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Three New Books!

Tetrachords for Guitar (also Bass & Flute): A Thesaurus of Four-Note Patterns for Improvisers & Composers

Tetrachords, or four-note patterns, offer various advantages over scalar or modal approaches to improvising and composing melodies through chord changes. 

A tetrachord-based linear approach is indispensable for navigating modern improvisational styles due to the general complexity, challenging tempos, and fast-moving harmonic rhythms involved.

Tetrachords: A Thesaurus of Four-Note Patterns for Improvisers & Composers, a comprehensive 219-page resource, offers clear solutions and stimulates creativity through:

  • An introduction to using four-note patterns (tetrachords) for melodic improvisation in the style of John Coltrane
  • A highly-organized 24-day practice plan for mastering 144 of the most common tetrachord permutations, in every key, and across the entire range of the instrument
  • Four etudes based on John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps” and “26-2” chord progressions
  • Advice on tetrachord-based melodic improvisation, including detailed resources for creating variations in rhythm and contour
  • The book’s six appendices include comprehensive lists of all of the tetrachords possible within the altered and chromatic scales, as well as suggestions for applying tetrachords to extended harmony and “upper-structures.” 
  • (Please note: this book does not include TAB; it is presented in standard notation only.)

Price: $21.99

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Two New Books!

Three & Four-Note Chord Compendiums: Permutation-Based Harmony Workbooks for Guitarists

I’m excited to announce the publication of two new books, both available worldwide on Amazon.com!

Three & Four-Note Chord Compendiums: Permutation-Based Harmony Workbooks for Guitarists

The Four-Note Chord Compendium is the first mathematically-complete book on four-part guitar harmony ever published. 

Nearly 400 pages in length, it contains 5,535 unique chord forms for analysis and exploration: every possible combination of four notes on the instrument.

Also included: suggestions for fingerings, practice approach, and harmonic analysis.

An all-encompassing encyclopedic text, and an essential part of every guitarist’s reference library, this permutation-based workbook will enable you to:

  • Explore all of the possibilities for four-part harmony on the guitar
  • Develop a personal harmonic language through the discovery of unique chord voicings and harmonies
  • Improve analytical skills
  • Expand your harmonic palette exponentially
  • Reinforce your current knowledge base by the comprehensive review of four-note chords and arpeggios

Price: $29.99

Available exclusively from Amazon.com. Please click here to view samples and purchase on Amazon.com


The Three-Note Chord Compendium is the first mathematically-complete book on three-part guitar harmony ever published. 

Over 150 pages in length, it contains 1,820 unique chord forms for analysis and exploration: every possible combination of three notes on the instrument.

Also included: suggestions for fingerings, practice approach, and harmonic analysis.

An all-encompassing encyclopedic text, and an essential part of every guitarist’s reference library, this permutation-based workbook will enable you to:

  • Explore all of the possibilities for three-part harmony on the guitar
  • Develop a personal harmonic language through the discovery of unique chord voicings and harmonies
  • Improve analytical skills
  • Expand your harmonic palette exponentially
  • Reinforce your current knowledge base by the comprehensive review of three-note chords and arpeggios

Price: $19.99

Available exclusively from Amazon.com. Please click here to view samples and purchase on Amazon.com

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New Publication

I’m very excited to announce the publication of my new book on drop chord voicings!

THE DROP VOICING BOOK FOR GUITAR: A Complete Guide to Drop 2, Drop 3, Drop 2&3 and Drop 2&4 Chord Voicings & Inversions

“A superb piece of work, which deserves ample success and lasting impact.” – Ricardo Iznaola 

THE DROP VOICING BOOK FOR GUITAR is a comprehensive text covering the logic behind “drop” voicings and their application to harmonic progressions and voice-leading. This ground-breaking resource investigates/includes:

  • How “drop” voicings are formed, and their application to the guitar
  • Four types of drop voicings on nine string sets
  • The art of spacing or voicing chords
  • Six “core” 6th & 7th chord qualities 
  • How to derive voicings from elemental forms
  • How to move beyond mere memorization and recitation of shapes and voice-lead harmonic textures spontaneously
  • Nine comprehensive studies on the Autumn Leaves chord progression 
  • Reductive techniques to tailor density & register to ensemble/context
  • Using chordal knowledge to improvise harmonically-specific melodies
  • Harmonizing melodies: “chord-melody” playing
  • Extended tertian harmony
  • Substitution & superimposition theory and techniques
  • Alteration techniques to create an enormous palette of additional chord qualities
  • Free audio downloads
  • TAB, standard notation, diagrams, and comprehensive charts for practice and reference

Price: $21.99

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