After completing this book, you will have gained a clear understanding of chords and progressions in a variety of musical styles.
When other musicians invite you to jam, do you worry that you won’t be able to keep up?
Are you a veteran guitarist who has played for years, but you’re embarrassed to admit you have no idea what you’re doing?
If you want to take your guitar playing to the next level, compose songs like you hear on the radio, and improvise your own music, then you need Fretboard Theory.
Fretboard Theory by Desi Serna teaches music theory for guitar including scales, chords, progressions, modes and more. The hands-on approach to theory shows you how music "works" on the guitar fretboard by visualizing shapes and patterns and how they connect to make music.
* Learn pentatonic and major scale patterns as used to play melodies, riffs, solos, and bass lines
* Move beyond basic chords and common barre chords by playing the types of chord inversions and chord voicings used by music's most famous players
* Chart guitar chord progressions and play by numbers like the pros * Identify correct scales to play over chords and progressions so you can improvise at will
* Create new sounds with music modes and get to know Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian and Locrian
* Add variety to your playing by using intervals such as thirds, fourths, and sixths
* Increase your chord vocabulary by using added chord tones and extensions to play chord types such as major 7, minor 7, sus2, sus4, add9, and more
* Learn how all the different aspects of music fit together to make a great song
* See how theory relates to popular styles of music and familiar songs
Fretboard Theory will have you mastering music like a pro easier and faster than you ever thought possible. Plus, it's the ONLY GUITAR THEORY RESOURCE in the world that includes important details to hundreds of popular songs. You learn how to play in the style of pop, rock, acoustic, blues, and more!
This guitar instruction is perfect whether you want to jam, compose or just understand the music you play better. The material is suitable for both acoustic and electric guitar, plus it features many references to bass.
Level: Recommended for intermediate level players on up.
Fretboard Theory is also available as a 21-hour video series that is sold separately on the author's GuitarMusicTheory.com website. Visit the website and sign up for email lessons to sample the footage.
Fretboard Theory Volume II
When you're ready to take your playing to the next level, get the second book in the series, Fretboard Theory Volume II, which is also available as a 12-hour video series.
With an approachable and engaging style, Guitar Theory For Dummies goes beyond guitar basics, presenting the guidance intermediate to advanced players need to improve their improvisational and compositional skills. Plus, with access to audio tracks and video instruction online you can master the concepts and techniques covered in the book.
Key content coverage includes: pentatonic and major scale patterns; the CAGED chord system, chord progressions, and playing by numbers; roots, keys, and applying scales, plus modes and modal scales; intervals and chord extensions; popular song references and theory applications that help you understand how to play popular music and contemporary guitar styles, and create music of your own.This title also features companion audio tracks and video content hosted online at Dummies.comThe expert instruction and easy-to-digest information provides comprehensive guidance on how to apply music theory concepts to fretted instruments
If you already have a handle on the basics and want to know more about the building blocks and theory behind guitar music, Guitar Theory For Dummies has you covered.
* Covers intermediate to advanced syncopations
* Relates the notes you’re reading to the fretboard on the guitar
* Teaches reading in common meters, odd meters, double time, and cut time
* Guitar fingerboard chart
Be your own teacher, and let Alfred be your resource every step of the way.
Each of us carries a song inside us, the song that makes us human. Zen Guitar provides the key to unlocking this song—a series of life lessons presented through the metaphor of music.
Philip Sudo offers his own experiences with music to enable us to rediscover the harmony in each of our lives and open ourselves to Zen awareness uniquely suited to the Western Mind. Through fifty-eight lessons that provide focus and a guide, the reader is led through to Zen awareness. This harmony is further illuminated through quotes from sources ranging from Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix to Miles Davis. From those who have never strummed a guitar to the more experienced, Zen Guitar shows how the path of music offers fulfillment in all aspects of life—a winning idea and an instant classic.
The book features the following resources for reference during and after your lessons:
* Mandolin accompaniments
* Mandolin chord dictionary
* Mandolin fingering chart
Be your own teacher, and let Alfred be your resource every step of the way.
There's no denying that guitar players have cachet. The guitaris an ever-present part of our collective musical heritage, and thesound can be sensual, aggressive, or a million things in between.Whether you're hoping to conquer Free Bird, Bourée, or BoleroMallorquin, you need to learn to walk before you can run. Even onceyou can run, you need something to help you clear hurdles along theway.
