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Guitar Adventures: A Fun, Informative, and Step-By-Step 60-Lesson Guide to Chords, Beginner & Intermediate Levels, with Companion Lesson and Play-Along Videos (Steeplechase Guitar Instruction) Paperback – August 18, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Series: Steeplechase Guitar Instruction
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479106194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479106196
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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." William Anderson, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Damon Ferrante has written a clear and comprehensive book about scales ["Guitar Scales Handbook"]. I know him as an accomplished composer and guitarist, and this book is a wonderful step by step guide to scales and their application. Helpful for the beginner or advanced guitarist. Oren Fader, Music Professor and Professional Guitarist

"Damon is a musical storyteller. He has a narrative gene that allows him to write music like a novelist." Daniel Mark Epstein, award-winning music writer

"Damon Ferrante is a star on the rise." The Ridgewood News

"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. 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." Jon Acheson, Educator

From the Author

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

  • Check out the Video on Damon Ferrante's Author Page on Amazon.
What you will find inside Guitar Adventures:
  • 60 Lessons organized in a Fun, Informative, and Step-By-Step format
  • 18 Free Video Lessons and Play-Along Videos. Check out the Youtube Channel: GuitarAdventures.
  • Chords and Basic Guitar Technique, including: Major & Minor Chords, Dominant 7th Chords, Minor 7th Chords, Major 7th Chords, Diminished Chords, and Power Chords
  •  Learn the Chords through songs, including: House of the Rising Sun, Scarborough Fair, Rockabilly, Greensleeves, and When the Saints Go Marching In
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.
Topics covered include: The Habits of Great Guitar Players; Identifying Strings, Frets and Fingers; How To Read Chord Diagrams; The C, D and G Chords; teach yourself guitar; How To Fret Properly; How To Tune Your Guitar; How To Practice; Strumming Guitar Chords; The A7, E7 and D7 Chords; How To Play With A Pick and How to Fingerpick; How To Read Tab and Play Cool Licks; Barre Chords and Power Chords; Chord Progressions; Guitar Riffs and Guitar Licks; Basic Guitar Technique; Minor Guitar Chords (Am, Dm, Em); Counting Beats; Beginner Jazz Guitar; Improvising on the Guitar; How To Change Between Chords; Rhythm Guitar; Rockabilly Guitar; Funk Guitar; Reggae Guitar; Rock Guitar; guitar basics; and many more ideas. This book is ideal for use with a teacher or in a class, and has also been used successful around the world as a self-study course.

More About the Author

Damon Ferrante is a 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. Damon has over 30 music books and scores in print.

Customer Reviews

I found the lessons easy to follow and very understandable.
Francine Vlantes
The step by step instructions for Guitar Adventures is a really helpful book to have if you want to learn how to play the guitar.
Amazon Customer
If you want to learn the guitar I highly recommend any of his books.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

61 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Jon M. Acheson on November 1, 2012
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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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61 of 63 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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51 of 52 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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12 of 12 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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11 of 11 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 G. Lazcano 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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