The Guitar Wheel and supporting resources contain the whole functional harmony story.
Starting with the basics of learning our Chords in Key, then Key Transposition, then ALL our Chords and variations, to end with the method to explore and create your own leads, licks and riffs.
The Guitar Wheel will help you learn from other composers, getting inside their head so we can clearly see how they are constructing their music, all the way through to composing your own melodies and harmonies. There is something for everybody here, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced musicians.
The Guitar Wheel condenses years of music theory study, simplifies it and provides immediate access to these advanced techniques.
It is value packed and truly liberating!
The Guitar Wheel is not only a fantastic companion for the new and experienced musician but also an amazingly easy to use teaching and learning aid.
This complete package comes with everything you need to begin, continue and accelerate your guitar playing and understanding.
Suitable for all ages and stages of learning!
The Guitar Wheel is a fully functional, interactive and dynamic resource that contains the entire functional harmony story. The term functional harmony refers to the mechanism by which music works. This is the same method that musicians use to compose and write their music. So it would make sense for us to learn to play Guitar in the same way.
The Guitar Wheel has a rotating front cover, displaying the 7 In Key chords in the open window. The Key is set by locating the Root or starting note in the Number 1 position. The 3 chords displayed in the Outer Window shows the 3 In Key Major Chords. The Inner Window displays the 4 In Key Minor Chords. As the top cover is rotated, a new set of In Key Chords are displayed.
Each chord in the open window displays the finger position from the Nut (think black bar running vertically) with each note making up the chord being color coded so we know which finger is on which note. The notes on the Nut indicate the open strings are or can be played.
Using this method to learn our chords does numerous things at the same time. Learning our chords In Key brings our ear along for the ride, developing our Aural (hearing) skills as we go. If we start with the Key of C by locating the 1 Root on the C note, learn these 7 chords we have access to 100’s if not 1000’s of songs written in the Key of C.
Once we have a handle on these 7 chords, simply rotate the Guitar Wheel to the next Key “G” learn 2 new chords and an entirely new Key, giving us access to even more songs.
Not every song consists of Major and Minor Chords. The Guitar Wheel will help you find and play any chord or chord variation.
Transposing Key has never been easier with the Guitar Wheel too. Simply lock the Guitar Wheel into the Key of the original song, pay attention to the player order (the numbers next to the notes) of the songs, then rotate the top cover to your chosen key and play in the same order.
On the front cover of the Guitar Wheel you will also see the Key Signature window, which will tell you if the chords and either flat or sharp (Flattened or Sharpened Key). Below this you will see a color coded fret map displaying where all the notes are on your Guitar. The flat and sharp notes have been left out so the notes are easier and faster to find. With just a few minutes of practice with Musical Memory each note will “pop” here’s and example: A is Red, 1 Red Apple, now look at the fret map and you will be able to easily and quickly see all the Red (A) Notes.
The Rear of the Guitar Wheel contains some brief instructions to get you started. The Guitar Wheel – Owner’s Instruction Manual which has more detailed instructions is a FREE Download.
Guitar Users Guide to the Galaxy – (included)
Music is not just a universal language, it’s the language of the universe. There is something amazing that happens when you can speak that language!
This concise booklet contains the essential resources to explore your Guitar like never before.
From the first page the Guitar Users Guide to the Galaxy establishes the correct footings to begin learning your Guitar. Designed to be small reference, the Guitar Users Guide to the Galaxy can and will easy travel with you wherever you go.
This reference is called the Guitar Users Guide to the Galaxy as it provides all the essential resources for you to explore the outer reaches of the Guitar. From Beginner to Advanced.
The Users Guide includes:
- The Parts of our Guitar and what they are called.
- An Accelerated Memory Strategy to learn our Musical Alphabet.
- Interactive Chords, Scales and Key Chart.
- Comprehensive list of the more common guitar chords and where they are played.
- A handy reference to interface between the Music Staff, TAB and the Notes on our Guitar Fret board.
The front cover introduces the parts of the Guitar, so you can familiarize yourself with the most common terminology used to describe each part of the Guitar.
