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Tom Serb

Tom Serb is a Chicago area guitarist who has been making music professionally since 1978. Over the course of the past twenty-five years he has managed to amuse himself by teaching, writing, performing, producing and composing. He is the author of Music Theory for Guitarists (NoteBoat, Inc., 2003), and a frequent contributor to the Guitar Noise forums.

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  1. Tom
    April 18th, 2012 @ 3:24 am

    I’ve spotted a couple of typos that sneaked in: in step 3, paragraph 4 the G major voicing should be (320003) and in paragraph 4 the D7 should be (x5453x); in step 6, the triangle symbol referenced in the text for Cmaj7 didn’t appear – but it does in the chord spelling chart, so just look there to see how it’s used.

  2. Peter
    May 2nd, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    WOW ! That is a PILE of info. Im 63, I dont think there is enough time left in my life, with my meagre brain function to learn it.
    But it sure is interesting ……..

  3. Arianna
    September 24th, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

    Hi! I’m new and I was wondering where do you put your put your fingers? I’m so confused!
    Sincerely~ A newb at playing guitar

  4. Vax Highy
    September 25th, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    I think that the most people just learn to play the guitar without any science because it is too time-consuming. However, sometimes this is beneficial to learn more about theories.

  5. Bobby Kittleberger
    March 26th, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    Dude, lots of info in this post. I’ve always thought that you could get by on a lot less chords, which is what people do most of the time. I’ve found that while I’ve learned a good many, there’s only about 15-20 chords that I use with regularity. That obviously depends on genre as well.

    Anyways, great post.

  6. Dan
    February 9th, 2015 @ 12:47 pm

    Something that has confused me awhile is this, when I see the chord C9, I make the major chord C. 135 which is ceg. I then add the 9 interval which is d. Then when I look up the chord to see if I was correct, I see there’s another note that I missed which wasn’t in the chord name. I see it o this chart as well. Why is this? I would greatly appreciate any information on this. Btw, this added note i missed in constructing this chord is a flattened 7th