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    Title
Guitar For Dummies, with DVD Guitar Exercises For Dummies Guitar Chords For Dummies Guitar Theory For Dummies
 
 
 
 
 
Guide Type
Music Instruction
Music Workbook
Quick Reference
 
 
Audience Level
Beginner to Intermediate
All Player Levels
All Player Levels
Intermediate to Advanced
 
Pages
408
240
384
312
 
List Price
$24.99
$22.99
$16.99
$24.99
 
Publication Date
October, 2012
December, 2008
June, 2010
October, 2013
 
Author(s)
Phillips and Chappell
Phillips and Chappell
Polin
Serna
 
Imprint
For Dummies
For Dummies
For Dummies
For Dummies
 
Print Book
 
Kindle Book
 
Edition
3rd
1st
1st
1st
 
Brief Description
A step-by-step guide to guitar basics & beyond. Includes photo-illustrated exercises, and play along audio and video on the DVD.
A practice-oriented playbook with hands-on technique builders, warm-up exercises, scales arpeggios, chords, and much more.
Includes simple & complex chords. Over 600 illustrated & photographed chords of finger positions on a string. Handy & portable.
Everything needed to improve improvisational & compositional skills. Plus, get access to audio tracks and video instruction online.
 

From the Back Cover

Train your fingers to become a lean, mean guitar-playing machine!

Want to sharpen your guitar-playing skills? This practice-oriented playbook is packed with hands-on technique builders, from warm-up exercises and scales to arpeggios, chords, and much more. You'll see how to apply your technique with performance pieces at the end of each chapter.

  • Review basic guitar fundamentals — posture, holding the guitar, sitting and standing with the guitar

  • Brush up on guitar notation — decoding tablature, comprehending chord diagrams, interpreting neck diagrams, recognizing rhythm slashes

  • Warm up away from the guitar — release tension, improve breathing, prepare your mind and body to play

  • Wake up those fingers — limber up your fingers by playing simple exercises

  • Develop strength, speed, and independence — play single-note patterns and chord progressions

Open the book and find:

  • More than 300 exercises in various keys, positions, and rhythms

  • Drills & tips to perfect your playing and maximize your practice time

  • Technique building opportunities

  • Scales, scale sequences, arpeggios, arpeggio sequences, and chords

  • Full-length pieces to play along with

  • Ways to improve your musicianship

Bonus CD Includes

  • Selected exercises from each chapter

  • Every performance piece

  • Open string tuning notes

  • Metronome tracks of different tempos

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (December 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470387661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470387665
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. Gastel on October 29, 2010
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After buying few books and one of the famous DVD full-guitar course I finally found what I needed and wanted in the first place.
I'm a self teaching guitar-lover.

--- About my research ---
I was looking for material to start from scratch and slowly build up some good technique. Some of the books I bought start with "easy-songs" that you can play right-away but after a while there is no overall real improvement in your technique. They get you accustomed to certain hands-movements and it gets boring very quickly.
The Full-course (Guitar Method by eMedia) is a "fun to play course" and overall interesting but after a while again I noticed no significant improvement about my technique/speed/strength especially in my "left-fingers-action". I was playing "happy and sloppy". In the end I wanted much more..
I looked on-line where you can find every kind of information, Tabs, Chords, free stuff and of course I got lost in that ocean of knowledge. All I wanted was a "DAY TO DAY EXERCISING ROUTINE" that will bring me up to serious playing.

--- About this book ---
If you know the very basics:
-How to correctly sit and hold a guitar.
-Which guitar will do for you (there are lots of free info on Internet about how to choose your first guitar).
-The knowledge of the various guitar-parts, the neck, the nut, the frets, etc.
-Basic knowledge of the music-terminology.
-How to strum and how to use a pick.
(all stuff that you can find free of charge on internet)
This book will boost you into learning solid technique.
It starts with the "famous-boring" exercises but guess what? they work! you will need to build some confidence and strength in your fingers before playing songs. This book teach you exactly that.
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Guitar Exercises for Dummies is a great aid for developing technique. Its well-organized collection of scales, chords and arpeggios (in all different keys and patterns) provides a solid foundation for any player. Included are five patterns for the major scale, five patterns each for the three minor scales (natural, harmonic and melodic), and five patterns for arpeggios (major, minor and seventh chords). Thankfully, the book is well organized, so it's easy to find any scale in any pattern.

Once you learn how the authors name the five patterns (two start on the 6th string, two on the 5th string, and one on the 4th string), you can use the table of contents to quickly find any scale or arpeggio based on that pattern. Looking for a Bb minor 7th arpeggio starting on the 4th string? No problem. That's pattern #5 in 8th position (page 145).

Also included are chord exercises, which is unusual in a typical "exercise book." As a bonus, each chapter include. You also get a CD--nice playing! It's not really necessary for the scales, but it's nice for the songs. You won't find modes, or chords beyond the 7th here, but for a comprehensive collection of major and minor studies in all positions and keys, this 200+ page book is hard to beat.
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Drill, baby, drill! That's what this book is about, with its scales, scale sequences (patterns), arpeggios, and chords numbering in the hundreds. The exercises here are organized by patterns, and each pattern is presented as a neck diagram (complete with fingering) and in music & tab at the beginning of each section. I particularly liked the arpeggio and chord sections, as that's what most scale books don't deal with. Authors Mark Phillips and Jon Chappell include some interesting songs (Mozart, Irish songs, Christmas carols, etc.) that apply the material taught in the chapters. The book includes some speed drills in the back, and the CD is helpful, especially for hearing the songs at the end of each chapter, and for "keeping you honest" when trying to keep up with those seventh chord arpeggios. Nice work, Mark & Jon!
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This book has very little content for its size. And the focus isn't really on providing "exercises" - the things you practice to improve your technique and speed. It's as much theory as exercise, only the theory isn't very clearly explained. At all.

And ... while it lacks an index, they don't seem to have included pentatonic scales (!), while covering less common scales in great detail.

I don't know who the target audience for this book is. The topic of the book is great - I need a guitar exercise book - but the reality is a disappointment.
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I was lukewarm on the book and CD for the first month of picking it up and doing the exercises. Then I got to some of the minor scale examples (after impatiently skipping ahead to arpeggios) then finally realized the value. Specifically, a G minor Allegro example from Handel that I never would have found or known about without this book demonstrating all the Exercise points in a beautiful simple masterwork. Sure made me more aware of how great a genius Handel was, talk about packing a maximum of feeling, mastery and drama into a minimum of notes. Now the problem is I can't quit doing Allegro minor scales - but it keeps me out of trouble. Oh yes, if anyone out there knows the HWV # for p.p. 68-69 let me know. This is not immediately recognizable, esp. for a Dummy, unlike the more famous Bach, Mozart and pop examples.
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