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Guitar All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-55018-2
696 pages
April 2011
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Your comprehensive, hands-on guide to playing guitar

Have you always wanted to play the guitar? You can start today with these 8 minibooks. Covering both acoustic and electric guitar, this hands-on resource gives you all the instruction you need to play across multiple genres, whether you're a beginner or an experienced guitarist. You'll find plenty of tips for playing easier and more complex pieces — and for composing your own. Plus, you can play along with examples on the bonus CD!

  • Gear up to start playing — understand the different parts of a guitar, find the right guitar for you, string and tune the instrument, and develop basic playing skills
  • Immerse yourself in sounds and technique — play major and minor chords, master left- and right-hand techniques, and play melodies in position and double-stops

  • Get ready to rock! — from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to The Edge, see how the best play barre chords, hot licks, and sweet leads

  • Play the blues — explore rhythm and lead techniques, signature riffs, blues progressions, and the achievements of great blues guitarists

  • Go classical — learn about the history of classical guitar, combine arpeggios and melody, and sample different genres

  • Practice, practice, practice — try your hand at major scales, minor scales, and chord exercises to rev up stalled skills

  • Write songs and music — check out different song forms, understand modes, and compose with chords

Open the book and find:

  • Plenty of music examples and practice exercises
  • Musical styles and genres through the years

  • Correct hand position and posture

  • Basic playing techniques

  • Standard music notation and tablature

  • Tips for playing up the neck

  • Ways to solo and improvise leads

  • Different fingerstyles to play

  • Accessories for your guitar

  • A comprehensive guitar chord chart

Bonus CD Includes

More than 90 tracks all played by the authors

Songs from different guitar genres

Examples of chord progressions, riffs, and more

Major and minor scale patterns

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Introduction  1

Book I: Guitar 101  7


Chapter 1: Guitar Anatomy and Tuning 9

Chapter 2: Developing Basic Playing Skills 23

Chapter 3: Buying and Stringing Guitars35

Chapter 4: Deciphering Music Notation and Tablature 59

Book II: Sounds and Techniques  75

Chapter 1: Basic Major and Minor Chords 77

Chapter 2: Adding Spice: Basic 7th Chords 95

Chapter 3: The Left Hand: Chord Techniques 107

Chapter 4: The Right Hand: Rhythm Techniques 121

Chapter 5: Playing Melodies in Position and in Double-Stops 139

Book III: Rock Guitar  151

Chapter 1: It’s Only Rock Guitar, but I Like It 153

Chapter 2: All about Amplifi ers 169

Chapter 3: Playing Lead 191

Chapter 4: Groovin’ on Riffs 213

Chapter 5: Playing Up the Neck 225

Chapter 6: Rock Guitar Legends, Styles, and Genres 245

Book IV: Blues Guitar  267

Chapter 1: Blues Meets Guitar: A Match Made in Heaven 269

Chapter 2: Playing Blues Rhythm 279

Chapter 3: Blues Progressions, Song Forms, and Moves 303

Chapter 4: Blues Riffs: The Bedrock of the Blues 325

Chapter 5: Blues Genres: Acoustic, Electric, and Blues-Rock 339

Book V: Classical Guitar  371

Chapter 1: Introducing the Classical Guitar 373

Chapter 2: Playing Easy Pieces in Open Position 395

Chapter 3: Combining Arpeggios and Melody 409

Chapter 4: Classical Guitar Genres: The Renaissance to the 20th Century 429

Book VI: Exercises: Practice, Practice, Practice  445

Chapter 1: Putting the Major Scales to Use in Your Playing 447

Chapter 2: Adding Major Scale Sequences to Your Repertoire 463

Chapter 3: Tackling the Three Minor Scales 477

Chapter 4: Building Finger Independence with Chord Exercises 509

Book VII: Writing Songs and Music  537

Chapter 1: Everything You Need to Write a Song 539

Chapter 2: Whipping Your Song into Shape: Song Forms 549

Chapter 3: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies 569

Chapter 4: Composing with Chords 581

Book VIII: Appendixes  603

Appendix A: The Mother of All Guitar Chord Charts 605

Appendix B: How to Use the CD 621

Index  629



 

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