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Rock Guitar For Dummies

Jon Chappell, Carl Verheyen (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-06960-8 April 2011 384 Pages


Face it, being a rock guitarist is just about the coolest thing you can be – next to a secret agent with a black belt in karate. But even if you were a butt-kicking international person of mystery, playing rock guitar would still be cooler because it involves art, passion, power, poetry, and the ability to move an audience of listeners. Whether "moving your listeners" means mowing down crowd surfers with your power chords or making the audience cry with your sensitive melodies, no other musical instrument allows you so much versatility. 

Whatever rocks your world, Rock Guitar For Dummies can help you bring that message out through your fingers and onto that electric guitar that's slung over your shoulder. If you're a beginner, you'll discover what you need to know to start playing immediately, without drowning in complicated music theory. If you've been playing for a while, you can pick up some tips to help improve your playing and move to the next level.

Here's a sampling of the topics covered in Rock Guitar For Dummies:

  • How electric guitars and amplifiers work
  • Choosing the right guitar and amp for you, and how to care for them

  • Left-hand and right-hand guitar techniques

  • The different styles of rock guitar playing
  • Creating great riffs
  • The history of rock guitar
  • Buying accessories for your new toy
  • Top Ten lists of the guitarists you should listen to, the rock albums you must have, and the classic guitars you should know about

Rock Guitar For Dummies also comes with a CD that includes audio of every example shown in the book, plus play-along tracks with a band.

So, if you consider yourself an air guitar virtuoso and would like to try the real thing, Rock Guitar For Dummies can help you on your way to becoming an accomplished guitarist.

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



Part I: So You Wanna Be a Rock-and-Roll Star.

Chapter 1: It's Only Rock Guitar . . . But I Like It.

Chapter 2: Holding Your Own.

Chapter 3: The Other Half: The Guitar Amp.

Part II: Basic Playing Techniques.

Chapter 4: What the Left Hand Is Doing: Chords.

Chapter 5: The Right Stuff: Right-Hand Rhythm Guitar Techniques.

Chapter 6: The Leading Edge: Introduction to Lead Rock Guitar

Chapter 7: Groovin' on Riffs

Part III: Beyond the Basics: Sounding Like a Rock and Roller

Chapter 8: Playing Up the Neck

Chapter 9: Playing Expressively: Making the Guitar Sing

Part IV: Mastering Different Rock Styles

Chapter 10: Rock and Roll: The Early Years

Chapter 11: The Golden Age of Classic Rock

Chapter 12: Heavy Metal

Chapter 13: Progressive Rock and Jazz-Rock Fusion

Part V: Becoming a Gearhead

Chapter 14: Gear Lust: Assembling Your Dream Rig

Chapter 15: Wild and Crazy Sounds: Effects

Chapter 16: The Care and Feeding of Your Electric Guitar

Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: Ten Rock Guitarists Who Changed History

Chapter 19: Ten Classic Guitars

Appendix: Using the CD.


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