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Recommended Reading

Music Theory: From Beginner to Expert

This is one of the better music theory books I’ve read. While it isn’t specific to guitar (or any other instrument for that matter), the concepts are clear and easy to apply to the guitar.

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Guitar Theory for Dummies

For those who are just getting started with guitar theory, this is the perfect intro book. It’s super easy to understand, includes great diagrams, and hits on the fundamentals and core concepts of guitar theory.

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Connecting Pentatonic Patterns

This is a great book for learning how to use all positions of the pentatonic scale and adding licks to your library.

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Music Theory for Guitarists: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask

I put this book third on the list behind Guitar Theory for Dummies and Music Theory: From Beginner to Expert in terms of general guitar theory.  Still a worthy read as it offers up different perspectives and explanations.

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Fretboard Freedom

This is an excellent book for learning how to adapt licks all across the fretboard, but I don’t recommend it for the very beginner.  If you’ve learned the basics, use this book to greatly expand on that foundation and open up the fretboard.

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The Chord Wheel: The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians

A great reference guide for understanding what chords are part of a given key.

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Guitar Exercises: 10x Guitar Skills in 10 Minutes a Day: An Arsenal of 100+ Exercises for All Areas

This is a great book of guitar exercises!  These exercises develop everything from picking technique, to hammer-on/pull-offs, rhythm sequences and more.

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Guitarist’s Guide to Scales Over Chords: The Foundation of Melodic Soloing

Another book that’s more appropriate for those who have an understanding of major and minor scales.  This book explores different approaches to playing scales over chord progressions and why certain scales work better than others in a given situation.

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Guitar Fretboard Fluency: Master Creative Guitar Soloing, Intervals, Scale Patterns and Sequences

Excellent resource for expanding your understanding of scale patterns and sequences.  This book is better suited for those who are already familiar with major/minor scale patterns.

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