Chord Workbook for Guitar V1 by Bruce Arnold for Muse Eek Publishing Company guitar chords

Guitar Chords and Chord Progressions are key to playing chords on the guitar.

Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One

So now it’s time to learn Guitar Chords!

  • Do you need a logical system to learn the chords you need to know to play through ANY chord progression?
  • Need backing tracks to help you learn each chord progression?
  • Do you need a system to understand how chords are built?
  • Want to know which notes you can add into guitar chords for added spice and variety?
  • Need a special system that will have you memorizing the chords and the guitar fretboard at the same time?
  • Do you need a book that will give you not all the chords a professional guitarist needs to know?
  • Want 36 cool chord progressions to apply these newly learned guitar chords?
  • Need a system for understanding how guitarists substitute guitar chords?
  • Want to spice up your blues playing with some new guitar chords and chord progressions?
  • Do you want to work on sight reading guitar chord voicings?
  • Need information on the use of tensions in chords and chord progressions?
  • Do you need some basic theory knowledge so that you understand the structures of chords?

If the answer is YES, then Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One will give you a logical system for learning guitar chords so that you can play any chord progression. You will also gain knowledge on how to re-harmonize a progression and understand how chord progressions are organized.

Chord Workbook is one of Bruce Arnold’s best selling books!

Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One gives you all the basic chords you need to know to play any music. If you are a complete beginner all the guitar chords you need are found in Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One. If you are a budding jazz guitarist you will also find all the commonly used chords. These are the chords with the root on the low E and A string. Those are the chords that a professional guitarist commonly uses in their playing. More importantly you will have 36 chord progression that you can play and reference for years. The theory behind these progressions is also included. You can start creating your own progressions or re-harmonizing jazz standards at will.

We also highly recommend that you also work with the Guitar Technique and Physiology Course so that you learn chords with the proper technique. This course gives you a comprehensive approach to playing guitar and includes a video on playing chords with a light touch.

This guitar chords book contains the following:

  • The basic open guitar chords used in Folk, Country and Rock.
  • Five hours and 46 minutes of backing tracks in MP3 format for the 36 chord progressions found in Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One.
  • Moveable chord forms commonly used in Rock and Jazz.
  • Application of guitar chords to common 2-5-1 progressions.
  • In-depth explanation of guitar chords and available tensions.
  • All common 7th chords with tensions.
  • In-depth re-harmonization section so you can understand the theory behind chord progressions.
  • Twelve 12 Bar Blues chord progressions. One in each key.
  • Twelve 12 Bar Minor Blues chord progressions. One in each key.
  • Twelve “Rhythm Changes” chord progressions. One in each key.

Let’s Take a Look at Some Examples from the Book

First, as in most chord books for guitar, there are multiple voicings for each chord. What is unique about Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One? It gives you only the chords that most professional guitarist’s use so you aren’t wasting time learning chords you will never need. Furthermore, each chord is shown not only with a chord diagram but it also shows where those notes would be on a music staff. While that might not seem important to some, if you want to be a professional guitarist you will need this information. Keep in mind that sometimes charts have the chords written out, and no chord symbols. Below is an example page.


Guitar Chord Progressions the Secret to Remembering Chords.

One thing that is sorely missing from most, if not all chord books for guitar, is chord progressions to apply the chords you are learning. There is no way you will remember all these chords unless you apply them. Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One gives you 36 chord progressions with which to apply all these new chords. They are challenging progressions and they sound awesome. Below is an example of a “Stormy Monday Blues” type chord progression in Bb.

Bb Blues Progression Slow Tempo

Listen and Play

Now what is REALLY GREAT is Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One gives you three MP3s to play along with for each chord progression. This allows you to start out slowly and gain speed over time. It also allows you to develop a good feel for playing in a Blues or Jazz style. As a bonus you can also use these files to improve solo skills over the chord progressions, so they are super useful!

Here are two more MP3s for the Bb Blues Progression. If you are up for it, play along. If you need some work learning the chords, then this is the book for you!

