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Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-15143-2
408 pages
November 2015
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Introduction 1

Part I: 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.15

Chapter 3: Preparing to Play: Holding the Guitar and Reading Guitar Notation 23

Part II: Ready to Play: The Basics 35

Chapter 4: The Best Way to Begin: Strumming Chords 37

Chapter 5: Playing Melodies — without Reading Music! 55

Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice with 7th Chords 65

Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool 81

Chapter 7: Making Things Smooth by Playing in Position 83

Chapter 8: Doubling Up with Double-Stops 93

Chapter 9: Stretching Out: Barre Chords 101

Chapter 10: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk 125

Part IV: A Pile of Styles 153

Chapter 11: Ready to Rock: Rock Guitar Basics 155

Chapter 12: Bluer Than Blue: Blues Guitar Basics 183

Chapter 13: Around the Campfire: Folk Guitar Basics 207

Chapter 14: Maestro, If You Please: Classical Guitar Basics 233

Chapter 15: Sunglasses and Berets: Jazz Guitar Basics 249

Part V: A Guitar of Your Own 263

Chapter 16: Shopping for a Guitar 265

Chapter 17: Eyeing Guitar Amps, Effects, Cases, and Accessories 281

Chapter 18: Changing Your Strings 297

Chapter 19: Guitar Wellness: Basic Maintenance 311

Part VI: The Part of Tens 327

Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Guitarists You Should Know 329

Chapter 21: Ten Great Songs for Beginning Guitarists 333

Part VII: Appendixes 337

Appendix A: How to Read Music 339

Appendix B: 96 Common Chords 349

Appendix C: How to Use the Website 353

Index 369

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