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Classical Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Published 02-28-2022

This updated edition of Classical Guitar For Dummies walks you through the steps, techniques, and styles you’ll need to finger-pick your way around some of the most beautiful songs ever written. Learn foundational and advanced techniques, classical scales, and tips and tricks for playing your classical guitar favorites.

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Piano Exercises For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Published 02-28-2022

Piano Exercises For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides you with an overview of the basics before you dive into practice routines and sample songs that will help you refine your skills. You'll also get access to online audio files of the exercises and digital access to sheet music shared in the book.

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Guitar Theory For Dummies with Online Practice

Published 11-02-2021

<p><b>Make your guitar sing&nbsp;with&nbsp;insight&nbsp;on&nbsp;music&nbsp;theory&nbsp;brings your&nbsp;instrument&nbsp;to life&nbsp;</b></p> <p>There&rsquo;s a universe of incredible music living in your guitar. You just need to discover how to let it out.&nbsp;In&nbsp;<i>Guitar Theory&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies,</i>&nbsp;expert guitarist and instructor Desi Serna walks you through&nbsp;the&nbsp;music theory concepts&nbsp;you need to&nbsp;understand to expand your&nbsp;musical horizons. From&nbsp;deciphering the mysteries of the fretboard&nbsp;to&nbsp;adapting chord progressions to a song&rsquo;s key, you&rsquo;ll&nbsp;master&nbsp;techniques that&nbsp;will help you move past simple, three-chord songs&nbsp;to more complex&nbsp;and creative pieces.&nbsp;</p> <p>Build on&nbsp;your existing knowledge of open and barre chords and&nbsp;simple progressions&nbsp;with practical instruction that&nbsp;demystifies&nbsp;scales and chord voicings and&nbsp;shows&nbsp;you how to bring them together to create&nbsp;impressive music.&nbsp;You can also jump over to dummies.com to hear audio samples of the examples featured in the book.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll also learn:&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>How&nbsp;chords, keys, and scales are built and how they interact with one another&nbsp;</li> <li>Powerful concepts, like&nbsp;intervals, chord extensions,&nbsp;modes&nbsp;and modal scales, that grant access to a world of&nbsp;musical possibilities&nbsp;</li> <li>How popular songs apply elements of guitar theory&nbsp;and how you can apply the same techniques&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Free yourself from the confines of&nbsp;tab sheets and&nbsp;simple chords&nbsp;and start enjoying all the musical potential of&nbsp;your guitar.&nbsp;<i>Guitar Theory&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;is for&nbsp;anyone&nbsp;who wants to unlock the next stage of their musical journey.&nbsp;</p>

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Ukulele For Dummies

Published 11-10-2020

<p><b>Strum a tune on your ukulele&mdash;no Hawaiian shirt required!</b></p> <p>Picture it now: the sun sets over the shimmering sea, and, as the beach bar falls quiet, you begin strumming Queen Liliuokalani's "Aloha 'Oe" to a mesmerized crowd. ... Okay, while this doesn't happen every day for ukulele-players, you'll still have a lot of fun learning your favorite tunes on your ukulele. Widely associated with Hawaiian music, the ukulele has exploded in popularity in recent years as kids and adults alike have started their music education with a uke or added it to their collection of instruments.</p> <p>Learning to play this versatile instrument is made easier for the experience and inexperienced alike with this new edition of <i>Ukulele For Dummies</i>. Following its straightforward instructions, you'll pick your way from the basics of purchasing your ukulele and accessories to confidently strumming through simple chord progressions and jamming through various styles and standards, including pop, folk, and those much-loved holiday favorites. Aloha, Santa Claus!</p> <ul> <li>Buy the right ukulele for you</li> <li>Perfect your pick and fret</li> <li>Practice with downloadable audio</li> <li>Get the best ukulele apps</li> </ul> <p>Whatever you want from your ukulele adventure&mdash;strumming on the beach or adding its island style to your distinctive new pop sound&mdash;<i>Ukulele For Dummies</i> will have you making a big splash with this tiny instrument in aloha no time at all!</p>

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Guitar All-in-One For Dummies

