All About Chords by Elvo S. D’Amante. Comprehensive book that helps you to quickly understand chordal structures, the in-depth essentials of chord progressions, and how chords and progressions work. Clearly explains why a chord is named, for example, Cm7(b5), and what notes comprise it. Also solves the mystery of the chord “number system” and explains how to identify chord progressions with numbers, e.g. “I-vi-ii-V” or “one-six-two-five.” This second edition is completely updated with additional materials added.


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Whether you’re a young, promising musician, an amateur, or professional musician working in the field, this practical guide for understanding chords will help insure musical literacy and the pursuit of musical excellence. Develops understanding of triads, 7th chords and extensions (9ths,11ths, and 13s)

Learn about all types of chords and how they’re made: major, minor, diminished, and augmented triads, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, and more!

Improve your ear training skills with special drills and exercises…

Use creative studies to strengthen and develop the understanding of chord theory…

Use keyboard and theory drills to improve your skills of musical analysis…

Learn how chords fit together and gain valuable insights into chord progressions…

What other readers have to say about this book:

  • “A logically arranged format and chock-full of solid, concise ,and meaningful materials on chords.”
  • “I like it!”
  • “Really explains your ability to hear and understand chords through very creative exercises.”
  • “Great suggestions and exercises for getting valuable insight into chord progressions.”
  • “My kind of book.”

You may also be interested in this author’s series on Ear Training.

Elvo S. D’Amante is the former Department Chairman of Music at Laney Community College and the author of other fine books on music theory, including Music Fundamentals published by Ardsley House Publishers of New York and the very successful Ear Training Vol. I-III.

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All About Chords

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