Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition (9781119293354) was previously published as Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition (9781119151432). While this version features a new Dummies cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product. The bestselling guide now updated with video demonstrations and audio tracks online The guitar is one of the most versatile instruments in the world, which is why it's so appealing to musicians. Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition gives you everything a beginning or intermediate acoustic or electric guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it. Fully revised and updated, with online video and audio clips that help you learn and play along, you'll explore everything from simple chords and melodies to more challenging exercises that are designed to satisfy players of all levels. Additionally, new players can dive into the basics of guitar and accessory selection. Whether you prefer the cool sounds of the acoustic or the edgier tones of the electric, your guitar will get a lot of use as you play your way through the lessons presented in this integral book.
But your journey doesn't stop at the last page! With an updated multimedia component, you have access to more than 80 online videos and 35 audio tracks that help build your talent. * Play along with online videos and audio tracks to develop and reinforce your new skills * Tune your guitar, change strings, and make simple repairs to keep your instrument in working order * Choose the right guitar and equipment for your needs * Explore numerous musical styles, including rock, blues, jazz, and country Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition guides you in the development of your strumming talent and who knows where that can take you!
Mark Phillips is a former director of music at Cherry Lane Music, where he edited or arranged the songbooks of such artists as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N??? Roses, and Metallica. Jon Chappell is a multistyle guitarist, arranger, and former editor-in-chief of Guitar magazine.
Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Guitar 7 CHAPTER 1: Guitar Basics: The Parts of a Guitar and How It Makes Music 9 CHAPTER 2: How to Tune Your Guitar 17 CHAPTER 3: Preparing to Play: Holding the Guitar and Reading Guitar Notation 25 Part 2: Ready to Play: The Basics 37 CHAPTER 4: The Best Way to Begin: Strumming Chords 39 CHAPTER 5: Playing Melodies without Reading Music! 59 CHAPTER 6: Adding Some Spice with 7th Chords 69 Part 3: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool 85 CHAPTER 7: Making Things Smooth by Playing in Position 87 CHAPTER 8: Doubling Up with Double-Stops 97 CHAPTER 9: Stretching Out: Barre Chords 105 CHAPTER 10: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk 129 Part 4: A Pile of Styles 157 CHAPTER 11: Ready to Rock: Rock Guitar Basics 159 CHAPTER 12: Bluer Than Blue: Blues Guitar Basics 187 CHAPTER 13: Around the Campfire: Folk Guitar Basics 211 CHAPTER 14: Maestro, If You Please: Classical Guitar Basics 237 CHAPTER 15: Sunglasses and Berets: Jazz Guitar Basics 255 Part 5: A Guitar of Your Own 269 CHAPTER 16: Shopping for a Guitar 271 CHAPTER 17: Eyeing Guitar Amps, Effects, Cases, and Accessories 287 CHAPTER 18: Changing Your Strings 303 CHAPTER 19: Guitar Wellness: Basic Maintenance 317 Part 6: The Part of Tens 333 CHAPTER 20: Ten (Or So) Guitarists You Should Know 335 CHAPTER 21: Ten Great Songs for Beginning Guitarists 339 Part 7: Appendixes 343 APPENDIX A: How to Read Music 345 APPENDIX B: 96 Common Chords 355 APPENDIX C: How to Use the Website 359 Index 373