No More Chord Books 

Guitar Chord Building Manual



#Contents of Chord Building Manual, Part only:-

#Contact Information


#Order Form

#Questions and Answers

#Local Availability

#Sample of Glossary of Musical Terms Section 31

#Local Newspaper articles on 'No More Chord Books'



How to build thousands of Chord Diagrams in any key throughout the guitar fret board using chord window diagrams.

This manual was written mainly for relative beginners who wish to break from the mould of ‘memorizing with little understanding’ a few chords and for more accomplished guitar players who have a good musical ear but only have a vague knowledge of chord construction and who would like to dramatically improve their knowledge. I also wrote this manual to consolidate my own knowledge of chord construction, and I would like to pass on this experience to other guitarists who are likewise inclined.


When you have mastered the contents of this manual, you will not need chord books to show you the fret board fingering of chords as you will have this knowledge yourself to enable you to draw the chord window diagrams in several different forms. You will also be able to understand why chords have the shapes and names they do.

All you have to do is to link up the notes of any chord throughout your fret board chart so that they form chord outlines which can be fingered and thereby giving you several different shapes for the one chord which will greatly enhance your scope for playing music. Find out inside how this is easily achieved and much more.

Note, this is not a manual about how to play the guitar, there are enough books out there on this subject to sink the Titanic or wall paper the Pentagon. It’s main focus is about how to design your own chords and understand them.

Contents of Chord Building Manual, Part only:-

Section 4          What is a Chord?

Section 5          Chord Formula Chart

Section 6          Major Scale Chart

Section 8          System for remembering sharps and flats

Section 10        Guitar Fret Board Chart

Section 11        List of 38 common chords

Section 12        Chord Name Explanations

Section 13        Diatonic Chord Scale Degree Chart in the key of C

Section 17        Questions and Answers

Section 18        Interval/Chord Chart

Section 19        How to name any chord given it’s notes

Section 20        How to allocate notes to any chord given it’s name.

Section 21        How to design your own chord diagrams

Section 26        Blank Chord Fret Board Window Practice Chart

Section 31        Glossary of Musical Terms

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Contact Information

Tom O’Connell, 5 Davitt Avenue,  Clonmel,  County Tipperary,         Ireland

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Tom O’Connell.






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Questions and Answers

To the purchasers of No More Chord Books

  If you do not understand or are not sure of any aspects of the contents of this manual and would like to receive clarification on same, please Email your queries to me and I will do my best to answer them to your satisfaction. On an ongoing basis, I will post the answers to queries received on my web site. Please keep an “eye out” for same. Please indicate if you wish your name to be listed on this Q & A section.

Local Availability

As I have just launched this manual, it is only available in 4 local outlets in Clonmel and Fethard and they are:-

1)  Eason and Son Ltd., 20 Gladstone Street, Clonmel, County Tipperary, tel 052-21943, Email  website,  

2)  Premier Music Store, 58 O'Connell Street, Clonmel, County Tipperary, tel 052-29811.  

3)  Newports Newsagents, Main Street, Fethard, County Tipperary, tel 052-32337. 

4) South Tipperary Arts Centre, Nelson Street, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland. Tel. 052-27877, Email website   

As soon as there are more stores stocking my manual I will update this space accordingly.

Sample of Glossary of Musical Terms Section 31


Action    Aeolian Mode    Aeolian Scale    Altered Chord    Augmented    Augmented Chord    Barre Chord    Blues Scale    Broken Chord

Building Chords    Chord Building    Chord Family    Chord Formula    Chord Progression    Chord Reading    Chord Shape    Chord Spelling

Chord Substitution    Chord Sustain    Chord Symbol    Chord Tone    Chord Voice    Chord Voicing    Chord Window Chart    Chromatic Scale

Closed Voicing    Constructing Chords    Diad Chord    Diatonic Chord    Diatonic Harmony    Diatonic Scale    Diatonic Triad    Diminished Chord

Diminished Interva    Diminished Scale    Diminished Seventh    Diminished Triad    Dominant Chord    Dorian Mode    Dorian Scale    Double Stop

Finger Board    Finger Pick    Flat Pick    Flat Picking    Fret Board    Fret board Action    Fretting Hand Functioning Chord    Guitar String Action

Guitar Tablature    Half Beat    Half Note    Hammer On    Harmonic Minor Scale    Harmonic Progression    Harmonize    Harmony    Home Chord

Improvise    Inside Chord    Interval    Inversion    Ionian Mode    Ionian Scale    Key    Key Note    Leading Note    Lick    Locrian Mode    Locrian Scale

