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Guitar For Dummies®, 2nd Edition

Guitar For Dummies®, 2nd Edition

Mark Phillips, Jon Chappell

ISBN: 978-1-118-05473-4

May 2011

408 pages

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Have you always wanted 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 2nd Edition tells you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs to know: 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 guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton." You'll learn how to:

  • Match yourself with the guitar and equipment that fits your needs and budget
  • Select the right accessories: amps, picks, pedals, capos, cases, and other goodies
  • Pick and strum to produce a clean, clear, buzz-free tone
  • Know whether you're really in tune
  • Play melodies without reading music
  • Perform basic guitar maintenance and repairs
  • Build strength and dexterity while playing
  • Play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical
  • Make your guitar talk with bends and slides!

Fully revised and updated, with an all new interactive CD that allows readers to listen, learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies 2nd Edition is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player. 

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


Part I: So You Wanna Play Guitar.

Chapter 1: Guitar 101.

Chapter 2: Turn On, Tune In.

Chapter 3: Ready, Set . . . Not Yet: Developing the Tools and Skills to Play.

Part II: So Start Playing: The Basics.

Chapter 4: The Easiest Way to Play: Basic Major and Minor Chords.

Chapter 5: Playing Melodies without Reading Music!

Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice: Basic 7th Chords.

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

Chapter 7: Playing Melodies in Position and in Double-Stops.

Chapter 8: Stretching Out: Barre Chords.

Chapter 9: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk.

Part IV: A Cornucopia of Styles.

Chapter 10: Rock.

Chapter 11: Blues.

Chapter 12: Folk.

Chapter 13: Classical.

Chapter 14: Jazz..

Part V: Purchasing and Caring for Your Guitar.

Chapter 15: Perfectly Good Guitars.

Chapter 16: Guitar Accessories.

Chapter 17: Getting Strung Along: Changing Strings.

Chapter 18: Staying Fit: Basic Maintenance and Repairs.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Guitarists You Should Know.

Chapter 20: Ten Guitars You Should Know.

Part VII: Appendixes.

Appendix A: How to Read Music.

Appendix B: 96 Common Chords.

Appendix C: How to Use the CD.


“…offers everything the beginner to intermediate guitarist needs in an irreverent and accessible format…” (Harborough Mail, 17th November 2005)
Guitar For Dummies CD Update

Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition, CD Update

Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition, CD Update

This CD is intended to play on a computer, in an audio CD player, or when downloaded to an MP3 player. Sometimes, though, the tracks play correctly only on a computer or when downloaded to an MP3 player and do not play correctly in an audio CD player.

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If your CD is yellow, black, and red like the above image, tracks play correctly in the order listed in the book when you play this CD on a computer or download the tracks to an MP3 player. However, when you play this CD in a CD player, the tracks are in reverse order from what�s noted in the book, with the exception of Track 1. Track 1, as listed in the book, corresponds to Track 1 when the CD is played in a CD player. However, the book�s Track 2 is actually Track 98 in a CD player; Track 3 is Track 97; and so on. When you play this CD in a CD player, use the following table to navigate to the track you want to hear.

As a shortcut, you can quickly find the CD track without using the table by subtracting the track number found in the book from 100. For example, Track 27 in the book is CD Track 73 (100 � 27 = 73); the book�s Track 84 is CD Track 16 (100 � 84 = 16); and so on.

If the following table doesn�t answer your questions, please contact Wiley Technical Support at or call 800-762-2974.

