Rock Guitar for Dummies

Rock Guitar for Dummies

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Face it, being a rock guitarist is just about the coolest thing you can be -- next to a secret agent with a black belt in karate. But even if you were a butt-kicking international person of mystery, playing rock guitar would still be cooler because it involves art, passion, power, poetry, and the ability to move an audience of listeners. Whether "moving your listeners" means mowing down crowd surfers with your power chords or making the audience cry with your sensitive melodies, no other musical instrument allows you so much versatility. Whatever rocks your world, Rock Guitar For Dummies can help you bring that message out through your fingers and onto that electric guitar that's slung over your shoulder. If you're a beginner, you'll discover what you need to know to start playing immediately, without drowning in complicated music theory. If you've been playing for a while, you can pick up some tips to help improve your playing and move to the next level.
Here's a sampling of the topics covered in Rock Guitar For Dummies: * How electric guitars and amplifiers work Choosing the right guitar and amp for you, and how to care for them Left-hand and right-hand guitar techniques * The different styles of rock guitar playing * Creating great riffs * The history of rock guitar * Buying accessories for your new toy * Top Ten lists of the guitarists you should listen to, the rock albums you must have, and the classic guitars you should know about Rock Guitar For Dummies also comes with a CD that includes audio of every example shown in the book, plus play-along tracks with a band. So, if you consider yourself an air guitar virtuoso and would like to try the real thing, Rock Guitar For Dummies can help you on your way to becoming an accomplished guitarist.
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Product details

  • CD-ROM | 384 pages
  • 185.42 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 612.35g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • music
  • 0764553569
  • 9780764553561
  • 307,841

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"Have a blast learning the guitar!" --Michael Molenda, Guitar Palyer magazine

Includes rock, metal, hip-hop, and more!

Your ultimate guide to playing rock guitar -- get ready to rock and roll!
Whether you're contemplating a career as a heavy metal superstar or you just want to jam with friends, this friendly book-and-CD package make it easy to master the fundamentals of rock guitar. From simple chord progression to smokin' rock riffs, Rock Guitar For Dummies delivers just what you need to get down and groove!

Discover how to:
* Strum power chords and rhythm figures
* Improve solos and play lead guitar
* Play licks, from rockabilly to rap rock
* Explore the mechanics of guitars, amps, and effects
* Care and maintain all your gear
included on the audio CD
Play along with:
* Blues- and early rock-based lead passage
* A variety of rock styles, including classic rock, heavy metal, southern rock, and progressive rock
* Rock licks using techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, and slides
* And more!
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Table of contents

Foreword. Introduction. Part I: So You Wanna Be a Rock-and-Roll Star. Chapter 1: It's Only Rock Guitar ... But I Like It. Chapter 2: Holding Your Own. Chapter 3: The Other Half: The Guitar Amp. Part II: Basic Playing Techniques. Chapter 4: What the Left Hand Is Doing: Chords. Chapter 5: The Right Stuff: Right-Hand Rhythm Guitar Techniques. Chapter 6: The Leading Edge: Introduction to Lead Rock Guitar Chapter 7: Groovin' on Riffs Part III: Beyond the Basics: Sounding Like a Rock and Roller Chapter 8: Playing Up the Neck Chapter 9: Playing Expressively: Making the Guitar Sing Part IV: Mastering Different Rock Styles Chapter 10: Rock and Roll: The Early Years Chapter 11: The Golden Age of Classic Rock Chapter 12: Heavy Metal Chapter 13: Progressive Rock and Jazz-Rock Fusion Part V: Becoming a Gearhead Chapter 14: Gear Lust: Assembling Your Dream Rig Chapter 15: Wild and Crazy Sounds: Effects Chapter 16: The Care and Feeding of Your Electric Guitar Part VI: The Part of Tens Chapter 17: Ten Rock Guitarists Who Changed History Chapter 19: Ten Classic Guitars Appendix: Using the CD. Index. Hungry Minds End-User License Agreement. Book Registration Information.
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About Jon Chappell

Jon Chappell is an award winning guitarist and has a master's degree in music composition. He has published over 20 method books and has performed with Grahan Nash, Judy Collins, and Pat Benetar.
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