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Classical Guitar For Dummies : For Dummies - Jon Chappell

Classical Guitar For Dummies

For Dummies


Published: 26th June 2009
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Want to be a classical guitarist but never had a lesson?

Want to be a classical guitarist, but never had a lesson? No problem -- this hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play scales, melodies, and full-length pieces in the classical style. You get plenty of practice exercises to stretch your skills, selections from the classical repertoire, and a bonus audio CD that helps you play along with the music pieces from the book

Get acquainted with your guitar -- familiarize yourself with the unique make-up and parts of a classical guitar

Start making some music -- play melodies on individual strings, move on to arpeggios, and get your fingers in shape with scales

Ramp up your technique -- play barres, slurs, and trills; handle harmonics; master right-hand tremolo; and venture up the neck to play in the higher positions

Build your classical repertoire -- from Renaissance and Baroque to Classical, Romantic, and Modern, play pieces from the major eras in classical music

Practice makes perfect -- improve your performance with expert guidance through each exercise and piece in the book

Open the book and find:

Tips and techniques for playing beautiful pieces

How to read music notation and tablature

Basic finger and thumb strokes

Right- and left-hand techniques

Musical examples, charts, and photos

Music pieces from the guitar greats

The best ways to care for your guitar

A step-by-step tutorial on changing your strings

Bonus CD Includes More than 140 recorded performances of the exercises and pieces featured in the book Pieces performed using a count-off, allowing you to play along in time with the music Tuning notes to help you tune up your guitar

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



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    An ideal guide to new students of the guitar. Very helpful and well sized to carry with the instrument.

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    Part I: Getting to Know the Classical Guitar.

    Chapter 1: An Acoustic Guitar in a League of Its Own.

    Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Play.

    Chapter 3: Deciphering Music Notation and Tablature.

    Part II: Starting to Play: The Basics.

    Chapter 4: One Note at a Time: Playing Simple Melodies.

    Chapter 5: Rolling the Notes of a Chord: Arpeggio Technique.

    Chapter 6: Practicing Scales in First and Second Position.

    Chapter 7: Exploring Musical Textures.

    Part III: Improving Your Technique.

    Chapter 8: Flat-Fingered Fretting with Barres.

    Chapter 9: Getting a Smooth Sound with Slurs and Trills.

    Chapter 10: Coloring Your Sound with Tone-Production Techniques.

    Chapter 11: Scaling the Musical Ladder beyond Second Position.

    Chapter 12: Combining Arpeggios and Melody.

    Chapter 13: Combining Left-Hand Techniques While Playing up the Neck.

    Part IV: Mastering Classical Guitar Repertoire.

    Chapter 14: Playing Pieces by the Guitar Greats.

    Chapter 15: Early Guitar Music from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras.

    Chapter 16: The Guitar Comes of Age: The Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras.

    Part V: The Part of Tens.

    Chapter 17: Ten (Or So) Classical Guitarists You Should Know.

    Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do When Shopping for a Classical Guitar.

    Part VI: Appendixes.

    Appendix A: Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance.

    Appendix B: How to Use the CD.


    ISBN: 9780470464700
    ISBN-10: 0470464704
    Series: For Dummies
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 360
    Published: 26th June 2009
    Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Country of Publication: GB
    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 18.8  x 2.5
    Weight (kg): 0.58
    Edition Number: 1