The Guitar Book

The Guitar Book : The Ultimate Guide to Playing Like the Greats

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Ever wanted to play like a guitar great? Now's your chance! From basic techniques to the most advanced chords and structures, The Guitar Book takes you through each step with clear diagrams, photographs and easy-to-follow notation.
Arranged in three parts, the first covers 39 practice sessions, ranging from the more basic first notes and chords to advanced sessions on playing solos or five-fret stretches. The second part is an essential reference section covering all the chord shapes that you're going to need to know. The final part includes mini biographies of major blues, folk, gypsy jazz, rock and pop guitarists such as Eric Clapton, Robert Johnson and Kurt Cobain, followed by features on how to play in their signature styles.
Whether you're a complete beginner or a more experienced musician, The Guitar Book is designed to teach you the essentials of acoustic and electric guitar technique, including notation, rhythm, chord structure, picking, chord shifts, strumming styles, barring, fretting, riffing, tuning, and time signatures. It includes troubleshooting tips to avoid common problems, such as muffled notes and an incorrect arm position.
The Guitar Book contains more than 1000 step-by-step photographs and diagrams showing musical notation and chord charts. Follow each session's practice pieces and soon you will be jamming along with the guitar greats.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 234 x 295 x 30mm | 1,900g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1500 photos and 1000 diagrams; 2500 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 178274472X
  • 9781782744726
  • 3,566,465

Table of contents

6 General Introduction

8 First notes and chords
14 Notes, rhythms and chords
20 Alternate picking and power chords
26 Chord shifting and the upstrum
32 Arpeggios, bends and slides
38 A new strum and the hammer-on
44 The bass-strum style
50 Strumming power chords and riffs
56 An outstanding riff and mighty solo
62 Arpeggios and the new F chord
68 Three-string power chords
74 Three-string barring
80 A fresh approach to rhythm playing
85 The D major 7 chord
90 Harmonics and dynamics
95 Left thumb fretting
100 Finger picking and the barre chord
105 The reggae style
110 The A shape barre chord
115 New rhythm guitar techniques
120 The classic rock'n'roll style
125 Polishing your lead and rhythm skills
130 Open G tuning
135 Expanding your rhythm guitar skills
140 Strengthening the finger barre
145 The influential style of Buddy Holly
150 Riffing and strumming
155 Double string bends
160 Shaping a solo
165 De-tuning every string
170 A new time signature
175 Flatpicking
180 Total lead
185 Tidy plectrum work
190 Five-fret stretches
195 Alternative tuning
200 Fast soloing
205 Relentless riffing
210 Refining your rhythm skills

214 Play like the guitar greats

218 Rock and pop guitarists
224 Bo Diddley
228 Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones
238 Dave Davies - The Kinks
246 Jimi Hendrix
252 Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin
262 The Allman Brothers
266 Pete Townshend - The Who
270 Jerry Garcia - Grateful Dead
276 Jeff Beck
282 Marc Bolan - T Rex
288 James Taylor
294 Carlos Santana
300 Ritchie Blackmore - Deep Purple
308 Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
314 Mick Ronson
320 David Gilmour - Pink Floyd
328 Brian May - Queen
336 Nile Rodgers - Chic
340 Prince
348 Slash - Guns N' Roses
352 Jack White - The White Stripes

356 Blues guitarists
362 Robert Johnson
368 T-Bone Walker
372 B.B. King
380 Albert King
384 Eric Clapton
392 Stevie Ray Vaughan

398 Jazz guitarists
404 Charlie Christian
408 Django Reinhardt
412 Pat Metheny

418 Country guitarists
424 Maybelle Carter - The Carter Family
428 Chet Atkins
432 Scotty Moore
438 Folk Guitarists
444 John Fahey
448 Nick Drake

452 Chord Charts
496 Music credits
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About Charlotte Greig

Charlotte Greig is a British novelist, playwright, singer and song-writer. Her non-fiction works include: Icons of Black Music, 100 Bestselling Albums of the 1950s and Play Guitar like the Greats.
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