Guitar For Dummies, with DVD

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-10-02
  • Publisher: For Dummies
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From simple chords and melodies to exercises designed for players at all levels, Guitar For Dummies, 3rd Edition, continues to provide the information and tips guitarists need to play this versatile instrument across multiple genres and styles-whether readers play acoustic or electric. With updated content, photos, sample songs, and the latest advancements in guitars and guitar accessories, plus updated multimedia and video instruction of the basics and play-throughs for some of the complete pieces found in the book, students and hobbyists of all ages can benefit from the information presented in Guitar For Dummies, 3rd Edition--the greatest value and resource available on the market.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

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

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