In addition to my own self-published guitar series, Fretboard Theory, I have authored a book for the world-renowned For Dummies series (a Wiley brand) titled Guitar Theory For Dummies. Because I’m not the publisher of this title, I don’t control distribution, pricing and sales. Instead, this title is sold in bookstores around the world, at various online retailers including Amazon.com, and in various digital formats.
Like Fretboard Theory, Guitar Theory For Dummies teaches music theory for guitar in a practical, hands-on fashion that emphasizes the guitar fretboard and popular music. You work with important components of music including scales, chords, progressions modes and more. You learn how music works and how different elements of music go together to make something great. All the material centers on popular song references so that you have something familiar to connect the information to. You learn the inside secrets to songs by The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, Dave Matthews, John Mayer and more. You develop a better understanding of the music you listen to and play, plus improve your compositional and improvisational skills. The book also features bonus online articles, audio tracks, and video clips.
Here’s a video trailer for the book:
“What’s the difference between Fretboard Theory and Guitar Theory For Dummies?”
Guitar Theory For Dummies is basically a condensed rewrite of the Fretboard Theory series. If you’re on a budget, get the Guitar Theory For Dummies book. It includes some online audio and video clips. If you want more than that, get the Fretboard Theory books and follow the instructions to use them together with their online resources. If you want the most comprehensive instruction, get the Fretboard Theory video series.
If you have already started one book, finish it before you consider getting the other. The other will cover most of the same information anyway, so you don’t really need it unless you think a refresher course from a slightly different perspective will be helpful. (I’m talking about Guitar Theory For Dummies versus Fretboard Theory Volumes I and II.)
Whether you have read Guitar Theory For Dummies or Fretboard Theory, you can still benefit greatly from the Fretboard Theory video series because it includes over 30 hours of instruction that allows you to see and hear everything in action, which is something a book can’t do. There are lots of added resources that accompany the video instruction and I throw in complete Fretboard Theory PDF eBooks as well.
Fretboard Theory Video Instruction
Regardless of which book you read, you want to check out the 33 hours of Fretboard Theory video instruction on this website and its over 20 video courses and over 150 video lessons teaching on topics related to theory, scales, chords, progressions, modes, and more. It’s a perfect compliment to either book.
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Hailed as a “music-theory expert” by Rolling Stone magazine, guitarist Desi Serna is a music instructor and author who has written several books on guitar including Fretboard Theory, Fretboard Theory Volume II, Guitar Theory For Dummies, Guitar Rhythm and Technique For Dummies, and How To Teach Guitar and Start Your Own Music Instruction Business. He is known for his practical, hands-on approach to music teaching, with a focus on the guitar fretboard and emphasis on popular songs. Desi honed his craft through decades of teaching, performing, and publishing. He lives in the Nashville, Tennessee area, produces all the instruction featured in the GMT member area, and is online everyday connecting with his subscribers and giving guitar players personalized training and support.