The "First Stage" Guitar Book: Learn How To Play Guitar Easily & Quickly!

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The "First Stage" Guitar Book is for the anxious beginner who desires a direct no frills method to learning how to play guitar without pages and pages of reading before you start putting your fingers on the strings and begin strumming some music right away; it is also a great reference guitar book for those who already play some. Recently revised and updated with more easy to...
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Overview

The "First Stage" Guitar Book is for the anxious beginner who desires a direct no frills method to learning how to play guitar without pages and pages of reading before you start putting your fingers on the strings and begin strumming some music right away; it is also a great reference guitar book for those who already play some. Recently revised and updated with more easy to understand guitar learning information.

All instructions are boldly and clearly illustrated in the most easiest to understand finger shapes.

This must have guitar book is a generous welcome addition to better understand all other guitar books you may already have in your learn how to play guitar collection.

The "First Stage" Guitar Book introduces and guides you to learning:

• Clear and bold illustrations of the most commonly played guitar chords for every key in the easiest to play Open & Barre chord shapes, for example, Major, Major 7ths, Major Dominant 7ths, Minor, Minor 7ths, and 9ths

• The absolutely must have Chord Combination Chart which clearly illustrates which chords go with chords in the same key. Practice chord progressions galore in every key. You will enjoy putting your own creations together with this indispensible chord chart

• Simple techniques of changing one chord to other chords of the same root note names by just lifting a finger or two

• Transposing any chord progression to the key that is the most comfortable for your voice

• Power Chords

• How to read and write in Tablature (Tabs)

• A simple method to maintaining a steady rhythm while strumming

• Clearillustrations of every note on the guitar neck fret board and where each note is located in standard notation and sheet music

The coil bind format allows the guitar book to remain flat for easy viewing of both the left and right side of each page.

Special Note: Both The "First Stage" Guitar Book and The "Guitar Book" (red cover) contain the same learning information. Here you have a choice of which cover art you prefer. This text refers to both the Coil Bind and Paperback Editions.

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What People Are Saying

Russ Hucek
Finally, an enjoyable method to learning to play guitar. Chris Lopez makes the complex appear simple. -- ( Russ Hucek - Kradle Guitar Picks- July 2001 )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780966771961
  • Publisher: First Stage Concepts
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Revised Edition
  • Pages: 98
  • Sales rank: 1,087,148
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.96 (h) x 0.22 (d)

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INTRODUCTION: A Little Taken From The Introduction Page

You will discover that this learn to play guitar book will not overwhelm you with more than you need to know at this early stage of learning to play guitar, however will provide you with only the essential guitar chords in a simplified method. You will find that by focusing and learning the most commonly played guitar chords, you will be on your way to playing the songs you enjoy as well as your own creations a lot sooner.

CHAPTER 2: How To Tune Your Guitar

Includes the proper way to keep your guitar in tune with a clear and easy to understand illustration for each string – the simple quick check method to tell you whether your guitar is in tune, also how to eliminate slippage - or the slack that occurs when tension on a string is lessened...

The best way to tune the guitar is by using any number of quality pitch pipes, tuning forks or battery powered guitar tuners which are available at any fine music store.

It is critical that you keep and play your guitar in tune. Another important, but often overlooked point, is to learn which tuning peg tunes which string, and the direction you have to turn the pegs to raise and lower the pitch of the strings. Learning this very mechanical aspect of the guitar will save you much time and confusion now and in the future. One last fine point about tuning; always tune your guitar so that you are raising the pitch to the correct note. That is to say, you should be tightening the strings as you tune your guitar, as opposed to loosening the strings, to achieve the desired note. This practice eliminates slippage or the slack that occurs when tension on a string is lessened, causing the string to quickly go out of tune again.

Please, take note of the arrows in the diagram on the following page. One end of the arrow points to the note which is to be held down with the second finger during the tuning process. The other end of the same arrow points to the open string which will be tuned to the note that is being held down at the opposite end of the arrow.

-Diagrams Illustrating How To Tune Each String Are Shown In The Book-

CHAPTER 7: Instant Chord Changes
Shows you how you can instantly change a chord to another chord by just lifting a finger...

As you become more familiar with positioning your fingers to form Barre chords, you will discover that you can make two or four different forms of chords from just one chord.

It is easy as lifting one or more fingers. In the chord diagrams below, we begin with one of the most commonly used finger pattern forms for the Major Chords, in this case, the F Major Chord. By lifting the gray colored number 2 finger, Middle Finger, you will create an F Minor Chord, then by lifting the gray colored number 2 and 4 finger, Middle and Pinky Finger, you will create an F Minor Seventh Chord and finally by lifting the number 4 finger, Pinky Finger, you will create an F Dominant Seventh Chord.

You can now move the entire F Major Chord finger pattern toward the body of the guitar to the next fret and you will be able to do the same with the next chord which will be an F# Major Chord. You can continue doing this up and down the guitar neck forming more and more chords.

In the first two diagrams below you can instantly change a Cm Chord into a Cm7 Chord by lifting just one finger. When you lift the gray colored number 4 finger, Pinky Finger, off the Cm Chord you will create a Cm7 Chord as illustrated in the second diagram.

In the second two diagrams below you can instantly change a Cmaj7 Chord into a C7 Chord by lifting just one finger. When you left the gray colored number 2 finger, Middle Finger, off the Cmaj7 Chord you will create a C7 Chord as illustrated in the fourth diagram.