Published 11-03-2020

<p><b>A one-stop resource&nbsp;to the essentials&nbsp;of&nbsp;owning and playing&nbsp;the&nbsp;guitar&nbsp;</b></p> <p>If you&rsquo;ve just bought a guitar, or you&rsquo;ve had one for a while, you probably know&nbsp;it takes some time and effort to learn how to play the popular instrument.&nbsp;There&rsquo;s so much to know about owning, maintaining, and playing a guitar. Where do you&nbsp;even&nbsp;begin?&nbsp;</p> <p>In&nbsp;<i>Guitar All-in-One&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>, a team of expert guitarists and music teachers&nbsp;shows you&nbsp;the essentials&nbsp;you need to know about&nbsp;owning&nbsp;and playing a guitar.&nbsp;From&nbsp;picking your first notes&nbsp;to&nbsp;exploring&nbsp;music theory and composition,&nbsp;maintaining your gear, and&nbsp;diving into the specifics of&nbsp;genres like blues and rock, this book&nbsp;is a comprehensive and practical goldmine of indispensable info.&nbsp;</p> <p>Created for the budding guitarist who wants all their lessons and advice in one place, the book will show you how to:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Maintain, tune, and string your guitar, as well as decipher music notation and guitar&nbsp;tablature&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>Understand&nbsp;guitar theory, sounds and techniques to help you&nbsp;learn&nbsp;new songs and&nbsp;add your style to classic&nbsp;tunes&nbsp;</li> <li>Practice several popular genres of guitar music, including blues, rock, and&nbsp;classical&nbsp;</li> <li>Access accompanying online video and audio instructional resources that&nbsp;demonstrate the lessons&nbsp;you find in the book&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Perfect for&nbsp;guitar players at any skill level,&nbsp;<i>Guitar All-in-One&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to&nbsp;get&nbsp;the most&nbsp;out&nbsp;of&nbsp;their own guitar and make&nbsp;great music.&nbsp;</p>

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Mandolin For Dummies

Published 10-27-2020

<p><b>Learn how&nbsp;</b><b>fretting and picking can entertain friends!&nbsp;</b>&nbsp;</p> <p>The mandolin is making a&nbsp;big&nbsp;comeback among music enthusiasts. A longtime staple of bluegrass, folk,&nbsp;jazz,&nbsp;and country music, this fast-pickin&rsquo; favorite featured heavily in traditional music from around the world is now seeing a resurgence in&nbsp;global&nbsp;pop.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>In&nbsp;<i>Mandolin&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>,<i>&nbsp;</i>accomplished composer, performer,&nbsp;and mandolin&nbsp;guru&nbsp;Don Julin breaks down the history and fundamentals of this&nbsp;versatile&nbsp;instrument, showing how&nbsp;you too can fret, pick, and strum with the best in the business.&nbsp;Packed with photos and diagrams to help you perfect your&nbsp;hand&nbsp;positioning, you&rsquo;ll make your way through a plethora of mandolin-friendly musical styles&nbsp;and learn how to take good care of your instrument&mdash;paying it back for all the pleasure it brings to you&nbsp;and your friends.&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 0in; font-size: medium; margin-top: 0in;" type="disc"> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline;">Buy the right mandolin for you&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Pick up key musical styles&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Play along with downloadable exercises&nbsp;</li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.25in; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Restring your instrument&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Whether this is your first instrument or you&rsquo;re adding to your repertoire, this little number has everything you need to get the most out of your mandolin!&nbsp;</p>

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Violin For Dummies

Published 10-20-2020

<p><b>Take a (violin) bow and let your inner musician shine!&nbsp;</b></p> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to be a genius to start fiddling around!&nbsp;<i>Violin&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;helps budding violinists of all ages begin to play. If you&rsquo;ve never read a note of music, this book will show you how to turn those little black dots into beautiful notes. Start slow as you learn how to hold the instrument,&nbsp;use the&nbsp;bow, finger notes, and play in tune. Watch&nbsp;yourself&nbsp;blossom into a musician with&nbsp;tips on&nbsp;technique and style. When you&rsquo;re ready to go further, this book will help you find the people and resources that can help you get just a little closer to virtuoso!&nbsp;</p> <p>Your own private lessons are right inside this book, with the included online video and audio instruction, plus recordings that will help you develop your &ldquo;ear.&rdquo; This book takes the guesswork out of learning an instrument, so you&rsquo;ll be ready to join the band when the time comes!&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Choose a violin and learn the basics of holding the instrument and playing notes&nbsp;</li> <li>Start reading music with this fast-and-easy introduction to musical notation&nbsp;</li> <li>Improve your musicianship and start to play in groups&nbsp;</li> <li>Explore different music styles and legendary violin composers&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The violin is a beautiful thing&mdash;adding melody everywhere from orchestras to folk and pop tunes. With&nbsp;<i>Violin&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>,&nbsp;you can make the music your own, even if you&rsquo;re a total music beginner.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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Banjo For Dummies

