Guitar Exercises For Dummies includes over 300 exercises along with lots of technique-building practice opportunities. It starts off with warm-up exercises (on and off-instrument) and then logically transitions to scales, scale sequences, arpeggios, arpeggio sequences, and chords, with a focus on building strength and consistency as well as refining technique.
About the Author
Mark Phillips is a guitarist, arranger, author, and editor with more than 30 years in music publishing. Jon Chappell is a multi-style guitarist, arranger, author, and journalist, and former editor of Guitar magazine. Phillips and Chappell are bestselling authors of Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition.
Table of Contents
Part I: Preparing to Practice.
Chapter 1: Reviewing Guitar Fundamentals.
Chapter 2: Warming Up for Your Practice Sessions.
Part II: Scales and Scale Sequences.
Chapter 3: Putting the Major Scales to Use in Your Playing.
Chapter 4: Adding Major Scale Sequences to Your Repertoire.
Chapter 5: Tackling the Three Minor Scales.
Chapter 6: Examining Minor Scale Sequences.
Part III: Arpeggios and Arpeggio Sequences.
Chapter 7: Breaking Out with Major Arpeggios.
Chapter 8: Discovering How to Play Major Arpeggio Sequences.
Chapter 9: Getting to Know Minor Arpeggios.
Chapter 10: Looking at Minor Arpeggio Sequences.
Chapter 11: Enhancing Your Playing with Seventh Chord Arpeggios.
Chapter 12: Trying Your Hand at Seventh Chord Arpeggio Sequences.
Part IV: Chords and Additional Exercises.
Chapter 13: Building Finger Independence with Chord Exercises.
Chapter 14: Developing Strength and Speed by Playing Single-Note Exercises.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten Tips for Maximizing Your Practice Time.
Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Improve Your Musicianship.
Appendix: How to Use the CD.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
At first I was a bit skeptical of the quality of an musical instructional book "for dummies", but it was the only comprehensive guide covering scales and arpeggios, so I picked it up. The great thing about this book is that it really acts as an instructional guide as opposed to most scale books which are really just reference guides. This book is best for the player who has a good bit of experience with chords, overall technique, alternate picking, etc. I was in a position where I've been playing for years, trying to learn songs from tab. I knew learning scales would make a huge difference in the quality of my playing as well as make it easier to learn new songs. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to bring their playing to a new level by learning scales and arpeggios.
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