Idiot's Guides: Playing Guitar, 1st Edition

  • David Hodge
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  • ISBN-10: 1615645705
  • ISBN-13: 9781615645701
  • DDC: 787.87193
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Learning to play the guitar has never been easier! This book 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, the reader can hear the chords, exercises, and songs performed online--with better visual instruction than can be provided with a DVD.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Getting Your Gear.
3: The Guitar—Past and Present.
4: The Three Types of Guitars.
5: Getting Your Guitar.
6: Classical Guitars.
7: Acoustic Guitars.
8: Electric Guitars.
9: Changing Strings on Classical and Acoustic Guitars.
10: Changing Strings on Electric Guitars.
11: General Maintenance and Care.
12: Warming Up to Play.
13: The What and Where of Notes.
14: Getting in Tune.
15: Holding the Guitar.
16: The Right Hand.
17: The Left Hand.
18: Reading Guitar Tablature.
19: Reading Rhythm Notation.
20: Getting Good with Rhythm.
21: Your First Easy Chords.
22: More Easy Chords.
23: Making Chord Changes in Rhythm.
24: Root Notes and the “Bass/Strum”.
25: Practice: Root Notes and Bass/Strum.
26: Alternating Bass.
27: Practice: Alternating Bass with Chord Changes.
28: Practice: Alternating Bass Line.
29: Strumming Eighth Notes.
30: Practice: Eighth Note Strumming.
31: Practice: Alternating Bass with Eighth Note Strum.
32: Simple Syncopation.
33: Introducing Suspended Chords.
34: Practice: Syncopation and Suspended Chords.
35: Practice: Syncopated Strumming.
36: Taking a Rest.
37: Combining Alternating Bass, Syncopation, and Rests.
38: Practice: Rests, Alternating Bass, and Syncopation.
39: Strumming Sixteenth Notes.
40: Practice: A Little Island Music.
41: Triplets and Swing Rhythms.
42: Double Stops and Shuffles.
43: Practice: Shuffle Style.
44: C and G Chords.
45: Practice: C and G Chord Changes.
46: Walking Bass Lines.
47: Practice: Walking Bass Lines.
48: 3/4 Timing.
49: Slash Chords.
50: Practice: Slash Chords.
51: Practice: 3/4 Time and Slash Chords.
52: Growing Beyond the Beginner Stage.
53: Half-Barre Chords.
54: Practice: Half-Barre Chords.
55: Practice: Song with F Chord.
56: Percussive Strumming and String Muting.
57: Left Hand String Muting.
58: Practice: Palm Muting.
59: Practice: Percussive Strumming Techniques.
60: Playing Arpeggios.
61: Practice: Arpeggios with Chords Aadd9 and E7.
62: Practice: Songs with Arpeggios.
63: Basic Fingerpicking.
64: Practice: Two Easy Classical Studies.
65: Introduction to Travis-Style Fingerpicking.
66: Practice: Basic Travis-Style Fingerpicking.
67: Practice: Basic Travis-Style Fingerpicking with Pinching.
68: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs.
69: Strumming and Picking Hammer-ons and Pull-offs.
70: Practice: Hammer-ons and Pull-offs.
71: Slides and Bends.
72: Practice: Slides and Bends.
73: Practice: All Four Slurs.
74: Adding Theory to Your Playing.
75: The Major Scale.
76: Intervals.
77: How Chords Are Formed.
78: Power Chords and Suspended Chords.
79: Practice: Various 5 Chords and Suspended Chords.
80: Seventh Chords.
81: Practice: Various Seventh Chords.
82: Really Fancy Chords.
83: Practice: Various Fancy Chords.
84: Full Barre Chords.
85: Practice: Full Barre Chords.
86: Creating Different Chord Voicings.
87: Practice: Various Chord Voicings.
88: Keys, Key Signatures, and the Circle of Fifths.
89: Diatonic Chords and Transposing.
90: Using a Capo.
91: Practice: Song for Two Guitars.
92: Playing with a Slide.
93: Alternate Tuning.
94: Practice: Double Drop D Tuning.
95: Practice: Celtic Song in DADGAD Tuning.
96: Practice: Song in Unusual Alternate Tuning.
97: Open Tuning.
98: Practice: Open G Tuning.
99: Practice: Rock Song in Open G Tuning.
100: Practice: Hawaiian Slack-key Style in Open G Tuning.
101: Practice: Open D Tuning.
102: Practice: Fingerstyle in Open D Tuning.
103: Practice: Blues Song in Open D Tuning with Slide.
104: Crosspicking.
105: Practice: Focusing on Crosspicking.
106: Creating Fills.
107: Practice: Fills Within a Song.
108: Chord Melody.
109: Practice: Simple Chord Melody.
110: Getting Fancy with Chord Melody.
111: Practice: Fancy Chord Melody.
112: Playing in a Group.
113: Practice: Playing in a Group—Second Guitar.
Chord Charts.
For Further Study.
Photo Credits.
About the Author.