Classical Guitar For Dummies

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Want to be a classical guitarist but never had a lesson?

Want to be a classical guitarist, but never had a lesson? No problem — this hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play scales, melodies, and full-length pieces in the classical style. You get plenty of practice exercises to stretch your skills, selections from the classical repertoire, and a bonus audio CD that helps you play along with the music pieces ...

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Overview

Want to be a classical guitarist but never had a lesson?

Want to be a classical guitarist, but never had a lesson? No problem — this hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play scales, melodies, and full-length pieces in the classical style. You get plenty of practice exercises to stretch your skills, selections from the classical repertoire, and a bonus audio CD that helps you play along with the music pieces from the book!

  • Get acquainted with your guitar — familiarize yourself with the unique make-up and parts of a classical guitar
  • Start making some music — play melodies on individual strings, move on to arpeggios, and get your fingers in shape with scales
  • Ramp up your technique — play barres, slurs, and trills; handle harmonics; master right-hand tremolo; and venture up the neck to play in the higher positions
  • Build your classical repertoire — from Renaissance and Baroque to Classical, Romantic, and Modern, play pieces from the major eras in classical music
  • Practice makes perfect — improve your performance with expert guidance through each exercise and piece in the book

Open the book and find:

  • Tips and techniques for playing beautiful pieces
  • How to read music notation and tablature
  • Basic finger and thumb strokes
  • Right- and left-hand techniques
  • Musical examples, charts, and photos
  • Music pieces from the guitar greats
  • The best ways to care for your guitar
  • A step-by-step tutorial on changing your strings

Bonus CD Includes

  • More than 140 recorded performances of the exercises and pieces featured in the book
  • Pieces performed using a count-off, allowing you to play along in time with the music
  • Tuning notes to help you tune up your guitar

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470464700
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: Original
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 241,231
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Phillips is a guitarist, arranger, author, and editor with more than 35 years in music publishing.

Jon Chappell is a multi-style guitarist, arranger, author, and journalist, as well as a former editor-in-chief of Guitar magazine. Phillips and Chappell are also the authors of the bestselling Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting to Know the Classical Guitar.

Chapter 1: An Acoustic Guitar in a League of Its Own.

Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Play.

Chapter 3: Deciphering Music Notation and Tablature.

Part II: Starting to Play: The Basics.

Chapter 4: One Note at a Time: Playing Simple Melodies.

Chapter 5: Rolling the Notes of a Chord: Arpeggio Technique.

Chapter 6: Practicing Scales in First and Second Position.

Chapter 7: Exploring Musical Textures.

Part III: Improving Your Technique.

Chapter 8: Flat-Fingered Fretting with Barres.

Chapter 9: Getting a Smooth Sound with Slurs and Trills.

Chapter 10: Coloring Your Sound with Tone-Production Techniques.

Chapter 11: Scaling the Musical Ladder beyond Second Position.

Chapter 12: Combining Arpeggios and Melody.

Chapter 13: Combining Left-Hand Techniques While Playing up the Neck.

Part IV: Mastering Classical Guitar Repertoire.

Chapter 14: Playing Pieces by the Guitar Greats.

Chapter 15: Early Guitar Music from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras.

Chapter 16: The Guitar Comes of Age: The Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras.

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten (Or So) Classical Guitarists You Should Know.

Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do When Shopping for a Classical Guitar.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance.

Appendix B: How to Use the CD.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013

    Great book, but make sure you still consider taking lessons. The

    Great book, but make sure you still consider taking lessons. The book won't catch your bad technique :) I took this book with me to a lesson and my instructor really liked the content, very incremental and doable.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    I like it

    I like playing guitar and spending time

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