-Viewing the clear And boldly illustrated diagrams in this book will show you how easy this is to do-

Be sure to look over the TABLE OF CONTENTS on this site to view the other guitar learning information that is included in this guitar book to determine whether you want to add this must have simplified pool of information to your guitar learning adventure...

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Table of Contents

Pages 6 thru 7
GETTING STARTED

Pages 8 thru 9
HOW TO TUNE YOUR GUITAR

Page 10
GUITAR STRING NOTE NAMES ON THE FINGERBOARD (GUITAR NECK)

Pages 11 thru 15
STAFF NOTE NAME ON GUITAR NECK AND ABOUT KEY SIGNATURES

Page 16
LEFT HAND FINGER POSTITIONING

Pages 17 thru 19
LET'S GET GOING (3 Finger Easy Practice Start-Up Chords)

Pages 20 thru 36
OPEN AND BARRE CHORD COMINATIONS

Pages 37 thru 40
INSTANT CHORD CHANGES (Major to Minor and much more)

Page 41
BARRE CHORD FINGER POSITIONING

Pages 42 thru 44
BARRE CHORDS

Pages 45 thru 46
MIXED OPEN AND OPEN BARRE CHORD COMINBINATIONS

Page 47
HOW TO READ OPEN CHORD DIAGRAMS

Pages 48 thru 62
MOST COMMONLY PLAYED GUITAR CHORDS

Page 63 thru 65
CHORD COMBINATION CHART

Pages 66 thru 67
POWER CHORDS (5TH)s

Pages 68 thru 69
MOST COMMONLY PLAYED SUSPENDED, AUGMENTED, AND MINOR 9TH CHORDS

Page 70
DIMINISHED AND DIMINISHED 7TH CHORDS

Pages 71 thru 79
DOMINANT (7TH) CHORDS AND NINTH (9TH) CHORDS

Pages 80 thru 83
HOW TO TRANSPOSE CHORD PATTERNS

Pages 84 thru 85
HOW TO USE AND READ TABLATURE

Pages 86 thru 99
PRACTICE SCALE PATTERNS (Major, Minor Pentatonic and "Blues Scale) With Chord Progressions (Also String Bend Technique)
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2001

    I LOVE THIS BOOK

    I have bought several guitar books and never used them because they were not helpful. This book is wonderful. I have been playing the guitar for five years and have never learned so much than I have from reading this book. Thank you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2002

    Great Book for Real Beginners

    I have been playing the guitar for about a month. I have learned more from going through the chord progressions in this book than a [$$$] one I bought elsewhere. It certainly isn't all I need to know but it is a great start. I intend to go on to the next one in the series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    A Great Book For Beginners

    A great book for beginners though I found the combination of the book and lessons most helpful, I think the book is clear enough that you could use it to teach yourself guitar. The 'First Stage' Guitar Chord Chart offers a nice addition.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2001

    Easy Learning

    I can remember spending over three hundred dollars for my guitar and thinking I wasted that money because I didn't think I was ever going to be able to learn. With the help from this book I am learning fast.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    "First Stage" Guitar Book: Learn How To Play Guitar Easily & Quickly

    This book gets you well on your way, and leaves you eager to learn more

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

    Did Not Work For Me At All

    I was eager to try out this book, as I got all I could out of online sites (or at least that's what I thought). This book is mostly diagrams of chords. It took me about 10 minutes before I decided to return it. The only good thing about it is that it's spiral bound, making it easy to keep open in front of you while playing. It is not a step-by-step guide as is needed by beginning guitarists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    "First Stage" Guitar Book: Learn How To Play Guitar Easily & Quickly

    I like many others, own many 'how to play guitar' books. The vast majority of these books are either overly technical for the beginner, or present incomplete information that demands prior knowledge of guitar theory. This book presents chords (open and barre) in easy to read diagrams, along with progressions that take the guess work out of what chords sound good together. Of the many books I own, this, along Chris'other book,'The Next Stage Guitar Book', are my favorites. Rather than reinventing the wheel and taking years to learn the information presented in this book by trial and error, I'd suggest buying this book. It's like a treasure map that will simplify the guitar, and more importantly, allow you to have some fun rather than drown in years and years of theory before being able to play anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    Woo hoo!

    If you want clear, well thought out instruction thats also not going to break the bank, buy this book! Its that simple! This is by far and away the most effective guitar tuition book I've found. Both books are superb and the chord chart is really handy too! I will be buying more of Chris's books as soon as he gets round to finishing them... hint hint.... :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    By Far Is The Best I Have Seen Anywhere!

    This book with it's easy to see diagrams steps the beginner through the basics of the guitar from the proper positioning, tuning and the first few basic chords. One begins to sense an immediate feel of accomplishment from the basics of strumming and finger placement. The charts showing chords in the open and 'barre' combinations, in my opinion, takes this knowledge to a level that any student can expand with to the best of their current ability. The availability of this 'BUILDING BLOCK' feature paints a bright picture where as other books pile this information in following chapters. From the easy to read diagram explanations, transposing and 'tips along the way' the potential here is something that not only will the beginner find useful but many a player I'm sure will find resourceful. From the majors, minors, flats, sevenths and ninths this book by far is the best I have seen anywhere. If one finds this too elementary, it will make the perfect gift for an admirer!!! A definite 5+ *****!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    The Best Guitar Tutorial I've Seen

    The best guitar tutorial I've seen-excellent chord charts are easy to use, with logical progression that make it easy to locate desired chord. Simple and straight forward.

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