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With So Many Chords to Learn, Where Do You Start?

When we first begin playing guitar, most of us start out fussing around with chord charts and chord books. But chord charts don’t show you how to make music. And most chord books are only reference guides. Others either teach too many chords at once or don’t teach them systematically, leaving us scratching our heads as we try to figure out how to make the music happen. But it doesn't have to be that hard...

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Master Basic Chords

You'll learn to play the most commonly used guitar chords, such as major, minor, dominant sevenths, and more.

Cement Your Skills

It's not memorization; it's mastery. With over 100 practice exercises, you'll gain confidence and be able to learn countless popular songs easier.

Learn the Most Common Strum Patterns

Learn basic strum patterns that include whole note, half note, quarter note, and eighth note strumming patterns, along with plenty of variations.

Explore Barre Chords & Suspended Chords

There is more to guitar than just major and minor chords. Expand your chord vocabulary with suspended chords, and conquer intermediate techniques like barre chords.

Everything you Need

to Start Playing Chords

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The Missing Method Difference


The Missing Method books were born out of the need for guitar method books that simply didn't exist. We don't replicate what is already working well. We strive to create something new to help you become a better guitar player.

Step-by-Step Instruction

Each book is designed progressively to take you through each lesson a step at a time. Whether you decide to use our books with an instructor or go it alone, you we've got you covered.


Each Missing Method book is focused on one particular skill or technique, so we can go into depth on each topic. Our books not only make great instructional tools, but they also make handy reference guides to refer back to when you need a refresher.

Ample Practice

When we say mastery, we mean it. Each book features enough exercises and sample songs to offer variety and cement your skills.

Professional Expertise

A BA in Jazz Studies, a Master's Degree in Education, and over 20 years teaching guitar students of all ages means we can stand behind our material 100%.

Personal Touch

We're not a giant corporation, and we don't aspire to be. We're a married couple, doing what we love. When you buy our books, you support a small business. And when you offer suggestions, we listen. Please keep in touch. We want to hear from you.

The Missing Method for Guitar Book and Sample Pages by Christian and Amy Triola

Guitar Chord Master 1

This first book in the series gives you everything you need to master basic chords: easy-to-follow instructions, illustrations, and diagrams; common strum patterns; example songs; and plenty of practice exercises. Whether you’re just starting on guitar or have been noodling around for years, Guitar Chord Master 1 will give you the foundation you need to strum the songs you love.

Guitar Chord Master Series

Learn chords in a progressive manner while you master common chord progressions and strum patterns so you can play the songs you love. Start with basic chords in book 1 and progress to more advanced chords as you move through the series.

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