That's where Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition,comes in. It's your complete compendium of guitar instruction,written in clear, concise For Dummies style. Itcovers everything from positioning and basic chords to guitartheory and playing styles, and even includes maintenance advice tokeep your instrument sounding great. It's an amazing resource fornewbies and veterans alike, and offers you the opportunity tostretch beyond your usual genre.Forge the sound of rock, blues, classical, and moreUnderstand the music theory behind guitar masteryExpress yourself through your own compositionsPerform practice exercises for muscle memory and dexterity
Guitar All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, includesaccess to audio tracks and instructional videos to guide youthrough the lessons and inspire you to play often, which is thenumber-one key to success. You get advice and instruction from someof the most respected guitar teachers in the business, plus onlineresources, for less than the cost of a single lesson. GuitarAll-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition, is the key to bringingyour music to life.
This “Complete Berzerker's Guide to World Tour Domination” provides tips and tests for the True Rocker—as wild man Zakk Wylde invites all who dare onto the tour bus for brain-bursting tales of glory, debauchery, and general mayhem in the dangerous metal universe.
* Gain new perspective on keys and tonalities so that you have total control over the music you play
* Get to know scale formulas and new number systems so you know music from the inside out
* Push to and resolve on chords using dominant function and voice leading
* Change keys, borrow chords, and mix modes in order to add more variety to your chord progressions
* Get jazzy by using chromatic, diminished, and augmented passing chords
* Become a more proficient lead guitarist by narrowing your focus to the scale patterns preferred by the pros
* Make your lead lines more melodic and give them more direction with chord tone soloing
* Create new sounds and new chord progressions with the harmonic minor scale
* Add more depth and dimension to your playing by using pedal point and pedal tones
Fretboard Theory Volume II is also available as a 12-hour video series that is sold separately on the author's GuitarMusicTheory.com website. Visit the website and sign up for email lessons to sample the footage.
Level: Recommended for intermediate level players on up who have already completed the first volume of Fretboard Theory.
into the Music Business
Completely revised and updated for the twenty-first century, The Music Business provides essential career advice and information on how to get started and advance in all areas of the music industry—from an author who’s had careers in music as an artist and professor for more than two decades. This comprehensive volume gives you guidance and information on:
• Starting your music career
• The ins and outs of recording contracts
• Record producing and music engineering
• The distribution and sale of records
• The Internet and MP3s, and their effects on the music industry
• The latest computer programs
• Copyright law
• Composing music and songwriting
• Music education
• The international music industry
• And much more . . .
The Music Business is an indispensable reference for anyone who wants to begin a career in any of the industry’s facets, as well as an invaluable aid to professional and would-be professional musicians alike.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The bass is the heart of music. So leave center stage to theother musicians—you have more important work to do. You canfind everything you need to dominate bass in Bass Guitar ForDummies, 3rd Edition.
You'll get expert advice on the basics, like deciding what kindof bass to buy and which accessories are necessary and which arejust nice to have. Plus, you'll get step-by-step instructions forgetting started, from how to hold and position your bass to readingnotation and understanding chords, scales, and octaves to playingsolos and fills.Access to audio tracks and instructional videos onDummies.comNew musical exercises as well as updates to charts,illustrations, photos, and resources
Whether you're a beginner picking up a bass for the first timeor an experienced player looking to improve your skills, BassGuitar For Dummies is an easy-to-follow reference that givesyou just enough music theory to get you going on your way fast!
"Plenty of detail that goes into posture, hand position, thumb position, etc. The notation and strumming is really good here because it builds up in stages. In a lesson, you can introduce it in this way piece by piece and not overwhelm the student." -- Michael Hanna, Grade 8 RS.Guitar - Larne Guitar School (N.Ireland)
Learn to Play Guitar is comprehensive and clear with over 180 photographic examples, illustrations and purpose made diagrams. This guitar book includes 42 downloadable mp3 tracks of full band demo and backing track with the guitar removed for you to play over. Learn to Play Guitar bridges the gaps explaining guitar techniques that can be taken for granted by more experienced guitar players.
Melodies: To get you straight into playing music, numbers have been added underneath guitar tablature to assist with the rhythm. Later on, the rhythmical aspect of conventional music notation is covered so you can use it in conjunction with tablature.
