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.”
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)
- Provides chord sets for ear-training drills and exercises
- Contains creative study questions to strengthen and develop understanding
- Includes studies in musical analysis through theory and keyboard drills
- Presents valuable insights on chordal progressions.
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.