Free Chord Theory Tutorial!!

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I found a great guide to chord theory a few days ago, and I’m so excited, I wanted to share it with everyone!

I recently bought a fake book and believe it or not, after a lifetime of classical piano instruction, I found myself unable to read any but the most basic chords. It’s really a completely different beast. In classical piano, you’re taught to read music, as in individual notes, and I’m pretty darn good at that. But with fake book playing, it’s all about knowing chords and chord structure, not to mention learning a bunch of new notation.

So I hopped online to see what I could find in the way of help. At first, everything seemed to be hawking some expensive class pack that promised to make you the next big nightclub hit. But after finagling my search terms a little, I found this great little tutorial that explains everything you need to know about chord theory to get through a fake book. It’s a plain-text document — no fancy graphics, no flashy colors — but it explains everything, and hey, it’s FREE!

By the way, if you happen to be a complete newbie to music theory, feel free to ask questions. I’m no expert, but I know the basics of intervals and chords, and I’d be glad to help bootstrap you up. Just tossing that out there!