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Guitar for Songwriters by Leo Cavanagh

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Introduction

The guitar has long been a favorite instrument for songwriters—portable, easy to get started on, not too loud for late-night composing, and of course great-sounding. It sounds intimate and personal accompanying a singer by itself, or it can scream and really kick a band into high gear. But the guitar can also severely limit your songwriting if you don’t truly explore what it has to offer. This book is intended to help you expand your use of the guitar as a songwriter.

The basic chords—major, minor, and seventh in good guitar keys—are the first thing you’ll want to learn. Before playing up the neck and playing in more difficult keys, get solid with the basics. Chapter 1 starts with the basics.

Groups of chords often appear together ...

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