Learning Guitar with Don Comanda

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Don Comanda, a dedicated music teacher and author, has written a series of books that cover different aspects of the learning how to play the guitar (six- and twelve-string) and the bass guitar. Each book has been tested with Don's many students. The material is presented in such a way that students have a clear understanding of the instruction and the explanations.

A graduate of the Harnett National Music School, Don teaches classes in schools throughout the New York area, instructing everyone from children as young as age five all the way through to young adults and seniors. He also gives seminars for both music teachers and non-music teachers alike.

Don owned and operated his own guitar studio for more than forty years in Brooklyn, New York.

Don Comanda, a dedicated music teacher and author, has written a series of books that cover different aspects of the learning how to play the guitar (six- and twelve-string) and the bass guitar. Each book has been tested with Don's many students. The material is presented in such a way that students have a clear understanding of the instruction and the explanations.

A graduate of the Harnett National Music School, Don teaches classes in schools throughout the New York area, instructing everyone from children as young as age five all the way through to young adults and seniors. He also gives seminars for both music teachers and non-music teachers alike.

Don owned and operated his own guitar studio for more than forty years in Brooklyn, New York.

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Music Theory for Ev'ryone

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-986-8

Order code: 9868

Price: $10.00

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Don Comada, a dedicated music teacher, is always seeking the simplest ways to teach music theory and practice. In this book, he has put together a complete course on major scale and chord construction. This presentation of scales and chords is surprisingly easy to understand, and yet it is given in proper music form and can be used in music theory classes, as well as for individual self-instruction. Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to build all major scales and all chords, both standard and altered.

Don Comada, a dedicated music teacher, is always seeking the simplest ways to teach music theory and practice. In this book, he has put together a complete course on major scale and chord construction. This presentation of scales and chords is surprisingly easy to understand, and yet it is given in proper music form and can be used in music theory classes, as well as for individual self-instruction. Upon completion of this course, students will understand and be able to build all major scales and all chords, both standard and altered.

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1,000+ Chords for the Guitar

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-990-5

Order code: 9905

Price: $10.00

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This book contains more than 1,000 chords for the guitar. Most of the chords are those that can be fingered easily. Although this book avoids the more difficult chords, it covers elementary, advanced, and altered chords. Each chord is shown in three different positions, offering a choice of formations (voicings).

Students should not be confused by similarly fingered chords with different names. This is due to the harmonic structure of each chord, which can be understood by a knowledge of the theory of chord construction.

Some progressions and a method for transposing (changing keys) are included. The transposing chart will enable students to change the key of a song. (Changing a key becomes necessary when a song is too high or too low for the singer's voice.) The progressions will show students some of the ways in which chords are used in songs. 

This book contains more than 1,000 chords for the guitar. Most of the chords are those that can be fingered easily. Although this book avoids the more difficult chords, it covers elementary, advanced, and altered chords. Each chord is shown in three different positions, offering a choice of formations (voicings).

Students should not be confused by similarly fingered chords with different names. This is due to the harmonic structure of each chord, which can be understood by a knowledge of the theory of chord construction.

Some progressions and a method for transposing (changing keys) are included. The transposing chart will enable students to change the key of a song. (Changing a key becomes necessary when a song is too high or too low for the singer's voice.) The progressions will show students some of the ways in which chords are used in songs. 

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12,000 Plus Chords for the Guitar

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-3767

Order code: 3767

Price: $20.00

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How many chords are there?  There may not be an answer to this question. A change of one finger will change the name of a chord. One formation may be called by two or more names. A chord may be played in as many as fifty or more formations. Where, then, does it end?

It would be impossible for someone to remember every form of every chord. Therefore, the chords should be learned as the need for them arises. Students can choose one form of each of the most commonly used chords and begin a gradual memorization of these forms.

There are many forms of the same chord in this book. Students should look at different forms of the same chord and choose the one which best lends itself to their accompaniments and that allows for a progressive, flowing sound. Students can also learn to use two or more forms of the same chord, one after the other, so that the voicing is changed and a different sound is achieved.

With enough practice, students' chords will flow smoothly, and their rhythm accompaniments will sound better. The book includes chords that are used in the modern music of today in rock, folk, and other music genres, as well as the chords that have been used in years past that are still being used today.

