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Guitar All-in-One For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-55018-2
696 pages
April 2011
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Introduction  1

Book I: Guitar 101  7

Chapter 1: Guitar Anatomy and Tuning 9

Chapter 2: Developing Basic Playing Skills 23

Chapter 3: Buying and Stringing Guitars35

Chapter 4: Deciphering Music Notation and Tablature 59

Book II: Sounds and Techniques  75

Chapter 1: Basic Major and Minor Chords 77

Chapter 2: Adding Spice: Basic 7th Chords 95

Chapter 3: The Left Hand: Chord Techniques 107

Chapter 4: The Right Hand: Rhythm Techniques 121

Chapter 5: Playing Melodies in Position and in Double-Stops 139

Book III: Rock Guitar  151

Chapter 1: It’s Only Rock Guitar, but I Like It 153

Chapter 2: All about Amplifi ers 169

Chapter 3: Playing Lead 191

Chapter 4: Groovin’ on Riffs 213

Chapter 5: Playing Up the Neck 225

Chapter 6: Rock Guitar Legends, Styles, and Genres 245

Book IV: Blues Guitar  267

Chapter 1: Blues Meets Guitar: A Match Made in Heaven 269

Chapter 2: Playing Blues Rhythm 279

Chapter 3: Blues Progressions, Song Forms, and Moves 303

Chapter 4: Blues Riffs: The Bedrock of the Blues 325

Chapter 5: Blues Genres: Acoustic, Electric, and Blues-Rock 339

Book V: Classical Guitar  371

Chapter 1: Introducing the Classical Guitar 373

Chapter 2: Playing Easy Pieces in Open Position 395

Chapter 3: Combining Arpeggios and Melody 409

Chapter 4: Classical Guitar Genres: The Renaissance to the 20th Century 429

Book VI: Exercises: Practice, Practice, Practice  445

Chapter 1: Putting the Major Scales to Use in Your Playing 447

Chapter 2: Adding Major Scale Sequences to Your Repertoire 463

Chapter 3: Tackling the Three Minor Scales 477

Chapter 4: Building Finger Independence with Chord Exercises 509

Book VII: Writing Songs and Music  537

Chapter 1: Everything You Need to Write a Song 539

Chapter 2: Whipping Your Song into Shape: Song Forms 549

Chapter 3: Scales and Modes, Moods and Melodies 569

Chapter 4: Composing with Chords 581

Book VIII: Appendixes  603

Appendix A: The Mother of All Guitar Chord Charts 605

Appendix B: How to Use the CD 621

Index  629


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