Bach's language

In about 1722 J. S. Bach wrote a series of preludes and fugues which explored the possibilities of what was then a relatively new system of tuning: "Equal Temperament".

This new system enabled music to wander freely from key to key, in effect expanding the story telling ability of western music.

J.S. Bach

The collection explores all the keys, major and minor, and is still revered and studied today as a master treatise on harmony, counterpoint and melodic invention.

Prelude 1 is in C major, and has the simplest texture of the entire set, consisting of rippling arpeggios in a steady rhythm. The melody is implied by the upper voice, which is also syncopated by nature of it's place in the figure. This is "syncopation without really trying"!

The piece lays pretty well on the guitar, which gives some insight into the wisdom of the standard tuning of this instrument.

Interestingly the piece forms a fantastic "5 finger exercise" for the right hand. Did Bach intend this? I don't know. He was familiar with the lute, so, maybe?

The purpose of this book is help guitarists benefit from insight into the mind of one of music's indisputable giants, and to add this very popular piece to their repertoire.

Bach's Guitar: Master Chords and unlock your Right Hand

Read a free sample or buy it at : or on Amazon Kindle.

This is the second book in my series: "The Whole Guitarist: Let's play Music!".

Tune your Guitar like a Pro!

'Tune your Guitar like a Pro!' is a free ebook.

There is a huge difference between the way an amateur and a professional tunes their instrument. This book will show you the simple and quick way professionals tune up.

The book is very short, the instructions only run to about 2 pages and there are a few more pages explaining why it is so important to be able to tune quickly, accurately and quietly.

Tune your Guitar like a Pro! - a free ebook.

Who is the book for?

  1. Acoustic and electric players
  2. All styles of player, from country to classical, from baroque to rock.
  3. Amateur guitarists who want to play better and perform.
  4. Teachers who want focussed resources for their students.
  5. Professional guitarists who want to clarify and develop their skill sets.

Get the book for free from:
Smashwords - in pdf, epub and mobi(kindle) format.
Smashwords - in pdf, epub and mobi(kindle) format.
Angus & Robertson Bookworld in Australia - they seem to have removed all of my books. Not supporting Australian authors I guess.
Apple | iTunes
Barnes & Noble
Feltrinelli in Italy
FNAC (France & Portugal)
Indigo in Canada
Livraria Cultura (Brazil). The product page is there, but it says "book unavailable". Possibly only available in certain regions.
Almost free: Amazon Kindle - not free. 99c is the lowest price I can list the book at Amazon.

Why barre chords are (often) not taught well

Barre Chords are also the reason most people (wisely) give up on the guitar after about 6 months playing.

This book took over 40 years to write! Or to be more accurate, it took me over 40 years of playing the guitar to get a conscious inventory of the barre chord technique, something I had learned within a few months of starting the guitar.

Why should that be so? Aren't barre chords an essential part of guitar technique? Yes, they certainly are. And they are also the reason most people (wisely) give up on the instrument after about 6 months.

So why hasn't the barre chord been analysed successfully and documented from here to eternity? Because by the time our teacher becomes an author, or even a 'presenter' on Youtube, that process of mastering the barre has been well and truly lost in the mists of time.

A process of natural selection.

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