How many chords are there?  There may not be an answer to this question. A change of one finger will change the name of a chord. One formation may be called by two or more names. A chord may be played in as many as fifty or more formations. Where, then, does it end?

It would be impossible for someone to remember every form of every chord. Therefore, the chords should be learned as the need for them arises. Students can choose one form of each of the most commonly used chords and begin a gradual memorization of these forms.

There are many forms of the same chord in this book. Students should look at different forms of the same chord and choose the one which best lends itself to their accompaniments and that allows for a progressive, flowing sound. Students can also learn to use two or more forms of the same chord, one after the other, so that the voicing is changed and a different sound is achieved.

With enough practice, students' chords will flow smoothly, and their rhythm accompaniments will sound better. The book includes chords that are used in the modern music of today in rock, folk, and other music genres, as well as the chords that have been used in years past that are still being used today.

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Movable Chords for the Guitar

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-991-2

Order code: 9912

Price: $10.00

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This book was designed to teach students those chord forms that originate in the first fret and can be moved up the fingerboard. It also includes a section that shows chords in frets other than the first in order to offer a more complete presentation of chords. The two groups total 34 different chords in each key for students who want to advance their abilities on the guitar.

This book was designed to teach students those chord forms that originate in the first fret and can be moved up the fingerboard. It also includes a section that shows chords in frets other than the first in order to offer a more complete presentation of chords. The two groups total 34 different chords in each key for students who want to advance their abilities on the guitar.

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Barre Chords for the Guitar

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-988-2

Order code: 9882

Price: $10.00

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A barre chord is a type of chord on a guitar that the musician plays by using one or more fingers to press down multiple strings across a single fret of the fingerboard. This book features more than 1,700 chords. Barre chords are shown throughout, except in cases in which a barre chord would give too “thick” a sound. The book also includes a quick reference section that shows major, minor, and dominant seventh chords. Similarly fingered chords appear with different names; this is due to the harmonic structure of the chords, which can be understood when students gain knowledge of the theory of chord construction.

A barre chord is a type of chord on a guitar that the musician plays by using one or more fingers to press down multiple strings across a single fret of the fingerboard. This book features more than 1,700 chords. Barre chords are shown throughout, except in cases in which a barre chord would give too “thick” a sound. The book also includes a quick reference section that shows major, minor, and dominant seventh chords. Similarly fingered chords appear with different names; this is due to the harmonic structure of the chords, which can be understood when students gain knowledge of the theory of chord construction.

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Lead for the Guitar

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-989-9

Order code: 9899

Price: $10.00

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Lead (otherwise know as improvising) is the spontaneous creation of a rhythmic, melodic line for a group of given chords (a progression), usually taken from a known song or a blues progression. It is a way of conveying the musician's feelings to the audience through an instrument.

Lead can be taught only to a certain degree. A successful lead depends on the talent and creative ability of the individual, once sufficient knowledge of it is accumulated. Students, however, must have a foundation on which to base their improvising. The first step in this groundwork is a run. A run is a group of notes that blend with a particular chord or chords. All runs must be memorized so that they can be played in any position of the fingerboard.

In this book, the lead is laid out step by step. With practice, students will begin to get a melodic—and professional—sound in their lead, and they will do so in a surprisingly short amount of time. This progressive way of teaching lead guitar has proven successful with many students and is the most direct approach to learning lead guitar today.

Lead (otherwise know as improvising) is the spontaneous creation of a rhythmic, melodic line for a group of given chords (a progression), usually taken from a known song or a blues progression. It is a way of conveying the musician's feelings to the audience through an instrument.

Lead can be taught only to a certain degree. A successful lead depends on the talent and creative ability of the individual, once sufficient knowledge of it is accumulated. Students, however, must have a foundation on which to base their improvising. The first step in this groundwork is a run. A run is a group of notes that blend with a particular chord or chords. All runs must be memorized so that they can be played in any position of the fingerboard.

In this book, the lead is laid out step by step. With practice, students will begin to get a melodic—and professional—sound in their lead, and they will do so in a surprisingly short amount of time. This progressive way of teaching lead guitar has proven successful with many students and is the most direct approach to learning lead guitar today.

