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Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel

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Understand the ins and outs of chords with the Chord Wheel

Master chord theory ... in minutes! The Chord Wheel is a revolutionary device that puts the most essential and practical applications of chord theory into your hands. This tool will help you improvise and solo, comprehend key structure like never before; instantly transpose any progression into each and every key; compose your own music, watch your songwriting blossom! No music reading is necessary to gain from this chord finder from Hal Leonard. "This is the kind of device that players of any instrument can use to enhance their musical understanding. Chord and key relationships are inseparable, and learning these relationships is a must in becoming a successful musician," Alan Remington, Orange Coast College Music Dept.


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Hal LeonardThe Chord Wheel
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great aid for songwriting

By InSub

from Louisville, KY

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Pros

  • Fast
  • Simple
  • Visual

Cons

  • Limited Theory
  • Only Major Scale

Best Uses

  • Beginner
  • Discerning Song Scale
  • Intermediate
  • Song writing
  • Understanding Musictheory

Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

This tool allows you to quickly and visually dial in to a scale and know which chords work well together. It also indicates alternate chords (seventh, ninth, etc.) and less common incidentals. You can also use it to quickly identify the appropriate sharps or flats for the current scale for lead and melody to accompany the chords.

I have read several music theory books which all seemed to give me a half developed comprehension of the theory. But, this tool really helped me to put some of that theory to use. Then the ideas expressed in those other books (and this one) really seemed to click, and suddenly I was like, "Wow, I get it now!".

The wheel is only in the Major scales, but there is some explanation towards the end of the book which infers that by specific chord selection you will actually be playing in other scales like the relative minor. But, there is not an in depth explanation of how to use this to understand other scales.

Just get this tool. Start playing around with the chord combinations and you'll see how they all go together so well. You're songwriting will improve and you'll be branching out into scales that previously you didn't.

You can also use this to help with song transposition. Also, DJ's can use this to get a better understanding of mixing using the circle of fifths.

I liked this so much I bought one for each member of my band!

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very useful tool

By Don

from Rochester, NY

Pros

  • Simple And Intuitive

Cons

  • No Corresponding App

Best Uses

  • Practice And Improvement

Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

The simplicity of this tool can be misleading - it's packed with a ton of information. Particularly if you're a beginner to intermediate and know some theory you probably know most of the information provided, if you stop and think about it. Can you recite it quickly and easily? I bet you can't - this helps with that, helps you see the connections, and leads to those "so THAT'S how that works" moments. With enough use, you'll no longer need it as a reference. If you are a visual learner like me, being able to see it right in front of you really helps. This is about the best (and probably the least expensive) learning aid I've purchased. Wish there was a corresponding app - there are apps that are close, but not the same - for now, I'll throw this in my case.

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4.0

Good book ...small but expensive

By Rock on Linda

from AZ

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

Read many books on theory... Best at easily showing how with the wheel and related text... For those without reading the theory books ahead of time unlikely to get too much out of it.

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5.0

The Chord Wheel

By Freyr 01

from Helena, Arkansas. U.S.A.

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

Very Handy for Theory.

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5.0

Helpful Tool!

By JohnnyCakes

from Oregon

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Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

A wonderful device every guitar player (and singer) should have at hand. Helpful tools at songwriting times allow one's creativity to flow.

 
5.0

YOU NEED THIS for music.

By rljmusic13

from In a trailer park by a cornfield in Iowa

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Pros

  • A must have tool.

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    Best Uses

    • Anytime you do anything with music.

    Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

    I have this amazing tool. You should too. IF you play music or do anything with music you NEED this. It can be a musical life saver many times. For beginners it is also a great tool. Going to a jam session? You need to know this stuff. Anytime you play and it does no matter if you are new to music of if you are a pro musician. Every musician should have The Chord Wheel. It teaches you how to use what some call the Nashville Number System. You will learn real quick what a 1-4-5 progression is with this. Use the numbers and not a bunch of chords names and it works in any key. Great tool so get one.

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    5.0

    chord wheel

    By JMB

    from CT

    Comments about Hal Leonard The Chord Wheel:

    really great for understanding the chord progression in music. It ties in a lot of loose ends for me.

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