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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]

Damon Ferrante
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Book Description

This interactive book and streaming video course is all that you will need to get started learning to play the guitar!

Guitar Instructor and Music Professor, Damon Ferrante guides you through step-by-step, easy-to-follow lessons (from beginner to intermediate levels) and 30 streaming video lessons that will will greatly improve your guitar technique, song repertoire, creativity, and understanding of music.

This guitar method, used by thousands of guitar students, is designed to be interactive, engaging and fun!

Whether you are teaching yourself guitar or learning with a music instructor, this book and streaming video course will take your guitar playing to a whole new level!

No Music Experience or Music Reading is Required!

Guitar Adventures covers:

* How to Play Rock, Blues, Gospel, Pop and Jazz Songs

* Parts of the Guitar

* Strumming Techniques

* Beginner Guitar Techniques

* Rock, Reggae, Rockabilly, and Funk Guitar Techniques

* Guitar Licks and Riffs

* Basic Music Theory

* Major Chords

* Minor Chords

* Power Chords

* Barre Chords

* Dominant 7th Chords

* Minor 7th Chords

* Major 7th Chords

* How to Play Open Chords

* Jam Tracks

* Video Lessons

* Chord Construction

* How to Read and Play Chord Charts

* Guitar Diagrams

* Fretboard Theory

* Diminished Chords

* Augmented Chords

Editorial Reviews


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 guitarist and guitar teacher, for over 20 years, I was always looking for a book that would teach chords, songs, and basic guitar techniques 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.

At the end of the book, along with many songs and techniques, you will be able to play the following chords in every key: Major, Minor, Dominant Seventh, Minor Seventh, Augmented, Diminished, Barre Chords, and Power Chords. These are the most useful and common chords for all styles and genres of music.

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.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
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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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I simply love this book! August 22, 2012
By Barb
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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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book August 22, 2012
By I. Hu
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and very informative. September 5, 2012
By Ylva
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and easy!!! August 25, 2012
By Crystal
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Instruction Manual January 15, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Instructions April 13, 2013
By B. Good
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide! October 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
not bad..
Published 1 month ago by Ding_Penaranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Still trying to learn to play but a good book to start with.
Published 4 months ago by kgpick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
awesome product fast ship
Published 4 months ago by walter gibbins
5.0 out of 5 stars I've really enjoyed using this book
I've really enjoyed using this book. It's given me some great tips and I've noticed some improvement. It's a good read for budding guitar players
Published 6 months ago by CathlaineWV
5.0 out of 5 stars I love how they created this product for a beginners like ...
I love how they created this product for a beginners like me. The tutorial video is very easy to follow and I am enjoying every bits of it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Honelyn
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Looks good but the video does not work
Published 7 months ago by Thelma R.
1.0 out of 5 stars Crap.
No good.
Published 8 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product, thanks.
Published 8 months ago by S. T
5.0 out of 5 stars So excited! :)
So excited about using this book! I love the video access, and the ereader edition is great. The lessons are easy to follow, and you immediately get to use the chords in songs. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Aubrey Elliott
5.0 out of 5 stars I found this an interesting and very good method of teaching guitar
I found this an interesting and very good method of teaching guitar. I am excited to further explore this method of teaching. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. Foster
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More About the Author

Damon Ferrante is a Simkins Award-winning composer, guitarist, and professor of piano studies and music theory. He has taught on the music faculties of Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. For over 20 years, Damon has taught guitar, piano, composition, and music theory. Damon has had performances at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, and throughout the US and Europe. 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.


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