Bb Blues Progression Medium Tempo

Bb Blues Progression Fast

Professional Level Additional Material

If you are serious about becoming a professional guitarist, then Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One also has some other resources that will put you out front. As previously mentioned, sometimes music charts contain written chord voicings and no chord symbols. This is true when you are reading film scores, working with big bands, or other large ensembles. This is done because the composer wants a specific sound that won’t clash with other instruments. Mastering the ability to read chord voicings is hard and it is also hard to find resources to work on this. But Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One provides you with 36 chord progressions where you are reading the “notes only.” This is exactly what you need to get started on the path to becoming a professional musician. These “notes only” charts are also great for sight singing and improving your ear training skills.

Add in the MetroDrone® to incorporate Ear Training exercises Too

By singing through these structures while a MetroDrone┬« is playing, you will develop your ability to hear chord progressions. Obviously doing this exercise is a valuable addition to a musician’s toolkit.

What is the Theory Behind the Chord Progressions?

Another special feature of Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One is a whole section on chord re-harmonization theory. What’s even better, it’s totally simple; just a few basic rules and you will be understanding guitar chords and chord progression theory. Then all you need to do is apply it. Chord Workbook For Guitar Volume One is great for applying it directly to the guitar, but you also need instant recognition of how these chord progressions are built. To build up that speed you need a course like “Harmonic Analysis.” It’s one thing to slowly understand how chord progressions are built, but these concepts need to be second nature. “Harmonic Analysis” instills this in you by having you analyze all the same 36 chord progressions found in the Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One. So they are a great pair of books to work on at the same time.

Guitar Chord Progressions written as “notes only”

Below is an example of the Bb Blues in which you must read the “notes only” for the guitar chords. By having these “notes only” charts you see the exact chord voicings that Mr. Arnold used when making the MP3s. Keep in mind that there are multiple chords that could be used when reading a chart with chord symbols. These “notes only” charts are excellent example of good voice leading of guitar chords.


Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One also includes a music theory section to help you understand the basics but also help you understand how chords are built. It is written with extremely simple language as can be seen from the example below.

Music-Theory-Chord-Workbook-for-Guitar-V1-Bruce-Arnold-muse-eek, guitar chords, Chord Progressions

Yikes Music Theory!

And now for the 800lb gorilla in the room. How are your music theory skills? If your response is “Gee, it’s OK give me a minute and I can figure out what notes are in a chord.” “Give me a few more minutes and I’ll find some type of chord voicing on the guitar that probably works. Is that good enough?” Honestly, no it is not. Music is an art form but it is also a language and like any language in which you are attempting to communicate with others it needs to be fluent. How to you develop this fluency? You work through exercises that teach you the correct understanding of chord tones, available tensions, position of notes on the guitar fret board and voice leading. Chord Workbook for Guitar will give you all of that information, but it is crucial to master instantaneous music theory recognition.

Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One

That’s why Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One is the perfect companion for the Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One course. It has you work through 100 pages of exercises in order to ingrain music theory information and uniquely apply this directly to the guitar fret board. This is a “one of a kind” book.

A One of a Kind Book

There is no other book on the market like this book and it will be the equivalent of taking 2 years of music theory in college. Many of my students that want to attend music college work through this book and often advance place out of the 2 or 3 music theory course levels. You only need about 15 minutes a day for about 6 months and you can finish Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One and have a “Black Belt” in music theory. It should also be mentioned that there is the Music Theory Workbook for Guitar Volume One Video Course which has 130 videos to help you learn music theory as it applies to guitar chords. Sometimes that extra help is exactly what you need to understand crucial concepts or just give you another perspective.

What About the Scales to Play Over These Chord Progressions?

This is a common question we get about the Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One. The answer is our Scale Analysis book. Scale Analysis is really the Rosetta Stone of understanding how to think about scales and guitar chords relationships and how they relate to ear training. Remember, you want to learn to hear music, not just process it intellectually. Scale Analysis does this for you, and is hands down the most important book you could own to understand how to tie together chords, scales and ear training. Essential Scales is another book to consider. Essential Scales gives you 22 scales that are commonly used in the chord progressions found in the Chord Workbook for Guitar Volume One. There is also guitar fret board fingerings for each scale. If you are just starting out learning to play guitar and don’t have a lot of soloing experience the video below will provide you with some simple ideas to use when soloing.

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