Track Number from TextActual Track Number When Played in a CD PlayerTimeFigure Number from TextSong Title/Description
11 n/aTuning Reference
298(0:00)4-2Chord progression using A family chords
  (0:16)4-4Chord progression using D family chords
  (0:43)4-6Chord progression using G family chords
  (1:10)4-8Chord progression using C family chords
397 n/a“Kumbaya”
496 n/a“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”
595 n/a“Auld Lang Syne”
694 n/a“Michael, Row the Boat Ashore”
793 5-1Simple melody
892 n/a“Little Brown Jug”
991 n/a“On Top of Old Smoky”
1090 n/a“Swanee River (Old Folks at Home)”
1189 n/a“Home on the Range”
1288 n/a“All Through the Night”
1387 n/a“Over the River and Through the Woods”
1486 n/a“It's Raining, It's Pouring”
1585 n/a“Oh, Susanna”
1684 6-6A 12-bar blues progression in E
1783(0:00)7-4a1-2-3-1 permutation exercise
  (0:10)7-4b1-3-2-4 permutation exercise
  (0:20)7-4c15-14-13 permutation exercise
1882(0:00)7-5C-major up-the-neck double-stop scale
  (0:11)7-6C-major across-the-neck double-stop scale
1981 n/a“Simple Gifts”
2080 n/a“Turkey in the Straw”
2179 n/a“Aura Lee”
2278 n/a“The Streets of Laredo”
2377(0:00)8-2Progression using E-based major barre chords
  (0:13)8-3Syncopated progression using E-based major barre chords
  (0:27)8-4Progression using major and minor E-based barre chords
  (0:41)8-5Progression using major and 7th E-based barre chords
  (0:54)8-6Progression using major and minor 7th E-based barre chords
2476 8-7Christmas song progression using E-based barre chords
2575(0:00)8-11Progression using A-based major barre chords
  (0:12)8-13Progression using major and minor A-based barre chords
  (0:26)8-14Progression using major, minor, and dominant 7th A-based barre chords
  (0:42)8-15Progression using minor 7th barre A-based barre chords
  (0:55)8-16Progression using major and minor 7th A-based barre chords
2674 8-17Christmas song progression using A-based barre chords
2773(0:00)8-20Power chord progression in D
  (0:14)8-21Heavy metal power chord progression
2872 n/a“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”
2971 n/a“Power Play”
3070(0:00)9-1aOpen string hammer-on
  (0:07)9-1bHammer-on from a fretted note
  (0:14)9-1cDouble hammer-on
  (0:20)9-1dDouble hammer-on using three notes
  (0:27)9-2aDouble-stop hammer-on from open strings
  (0:34)9-2bDouble-stop hammer-on from second to fourth fret
  (0:41)9-2cDouble double-stop hammer-on
  (0:48)9-3Hammer-on from nowhere
3169 9-4Single-note hammer-ons from open strings
3268 9-5Strumming a chord while hammering one of the notes
3367 9-6Single-note hammer-ons from fretted notes
3466 9-7Double-stop hammer-ons & hammer-on from nowhere
3565(0:00)9-8aOpen string pull-off
  (0:07)9-8bFretted note pull-off
  (0:13)9-8cOpen string double pull-off
  (0:20)9-8dFretted note double pull-off
  (0:27)9-9aDouble-stop pull-off to open strings
  (0:34)9-9bDouble stop pull-off from fretted notes
  (0:41)9-9cDouble double-stop pull-off
3664(0:00)9-10Single-note pull-offs to open strings
  (0:10)9-11Strumming a chord while pulling off one of the notes
3763(0:00)9-12aSlide with second note not picked
  (0:07)9-12bSlide with second note picked
  (0:12)9-13aAscending immediate slide
  (0:17)9-13bDescending immediate slide
3862 9-14Chuck Berry-like slides
3961 9-15Changing positions with slides
4060(0:00)9-17aImmediate bend
  (0:06)9-17bBend and release
