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Guitar For Dummies, with DVD, 3rd Edition

Guitar For Dummies, with DVD, 3rd Edition

Mark Phillips, Jon Chappell

ISBN: 978-1-118-23758-8

Aug 2012

408 pages

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The bestselling music guide - now updated and with a FREE DVD!

Have you always wanted to learn to play guitar? Who wouldn't? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster. . . Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to "Johnny B. Goode". . .B.B. King making his "Lucille" cry the blues. No doubt about it—guitars are cool.

Guitar For Dummies gives you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all—and you don't even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guitar guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton."

  • Helps you choose the guitar and equipment that best fits your needs and budget
  • Shows you how to build strength and dexterity while playing
  • Teaches you to play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical

Fully revised and updated, with an all-new interactive DVD packed with video and audio clips that help you learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Introduction  1

Part I: So You Wanna Play Guitar  9

Chapter 1: Guitar Basics 11

Chapter 2: Tuning Your Guitar 17

Chapter 3: Getting Ready to Play 25

Part II: Starting to Play: The Basics  37

Chapter 4: Getting Started by Strumming Chords 39

Chapter 5: Playing Melodies — Without Reading Music! 57

Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice with 7th Chords 67

Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool  83

Chapter 7: Playing in Position 85

Chapter 8: Doubling Up with Double-Stops 95

Chapter 9: Stretching Out: Barre Chords 103

Chapter 10: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk 127

Part IV: A Pile of Styles  153

Chapter 11: Let’s Rock: Rock Guitar Basics 155

Chapter 12: Bluer Than Blue: Blues Guitar Basics 183

Chapter 13: Around the Campfi re: Folk Guitar Basics 207

Chapter 14: Maestro, If You Please: Classical Guitar Basics 233

Chapter 15: Sunglasses and Berets: Jazz Guitar Basics 249

Part V: A Guitar of Your Own  263

Chapter 16: Shopping for a Guitar 265

Chapter 17: Guitar Amps, Effects, Cases, and Accessories 281

Chapter 18: Changing Your Strings 297

Chapter 19: Guitar Wellness: Basic Maintenance 309

Part VI: The Part of Tens  325

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Guitarists You Should Know 327

Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time 331

Part VII: Appendixes  341

Appendix A: How to Read Music 343

Appendix B: 96 Common Chords 353

Appendix C: How to Use the DVD 357

Index  371


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