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Guitar For Dummies
Phillips, Mark.
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1 online resource (411 p.)
The bestselling music guide - now updated! Gearing up to play the guitar? Whether you're a new or seasoned player, this handy guide makes it easy. You get expanded coverage of musical styles ranging from rock, blues, and jazz to folk and classical; you'll also find updated photos, new songs, and the latest advancements in guitars and accessories to keep you up to speed. Guitar 101 - find out how to tune a guitar, read guitar tablature, pick and strum, and produce a clean, clear, buzz-free tone Start playing - jump right in with real music by strumming major and minor chords, picking single-note melodies, and adding color to your music with 7th chords Be cool - move beyond the basics and discover how to play lead and rhythm guitar, use barre chords, and create cool-sounding effects Find your style - discover the many popular music styles for playing acoustic and electric guitar, including rock, blues, folk, classical, and jazz - and everything in between! Bonus DVD includes More than 50 short videos that show you how to play key examples, more than 150 audio recordings of the songs and exercises in the book, printable chord sheets, and tab paper Please see DVD appendix for complete system requirements. Open the book and find: The parts and workings of the guitar Everything you need to play chords and scales How to play hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends Helpful guidance on shopping for a guitar What to look for in guitar amps, effects, cases, and accessories Fast and easy instructions to tune your guitar, change strings, and more Plenty of music examples and hands-on instruction Strum basic chords and play simple melodies Tune, change strings, and make simple repairs Expand your range with songs using special techniques Play along with the videos and audio tracks on the interactive DVD
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Guitar For Dummies, 3rd Edition; About the Authors; Dedication; Authors' Acknowledgments; Table of Contents; Introduction; About This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; What You're Not to Read; Foolish Assumptions; How This Book Is Organized; Icons Used in This Book; Where to Go from Here; Part I: So You Wanna Play Guitar; Chapter 1: Guitar Basics; The Parts and Workings of a Guitar; How Guitars Make Sound; Chapter 2: Tuning Your Guitar; Before You Begin: Strings and Frets by the Numbers; Tuning Your Guitar to Itself with the 5th-Fret Method; Tuning Your Guitar to an External Source

Chapter 3: Getting Ready to PlayAssuming the Positions; Getting Your Head around Guitar Notation; Discovering How to Play a Chord; Part II: Starting to Play: The Basics; Chapter 4: Getting Started by Strumming Chords; Chords in the A Family; Chords in the D Family; Chords in the G Family; Chords in the C Family; Songs with Basic Major and Minor Chords; Fun with Basic Major and Minor Chords: The " Oldies" Progression; Chapter 5: Playing Melodies - Without Reading Music!; Reading Tablature; Getting a Grip on Left-Hand Fingering; Using Alternate Picking; Playing Songs with Simple Melodies

Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice with 7th ChordsDominant 7th Chords; Minor 7th Chords - Dm7, Em7, and Am7; Major 7th Chords - Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Amaj7, and Dmaj7; Songs with 7th Chords; Fun with 7th Chords: The 12-Bar Blues; Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool; Chapter 7: Playing in Position; Playing Scales and Exercises in Position; Practicing Songs in Position; Chapter 8: Doubling Up with Double-Stops; Beginning with the Basics of Double-Stops; Playing Songs in Double-Stops; Chapter 9: Stretching Out: Barre Chords; Major Barre Chords Based on E

Minor, Dominant 7th, and Minor 7 th Barre Chords Based on EMajor Barre Chords Based on A; Minor, Dominant 7th, Minor 7th, and Major 7th Barre Chords Based on A; Power Chords; Songs with Barre Chords and Power Chords; Chapter 10: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk; Hitting Hammer-Ons; Sounding Smooth with Pull-Offs; Slipping Around with Slides; Stretching Out with Bends; Varying Your Sound with Vibrato; Getting Mellow with Muting; Playing a Song with Varied Articulation; Part IV: A Pile of Styles; Chapter 11: Let's Rock: Rock Guitar Basics; Playing Classic Rock 'n' Roll

Mastering Modern RockGetting a Feel for Country-Rock and Southern-Rock Lead Guitar; Playing Songs in the Rock Style; Chapter 12: Bluer Than Blue: Blues Guitar Basics; Plugging into the Electric Blues; Getting to the Root of Acoustic Blues; Playing Blues Songs; Chapter 13: Around the Campfire: Folk Guitar Basics; Playing Fingerstyle; Using a Capo; Aiming for Arpeggio Style; Tackling the Thumb-Brush Technique; Considering Carter Style; Trying Travis Picking; Playing Folk Songs; Chapter 14: Maestro, If You Please: Classical Guitar Basics; Getting Ready to Play Classical Guitar

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