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All About Guitar
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All About Guitar

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Author: Tom Kolb

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Table of Contents

Funny Stuff
Introduction
About This Book
About The Audio
Common Terms Used In This Book
Icon Legend
CHAPTER 1: GUITAR ANATOMY
Electric Vs. Acoustic
Parts Of The Guitar
How Acoustic Guitars Work
How Electric Guitars Work
How The Guitar Is Played
CHAPTER 2: TUNE UP OR TUNE OUT
Names And Pitches Of The Strings
Tuning The Guitar To The Audio
Tuning The Guitar To A Piano
Tuning The Guitar To Itself
Tuning With An Electronic Tuner
Other Tuning Methods
CHAPTER 3: NECESSARY EQUIPMENT
Should I Learn On An Acoustic Or An Electric Guitar?
Accessories
Do I Need An Amplifier?
CHAPTER 4: PROPER POSTURE
Playing While Seated
Playing While Standing
Right-hand Position
Left-hand Position
CHAPTER 5: PRACTICE HABITS
Preparing To Practice
Creating A Practice Schedule (Power Practicing)
Putting It All Together
Practicing Away From The Guitar
CHAPTER 6: GUITAR NOTATION
Tablature
Chord Frames
Box Patterns
CHAPTER 7: BASIC CHORDS
Playing Your First Chord
Chord Families
A-family Chords
D-family Chords
G-family Chords
C-family Chords
Ice Cream Changes
CHAPTER 8: PLAYING MELODIES
Picking Out Your First Scale
A Crash Course On The Music Staff
Left-hand Fingering
Playing Melodies In The Key Of C
Extending The C Major Scale Pattern
Playing Songs In The Key Of C
The Relative A Minor Scale
Playing A Minor Scale Melodies
Gaining Speed With Alternate Picking
CHAPTER 9: SEVENTH CHORDS
Major-Seventh Heaven
Major-Seventh Chord Progressions And Advanced Rhythms
Dominant-Seventh Chords
The Shuffle Feel
Shuffling Dominant-Seventh Chords
Minor-Seventh Chords
Getting Funky With Minor-Seventh Chords
Mixing It All Together
CHAPTER 10: BARRE CHORDS
Beyond Open Position
The E-based Barre Chord
Minor Barre Chords
Other E-Based Barre Chords
A-based Barre Chords
Playing Progressions With E-based And A-based Barre Chords
Transposing
CHAPTER 11: POWER CHORDS
What Is A Power Chord?
E-based Power Chords
A-based Power Chords
Palm-muting Power Chords
CHAPTER 12: THE PENTATONIC SCALE
The Lead Guitarist’s Best Friend
What Is The Pentatonic Scale?
The Open-position E Minor-Pentatonic Scale
Soloing In Different Keys
Jamming With The Minor-Pentatonic Scale
The Major-Pentatonic Scale
The Open-position G Major-Pentatonic Scale
The Movable Major-Pentatonic Pattern
Major-Pentatonic Licks
Major-Pentatonic Jams
CHAPTER 13: Making Your Guitar Sing
Legato
Bends
CHAPTER 14: ROCK
Rock Rhythm Guitar
Rock Lead Guitar
CHAPTER 15: BLUES
The 12-bar Blues Form
Blues Comping
Blues Soloing
Other Blues Progressions
CHAPTER 16: FOLK/COUNTRY
Folk And Country Strumming
Carter Strumming
Fingerstyle
Using A Capo
Hot Country Licks
CHAPTER 17: “FUN, FUN, FUN”
Tone Tips
The Chords And Rhythms
The Verses
The Choruses And Outro
The Solos
CHAPTER 18: “THE THRILL IS GONE”
Tone Tips
The Chord Progression
The Soloing
CHAPTER 19: “SMOKE ON THE WATER”
Tone Tips
The Main Riff
The Verse Arpeggios
The Chorus Chords
The Outro Riffs
The Solo
CHAPTER 20: “DUST IN THE WIND”
Tone Tips
The Fingerpicking Pattern
The Voicings
Putting It All Together
CHAPTER 21: “SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT”
Tone Tips
Strumming The Main Riff
The Secondary Riffs
Melodic Soloing
The Effects-Pedal Soft-Shoe Dance
CHAPTER 22: GUITARS, GUITARS, GUITARS
Acoustic Guitars
Electric Guitars
Specialty Guitars
Purchasing A Guitar
CHAPTER 23: AMPS
How Does An Amp Work?
Practice Amps
Performance Amps
Dialing In A Tone
CHAPTER 24: ACCESSORIES
Just In Case
Pickups
Strings
Odds & Ends
CHAPTER 25: PUTTING ON NEW STRINGS
Changing Strings
CHAPTER 26: TEN GROUNDBREAKING GUITARISTS
Andres Segovia (1893–1987)
Robert Johnson (1911–1938)
Charlie Christian (1916–1942)
Django Reinhardt (1910–1953)
Chet Atkins (1924–2001)
B.B. King (1925–2015)
Chuck Berry (1926–2017)
Eric Clapton (1945– )
Jimi Hendrix (1942–1970)
Eddie Van Halen (1955–2020)
Chord Chart
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Musicians

Have you struggled through tedious lessons and boring instruction books in your desire to learn to play the guitar? If you wish there was a fun and engaging way to motivate you in your guitar playing quest, then this is it. All About Guitar is for you.

Whether it's learning to read music, playing in a rock band, finding the right instrument, or all of the above, this enjoyable guide will help you to finally start playing your favorite songs in many different styles. Plus, learn interesting tidbits on guitar gear, care and maintenance, and other fun stuff about the guitar. This fun-filled, easy-to-use guide includes:

• An introduction to guitars

• Step-by-step music reading instruction

• Background on various styles of music, including dozens of favorite songs

• Performing tips.

You get 25 songs, including: Come as You Are • Cross Road Blues (Crossroads) • Dust in the Wind • Iron Man • Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) • Pride and Joy • Smoke on the Water • Substitute • Sultans of Swing • Sweet Child O' Mine • Takin' Care of Business • You've Got a Friend • and more!

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