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Bass Guitar

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-987-5

Order code: 9875

Price: $10.00

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This book teaches students how to play the bass guitar. This is not a method but rather a layout from which bass guitarists can increase their knowledge of the instrument. It is designed to teach IV and triad patterns as simply as possible so that students can apply these patterns to create a bass line while reading directly from a lead sheet or similarly arranged music. Note names, note spelling of the triads, key signatures, and movable scales are also covered. 

This book is ideal for those who play six-string guitar and wish to learn a second instrument. It can also be used by bass players who play “stand up” bass in helping them learn the IV, triad, and scale patterns.

This book teaches students how to play the bass guitar. This is not a method but rather a layout from which bass guitarists can increase their knowledge of the instrument. It is designed to teach IV and triad patterns as simply as possible so that students can apply these patterns to create a bass line while reading directly from a lead sheet or similarly arranged music. Note names, note spelling of the triads, key signatures, and movable scales are also covered. 

This book is ideal for those who play six-string guitar and wish to learn a second instrument. It can also be used by bass players who play “stand up” bass in helping them learn the IV, triad, and scale patterns.

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Group Study for the Guitar and Self: 1st Phase

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: ISBN: 978-0-88092-99

Order code: 9929

Price: $10.00

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For many years, teachers of privately owned music studios and those who are employed in schools throughout the country have been in need of a method designed for group teaching the guitar. This book fulfills that need. 

The ideas employed in the book were tested with students from public schools, private schools, and summer camps. The students ranged in age from seven years to adults. This method was used with success at all age levels and encouraged many students to go on to advanced, private study. The lessons are geared so that they may be paced according to the age and/or ability of the students in the class.

The melodies for the songs used are included in the back section of the book for students who may be unfamiliar with them. This will ensure proper singing with the chords. The method teaches notes, rhythms, and chords with accompaniment styles, which gives the students a comprehensive coverage of the guitar.

The book stresses the importance of practice. Smoothness and continuity come only with practice, and students should not expect to accomplish these during a single lesson. However, with dedicated effort, students will be rewarded with an increase in their skill level.

For many years, teachers of privately owned music studios and those who are employed in schools throughout the country have been in need of a method designed for group teaching the guitar. This book fulfills that need. 

The ideas employed in the book were tested with students from public schools, private schools, and summer camps. The students ranged in age from seven years to adults. This method was used with success at all age levels and encouraged many students to go on to advanced, private study. The lessons are geared so that they may be paced according to the age and/or ability of the students in the class.

The melodies for the songs used are included in the back section of the book for students who may be unfamiliar with them. This will ensure proper singing with the chords. The method teaches notes, rhythms, and chords with accompaniment styles, which gives the students a comprehensive coverage of the guitar.

The book stresses the importance of practice. Smoothness and continuity come only with practice, and students should not expect to accomplish these during a single lesson. However, with dedicated effort, students will be rewarded with an increase in their skill level.

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Group Study for the Guitar and Self: 2nd Phase

Author: Comanda, Don

Subjects: Music

ISBN: 978-0-88092-993-6

Order code: 9936

Price: $10.00

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This book offers the second phase of Don Comanda's Group Study for the Guitar and is a direct continuation of the first phase. It contains strums, finger picking techniques, rhythms, and chords, all of which are thoroughly explained. Chord progressions, chord families, bass runs, key signatures, scales, and transposing are also explained and applied to give students a solid foundation of knowledge about playing the guitar.

As with the first phase, the methods in this book were successfully tested using students of all age levels. The book will encourage many students to continue their study of the guitar with further private instruction.

This book offers the second phase of Don Comanda's Group Study for the Guitar and is a direct continuation of the first phase. It contains strums, finger picking techniques, rhythms, and chords, all of which are thoroughly explained. Chord progressions, chord families, bass runs, key signatures, scales, and transposing are also explained and applied to give students a solid foundation of knowledge about playing the guitar.

As with the first phase, the methods in this book were successfully tested using students of all age levels. The book will encourage many students to continue their study of the guitar with further private instruction.

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