Lowered    Lydian Mode    Lydian Scale    Major 3rd Interval    Major 7th Interval    Major Chord    Major Scale    Major Triad    Measure

Melodic Minor Scale    Minor 2nd Interval    Minor Chord    Minor Triad    Mixolydian Mode    Mobile Chord    Modal    Mode    Moveable Chord

Music Theory    Muted String    Natural Harmonic    Natural Minor Scale    Octave    Open Chord    Open Note    Open Triad    Open Tuning    Open Voicing

Passing Chord    Pedal Point    Pedal Tone    Pentachord    Pentatonic Minor Scale    Pentatonic Scale    Perfect 4th Interval    Perfect 5th Interval

Perfect Pitch    Phrygian Mode    Pillar Chord    Pitch    Pivot Chord    Polychord    Pivot Note    Plectrum    Position    Power Chord    Primary Chord

Progression    Pull off    Quartal Chord    Quintal Chord    Relative Key    Relative Minor    Relative Tuning    Riff    Rolled Chord    Root Note    Scale

Scale Degrees    Sequential Fingering    Standard Tuning    Static Chord    Stationary Chord    Step    Sub Dominant    Sub Mediant    Supertonic

Suspended Chord    Tablature    Tertian Chord    Tertian Harmony    Tonal Centre    Tone Colour    Tonic    Tonic Chord    Transcription

Traveller Chord    Triad    Tuning Fork    Unknown Chord    Whole Step    Whole Tone    Whole Tone Scale.


Local Newspaper articles on 'No More Chord Books'

South Tipp Today, Clonmel Newspaper, 2 Joyces Lane, Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland, tel 052-27342, Email 

Contact:- Tony Butler

Article 7th of July 2004:- Title:- 'No More Chord Books'

Tom O'Connell writes to tell me that he has been playing guitar on and off since the 60's, and although never in a band, or formerly studied music, was always confused by the thousands of chords with 'crazy ' sounding names which are featured in many chord books. Tom says its virtually impossible to remember the names and the fingerings of even a small fraction of these chords without hours and hours of daily practice.

About 3 years ago Tom decided to put together a book which would explain how to design your own chords similar to the chords featured in chord books, which resulted in his publication "NO MORE CHORD BOOKS" being completed recently and is now available in Easons, and Premier Music Store, Clonmel, and Newport's Newagency, Fethard. It will also be available by post. See his web site for more details on the book. E-Mail: 

Nationalist Newspaper Ltd., Clonmel Newspaper, Queen Street, Clonmel. tel 052-72500, Email Web 

Contact:- Conor Kane, email:- 

Article 17th July 2004:- Title:- 'No more chord Books, as Tom shows budding musicians how'

As with any musical instrument, the guitar can be an intimidating beast when initially confronted by the first-time player, and too often people are put off by the amount of technical lingo and information which needs to be digested.

However, local man Tom O'Connell has done many potential players, and the guitar itself a great service by putting together a new book whose title suggests that it will be all that's needed by the guitar player, new or experienced

"No More Chord Books" is the result of three years of research and effort on the part of Tom, who lives at Davitt Avenue in Clonmel and has published the manual himself.

Tom has been playing the guitar on a casual basis on and off since the '60's' and admits to being befuddled by the thousands of chords and diagrams which are the staple of most instruction books.

"In my mind", he says, "it would be virtually impossible to remember the names and the fingerings of even a small fraction of these chords without hours and hoiurs of daily practice, and even then I would have no real understanding of why these chords were called these names and why they had their unique fingerings on the fret board."

This is what spurred him onto compiling his own book which has recently been completed. As the front cover indicates, it was mainly written for the benefit of relative beginners who wish to break from the mould of "memorising with little understanding" a few chords; and more accomplished guitar players who have a good musical ear but only a vague knowledge of chord construction, who would like to dramatically improve their knowledge.

The manual is in handy A4 format and contains easy-to-read charts on chords and scales; systems for remembering sharps and flats; explanations about the names of chords; and instructions on how to name any chord and how to allocate notes to a chord.

Any questions which arise from the book can be emailed to Tom and he will answer them on an ongoing basis on his website.

"No More Chord Books" is now available at Easons,    Premier Music Store and the South Tipperary Arts Centre in Clonmel, and Newport's newsagents in Fethard. It can also be posted- for more details, see the website: or email



Last revised date:-    080804, Sunday   5. 45 p.m. 

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