Guitar For Dummies

Guitar For Dummies

Paperback For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)

By (author) Mark Phillips, By (author) Jon Chappell

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  • Publisher: Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 408 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 232mm x 26mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 14 October 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Foster City
  • ISBN 10: 0764599046
  • ISBN 13: 9780764599040
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 15,065

Product description

Have you always wanted to play guitar? Who wouldn't? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster...Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to "Johnny B. Goode"...B.B. King making his "Lucille" cry the blues. No doubt about it-guitars are cool. Guitar For Dummies 2nd Edition tells you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs to know: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all-and you don't even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton." You'll learn how to: * Match yourself with the guitar and equipment that fits your needs and budget * Select the right accessories: amps, picks, pedals, capos, cases, and other goodies * Pick and strum to produce a clean, clear, buzz-free tone * Know whether you're really in tune * Play melodies without reading music * Perform basic guitar maintenance and repairs * Build strength and dexterity while playing * Play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical * Make your guitar talk with bends and slides! Fully revised and updated, with an all new interactive CD that allows readers to listen, learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies 2nd Edition is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Mark Phillips is a guitarist, arranger, and editor with more than 30 years in the music publishing field. He earned his bachelor's degree in music theory from Case Western Reserve University, where he received the Carolyn Neff Award for scholastic excellence, and his master's degree in music theory from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, the most prestigious U.S. honor society for college and university music students. While working toward a doctorate in music theory at Northwestern, Phillips taught classes in theory, ear-training, sight-singing, counterpoint, and guitar. During the 1970s and early '80s, Phillips was Director of Popular Music at Warner Bros. Publications, where he edited and arranged the songbooks of such artists as Neil Young, James Taylor, the Eagles, and Led Zeppelin. Since the mid-'80s he 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 of the magazines Guitar and Guitar One. Phillips is the author of several books on musical subjects, including Metallica Riff by Riff, Sight-Sing Any Melody Instantly, and Sight-Read Any Rhythm Instantly. In his non-musical life, Phillips is the author/publisher of a series of "fun" high school English textbooks, including The Wizard of Oz Vocabulary Builder, The Pinocchio Intermediate Vocabulary Builder, and Tarzan and Jane's Guide to Grammar. For the reference value of his numerous publications, Phillips is profiled in Who's Who in America. Jon Chappell is a multistyle guitarist, transcriber, and arranger. He attended Carnegie-Mellon University, where he studied with Carlos Barbosa-Lima, and he then went on to earn his master's degree in composition from DePaul University, where he also taught theory and ear training. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Guitar magazine, Technical Editor of Guitar Shop Magazine, and Musicologist for Guitarra, a classical magazine. He has played and recorded with Pat Benatar, Judy Collins, Graham Nash, and Gunther Schuller, and he has contributed numerous musical pieces to film and TV. Some of these include Northern Exposure, Walker, Texas Ranger, Guiding Light, and the feature film Bleeding Hearts directed by actor-dancer Gregory Hines. In 1990, he became Associate Music Director of Cherry Lane Music where he has transcribed, edited, and arranged the music of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Mike Stern, and Eddie Van Halen, among others. He has more than a dozen method books to his name, and is the author of Rock Guitar For Dummies and the textbook The Recording Guitarist - A Guide for Home and Studio, published by Hal Leonard.

Review quote

"Offers great guidance on everything from buying your first guitar to legends who can inspire you." Shortlist Thursday 7 August 2008

Back cover copy

Features an all-new, interactive audio CD with MP3 filesThe latest tips and techniques for playing beautiful tunes -- without reading music!Gearing up to play the guitar? Whether you're a new or seasoned guitarist, this updated guide makes it easy with step-by-step instruction on everything from simple chord progressions to smokin' blues licks. You get expanded coverage of musical styles ranging from rock and jazz to folk and classical. Discover how toSelect the right guitar and accessoriesDevelop correct hand position and postureStrum basic chords and simple melodiesTune, change strings, and make simple repairsExpand your range with advanced techniques

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: So You Wanna Play Guitar. Chapter 1: Guitar 101. Chapter 2: Turn On, Tune In. Chapter 3: Ready, Set ... Not Yet: Developing the Tools and Skills to Play. Part II: So Start Playing: The Basics. Chapter 4: The Easiest Way to Play: Basic Major and Minor Chords. Chapter 5: Playing Melodies without Reading Music! Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice: Basic 7th Chords. Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool. Chapter 7: Playing Melodies in Position and in Double-Stops. Chapter 8: Stretching Out: Barre Chords. Chapter 9: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk. Part IV: A Cornucopia of Styles. Chapter 10: Rock. Chapter 11: Blues. Chapter 12: Folk. Chapter 13: Classical. Chapter 14: Jazz. Part V: Purchasing and Caring for Your Guitar. Chapter 15: Perfectly Good Guitars. Chapter 16: Guitar Accessories. Chapter 17: Getting Strung Along: Changing Strings. Chapter 18: Staying Fit: Basic Maintenance and Repairs. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 19: Ten Guitarists You Should Know. Chapter 20: Ten Guitars You Should Know. Part VII: Appendixes. Appendix A: How to Read Music. Appendix B: 96 Common Chords. Appendix C: How to Use the CD. Index.