Rock Guitar For Dummies [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118069608
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 671,012
  • File size: 27 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

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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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2005

    Just did not help

    If you want to learn to play guitar well, look at some other books first.If you want a reference book or just want to touch up your skills a little bit, then you might consider buying this. But if you are starting to learn from scratch, then you will have a hard time learning helpful playing teqnuiqs and how to read music. If you are dedicated to learning guitar, look elsewhere for a better understanding.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2003

    over priced

    This book does not teach you to play guitar that well. Does not include enough musical examples to be of real value. This book only has value as refernce book. there are many better books out there like the Hal Leonard Rock Method

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    OH YEAH!!

    I bought this book to help my band and I. I am the lead singer, but I wanted to play guitar also. This book helped a LOT!! I totally recommend this book to beginners at guitar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008

    don't listen to the other reviews,

    this book is awesome! It definitely helps beginner's get started in the amazing ways of rock, from buying a guitar to gigging with your band. I would definitely reccomend this to any begginner who wants to rock

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2002

    This book is very very good

    I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn guitar, I also recommend you pick up Guitar for Dummies as well. In a couple weeks I learned more about guitar than most of the guitar players in my area. It won't make you play guitar, but it will show you how to learn to play guiatr

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