Rhythm Guitar: Changing between chords and strumming are presented as separate subjects initially, so that you can develop coordination in each hand independently. They are then brought together starting basic and getting more advanced until there is a rhythm guitar musical piece to play.
Music theory: The major scale, minor scale, major and minor pentatonic scales and basic major and minor chord construction are explained in terms of the fret-board and reinforced by musical pieces in various styles to make the learning process practical and enjoyable.
What else?: Fret-board layout, power chords, barre chords, how to string a guitar, how to practise guitar, palm muting and basic lead guitar techniques.
Please Note: The eBook includes musical pieces so is not suitable for smaller screens.
"This top value eBook and MP3 package covers a wide range topics essential for all guitarists. Over 100 pages with plenty of information and solid advice that a player can dip into as needed. Evans does not gloss over the often neglected area of reading notation for rhythm. There are many examples to practice (melodies and rhythm patterns) with the backing tracks. I was especially interested in the final section of exercises to keep your body guitar-ready. A very useful tool to help you progress with your guitar playing." -- Hedley Timbs BA(Mus), Grad.Dip. Teaching (New Zealand)
"Awesome. Well laid out, easy to look at and there is the supplemental material to top it off. The theory may get tedious for some, it's hard to not teach theory but most people seem to have an aversion to it, the idea of discipline I think." -- Gernot Schlegel, Professional Guitarist & Teacher (Canada)
"There’s two ways of learning the guitar – the first is two learn enough of the basics to fly towards playing your favourite songs competently, and the second is to intensively gain an understanding of the instrument by forming a solid foundation through taking your time with it in the early stages. The book titled “Learn to play Guitar” by Gareth Evans is of the latter approach. Through reading and learning from this book, players can discover a deep, extensive and in-depth approach to the technique, theory and everything else related to being a good beginner guitarist. Newcomers can learn positive and productive exercises to train their body to better play the guitar (not just their fingers) and across the 120 or so pages within, it’s clear that the writer has put a lot of time into figuring out the right approach for starters to take when adjusting to the standard 6-string. Would recommend this for anyone who is looking to get a really solid grip on how to play the guitar, and also to tutors who are looking at ways to improve their own tutoring abilities." -- Logan Ellis, Mgr. Spiderhands Productions Ltd (New Zealand)
"Learn to play Guitar is an ideal companion to support the beginner on their new found musical journey. Highly recommended." -- Liam Cain, BMus (hons) Professional Guitarist (UK)
a definition of the blues and the major genres within it
key artists such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson
Complete with timelines and suggestions for further investigation, this fascinating overview is ideal for students and interested listeners.
Orchestral themes by Brahms, Beethoven, Gershwin, Haydn, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Schubert and Tchaikovsky and other composers are included. Operatic themes by Bizet, Mozart, Offenbach, Puccini, Verdi and others are included. Each arrangement contains chord symbols and a short, insightful anecdote on each piece.
This compact dictionary of over 500 popular chords in their most common voicings feature clare photographs and easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. The spiral binding allows you to lay the book flat for easy reference while playing. Fingering diagrams for each chord are clearly indicated on a fretboard, and tips on technique are given together with relevant chord sequences.
Whether your musical style favors rock, pop, blues, soul, jazz, funk, counry, or classical, this handy take-anywhere volume puts the techniques for making great guitar music at your fingertips, and sets you on the road to becoming a true chordmaster./div
The bass guitar is utilized in almost every single genre ofmusic-rock, classical, jazz, metal, funk, and country just to namea few. Bass Guitar Exercises For Dummies provides bassistsan opportunity to dabble with all these styles and more. Regardlessof your intended musical style, this hands-on guide provides thetips and drills designed to help perfect your playing ability.Features a wide variety of over 300 exercises andtechnique-building practice opportunities tailored to bassguitarFrom classic blues bass rhythms to funk, rock, and reggae basspatterns, players of all styles benefit from the exercises andchords presentedShows you proper hand and body posture and fingering and handpositionsEach lesson concludes with a music piece for you to tryThe audio CD includes practice pieces that accompany theexercises and drills presented in each sectionHelps you build your strength, endurance, and dexterity whenplaying bass
Whether you're a beginner bass player or you're looking tostretch your playing skills, Bass Guitar Exercises ForDummies is the book for you!
CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not includedas part of the e-book file, but are available for download afterpurchase.
Whether you've been strumming the guitar since you were a kid or are just starting out, The Only Guitar Book You'll Ever Need will help you take your music to the next level. Filled with clear, step-by-step instructions and tons of professional tips, this guide teaches you everything you need to know about playing a guitar, from buying the right model to performing all your favorite songs. This book also includes helpful information on:Reading musicTuning any guitarMastering scales and chordsAlternating tuning, harmonics, and slide playingEquipment, such as straps, amplifiers, strings, and pedals
A complete introduction to one of the world's most popular instruments, The Only Guitar Book You'll Ever Need shows you how to master the guitar in no time!
Co-editor of frieze, Europe's foremost magazine of contemporary art and culture, Dan Fox has authored over two hundred essays, interviews, and reviews and contributed to numerous catalogues and publications produced by major international art galleries and institutions.
"Best in Show" Award at Winter NAMM 2012 presented by Music Inc. magazine.
The newest addition to the highly successful Dummiesinstrument-instruction line, Mandolin For Dummies gives youeasy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction on learning to play themandolin. Following the time-tested Dummies format, Mandolin ForDummies provides a level of content and instruction greaterthan anything currently available.
Mandolin For Dummies breaks down the fundamentals of thisinstrument and provides the resources you need to practice andimprove your ability over time.Packed with individualized instruction on key mandolin-friendlymusical styles, including Irish and Celtic, "old time" Americanmusic, blues, bluegrass, swing, and jazzFiles available via download provide audio tracks from thebook and exercises so you can play along and build your skills --almost 2 hours of music!Clear and useful photos and diagrams ensure you fret, strum,and pick with precisionIncludes a mandolin buying guide to help ensure you make theright purchasesTips on restringing mandolins and other DIY care andmaintenance topics
If you're an aspiring mandolin player, don't fret! MandolinFor Dummies has you covered.
The story follows Dan Roberts in this journey, following his experiences of first love; of grief; despair; facing his past; of faith – experiences from the wonderful journey of life. The title, Nine Lives, derives from Dan’s feeling, shared by many of us, a feeling of how our lives can sometimes appear almost as if they are made up of different chapters; as if some past events were lived in a different life.
This book takes the reader on an emotional journey containing many feelings and reflections on life to which all readers can relate from their own experiences, so purposely provoking discussion in the reader’s mind, a quiet contemplation; but without seeking to give a viewindeed, it is as if the reader is joining the author on this journey of discovery as he finds these different thoughts arriving within him.
The author has a distinctive voice, a unique style of writing which flows and is somewhat poetic. With an incredibly honest approach and a certain rawness, this novel gives a deep and meaningful insight into love and life, which will appeal equally to male, female, young and old
Nine Lives is the first novel from the author, Dan Fox. Further information can be found at www.danfox,ch
*See You at the Bottom
*Same Damn Life
*Words as Weapons
*Suffer It All
*Watch Me Drown
*Nobody Praying for Me
*Keep the Dogs at Bay
*Burn the World
In 100 Books Every Folk Music Fan Should Own, performer and historian Dick Weissman offers a reliable route through the growing sea of book-length studies, establishing for future scholars a foundation for their research. Beginning with early twentieth-century collections of folk songs, the author brings readers to the present by exploring modern studies of important events, critical collections of primary sources, the most significant musical instruction guides, and in-depth portraits of traditional and contemporary American folk musicians. For each title selected, Weissman provides his own brief summary of its contents and assessment of its significance for the reader—whether fan or scholar.
Folk music fans, scholars, and students of the American folk music tradition—indeed, any reader seeking guidance on the best books in the field—will want a copy of this vital work.
The first single from the record, "Photograph," reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Pop 100 Charts (2006) and the album's second single, "Animals," has already reached the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Charts (2006). The album also includes "Side of a Bullet," written about the murder of guitarist Dimebag Darrell (featuring a Dimebag guitar solo overdubbed posthumously). This book provides authentic guitar TAB for all the songs on the record.
