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Guitar Chord Master 1: Basic Chords

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Master the skills you need to strum your favorite songs.

When we first begin playing guitar, most of us start out fussing around with chord charts and chord books. But chord charts don’t show you how to make music. And most chord books are only reference guides. Other methods either teach too many chords at once or don’t teach them systematically, leaving us scratching our heads as we try to figure out how to make the music happen.

Build the skills you need to play hundreds of songs

With step-by-step lessons and practice exercises, you’ll master chords in a progressive manner, starting with the easiest and most common. Along the way, you’ll build finger strength and dexterity to grab those chords with increasing confidence. Plus, you’ll learn common chord progressions and strum patterns that will prepare you to play the songs you love.

A Unique Approach that Builds Rhythm Guitar Skills Faster

Guitar Chord Master is the only method book series dedicated to mastering rhythm guitar. This means that it focuses exclusively on chords and strum patterns. Use it to teach yourself or in your private lessons. There are ample practice exercises and review sections throughout the book so you’ll never be left scratching your head or feeling rushed along.

Great for adult beginners and teens

Whether you’re just starting out on guitar or have been noodling around for years, Guitar Chord Master 1 will give you the foundation you need to strum the songs you love. 

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Loved it.

This is a really good book for learning your first chords on guitar. The exercises are a amazingly helpful in getting the chords into your hands and your head. I’m finding this book very useful and fun too. I recommend it for any beginner.

— R&M Sherman, Amazon Reviewer

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Learn with pictures and explanation.

Very good for average beginner.

— Lorraine & Richard, Amazon Reviewer

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Guitar Chord Master 1 from The Missing Method for Guitar

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The Missing Method books were born out of the need for guitar method books that simply didn't exist. We don't replicate what is already working well. We strive to create something new to help you become a better guitar player.


Each book is designed progressively to take you through each lesson a step at a time. Whether you decide to use our books with an instructor or go it alone, you we've got you covered.


When we say mastery, we mean it. Each book features enough exercises and sample songs to offer variety and cement your skills.


A BA in Jazz Studies, a Master's Degree in Education, and over 20 years teaching guitar students of all ages means we can stand behind our material 100%.

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