The second part of the front cover is an accelerated and advanced memory strategy to learn the Musical Alphabet. It may seem trivial to play a game like A is Red, 1 Appetizing Red Apple, but by using this technique, you will form multiple associations to the note A. That it’s number 1, it’s Red, there is a phonic associated with “A”pple, an image and when you play the A note (all of them) you also associate a sound.
Spending just a few minutes playing this memory game will dramatically improve and accelerate your recall of the Musical Alphabet. Using the numbers too, you will find that A is Red, 1 Red Apple and B is Orange, 3 Orange Bouncing Basket Balls, you may ask what happened to 2. Well, if A is 1 and B is 3 then A#/Bb is 2. There is no need to include the flats / sharps in this memory technique but it is a good idea to challenge yourself by ask things like, what is number 5? Have fun with this, make it bright and vibrant in your minds eye. Give it movement, drama and humor. :0)
Guitar Scales, Key, Chords and Modes Chart
This chart is truly remarkable, condensing years of Music Theory study in to a single and concise page. This reference is broken in to 3 main parts:
- The top section of the Chart (Black) shows the common names used to describe Scale Intervals, with Interval Names used often in Aural (ear) Training. The Interval Number is a simple chromatic count of the intervals from 1 through to 12, each reflecting one of the 12 notes in music. And Scale Degrees the most common method in music used to describe Major Scale Music Theory. All written chords in your sheet music use this Scale Degree counting method.
- In the blue section is our chord families, with each chord having it’s own spacing (degrees). The section shaded in grey next to this are the chord add-ons and include both the first and second octaves.
- The third (yellow) section are our Major Scales and their modes and the second part of this are the related Pentatonic Scales.
Using this chart is easier than it may first appear, as it is organized in a clear and lineal way, giving us the ability to find and play any chord, including their add-ons. The third part of the chart is what we use to find out which chords we can play and remain in Key and clearly shows the pivot points (modes) for all our leads licks and riffs.
The usage of this chart is described in greater detail in the Guitar Wheel – Owner’s Instruction Manual. The logic is very straight forward. Once you have a basic understanding of how to use this chart, you will be truly liberated to explore, play and create faster than ever before!
To set a basic expectation, you should expect to be able to use this chart within about 10 minutes, playing through all the possibility and variation can take a life time but that’s the fun of it. Once you have a basic handle of how this chart works with the Guitar Wheel (10 minutes) you will have saved yourself years of hard study and frustration, accelerating your playing and understanding in a way never seen before.
This chart and how it is presented in a clear and concise way is priceless!
Guitar Chords – Movable Chord Shapes
The Guitar Movable Chord Shapes Chart is another outstanding resource. It clearly lays out all the popular chord shapes for the Guitar. Using the Universal, Scale, Key and Chords Chart (above) you could figure these out for yourself, but sometimes we just want a handy reference to find a chord and keep playing. This chart gives you that!
But not only that, the Movable Guitar Chord Shapes Chart shows you where you can play these chords up and down you fret board. This chart also gives you 4 or more different shapes you can use to play each chord.
The chart includes the following chords for Guitar:
- Suspended 2nd (sus2)
- Minor (m)
- Minor 7th (m7)
- Major 6th (M6)
- Major (M)
- Dominant 7th (M7)
- Major 7th (Maj7)
- Suspended 4th (sus4)
- Diminished (dim)
Guitar Map – Notes, TAB and Staff
The Guitar Fret Map is yet another consolidating resource that bridges the understanding gap between the notes of the Guitar Fret board, TAB and the Music Staff.
Simple and concise you will be able to find any or all notes on your Guitar, see clearly how they relate to TAB and the connection to the Music Staff.
By using this resource no musical piece should be out of reach, just a matter of practice, practice and practice!
There is no other set of resources on the planet that consolidates and presents these fundamental Guitar skills in such a concise and straight forward way.
No need for thick Music Theory Books or Large Reference Manuals, just simple, smart, practical tools and resources to ACCELERATE your ability to play and understand music, not in years but minutes!