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PHILIPPE BARNES - Modern Chord Progressions For DADGAD Guitar 

PHILIPPE BARNES - Modern Chord Progressions For DADGAD Guitar 
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In the introduction to this great little book the author says that he “...always found chord books to be pointlessly comprehensive...” and that he finds it better to “...have a few usable voicing and progressions you can add to rather than a sea of options with no map.” I agree.

Philippe has achieved exactly what he set out to do. Over many years I have dabbled with DADGAD tuning; I’ve made some nice sounds; I’ve even written some songs using the tuning. But I never really got to make full use of it. Maybe you have had the experience of playing in a session where you have encountered other musicians playing a key or progression you can’t handle in DADGAD. This book is definitely for you. It comprises a full range of progressions and strumming patterns you can use in most situations. That’s it. Nothing more or less. It’s not particularly a book for beginners. Some music theory will help you along here and there, but with patience and application even a relative novice can get a huge amount from this book. Surprisingly, the author has a deserved reputation as a flautist and piper but that doesn’t matter here. This isn’t a book for the fireside and a drink. It’s a tool to be used in the real world. I wish I had it years ago. Very highly recommended indeed.

Philip Thomas


This review appeared in Issue 136 of The Living Tradition magazine