Guitar for Dummies

ISBN-10: 0764599046

ISBN-13: 9780764599040

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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The 500,000-copy bestseller, now revised with 25 percent new material and an all-new interactive CD Guitar sales are on the rise, jumping from 1.7 million sold in 2000 to nearly 2 million in 2003. Now revised and updated, this is the perfect introductory guide for all those novice acoustic and electric guitar players. It offers easy, step-by-step instruction on fingering chords, strumming and picking, using specialized techniques like the slide, and playing in a wide range of guitar styles--from rock and blues to folk and classical--plus tips on selecting the right guitar, maintaining it, and finding the best accessories. For this new edition, the authors provide expanded coverage of guitar styles including a whole new chapter on jazz guitar--well as fresh practice pieces and techniques, an all-new play-along CD, and updated charts, illustrations, photographs, and resources. Mark Phillips (Bayside, NY) is a guitarist, arranger, and editor with more than 30 years in the music publishing field. Phillips has served as Director of Music and Director of Publications at Cherry Lane Music, where he has edited or arranged the songbooks of such artists as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica, and has served as Music Editor for Guitar and Guitar One magazines. Jon Chappell (Rye, NY) is a multistyle guitarist, transcriber, and arranger. He is currently Editor in Chief of Guitar magazine, Technical Editor of Guitar Shop magazine, and musicologist for Guitarra, a classical magazine. His other books include Rock Guitar For Dummies (0-7645-5356-9).
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List price: $24.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Jon Chappell is a multistyle guitarist, arranger, and author. He grew up in Chicago, attended Carnegie-Mellon University, and earned his master's degree in composition from DePaul University. He was Editor-in-Chief of Guitar magazine and played and recorded with artists such as Big Walter Horton, Billy Branch, Pat Benatar, Judy Collins, Graham Nash, and Gunther Schuller. Jon has also contributed numerous musical pieces to TV and film. Jon served as Associate Music Director of Cherry Lane Music, where he transcribed, edited, and arranged the music of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Bonnie Raitt, and Eddie Van Halen, among others. He has more than a dozen method books to his name and is the author of Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition, and Rock Guitar For Dummies (both published by Wiley), Blues Rock Riffs for Guitar (Cherry Lane), as well as the textbook The Recording Guitarist - A Guide for Home and Studio (Hal Leonard). Please visit Jon's Web site at for more info.

