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Guitar Exercises For Dummies Paperback – December 10, 2008
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the reason i bought this is i wanted some help trying to understand playing Tabs on the guitar. i loved how it does have some finger exercises. Read morePublished 28 days ago by MoonMaiden_1980
These dummies books are great, it simplifies the material for everyone to understand.Published 2 months ago by Robert McFadden
Just got into it. Bought along with Guitar Theory for Dummies. Right from the get go they talk about stretching and strengthening your hands to play. Read morePublished 4 months ago by The Mechanic
Just ordered this book. After going through the first couple chapters, it looks to be a very good book. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mzetta
Not quite what I had expected. Would probably have been better as a printed book rather than trying to read it on my kindle.Published 6 months ago by W. K. Upshaw