Published 10-20-2020

<p><b>Here&rsquo;s the quick way to get&nbsp;pickin&rsquo; with the best of &lsquo;em&nbsp;</b></p> <p>The banjo is&nbsp;both&nbsp;a staple of old-time music and&nbsp;an instrument that makes&nbsp;frequent cameos in today&rsquo;s chart toppers. Whatever your musical leanings,&nbsp;<i>Banjo&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;will show you how to pick your way around your instrument, even if you have zero musical&nbsp;background! With a little practice&mdash;and the easy-to-follow instructions in this book&mdash;you can&nbsp;learn your way around the&nbsp;banjo, try out&nbsp;various musical&nbsp;styles, and&nbsp;discover what banjo culture is all about.&nbsp;</p> <p>Think of this&nbsp;For Dummies&nbsp;guide as your personal banjo tutor, as you learn how to buy, tune, hold, play, and have fun with your five-string.&nbsp;You can also go beyond the book with online video lessons and audio files that will get you picking even faster.&nbsp;Follow the guidance of respected banjo&nbsp;performer Bill Evans and soon you may find yourself&nbsp;jamming with&nbsp;a&nbsp;band or rubbing elbows with the pros at your local bluegrass festival.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Learn the basics of banjo: how to strum chords, pick notes, and read tablature&nbsp;</li> <li>Add new styles to your repertoire, including clawhammer, three-finger styles, vamping, and classic banjo&nbsp;</li> <li>Play bluegrass music and learn how to network at festivals&nbsp;</li> <li>Choose the banjo and accessories that work for you, and discover how to keep them in good shape&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><i>Banjo&nbsp;For&nbsp;Dummies</i>&nbsp;is&nbsp;for&nbsp;anyone&nbsp;who want to learn&nbsp;to play&nbsp;the&nbsp;five-string&nbsp;banjo or brush up on banjo-playing skills. No experience required!&nbsp;</p>

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Harmonica For Dummies

Published 09-16-2020

<p><b>Wail on</b><b> your harmonica!</b> </p> <p>The harmonica is one of the most popular and versatile instruments in the world. There are several reasons harmonicas are awesomeÂyou can play them anywhere, theyÂre inexpensive, and you can show off in dozens of musical styles. The friendly and pleasingly tuneful <i>Harmonica For Dummies </i>is the fastest and best way to learn for yourself! </p> <p>YouÂll find an easy-to-follow format that takes you from the basics to specialized techniques, with accompanying audio and video content included to make learning even more simple and fun. Before you know it, youÂll be playing jazz in your living room and the blues on your way to work or schoolÂand thatÂs just the prelude to mastering classical riffs. ThatÂs right, the humble harmonica has graced some of the grandest concert halls on planet Earth!  </p> <ul style="margin-bottom: 0in; margin-top: 0in; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;" type="disc"> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Choose the right harmonica </li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Enhance your sound with tongue technique </li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Develop your own style  </li> <li style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; cursor: text; overflow: visible;">Perfect your live performance </li> </ul> <p>The harmonica is awesome to learn, but even more awesome to <i>learn well</i>, and <i>Harmonica For Dummies </i>will get you on the road from being an occasional entertainer to becoming an accomplished live performer.  </p> P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, youÂre 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 Harmonica For Dummies (9781118880760). The book you see here shouldnÂt be considered a new or updated product. But if youÂre in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. WeÂre always writing about new topics!

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Piano For Dummies

Published 08-04-2020

<b>The key to fast and fun piano proficiency!</b> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re a wannabe Mozart or are an experienced hand at tinkling the ivories, the latest edition of <i>Piano For Dummies</i> has what you need to take you to the next level in making beautiful music using this much-loved and versatile instrument. Working as an introductory course&mdash;or as a refresher to keep those fingers nimble&mdash;you&rsquo;ll find information on getting started, improving your technique and performance, and the best ways to practice until you hit finely tuned perfection. And, along the way, you&rsquo;ll pick up the techniques for different styles, including classical, blues, and rock.</p> <p>In an easy-to-follow style, the book also helps you sharpen your sight-reading. You can also tune in to audio and video online to help you improve your creativity and discipline, as well as hear and see that you&rsquo;re hitting the right notes.</p> <ul> <li>Choose the right piano</li> <li>Know your keys</li> <li>Scale up for success</li> <li>Care for your instrument</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Whatever you want from your love affair with the old &ldquo;88,&rdquo; you&rsquo;ll find enough right here to keep you hammering happily&mdash;and even more proficiently&mdash;away for years to come!</p> <p>P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you&rsquo;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 <i>Piano For Dummies</i> (9781118900055). The book you see here shouldn&rsquo;t be considered a new or updated product. But if you&rsquo;re in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We&rsquo;re always writing about new topics!</p>

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