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Guitar Adventures: Fun, Informative, and Step-By-Step Lesson Guide, Beginner & Intermediate Levels (Book & Streaming Videos) (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction) Kindle Edition

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Praise for Damon Ferrante's Guitar Books and Music:
  • "Damon is an extraordinary composer, but he is also a shredder. I have had some very revealing conversations with him about his secrets. This book now makes Damon's experience available to any and all. It covers the basics and then goes on to a unique approach to advanced scales." William Anderson, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist 
  • "Damon Ferrante has written a clear and comprehensive book about guitar. I know him as an accomplished composer and guitarist, and this book is a wonderful step by step guide. Helpful for the beginner or intermediate-level guitarist. Oren Fader, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist
  • "Damon Ferrante is more than an outstanding guitar teacher; he is also a conservatory-trained composer of important new music. He brings to this book a deep, lived, knowledge of the theory and practice of Western harmony--he has taken apart and re-assembled musical 'sense' in a thousand ways as performer, teacher, and composer. The result is this book, a refreshingly clear, uncluttered approach to chords on the guitar." Robert Battistini, Professor and Music Writer

From the Author

As a music professor and guitar instructor, for over 25 years, I was always looking for a book that would teach beginner guitar in a fun, clear, and useful format. Since I could not find one for my students, I decided to write one myself. Guitar Adventures is the product of these efforts and is designed for Beginner and Intermediate guitarists.

You might also find Guitar Adventures useful and fun, if you are a:
  • Guitar Teacher, who is looking for material for beginner and intermediate guitar students
  • Teacher, who would like to play the guitar in the classroom
  • Parent, who would like your children to learn how to play the guitar
  • Musician, who would like to add the guitar to the instruments you know how to play.

Product Details

  • File Size: 34044 KB
  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Steeplechase Arts (January 13, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097GFR06
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,356 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Widely regarded among professional musicians, teachers, and students for his books' power to inspire a deeper understanding and passion for music, Damon Ferrante is a composer, guitarist, and professor of piano studies and music theory. In 2014, Longwood University presented him with the Simkins Award for his achievements and significant contribution to music education and culture. Damon has taught on the music faculties of Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. For over 25 years, Damon has taught guitar, piano, composition, and music theory.

This is what Amazon readers have said about his books:

"This book is a dynamo! It covers guitar scales, music theory, and fretboard theory (all in one) in an easy, lesson-based format. It's a great find and very useful for my song writing and music theory."

"This has to be one of the best tools I have ever read for learning the piano."

"We got our 7 year old a guitar for her birthday since she had been showing an interest in musical instruments. Neither of us know how to play and didn't want it to end up in the closet or collecting dust in some corner of the room. I found this book on Amazon and decided to try it first before investing in lessons. I am so glad I did!"

Damon has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. His main teachers have been David Rakowski at Columbia University, Stanley Wolfe at Juilliard, and Bruno Amato at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. Damon has written two operas, a guitar concerto, song cycles, orchestral music, and numerous solo and chamber music works. He is the editor-in-chief of the music publisher Steeplechase Arts.

Check out www.steeplechasemusic.com for more information and free bonus lessons for the books or follow us on Twitter @SteeplechaseArt.

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73 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Jon M. Acheson on November 1, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Damon Ferrante's Guitar Adventures, which I've just worked my way through (61 lessons in about as many pages), is extremely clear and to the point. Damon moves you from basic knowledge of the fretboard into basic chords. There are just a few diagrams on each page, so it is very easy to follow. He ends each section with checklists and reminders for reinforcement. Within a few hours the beginning student will make rapid progress into this book and learn about root notes and major, minor, augmented, and diminished chord structures. Damon's approach is about fingers and notes and movement along the fretboard, not just memorization of chord charts. He doesnt try to do too much in this first book, but it does progress and build as it goes. Music theory can be daunting to beginners or anyone who doesnt actually read music, but Damon's stripped down clarity makes it easy both to play the guitar right away with a variety of chords as well as gain some fundamental musical literacy along the way. It's a simple book meant to quickly advance the beginning guitarist. Coming from a talented multi-instrument musician, music teacher and composer, the book is a very clear approach for learning how to play acoustic or electric guitar. The added free video channel lessons are excellent reinforcement for visual learners.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Barb on August 22, 2012
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Although I am not one to take the time to write a lot of reviews, I simply love this book. Not only does it allow for beginners to get their feet wet right away, but it gets progressively more difficult over time. I found the play-along videos to be especially rewarding in that I was able to play along with the songs from the book on my computer. The Rockabilly track is my favorite so far.

I have heard Damon Ferrante play a number of times and it's great to have a book by a virtuoso electric guitarist who is also a terrific teacher.

I have only a couple of hours per week to practice and I have trouble organizing my practice sessions.

This book makes it easy for me because each lesson:
- focuses on a few chords or one song
- is fun and interesting
- has clear instructions on how to practice
- has all you need to do the job well: chord diagrams, instructions, notes, and lesson videos

Sometimes it takes more than one practice session to master a lesson.

For me it's the perfect chord and basic technique book!

Thank you Damon Ferrante!
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By I. Hu on August 22, 2012
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This is an amazing book to have put real teaching techniques and experience into a step by step lesson guide. Would highly recommend having seen the success of this book in person.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ylva on September 5, 2012
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This book is a wonderful help for me as a beginner player. Damon's teaching style introduced me to the world of guitar music and gave me an understanding of music in general that I cherish. The concept of a lesson book with graphic explanations and the free online lessons makes this book a tool that I can work with. The approach of building your skills at you own tempo works well and the texts and illustrations are very clear. And what is really fascinating are the recommendations to listen to artists using the cords
relevant to the lessons that you have just worked on. What could be more inspiring!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Crystal on August 25, 2012
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These guitar lessons are so simple to follow. I'm already on lesson #31 in just two weeks, mastering the instrument! I've tried other guitar books in my past with no hope of ever learning. Thanks to Guitar Adventures, I can now jam out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Banker on January 15, 2013
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My daughter is 15, plays piano a bit and the clarinet well. She has a classical guitar that she messes with. I got her this book to help her along the way. She says that it is the best ever! It also directs her to some web sites that are excellent tools. This book makes for a quick study. Her fast progress is very encouraging. While I, myself, do not play; she highly recommends this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Good on April 13, 2013
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I was very pleased with this product and the fast delivery...Very impressive....I've looked at several online videos for guitar chords..some were pretty good ..but the step by step instruction in this book is fantastic..whether you are a beginner or experienced player ....I would recommend this book to anyone!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gena L. on October 24, 2013
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This is a great, fun way to learn how to play the guitar. It's easy for anyone just starting out and provides tons of pointers!
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