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Guitar For Dummies : 3rd Edition with DVD - Mark Phillips

Guitar For Dummies

3rd Edition with DVD

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The bestselling music guide—now updated!

Have you always wanted to learn 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 gives you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs: 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 guitar guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton."

  • Helps you choose the guitar and equipment that best fits your needs and budget
  • Shows you how to build strength and dexterity while playing
  • Teaches you to play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical
Fully revised and updated, with an all-new interactive DVD packed with video and audio clips that help you learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

About the Author

Mark Phillips is Director of Music at Cherry Lane Music, where he has edited or arranged the songbooks of artists such as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica. Jon Chappell is an award-winning multi-style guitarist, arranger, author, and former editor-in-chief of Guitar and Home Recording magazines.



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Excellent Theory for Guitar


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  • Broad Appeal
  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Guitar For Dummies:

    Excellent theory to add to and confirm what I already know or want to know.

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    Introduction  1

    Part I: So You Wanna Play Guitar  9

    Chapter 1: Guitar Basics 11

    Chapter 2: Tuning Your Guitar 17

    Chapter 3: Getting Ready to Play 25

    Part II: Starting to Play: The Basics  37

    Chapter 4: Getting Started by Strumming Chords 39

    Chapter 5: Playing Melodies - Without Reading Music! 57

    Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice with 7th Chords 67

    Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool  83

    Chapter 7: Playing in Position 85

    Chapter 8: Doubling Up with Double-Stops 95

    Chapter 9: Stretching Out: Barre Chords 103

    Chapter 10: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk 127

    Part IV: A Pile of Styles  153

    Chapter 11: Let’s Rock: Rock Guitar Basics 155

    Chapter 12: Bluer Than Blue: Blues Guitar Basics 183

    Chapter 13: Around the Campfi re: Folk Guitar Basics 207

    Chapter 14: Maestro, If You Please: Classical Guitar Basics 233

    Chapter 15: Sunglasses and Berets: Jazz Guitar Basics 249

    Part V: A Guitar of Your Own  263

    Chapter 16: Shopping for a Guitar 265

    Chapter 17: Guitar Amps, Effects, Cases, and Accessories 281

    Chapter 18: Changing Your Strings 297

    Chapter 19: Guitar Wellness: Basic Maintenance 309

    Part VI: The Part of Tens  325

    Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Guitarists You Should Know 327

    Chapter 21: The Ten Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time 331

    Part VII: Appendixes  341

    Appendix A: How to Read Music 343

    Appendix B: 96 Common Chords 353

    Appendix C: How to Use the DVD 357

    Index  371

    ISBN: 9781118115541
    ISBN-10: 1118115546
    Series: For Dummies
    Audience: General
    Format: Book with Other Items
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 408
    Published: 14th September 2012
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 19.05  x 2.54
    Weight (kg): 0.64
    Edition Number: 3
    Edition Type: Revised