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Idiot's Guides As Easy As It Gets: Playing Guitar

Idiot's Guides As Easy As It Gets: Playing Guitar

By David Hodge Guitar Book Item: 74-1615644179
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Learning to play the guitar has never been easier! Idiot's Guides As Easy As It Gets: Playing Guitar begins with an introduction to different types of guitars and their parts, followed by helpful information on how to choose a guitar. You'll learn how to tune the guitar (supplemented with online audio), how to correctly hold it, how to read tablature, and about basic rhythm. Much of the remainder of the book gives you easy-to-follow instructions on learning chords, and each lesson is followed by a fun practice session and a simple song with which to practice the newly learned chords. In addition to over-the-shoulder color photos showing fingering positions and accompanying two-color chord charts that show exactly what to do, you can hear the chords, exercises, and songs performed from additional content online.


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Contents

Title
PART 1 GETTING YOUR GEAR
The Guitar--Past and Present
The Three Types of Guitars
Getting Your Guitar
Classical Guitars
Acoustic Guitars
Electric Guitars
Changing Strings on Classical and Acoustic Guitars
Changing Strings on Electric Guitars
General Maintenance and Care
PART 2 WARMING UP TO PLAY
The What and Where of Notes
Getting in Tune
Holding the Guitar
The Right Hand
The Left Hand
Reading Guitar Tablature
Reading Rhythm Notation
PART 3 GETTING GOOD WITH RHYTHM
Your First Easy Chords
More Easy Chords
Making Chord Changes in Rhythm
Root Notes and the "Bass/Strum"
Practice: Root Notes and Bass/Strum
Alternating Bass
Practice: Alternating Bass with Chord Changes
Practice: Alternating Bass Line
Strumming Eighth Notes
Practice: Eighth Note Strumming
Practice: Alternating Bass with Eighth Note Strum
Simple Syncopation
Introducing Suspended Chords
Practice: Syncopation and Suspended Chords
Practice: Syncopated Strumming
Taking a Rest
Combining Alternating Bass, Syncopation, and Rests
Practice: Rests, Alternating Bass, and Syncopation
Strumming Sixteenth Notes
Practice: A Little Island Music
Triplets and Swing Rhythms
Double Stops and Shuffles
Practice: Shuffle Style
C and G Chords
Practice: C and G Chord Changes
Walking Bass Lines
Practice: Walking Bass Lines
3/4 Timing
Slash Chords
Practice: Slash Chords
Practice: 3/4 Time and Slash Chords
PART 4 GROWING BEYOND THE BEGINNER STAGE
Half-Barre Chords
Practice: Half-Barre Chords
Practice: Song with F Chord
Percussive Strumming and String Muting
Left-Hand String Muting
Practice: Palm Muting
Practice: Percussive Strumming Techniques
Playing Arpeggios
Practice: Arpeggios with Chords Aadd9 and E7
Practice: Songs with Arpeggios
Basic Fingerpicking
Practice: Two Easy Classical Studies
Introduction to Travis-Style Fingerpicking
Practice: Basic Travis-Style Fingerpicking
Practice: Basic Travis-Style Fingerpicking with Pinching
Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
Strumming and Picking Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
Practice: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs
Slides and Bends
Practice: Slides and Bends
Practice: All Four Slurs
PART 5 ADDING THEORY TO YOUR PLAYING
The Major Scale
Intervals
How Chords Are Formed
Power Chords and Suspended Chords
Practice: Various 5 Chords and Suspended Chords
Seventh Chords
Practice: Various Seventh Chords
Really Fancy Chords
Practice: Various Fancy Chords
Full Barre Chords
Practice: Full Barre Chords
Creating Different Chord Voicings
Practice: Various Chord Voicings
Keys, Key Signatures, and the Circle of Fifths
Diatonic Chords and Transposing
Using a Capo
Practice: Song for Two Guitars
Playing with a Slide
Practice: Double Drop D Tuning
Practice: Celtic Song in DADGAD Tuning
Practice: Song in Unusual Alternate Tuning
Open Tuning
Practice: Open G Tuning
Practice: Rock Song in Open G Tuning
Practice: Hawaiian Slack-key Style in Open G Tuning
Practice: Open D Tuning
Practice: Fingerstyle in Open D Tuning
Practice: Blues Song in Open D Tuning with Slide
Crosspicking
Practice: Focusing on Crosspicking
Creating Fills
Practice: Fills Within a Song
Chord Melody
Practice: Simple Chord Melody
Getting Fancy with Chord Melody
Practice: Fancy Chord Melody
Playing in a Group
Practice: Playing in a Group--Second Guitar
APPENDIXES
Glossary
Chord Charts
For Further Study
Index

Additional Information

Series: Idiot's Guides: As Easy As It Gets
Author: David Hodge
Instrument: Guitar
Format: Book
Item Number: 74-1615644179
ISBN 10: 1-61564-417-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-61564-417-9
UPC: 9781615644179

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