* Follow You Home
* Fight for All the Wrong Reasons
* Savin' Me
* Far Away
* Next Contestant
* Side of a Bullet
* If Everyone Cared
* Someone That You're With
This complete edition combines all of the essential instructional material from Books 1, 2, and 3 of Alfred's Basic Guitar Method. Written in standard notation, it guides guitarists through the basics of playing the guitar using rock, blues, country, and folk music. In addition, techniques such as bending, sliding, the hammer-on, and the pull-off are covered.
Your Guitar Wants To Be Understood!
It's here, yes, it's possible. A single Diagram can show you how to play any Major and Minor Scale and their Modes, any Major and Minor Pentatonic Scale and their Modes, how to build Chords, and to make and identify Intervals, from one end of the guitar fretboard to the other! It's now offered in this book, ready to help you play great guitar!
The Fretboard Positions Diagram brings the main Scales, Modes, Chords, and Intervals together on the fretboard and illustrates their relationships, which in turn helps in learning and remembering them. When you know the Diagram for one Key, it's then a matter of choosing a Position and using it at the proper fret to play in other Major and Minor Keys.
What you'll have in this book:
• The Fretboard Positions Diagram with full color Fingering Patterns on a 24 fret guitar neck
• A thorough collection of the Fretboard Positions Diagram for all of the Major Keys
• Extensive collections of specific Reference Diagrams for each of the 84 Modes of the Major Keys, for the Modes over their mated Triads within each Position, and for all of the Minor Keys
• Coverage of musical principles for Major and Minor Scales, Major and Minor Keys, Intervals, Chords, Modes, typical Chords in a song, Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales, and Solos and Improvising using Scales and Modes
• Coverage of CAGED on the guitar fretboard
• Relating the Blues Scale, the Harmonic Minor Scale, and the Melodic Minor Scale to the Fretboard Positions Diagram
• All kinds of musical insights and epiphanies brought together in one place
Taking a practical approach, the authors -- one a successful music publisher and attorney, the other a songwriter and music business professor -- explain in simple terms the basic concept of copyright law as it pertains to compositions. Throughout, they give practical examples from "real world" situations that illuminate both potential pitfalls and possible upsides for the working composers.
Each song is arranged in easy guitar keys at an easy--intermediate level, and all pieces are suitable for recitals, concerts, and solo performances. Beloved by generations of gamers around the globe, these instantly recognizable melodies are drawn from more than two decades of NintendoŒ¬ video games, from Koji Kondo's iconic "Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Ground Background Music" to the New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Wiiä‹¢ themes. Adding to the fun, graphics from the corresponding games grace each page of the sheet music. Impress friends, family, and audiences of all ages by playing from this magnificent collection, which makes a great gift for every guitarist.
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Ground Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Underground Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Underwater Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Invincible Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢: The Lost Levels EndingŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ 3 Map 1Œæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ 3 Ground Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ 3 Boss of the FortressŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ 3 Skyship Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Worldä‹¢ TitleŒæ
* Super Mario Worldä‹¢ Castle Background MusicŒæ
* Dr. Marioä‹¢ ChillŒæ
* Dr. Marioä‹¢ Title Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Kartä‹¢ Mario CircuitŒæ
* Super Mario Worldä‹¢ 2 Yoshi's Islandä‹¢ AthleticŒæ
* Super Mario Worldä‹¢ 2 Yoshi's Islandä‹¢ Ground Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario 64ä‹¢ Main ThemeŒæ
* Super Mario 64ä‹¢ Water LandŒæ
* Mario Kartä‹¢ 64 CircuitŒæ
* Super Mario Sunshineä‹¢ Dolpic TownŒæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ TitleŒæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Giant Background MusicŒæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Battle Background Music 2Œæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Battle Background Music 1Œæ
* Super Mario Galaxyä‹¢ Ending Staff Credit RollŒæ
* Mario Kartä‹¢ Wiiä‹¢ Rainbow RoadŒæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Wiiä‹¢ TitleŒæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Wiiä‹¢ Ground Background Music
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Wiiä‹¢ Underwater Background MusicŒæ
* New Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Wiiä‹¢ Desert Background MusicŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Time Up Warning FanfareŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Course Clear FanfareŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ World Clear FanfareŒæ
* Super Mario Bros.ä‹¢ Power Down, Game Over
The authors draw on years of experience as songwriters and performers. They have conducted interviews with many singer/songwriters who share their experiences, both good and bad, as they’ve worked their way up from local gigs to full-time careers. Throughout, practical tips are highlighted and real-life stories help illuminate common issues faced by all performers/songwriters.
