Joel Canfield lamented: >>Somehow I feel like I left the room for a minute and when I came >>back everyone was speaking a different language. 何を意味するか。  ;-) Hi Joel! If it helps any ... it ain't 'just you'. Nagrom and Martin have a very solid understanding of structural music theory. [I certainly don't. <sigh />] I think this is a case where gib-fiddle player are at a serious disadvantage to keyboard monkeys. It's much much easier to "see" a second inversion on a keyboard than a fretboard. I think that's why a lot of pickers keep a keyboard around for composition work. [It don’t have to be a good one ... I picked up a mini-keyboard for $20 at a garage sale.] I would recommend keeping an eye out for a cheap used keyboard. >>suggestions for bookish directions would be stupendous. Heh. I actually ran across my college 'music theory' textbook last night while attempting to clean up and pare down my library. [Yeah ... "in vain" as are most of my attempts to de-pack-rat myself!] (Still deciding whether it goes in the 'keeper' or 'sell back to half price books' pile. Prolly the latter.) For a 'real' music theory book, I would head out to any college bookstore at the beginning of the quarter/semester and pick up whatever they are using for class. (Too many choices at Amazon/B&N.) There are, additionally (but not substitutionally), a number of 'how to play guitar' books that do a very good job covering theory basics. I have several at home. One or two I think that are good enough to recommend. I can grab titles if you like. HTH, RonL.  "What do you mean?" in Japanese via babelfish.