Blues Guitar For Dummies

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Do you wish you could play your favorite blues music on guitar?Even if you don’t read music, it’s not difficult withBlues Guitar for Dummies. With this hands-on guide,you’ll pick up the fundamentals instantly and start jamminglike your favorite blues artists!

Blues Guitar for Dummies covers all aspects of bluesguitar, showing you how to play scales, chords, progressions,riffs, solos, and more! It’s packed with musical examples,chords charts, and photos that let you explore the genre and playthe songs of the great blues musicians. This accessible guide willgive you the skills you need to:

  • Choose the right guitar, equipment, and strings
  • Hold, tune, and get situated with your guitar
  • Play barre chords and strum to the rhythm
  • Recognize the structure of a blues song
  • Tackle musical riffs
  • Master melodies and solos
  • Make your guitar sing, cry, and wail
  • Jam to any type of blues

In addition to this must-have book, a bonus CD is included sothat you can listen to famous songs, practice your riffs andchords, and develop your style as a blues musician. It alsofeatures a quick guide to musical notation and suggestions onalbums, artists, and guitars for further enjoyment. With BluesGuitar for Dummies, you can re-create the masterpieces of theblues legend without the expensive lessons!

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Make your music come alive with this indispensable guitarguide

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.

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John Wiley & Sons
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May 23, 2011
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Face it, being a rock guitarist is just about the coolest thing youcan be – next to a secret agent with a black belt inkarate. But even if you were a butt-kicking international person ofmystery, playing rock guitar would still be cooler because itinvolves art, passion, power, poetry, and the ability to move anaudience of listeners. Whether "moving your listeners" means mowingdown crowd surfers with your power chords or making the audiencecry with your sensitive melodies, no other musical instrumentallows you so much versatility. 

Whatever rocks your world, Rock Guitar For Dummies canhelp you bring that message out through your fingers and onto thatelectric guitar that's slung over your shoulder. If you're abeginner, you'll discover what you need to know to start playingimmediately, without drowning in complicated music theory. Ifyou've been playing for a while, you can pick up some tips to helpimprove your playing and move to the next level.

Here's a sampling of the topics covered in Rock Guitar ForDummies:

How electric guitars and amplifiers work

Choosing the right guitar and amp for you, and how to care forthem

Left-hand and right-hand guitar techniques

The different styles of rock guitar playingCreating great riffsThe history of rock guitarBuying accessories for your new toyTop Ten lists of the guitarists you should listen to, the rockalbums you must have, and the classic guitars you should knowabout

Rock Guitar For Dummies also comes with a CD thatincludes audio of every example shown in the book, plus play-alongtracks with a band.

So, if you consider yourself an air guitar virtuoso and wouldlike to try the real thing, Rock Guitar For Dummies can helpyou on your way to becoming an accomplished guitarist.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials arenot included as part of eBook file.

Do you love sitting at home playing guitar, but find yourself playing the same old things over and over without making much progress?

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.

Content includes:

* 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 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.

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