Guitar All-in-One For Dummies

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Wiley, Jun 29, 2009 - Music - 696 pages
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Your comprehensive, hands-on guide to playing guitar

Have you always wanted to play the guitar? You can start today with these 8 minibooks. Covering both acoustic and electric guitar, this hands-on resource gives you all the instruction you need to play across multiple genres, whether you're a beginner or an experienced guitarist. You'll find plenty of tips for playing easier and more complex pieces — and for composing your own. Plus, you can play along with examples on the bonus CD!

  • Gear up to start playing — understand the different parts of a guitar, find the right guitar for you, string and tune the instrument, and develop basic playing skills
  • Immerse yourself in sounds and technique — play major and minor chords, master left- and right-hand techniques, and play melodies in position and double-stops

  • Get ready to rock! — from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to The Edge, see how the best play barre chords, hot licks, and sweet leads

  • Play the blues — explore rhythm and lead techniques, signature riffs, blues progressions, and the achievements of great blues guitarists

  • Go classical — learn about the history of classical guitar, combine arpeggios and melody, and sample different genres

  • Practice, practice, practice — try your hand at major scales, minor scales, and chord exercises to rev up stalled skills

  • Write songs and music — check out different song forms, understand modes, and compose with chords

Open the book and find:

  • Plenty of music examples and practice exercises
  • Musical styles and genres through the years

  • Correct hand position and posture

  • Basic playing techniques

  • Standard music notation and tablature

  • Tips for playing up the neck

  • Ways to solo and improvise leads

  • Different fingerstyles to play

  • Accessories for your guitar

  • A comprehensive guitar chord chart

Bonus CD Includes

More than 90 tracks all played by the authors

Songs from different guitar genres

Examples of chord progressions, riffs, and more

Major and minor scale patterns

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

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About the author (2009)

Peter J. Sander, MBA, is an experienced value investor, researcher, and author of more than 15 books on investing and personal finance. Janet Haley, CFP, CMFC, is a securities industry professional.

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