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Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Guitar Theory books.

1. Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask (Guitar Method) (2005)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your Attention(Guitar Method). Guitarists of all levels will find a wealth of practical music knowledge in this special book with online audio access. Veteran guitarist and author Tom Kolb dispels the mysteries of music theory using plain and simple terms and diagrams. The accompanying recordings provide 94 tracks of music examples, scales, modes, chords, ear training, and much more! To access audio visit:…
Author(s): Tom Kolb

2. The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists: The complete guide to music theory from a guitarist’s point of view (Guitar theory) (2014)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionLearn guitar theory – The simple way, musical wayThird Edition Master, hear and play music theory for guitarThe Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitar is different. Instead of boring and meaningless guitar theory essays, it makes music come alive. In fact, you’ll quickly learn to play the theory you’re being taught. Go from meaningless information to stunning guitar solos and songwriting.Guitarists are often guilty of ‘collecting’ musical theory without taking the time to learn to apply the information on their instrument. Modern Music Theory for Guitarists combines…
Author(s): Mr Joseph Alexander, Mr Tim Pettingale

3. Guitar Theory For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction (2013)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionWith an approachable and engaging style, Guitar Theory For Dummies goes beyond guitar basics, presenting the guidance intermediate to advanced players need to improve their improvisational and compositional skills. Plus, with access to audio tracks and video instruction online you can master the concepts and techniques covered in the book. Key content coverage includes: pentatonic and major scale patterns; the CAGED chord system, chord progressions, and playing by numbers; roots, keys, and applying scales, plus modes and modal scales; intervals and chord extensions; popular song references and theory applications that help you…
Author(s): Desi Serna

4. Guitar Theory: Straight Talking Music Theory for Guitarists (2018)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionMaster Fundamental Theory Skills and Take your Guitar Playing to the Next LevelMusic theory can be an extremely complicated subject. The fact is, we don’t need to know half of it; so why over-complicate things? This book is about the building blocks of music theory and how it applies to the guitar. It will teach you the things that matter; the stuff that’s really worth knowing if you want to take your guitar skills to the next level.There’s nothing wrong with learning advanced music theory. Most of us, however, don’t care too much about it, or have much need for it. It’s all very well knowing…
Author(s): Lee Nichols

5. Fretboard Theory Volumes I + II Combined: The complete guitar theory series on scales, chords, progressions, modes, song composition, and more. (2017)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionDo you love sitting at home playing guitar, but find yourself playing the same old things over and over without making much progress? When other musicians invite you to jam, do you worry that you won’t be able to keep up? Are you a veteran guitarist who has played for years, but you’re embarrassed to admit you have no idea what you’re doing? If you want to take your guitar playing to the next level, compose songs like you hear on the radio, and improvise your own music, then you need Fretboard Theory. Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes,…
Author(s): Mr. Desi Serna

6. Guitar Fretboard: Memorize The Fretboard In Less Than 24 Hours: 35+ Tips And Exercises Included (2018)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionLearning all the notes on the fretboard taking too long? Or worse – seems impossible? This book will unlock all the notes in 5 Simple steps!Why Should I learn the Fretboard?Throughout my years of experience with the guitar, I have come across multiple “pro guitarists” who cannot name the note they just played. Learning guitar theory with no knowledge about the names of the fretboard is comparable to learning complex arithmetic equations without knowing numbers! This book will make sure you don’t end up like one of those guitarists! Here is why you should learn the fretboard: Why Should I buy this book?It’s only fair to…
Author(s): Guitar Head

7. The Complete Technique, Theory and Scales Compilation for Guitar (2014)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionThis compilation brings together three best-selling books that will help you master the essential rudiments of playing the guitar; Technique, Theory and the Application of all the Essential Scales in Music. At over 285 pages, this book contains over 400 notated audio examples and 60 backing tracks that demonstrate every technique, lick and scale clearly in a musical context. Beginners to very advanced players will all find plenty of ideas, techniques and musical vocabulary to keep them improving for years. destroys the notion that aspiring players must spend all their practice time accelerating through progressively more…
Author(s): Mr Joseph Alexander

8. Guitar: The Circle of Fifths for Guitarists: Learn and Apply Music Theory for Guitar (2016)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionMaster the Circle of Fifths and Crack the Secret Code of Music TheoryDiscover how to form any scale – in any keyUnderstand key signaturesChange key musically and effectivelyUnderstand how to apply and hear music theory on the guitarInstantly know the notes of any major of minor scale The Circle of Fifths for Guitarists The Circle of Fifths for Guitarists will teach you to build, understand and use the essential building-blocks of music theory to become a better musician, quickly and easily. Here’s what you get: Bonus: Learn to instantly see the relationships six…
Author(s): Mr Joseph Alexander

9. Guitar Music Theory: The Complete Music Theory Methods for Beginner (2019)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionSome books will tell you that you can learn the guitar within a week or a month. Well, this book doesn’t dish out lies, keeping your hopes high. In this book, you will get to start from the basics, grooming you gradually to the top. Before learning to play, you need to know what you are playing right? If you have the mind of learning guitar becoming perfect by reading this book, unfortunately, you have got the wrong book. But, if you are an individual ready to learn the rudiments with patience and enthusiasm, then this book is for you. This is simply a book for beginners with…
Author(s): Franklin’s Instruments

