Blues Guitar For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 21, 2020 - Music - 384 pages

Want to become the coolest possible version of yourself?

Time to master the blues guitar. Even if you don’t read music, Blues Guitar For Dummies lets you pick up the fundamentals instantly and start jamming like your favorite blues artists.

Blues Guitar for Dummies covers all aspects of blues guitar, showing you how to play scales, chords, progressions, riffs, solos, and more. This hands-on guide is packed with musical examples, chords charts, and photos that let you explore the genre and play the songs of all the great blues musicians. This accessible how-to book will give you the skills you need to:

  • Choose the right guitar, equipment, and strings
  • Hold, tune, and get situated with your guitar
  • Play barre chords and strum to the rhythm
  • Recognize the structure of a blues song
  • Tackle musical riffs
  • Master melodies and solos
  • Make your guitar sing, cry, and wail
  • Jam to any type of blues

Additionally, a bonus CD is included so that you can listen to famous songs, practice your riffs and chords, and develop your style as a blues musician. It also features a quick guide to musical notation and suggestions on albums, artists, and guitars for further enjoyment.

Order your copy of Blues Guitar For Dummies today and get ready to start shredding!


P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you’re probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Blues Guitar For Dummies (9780470049204). The book you see here shouldn’t be considered a new or updated product. But if you’re in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We’re always writing about new topics!
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
YOU GOT A RIGHT TO PLAY THE BLUES 7
9
Blues Meets Guitar A Match Made in Musical Heaven
23
A Quick HowTo
31
Grab Hold Tune Up Play On
39
Setting Up to Play the Blues
55
Positioning the Right Hand for Rhythm and Lead
71
Shuffling the Beats with Syncopated Strumming
78
Sounding Like the Masters
191
The Birth and Growth of Classic Electric Blues
213
Blues Rock The Infusion of Ol Rock n Roll
233
Gearing Up Outfitting Your Arsenal
253
Protecting Your Guitar
266
Choosing Your Amp and Effects
269
Whats That Sound? Checking Out Your Amp Choices
281
Changing Strings
303

Blues Progressions Song Forms and Moves
95
Musical Riffs Bedrock of the Blues
119
HighNote Riffs the Bridge to Lead Guitar
126
Beyond the Basics Playing Like a Pro
135
BEYOND THE BASICS PLAYING LIKE A
137
Playing Up the Neck
153
Express Yourself Making the Guitar Sing Cry and Wail
171
The Part of Tens
319
Ten Great Blues Guitars
325
Appendixes
333
Blues Guitar For Dummies
343
Troubleshooting
350
Index
351
Copyright

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About the author (2020)

Jon Chappell has jammed with countless blues musicians at Chicago's blues clubs. He is an award-winning guitarist and composer as well as past editor- in-chief of Guitar Magazine and Home Recording Magazine. His other books include Guitar For Dummies, Guitar Exercises For Dummies, Classical Guitar For Dummies, and Rock Guitar For Dummies

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