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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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Classical Music For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Published 11-29-2021

Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widely considered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and this informative guide will show you just how beautiful and rewarding it can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, how Mozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music is actually Classical, if it's really Baroque or Romantic.

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Singing For Dummies

Published 11-16-2021

<p><b>Go from singing in the shower to taking your audience&rsquo;s breath away</b></p> <p>Whether you picture yourself as the next Ariana Grande or just feel like picking up a new hobby, <i>Singing For Dummies</i> walks you through the surprisingly straightforward steps you&rsquo;ll need to take to develop your voice. It&rsquo;s a practical guide to every important aspect of singing, from vocal techniques to performance tips.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll learn exercises and practice songs that gradually improve your craft and receive instruction on the latest technology and recording devices to capture and play back your songs. <i>Singing For Dummies</i> also shows you how to:</p> <ul> <li>Understand and use important singing techniques, improve your tone, upgrade your posture, and maximize your breath</li> <li>Maintain your voice with preventative self-care that keeps your vocal cords in tiptop shape</li> <li>Sing with instrumental accompaniment or with a partner in a duet</li> </ul> <p>Perfect for men, women, boys, and girls, <i>Singing For Dummies </i>is the most intuitive and accessible resource on the market for anyone who hopes to find their voice.</p>

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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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Music Composition For Dummies

Published 01-27-2021

<p><b>You can hum it, but can you write it down?</b></p> <p>When most people think of a composer, they picture a bewigged genius like Mozart or Beethoven frenetically directing mighty orchestras in the ornate palaces of Vienna. While that may have been the case once upon a time, modern composers make themselves heard far beyond the classical conservatoire and concert hall. These days, soundtracks are in high demand in industries such as TV, film, advertising, and even gaming to help create immersive and exciting experiences. Whatever your musical ambitions&mdash;composing a dark requiem in a beautiful Viennese apartment or producing the next great Star Wars-like movie theme in LA&mdash;the fully updated Music Composition For Dummies hits all the right notes to help you become confident in the theory and practice of composition.</p> <p>To help you translate your musical ideas from fleeting tunes in your head to playable bars and notation on paper, professional composer and instructor Scott Jarrett and music journalist Holly Day take you on a friendly step-by-step journey through the process of musical creation, including choosing the right rhythms and tempos, creating melodies and chord progressions, and working with instruments and voices. You&rsquo;ll learn how to match keys and chords to mood, use form to enhance your creativity, and write in different styles from pop to classical&mdash;and you'll even learn how to keep hammering away when inspiration eludes you.</p> <ul> <li>Organize and preserve your musical ideas</li> <li>Formalize your knowledge with professional vocabulary</li> <li>Get familiar with composition apps and software</li> <li>Make a demo and market on social media</li> </ul> <p>Filled with musical exercises to help you acquire the discipline you need for success, <i>Music Composition For Dummies</i> has everything you need to turn your inner soundtrack into a tuneful reality!</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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