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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 ...

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Overview

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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If you're interested in learning guitar, this book is a great place to start. Guitar for Dummies is an easy-to-follow program for learning guitar basics. Clear illustrations, expert advice, and helpful exercises pave the way to proficiency. The book also comes with a CD with songs covered in the lessons.
From the Publisher
“…offers everything the beginner to intermediate guitarist needs in an irreverent and accessible format…” (Harborough Mail, 17th November 2005)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764599040
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/10/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2007

    Uneven Instruction

    This book really doesnt focus on reading music properly. I reccomend the Hal Leonard Composite series. It isnt hard to learn. Its just memorization. It took me a few days to learn it and apply it to the guitar. Its a lot easier than not knowing how to read it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2007

    Light Years Ahead of Competition

    This is THE book for beginning guitar players. Nothing else comes close (I know, I've looked at them all!). Phillips and Chappell explain everything in lucid detail. They take nothing for granted. Moreover, they cross reference terms and explanations throughout the text. Buy it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2011

    Horrible on Nook Color

    Don't waste your money on this ebook. The book itself was supposed to come with a CD. I figured the audio would be embedded in the ebook, this was not the case. I've been playing guitar informally for almost 20 years, so i figured, no problem, i'll just follow the tablature in the book and maybe learn something new. Unfortunately, the graphics in this book are too small to read (i'm 20/20 and don't wear glasses), and theres no way to zoom in on them.

    So without any music to follow or listen to as examples the was 14 bucks flushed down the toilet.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2007

    something kinda weird..

    This is a fairly good book for learning guitar, and getting into playing, however it is weak in some points. Learning to read music is a very important skill that any musician should take time to learn, it makes life that much easier as a musician, and its NOT as hard as people think. trust me, it only took me 2 days. Also this may be a rare occourance, but on the cd that accompanied the book i purchased the tracks were ordered wrong completely confusing me. I attempted to use it to get the rhythm feel for the song 'kumbaya' and the most complex and intimidating song for the begining guitarist ('romanzza') plays instead. Its not really a big deal, and the company would probably reimburse me for it, but still... it was pretty dissappointing. use this book as a primary, but also i would suggest the 'alfreds basic guitar' as a supplement to learn how to read music, and learn more melodies.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2004

    Great first guitar book

    Great first approach to the guitar. I really enjoyed this book, it´s a must have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2003

    guitar?

    2 months to the day after I picked up the book I was playing like a pro. I would never have believed I'd one day be such a great drummer.

    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Hi!

    I eat alot of pie man so eat pie ... man

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Sooooo Boring!

    This boring sooooo boring I am going ti D I EEEE

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 23, 2011

    Lots of Help, No CD

    So far I have found this book to be lots of help. I am a beginner and just developed an interest in playing guitar, so I got this book. My only complaint is that the nook version did not come with the audio.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

    Great book ......NO MP3'3

    This book when bought in the store comes with an audio CD. The description of the book in the NOOK section says it comes with the audio. I figured it would be a seperate download or be at the end of the book. No dice. The audio tracks are not included with the NOOK purchase of this book. Other than that, its a great instruction book for begining guitarists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2003

    Excellent Instructional book for all guitarists!

    This book is awesome! It covers all of the guitar essentials, in a very user-friendly way. This book teaches you many great things about guitar structures, builds, types, and more as well as teaching you the guitar chords and other essential elements one must know to play the guitar. All of the chords have a diagram, that shows finger and fret positions, as well as an actual picture of someone playing that chord. This book is great for everyone - from the beginning guitarist who can't play a single chord, let alone read a line of music, to the advanced, professional player! This is a must-read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2003

    It's Still a good book

    this book is good for beginers and people who all ready play it you still learn more about guitar ive learned alot even though i already play the guitar if u want to learn this a 4 star book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    this book rules

    I started reading this book abouth 3 mo. ago....now I finished and I feel like I can play anything! It teaches you ALL the basics you need to know to play guitar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Special People

    We all understand you 'Special People' who like to leave stupid feedback, go somewhere else, we all don't learn the same way.. I have read several dummies books, and no matter what the subject, even if it is something you know, you'll learn something...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    Get this book!

    The tablature and audio CD make it easy to learn different styles of guitar pretty quickly. I've bought this book as a gift for two friends (both beginners) and they loved it too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2000

    Sweeeeet!

    oh my gosh ! as soon as i got this book in my hands i got offered 7 different contracts to play for great bands like red hot chilli peppers with flea, limp bizit with wes borland, and also aerosmith! thank you guitars for dummies !

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2000

    a review

    i think this book doesn't help at all with the basic needs of a beginner guitarist but jumps in to fast

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2000

    I recommend this for begginners

    Along with outside music, this book helps you with the basics and motivates you to play guitar. It is a great instructional book.

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    Posted January 18, 2009

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