10. The Guitarist’s Music Theory Book: The Most Useful Guitar Music Theory Book (2017)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionThe Guitarist’s Music Theory Book by Peter Vogl is the first music theory book designed for guitar by a guitarist. The book explains music theory as it applies to the guitar and covers intervals, scales, chords, chord progressions, and the Nashville Number System. You will also get online access to audio examples of all the music in the book and also an ear training section. The Music Theory Book was written to help all guitar players achieve a better understanding of the guitar and of the music they play….
Author(s): Peter Vogl

11. Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players (2019)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your Attention(Guitar Educational). Named Guardians of Guitar 2019 NAMM top pick! Experience must-know music knowledge and wisdom through the highly focused lens of legendary guitar virtuoso Steve Vai. This full-color instructional book written by Vai himself features in-depth discussions of the music theory fundamentals that every aspiring (and veteran) guitar player should know, packed with practical exercises, diagrams, tips, inspiring ideas and concepts, practice methods, and ways of looking at music that you may have never considered. Topics covered include:…
Author(s): Steve Vai

12. Guitar Fretboard Workbook (2003)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your Attention(Musicians Institute Press). Navigate the guitar neck better than ever before with this easy-to-use book! Designed from Musicians Institute core curriculum programs, it covers essential concepts for players of every level, acoustic or electric. A hands-on guide to theory, it will help you learn to build any scale or chord on your own and unleash creativity. No music reading is required. This second edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new music examples….
Author(s): Barrett Tagliarino

13. Guitar Scales Handbook: A Step-By-Step, 100-Lesson Guide to Scales, Music Theory, and Fretboard Theory (Book & Videos) (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction) (2012)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionGuitar instructor and music theory professor Damon Ferrante guides you through step-by-step lessons and streaming videos that will give your playing the speed and fluidity you have always dreamed about. This new edition has over 200 lessons, guitar licks, exercises, streaming videos, and scales-over chords concepts.Used by thousands of professional guitarists, students, and teachers, this book and streaming video course will take your guitar playing to a whole new level! Check out the exciting materials covered in the book and streaming videos:* Alternate & Speed Picking Technique* Legato Technique* Music Theory* How to apply scales to…
Author(s): Damon Ferrante

14. No Bull Music Theory for Guitarists: Master the Essential Knowledge all Guitarists Need to Know (‘No Bull’ Guitar) (2019)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your Attentionby quickly and easily unlocking Essential Music Theory. No confusing words and no music reading required! (Includes free downloadable audio)In 12 bitesize chapters you’ll learn about intervals, triads, major and minor keys, chord sequences – and understand how to apply them to your playing, improvising or songwriting.I’ll use diagrams and simple, non-intimidating language to teach you in minutes, things which confuse some guitar players for years. In the 12 lessons you’ll find super clear explanations, practical examples and quiz questions on: (the only 12 notes used in all…
Author(s): James Shipway

15. Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom (2015)

 Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your AttentionNote: To ensure to receive the latest version of this book buy from Amazon directly (not an Amazon marketplace seller).Music Theory for the Bass Player is a comprehensive and immediately applicable guide to making you a well-grounded groover, informed bandmate and all-around more creative musician. This is a workbook, so have your bass and a pen ready to fill out the engaging Test Your Understanding questions! This version is revised for typos and to add video flags. Have you always wanted to learn music theory but felt it was too overwhelming a task? Perhaps all the books seem to be geared toward pianists or classical players?…
Author(s): Ariane Cap

Best Guitar Theory Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some guitar theory books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Guitar Lessons & Music Theory : Teach Yourself How to Play Guitar and Read Sheet Music, Theory & Technique.

Author(s): Woody Morgan
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2754586

Music Theory : The Complete Guide From Beginner to Intermediate, Learn, Practice and Compose Music for Piano, Guitar or Any Other Musical Instrument (Music Theory for Beginners Book 3)

Author(s): Roy Maxwell
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2808758

Visual Guitar Theory An Easy Guide to Recognizing and Understanding Essential Fretboard Patterns

Author(s): Johnson, Chad
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation, Year: 2018, Size: 47 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2654486

Guitar: Fretboard Mastery: An In-Depth Guide to Playing Guitar with Ease, Including Note Memorization, Music Theory for Beginners, Chords, Scales and Technical Exercises

Author(s): Carter, Nicolas
Publisher: [Nicholas Carter?], Year: 2016, Size: 983 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2071321

Guitar: Pentatonic and Blues Scales: Quickly Learn Pentatonic Scale Theory & Master Essential Licks and Exercises

Author(s): Alexander, Joseph
Publisher:, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 2583774

Guitar: The Circle of Fifths for Guitarists: Learn and Apply Music Theory for Guitarists

Author(s): Alexander, Joseph
Publisher:, Year: 2016, Size: 2 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 2583775

Guitar theory for dummies

Author(s): Desi Serna
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Year: 2014, Size: 20 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2163892

The Practical Guide to Modern Music Theory for Guitarists: Second Edition

Author(s): Joseph Alexander
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Year: 2014, Size: 33 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2342355

Guitar Scales Handbook: A Step-By-Step, 100-Lesson Guide to Scales, Music Theory, and Fretboard Theory (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction) Book & Streaming Videos

Author(s): Damon Ferrante
Publisher: Steeplechase Arts, Year: 2014, Size: 14 Mb, Download: azw3
ID: 2692099

Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are absolutely record-breakers according to The New York Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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