This inspirational, fully illustrated guide to playing the guitar provides a sound framework for the beginner and reinforces basic knowledge for the more experienced player.
Arranged in three sections - The Basics, Moving On and Learning from the Experts - it builds into a progressive course, with exercises, useful tips and examples designed to enable you to play better.
The comprehensive coverage ranges from mastering first chords, simple tuning and fingerpicking, to improvising and composing, creating effects and matching the sounds and styles of the guitar greats.
About the Author
David Black is a guitarist and teacher. He began playing the guitar at the age of 10 and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, London. David regularly performs solo, as one half of the 'Albach Guitar Duo' and is a member of the contemporary music group 'rarescale'. He also teaches guitar at several schools in southeast London.
Welcome to Play Better Guitar. THE BASICS. Know-how: Buying a Guitar. Know-how: Know your Guitar. Know-how: Guitar maintenance. Know-how: Hand positions. Know-how: Playing position. Know-how: Staying in Tune. Learning chords. Placing and moving fingers. Chord-change techniques. Tricky chord changes. Learning to strum. Getting better at strumming. More strumming patterns. The three-chord trick. Longer chord sequences. Single-string playing. Getting better at tab. Reading rhythm. Adding fluency. Playing chords with melodies. Playing arpeggios. MOVING ON. Bar chords. Moving the bar. Changing bar chords. Power chords. Damping. Palm muting. Easy soloing. Slurs in solos. Bending strings. Two ways with vibrato. Varying the timbre. Seventh chords. Playing easy blues. Modifying the basic chords. Pedals and fixed fingers. Reading music for guitar. Navigating the fingerboard. Altered bass notes. Drop-D tuning. Fingerpicking. Getting better at fingerpicking. Picking and strumming. Basic scales. Other scales. Double stopping and intervals. Going electric. Pedals and electric effects. BEING CREATIVE. Modifying bar chords. Writing a song. More on songwriting. Time signatures. Extended chords. Extended soloing. Using a capo. Alternative tunings. Slide guitar. Finger-tapping. Harmonics. Going classical. Technical development. Daily exercise routine. The next step. Reference: Chord guide; Glossary; Tablature legend; Index.
Spiral Ringed Book
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st July 2010
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Dimensions (cm): 21.3 x 17.1
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1