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Berklee Rock Guitar Chord Dictionary

by Rick Peckham
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Master the chords used in rock.

This chord dictionary includes over a hundred rock chord forms, from open-position chords to barre chords and drop-tunings, with a comprehensive glossary of the essential chords in all twelve keys. It is organized to reveal relationships between different types of chords and help you learn the voicings quickly and thoroughly, in a way that is easy to remember. You will improve your rhythm- and lead-guitar skills, develop your fingerboard facility, and add more colors to your harmonic palette.

It includes:

  • Traditional notation, fretboard diagrams, and tablature for each chord
  • Over 100 movable chord forms
  • Multiple versions of barre and 7th chord shapes
  • Chords using drop D, double-D, and open-G tunings
  • A glossary of hundreds of essential chords in all keys

Rick Peckham is assistant chair of the guitar department at Berklee College of Music. He has mentored thousands of guitarists and is author/instructor of the Berkleemusic online courses Berklee Guitar Chords 101, its sequel, Guitar Chords 201, the Berklee Press book Berklee Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary, and the DVD Modal Voicing Techniques.

"The Berklee Rock Chord Dictionary can help anyone to find and learn logical chord shapes on the fretboard."

Greg Howe, Award-Winning Rock/Fusion Guitarist (

"The Berklee Rock Chord Dictionary is an extremely useful learning tool for rock players of all styles and levels looking to develop and expand their chord knowledge and vocabulary. Everything from power chords, triad voicings, 7th chords , chords with tensions to open tunings—it`s all in there, presented in a way that's easy to follow and understand."

Joe Stump, World-renowned metal guitar virtuoso; Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music (

Also by Rick Peckham

Jazz Guitar: Modal Jazz Guitar Techniques: Modal Voicings