Well now the answers to your questions and all the steps are laid out in my Guitar Set Up Guide. My guide contains all the information you need based on my 20+ years of experience as a guitar tech. It also answers many questions that you may have asked yourself about intonation, adjusting pickups, cleaning your frets and so forth. To help you better understand the set up process I have included many detailed photos as well as instructional videos showing you how the set up is done.
I wrote this Guitar Set Up Guide for guitar players who want to set up and maintain their own guitars and for the player who just want to know this information so they can relate to their techs. All the content is geared for the very beginner to the advanced player. I receive dozens of emails per week asking a wide variety of guitar related questions and now the answers are incorporated in one comprehensive guide. Questions such as:
"How far away should the pickups be from the strings"?
"Which way do I turn the truss rod adjustment to straighten my guitar's neck"?
"What is the easiest way to clean the frets on my guitar"?
"I've tried to intonate my guitar but it still doesn't play in tune. Why is this"?
"To increase sustain I should adjust my pickups as close as possible to the strings, right"?
"What do I do if the bridge on my guitar doesn't have a way to adjust the intonation"?
"Is there an easy way to remove all the strings on my archtop guitar with a floating bridge and quickly get it intonated"?
"I find it difficult to adjust the truss rod on my guitar because the adjustment is at the heel. Is there an easy way to do this"?
And many more...
If you want to improve your timing, sharpen your technique, orget inspired by new ideas, Guitar Rhythm & Technique ForDummies breaks down the basics of reading, counting, strumming,and picking rhythms on guitar to make you an ace on the axe in notime. With the help of this friendly guide, you'll learn to playexamples of eighth and sixteenth note rhythms—includingcommon strum patterns heard in popular music—to improve yourguitar rhythm, feel, and timing. Plus, access to audio downloadsand online video lessons complement the coverage presented in thebook, giving you the option of supplementing your reading withadditional visual and audio learning.
There's no denying that guitar is one of the coolest musicalinstruments on the planet. Okay, perhaps undeniably thecoolest. Whether you bow at the feet of Chuck Berry, KeithRichards, the Edge, or Eddie Van Halen, they all have one thing incommon: they make it look incredibly, naturally easy! However,anyone who's actually picked up a guitar knows that masteringrhythm and technique is something that takes a lot ofpractice—not to mention good coaching. Luckily, GuitarRhythm & Technique For Dummies makes your aspirations toplay guitar like the pros attainable with loads of helpfulstep-by-step instruction on everything from mastering hammer-ons,pull-offs, and slides to perfecting your picking—andbeyond.Covers strum patterns, articulations, picking techniques, andmoreShowcases musical styles such as pop, rock, blues, folk, andfunkIncludes techniques for playing with both your right and lefthandProvides access to online audio tracks and video instruction soyou can master the concepts and techniques presented in thebook
Whether you're new to guitar or an advanced player looking toimprove your musical timing and skills, Guitar Rhythm &Technique For Dummies quickly gets you in the groove before therhythm gets you.
Using the tools of his day job as a cognitive psychologist, Gary Marcus becomes his own guinea pig as he takes up the guitar. In a powerful and incisive look at how both children and adults become musical, Guitar Zero traces Marcus’s journey, what he learned, and how anyone else can learn, too. A groundbreaking peek into the origins of music in the human brain, this musical journey is also an empowering tale of the mind’s enduring plasticity.
Marcus investigates the most effective ways to train body and brain to learn to play an instrument, in a quest that takes him from Suzuki classes to guitar gods. From deliberate and efficient practicing techniques to finding the right music teacher, Marcus translates his own experience—as well as reflections from world-renowned musicians—into practical advice for anyone hoping to become musical, or to learn a new skill.
Guitar Zero debunks the popular theory of an innate musical instinct while simultaneously challenging the idea that talent is only a myth. While standing the science of music on its head, Marcus brings new insight into humankind’s most basic question: what counts as a life well lived? Does one have to become the next Jimi Hendrix to make a passionate pursuit worthwhile, or can the journey itself bring the brain lasting satisfaction?
For all those who have ever set out to play an instrument—or wish that they could—Guitar Zero is an inspiring and fascinating look at the pursuit of music, the mechanics of the mind, and the surprising rewards that come from following one’s dreams.