Chord Master: How to Choose and Play the Right Guitar Chords

Updated Edition boasts more chord-changing examples, audio tracks, and new material on chord voicings and more

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Chord Master is the ultimate guitar chord encyclopedia – and a lot more. Written and compiled by Rikky Rooksby, author of Backbeat’s successful songwriting books, including How To Write Songs on Guitar, Chord Master takes a fresh look at those familiar fingerboard diagrams and the sounds they represent. He explains how chords are constructed, how they relate to each other, and how they work together to create memorable sequences and songs.

New in this edition:

  • Chord-changing for beginners, with the help of 20 new audio tracks

  • Chord voicings and how they can work for you

  • A handy guide to the 40 most useful chord shapes

  • Experimenting with chords in an altered tuning

Unlike a traditional chord dictionary – a simple catalogue of guitar fingerboard diagrams – Chord Master explains the various chord types, shows why they sound the way they do, and illustrates how they can enhance your music. It helps you find chords, play them securely, and move smoothly between them.

Included are are more than 1,000 diagrams for open and movable chords, grouped according to key, type, and musical style. The book answers common chord questions, unlocks the chord secrets of famous songs, and gives you online access to 40 backing tracks that demonstrate how chords work in a sequence.

Chord Master helps beginners and accomplished guitarists, regardless of their preferred style of music, identify the chords in a particular piece of music, and the book provides inspiration for songwriting and arrangements.

Chord Master

$24.99 (US)

Inventory #HL 00137903, ISBN: 9781495001512

Width: 8.5", Length: 11.0", 160 pages

About the Author:

Rikky Rooksby is a guitar teacher, songwriter/composer, and writer on popular music. He is the author of many Backbeat titles, such as How to Write Songs On Guitar, Inside Classic Rock Tracks, Riffs, The Songwriting Sourcebook, Melody, How to Write Songs on Keyboards, Lyrics, Arranging Songs, How to Write Songs in Altered Guitar Tunings, and Songs And Solos.

He also transcribed and arranged numerous chord songbooks, covering artists who include Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, The Stone Roses, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Travis, The Darkness, and The Beatles. He has written articles on rock musicians for the new Oxford Dictionary Of National Biography (OUP), and published interviews, reviews, articles, and transcriptions in many UK music magazines. Visit his website at and hear his music at

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