About This Book
Finding a guitar
Playing the guitar
Caring for your guitar
Not-So-Foolish Assumptions
What You're Not to Read
Conventions We Use in This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go from Here
So You Wanna Play Guitar
Guitar 101
Anatomy of a Guitar
How Guitars Work
String vibration and string length
Using both hands to make a sound
Frets and half steps
Turn On, Tune In
Counting on Your Strings and Frets
Everything's Relative: Tuning the Guitar to Itself
The fifth-fret method
In Deference to a Reference: Tuning to a Fixed Source
Taking a turn at the piano
Tuning your guitar with a pitch pipe
Sinking your teeth into the tuning fork
Experiencing the electronic tuner
Using your CD
Ready, Set...Not Yet: Developing the Tools and Skills to Play
Hand Position and Posture
Settling in to a sitting position
Standing position
Left-hand position: Fretting made easy
Right-hand position
You Don't Have to Read Music to Understand Guitar Notation
Getting by with a little help from a chord diagram
Reading rhythm slashes
Taking a look at tablature
How to Play a Chord
Fingering a chord
Avoiding buzzes
So Start Playing: The Basics
The Easiest Way to Play: Basic Major and Minor Chords
Playing Chords in the A Family
Fingering A-family chords
Strumming A-family chords
Playing Chords in the D Family
Fingering D-family chords
Strumming D-family chords
Playing Chords in the G Family
Fingering G-family chords
Strumming G-family chords
Playing Chords in the C Family
Fingering C-family chords
Strumming C-family chords
Playing Songs with Basic Major and Minor Chords
Having Fun with Basic Major and Minor Chords: The "Oldies" Progression
Playing Melodies without Reading Music!
Reading Tablature While Listening to the CD
Top or bottom?
Right or left?
Getting a Grip on Left-Hand Fingering
Using Alternate Picking
Playing Songs with Simple Melodies
Adding Some Spice: Basic 7th Chords
Dominant 7th Chords
D7, G7, and C7
E7 and A7
E7 (four-finger version) and B7
Minor 7th Chords - Dm7, Em7, and Am7
Major 7th Chords - Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Amaj7, and Dmaj7
Playing Songs with 7th Chords
Fun with 7th Chords: The 12-Bar Blues
Playing the 12-bar blues
Writing your own blues song
Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool
Playing Melodies in Position and in Double-Stops
Playing in Position
Playing in position versus playing with open strings
Playing exercises in position
Shifting positions
Building strength and dexterity by playing in position
Understanding double-stops
Playing exercises in double-stops
Playing Songs in Position and in Double-Stops
Stretching Out: Barre Chords
Playing Major Barre Chords Based on E
Finding the right fret
Playing progressions using major barre chords based on E
Playing Minor, Dominant 7th, and Minor 7th Barre Chords Based on E
Minor chords
Dominant 7th chords
Minor 7th chords
Playing Major Barre Chords Based on A
Fingering the A-based major barre chord
Finding the right fret
Progressions using A-based major barre chords
Playing Minor, Dominant 7th, Minor 7th, and Major 7th Barre Chords Based on A
Minor chords
Dominant 7th chords
Minor 7th chords
Major 7th chords
Wailing on Power Chords
Fingering power chords
How you use power chords
Playing Songs with Barre Chords and Power Chords
Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk
Getting the Hang of Hammer-Ons
Playing a hammer-on
Getting idiomatic with hammer-ons
Getting Playful with Pull-Offs
Playing pull-offs
Getting idiomatic with pull-offs
Getting Slippery with Slides
Playing slides
Playing idiomatic licks using slides
Getting the Bends
Playing bends
Getting idiomatic with bends
Varying Your Sound with Vibrato
Getting Mellow with Muting
Creating a thick, chunky sound as an effect
Preventing unwanted string noise
Playing idiomatic licks using muting
Playing a Song with Varied Articulation
A Cornucopia of Styles
Classic Rock 'n' Roll
Rhythm guitar
Lead guitar
Modern Rock
Sus and add chords
Slash chords
Alternate tunings
Country-rock and Southern-rock lead
Playing Songs in the Rock Style
Electric Blues
Blues rhythm guitar
Blues lead guitar
Acoustic Blues
General concepts
Specific techniques
Playing Blues Songs
Playing Fingerstyle
Fingerstyle technique
Right-hand position
Using the Capo
Arpeggio Style
Playing arpeggio style
"Lullaby" pattern
Thumb-Brush Style
Simple thumb-brush
Carter Style
Travis Picking
Playing the pattern
Accompaniment style
Solo style
Open tuning
Playing Folk Songs
Getting Ready to Play Classical Guitar
How to sit
The right hand
Left-hand position
Free Strokes and Rest Strokes
Playing free strokes
Playing rest strokes
Arpeggio Style and Contrapuntal Style
Combining free strokes and rest strokes in arpeggios
Playing Classical Pieces
Introducting a Whole New Harmony
Extended chords
Altered chords
Rhythm Comping
Inside chords
Outside chords
Full chords
Playing Solo: Chord-Melody Style
Making substitutions
Faking it with three chords
Taking the Lead: Jazz Melody
Scales with altered tones
Approaching target notes
Making melodies from arpeggiated chords
Playing Jazz Songs
Purchasing and Caring for Your Guitar
Perfectly Good Guitars
Before Breaking Out Your Wallet
Beginner Guitars
Models for a Particular Style
The Second (And Third...) Guitars
Appointments (cosmetics)
Buying an Ax to Grind
Bringing along an expert
Meeting the salesperson
The art of the deal
Guitar Accessories
Getting started with a practice amp
Powering up to a performance amp
A Case for Cases
Hard cases
Soft cases
Gig bags
Effect Pedals and Devices
Electronic Tuners
Some Other Helpful (But Nonessential) Goodies
Getting Strung Along: Changing Strings
Restringing Strategies
Removing Old Strings
Stringing a Steel-String Acoustic Guitar
Changing strings step-by-step
Tuning up
Stringing Nylon-String Guitars
Changing strings step-by-step
Tuning up
Stringing an Electric Guitar
Changing strings step-by-step
The special case of the Floyd Rose bridge
Staying Fit: Basic Maintenance and Repairs
Cleaning Your Guitar
Removing dirt and grime
Caring for the finish
Protecting Your Guitar
On the road
In storage
Providing a Healthy Environment
Temperature settings
Do-It-Yourself Repairs
Tightening loose connections
Adjusting the neck and bridge
Replacing worn or old parts
Having the Right Tools
Ten Things That You Can't Do Yourself
The Part of Tens
Ten Guitarists You Should Know
Andres Segovia (1893-1987)
Charlie Christian (1916-42)
Chet Atkins (1924-2001)
Wes Montgomery (1925-68)
B.B. King (1925- )
Chuck Berry (1926- )
Jimi Hendrix (1942-70)
Jimmy Page (1944- )
Eric Clapton (1945- )
Eddie Van Halen (1955- )
Guitarists Who May Be on Someone Else's Top Ten List
Ten Guitars You Should Know
D'Angelico Archtop
Fender Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson ES-335
Gibson J-200
Gibson Les Paul
Gretsch 6120
Martin D-28
Ramirez Classical
Rickenbacker 360-12
How to Read Music
The Elements of Music Notation
Reading pitch
Reading duration
Expression, articulation, and miscellaneous terms and symbols
Finding Notes on the Guitar
96 Common Chords
How to Use the CD
Relating the Text to the CD
Stereo separation
System Requirements
Audio CD players
Computer CD-ROM drives
Using the CD with Microsoft Windows
Using the CD with Mac OS
What You'll Find on the CD
CD audio tracks
Digital music
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