. If you like Wayne Krantz(like me)…or Bill Frisell…or Jim Hall, this book will put you on the fast track….not many… if any, other books I’ve come across can do this. Jon is a fantastic teacher….that in itself is priceless…combine that with the information in this book and you have gold my friends. Think about what you pay for one guitar lesson….this book is worth that many times over….this is a no-brainer…BUY IT.

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