Tom Principato’s Chord Book - from the HAL LEONARD Corporation

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 Here Tom tells the story behind this unique book.

I first became aware of open-string chords through the music of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis in the mid 1960's. Later in the 1970's, I heard Lenny Breau using much "jazzier" and extended open-string voicings in his music. This intrigued me enough in 1978 to begin this book. I was well into it when I performed a show at the Cellar Door nightclub in Washington, D.C. with Danny Gatton, Buddy Emmons, and Lenny Breau in April of 1979. In fact, that night in April, Lenny Breau and I had a discussion about open-string guitar chords--I even gave him a sampler sheet of some of the more interesting open-string chords I had compiled up to that point. Even though Lenny and I did not have any further discussion about open-string chords, I noticed he did a series of columns in Guitar Player magazine on this subject from November 1981 to January 1982.

An increasingly busy schedule throughout the 1980's, and the realization that this book would be a considerably larger undertaking than first imagined, slowed down progress for quite a while. But I always kept a near-finished rough draft for use and reference, and every time I discovered another good open-string voicing, I'd add it. Finally, nearly 20 years after it was started, this book was finished in 1997.

Encompassing over 4,000 chord voicings, I know my guitarist friends will find it a valuable reference whenever something special or different is needed for a particular musical situation. I truly hope it opens some creatiive new doors for you.


  Andy Ellis reviews "Open String Guitar Chords" for GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE

Tom Principato's Open String Guitar Chords should provide even the most dedicated pickers with months of inspiration. Arranged as a chord dictionary, the book moves through all 12 keys. But here the similarity ends: typical chord dictionaries repeat the same voicings up the neck---with these books, it doesn't take long to figure out that the same voicing appears 12 times--once in each key. By contrast, the grips in Open String Guitar Chords vary from key to key. Open String Guitar Chords offers a creative and free-from path to harmonic enlightenment. If you write music, you'll find lots of inspiration for fresh sounding progressions.

 

 

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