  (0:13)9-17cPrebend and release
4159 9-183rd-string bending in a rock 'n' roll progression
4258 9-192nd-string bending in a lead lick
4357 9-20Bend and release in a lead lick
4456 9-21Bending in different directions
4555 9-22Intricate bending lick
4654 9-23Double-stop bend and release
4753(0:00)9-24aNarrow vibrato
  (0:10)9-24bWide vibrato
4852(0:00)9-25aLeft-hand muting
  (0:08)9-25bRight-hand muting
4951 9-26Syncopation through muting
5050 9-27Palm muting in a hard-rock riff
5149 9-28Palm muting in a country riff
5248 n/a“The Articulate Blues”
5347 10-1Chuck Berry accompaniment riff
5446 10-212-bar blues progression in A using double-stops
5545 10-4Box I hammer-ons and pull-offs
5644 10-5Bending in Box I
5743 10-6Double-stop bend in Box I
5842 10-7Box I solo
5941 10-9Typical Box II lick
6040 10-11Typical Box III lick
6139 10-1212-bar solo using Boxes I, II, and III
6238(0:00)10-13Sus chord progression
  (0:15)10-14Add chord progression
6337 10-15Slash chord progression
6436(0:00)10-16Drop-D tuning phrase
  (0:10)10-17Power chord riff in drop-D tuning
6535 10-18Typical phrase in open-D tuning
6634 10-20Southern-rock lead-lick in A
6733 n/a“Chuck's Duck”
6832 n/a“Southern Hospitality”
6931 11-212-bar blues accompaniment
7030 11-312-bar blues with boogie-woogie riff
7129(0:00)11-6Box IV riff with triplet feel
  (0:10)11-7Box V lick with slide to Box I
7228(0:00)11-9Box I blues lick
  (0:13)11-10Box II blues lick
  (0:23)11-11Box IV blues lick
7327(0:00)11-13Box I blues lick with major third
  (0:10)11-14Box I double-stop blues lick with major third
7426 11-15Riff showing typical blues phrasing
7525(0:00)11-16aTypical blues move
  (0:10)11-16bTypical blues move
  (0:19)11-16cTypical blues move
  (0:29)11-16dTypical blues move
7624 11-18Steady bass notes with the E blues scale
7723(0:00)11-19Repeated motive at the same pitch
  (0:11)11-20Repeated motive at a different pitch
7822(0:00)11-21Alternating between a lead lick and a bass groove
  (0:13)11-22Alternating between a lead lick and a bass lick
  (0:26)11-23Combining fretted notes and open strings
7921(0:00)11-24aBlues turnaround 1
  (0:13)11-24bBlues turnaround 2
  (0:26)11-24cBlues turnaround 3
  (0:39)11-24dBlues turnaround 4
8020 n/a“Chicago Shuffle”
8119 n/a“Mississippi Mud”
8218(0:00)12-3Em arpeggio
  (0:07)12-4Up-and-down Em arpeggio
8317(0:00)12-5Lullaby pattern
  (0:10)12-6Thumb-brush pattern
8416(0:00)12-7Thumb-brush-up pattern
  (0:09)12-8Carter style pattern
8515(0:00)12-9aTravis style, Step 1
  (0:08)12-9bTravis style, Step 2
  (0:15)12-9cTravis style, Step 3
  (0:23)12-9dTravis style pinch
  (0:31)12-9eTravis style roll
8614 12-11“Oh, Susanna” in Travis style
8713 12-12Travis style with Open G tuning
8812 n/a“House of the Rising Sun”
8911 n/a“The Cruel War Is Raging”
9010 n/a“Gospel Ship”
919 n/a“All My Trials”
928 n/a“Freight Train”
937(0:00)13-5Free stroke classical exercise
  (0:15)13-8Arpeggio classical exercise
  (0:47)13-9Contrapuntal classical exercise
946 n/a“Romanza”
955 n/a“Bourrée in E minor”
964(0:00)14-2Typical “inside” chord moves
  (0:17)14-4Typical “outside” chord moves
  (0:40)14-6Faking a jazz chord-melody solo
  (0:53)14-7A melody dressed up with altered tones
  (1:18)14-8Approaching target notes from a fret above and below
  (1:45)14-9Playing a melody as arpeggiated chord tones
973 n/a“Greensleeves”
982 n/a“Swing Thing”