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Jon Chappell - Learning Guitar For Dummies [DVD]

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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BW7IC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,954 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Jon Chappell presents this guide to learning basic guitar skills and techniques, from left hand chords, to right hand strumming patterns, with advice on how to apply them to several different musical styles.

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266 of 267 people found the following review helpful
My daughter aged 8yrs decided that she wanted to learn to play the guitar a couple of mnths ago. The middle of October (last month) we bought her one. Suprised to see how she could manage the frets she now has lessons at school, sadly it appears for this yr. only.
I puchased this DVD for her not really knowing what to expect only to find this Brilliant step by step guide, simplistic to follow in every way.
The DVD zooms in on the guitar itself and positioning on fingers on frets etc. at the right hand side of the screen is the cord Mr. Chappell is playing once again denoting where positioning of fingers should be.
Having had no previous experience at all our daughter found this DVD informative and extremely easy to follow as did her father, only unable to follow correctly at the 9th out of 10 chapters when "Fingerpicking" was introduced.
This dvd is aimed at no particular age group only Beginners of whatever age. Mr. Chappell's experience and honesty shines through as he repeatedly states you will not beable to play overnight that practice is a must all the things beginners need to hear.
I cannot praise this DVD enough it hss to be one of the best if not the best DVD's and an invaluable aid to guitar playing irrespective of which type of guitar you choose to play.
If you are looking for a Beginners guide to learning to play the guitar i cannot recommend this one too highly. You will not regret this purchase!.
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158 of 160 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Buy for Beginners 5 Mar 2006
By A Customer
I bought a number of different “teach yourself” tools on a variety to media to get myself started on the guitar and this is definitely top of the bunch. Unlike many of the others, this DVD schools the learner in exactly the same way a (very expensive) private tutor would. It spends time on teaching not just the basic notes, but also different ways of strumming and finger picking (I’ve found that may of the other books, CDs, and PC CDROMs tend to ignore the right hand).
The DVD progresses at a steady speed and allows the learner to stop and achieve competence in one area before moving on and, unlike some of the private music tutors that you run the risk of hiring from your local paper, this guy actually knows what he is doing. He can play AND teach!
I can’t say enough positive things about this DVD – it does exactly what it says on the cover!
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD 8 Sep 2006
By J
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this because I don't have time to go to classes and it has proved a very good investment so far. I have not got to the end yet but I recommend it to complete beginners as it spends some time going over really basic stuff like how to sit and hold your guitar - all good of course, but the more advanced may find it a little condescending.
I liked that he does go into detail and it's worth learning so as to not to fall into bad habits.
You get to play tunes fairly soon - although they could had been a lot better - like pop music instead of what amounted to nursery rhymes, but hey at least you get to play something!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for an absolute beginner 17 Jan 2008
I have no lessons other than this DVD and the Dummies book and I feel like I'm making real progress. The approach is very practical - getting you to play something as early as possible, and I found that very motivating. The style of presentation is light hearted and not at all intimidating.
I'm really pleased with this purchase and would reccommend it to any other newbie.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only a dummy wouldn't buy this 26 Sep 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the tutor I should have had when I started out learning 5 years ago. It's a little late for me now, though there are still some useful tips and some new tunes to learn.

Delivered in a pleasant and easy to follow manner, within minutes of the first playing lesson starting (after the introductory stuff about parts and tuning etc), you are strumming along to a real song (albeit on one chord, but heh, even Lennon started out somewhere!).

For anybody starting out playing, whatever age, this is recommended. I reckon obtaining the book probably wouldn't be a bad idea too.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jon Chappell - Learning Guitar For Dummies 29 Jan 2009
I would certainly recommend the 'Learning Guitar for Dummies' DVD tutorial for those new to guitar playing; I've worked through several tutorial books during the past two months, one included a CD, but this DVD is as good as one to one lessons, the various chapters can replayed time and time again until you get it right.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful accompaniment to book 14 May 2006
I bought the Guitar For Dummies book when I got my guitar. I'm working my way through the book so thought this DVD would help - I haven't gone to an instructor (yet). It's not as in-depth as the book (there simply isn't enough DVD space), but it is very useful to actually see the strumming and finger techniques Chapell uses.

I'd recommend you buy the book along with this DVD, that way you can continue to progress once you've gone the DVD lessons.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the standard of the book... 19 Nov 2007
I bought this DVD along with the Guitar for Dummies book.
One of them was great and I got a lot out of it. The other was this DVD. It's not all that bad, it's just that half of it is incredibly basic, and it doesn't advance much from there. Compared to the depth and range of styles in the book, I just didn't find much here. Might be OK for a total beginner, but if you know how to do relative tuning and play a few chords (E, D, A, G...) then I don't think it is great value.
Just get the book...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
best dvd ever so easy to follow and understand. i have got further learning my guitar than anything else out there
Published 1 month ago by Lora-Denise Johnstone
3.0 out of 5 stars Guitar for dummies
This book is OK but I have lots of others that are more fun to use and get the point over just as well or better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by D
3.0 out of 5 stars christmas gift
got it for my grandson to go with his new guitar we thought it was good but he felt it did not help him that much he found he got better help from google.
Published 2 months ago by bill of kent
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
My son had a guitar for xmas so I wanted something basic to help him learn, its a great easy to listen to dvd with great advice and tips
Published 3 months ago by anj
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
I bought this as a gift for my friend but cannot comment as he is not that interested in learning it yet. He has tried learning a few cords & says the dvd is easy enough.
Published 3 months ago by Vera Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy going
Very easy going instructor, will use to best of my abilities, and hope that I am not deluding myself after all these years.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Wales
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT GOOD
I couldn't keep up with this DVD and ended up selling it on in the end because it isn't for dummies at all, it's for people who can play a little and are super fast learners.
Published 3 months ago by M. C. Batson
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar DVD
My husband bought this . He really enjoys DVD . Learn at your own pace . Husband says it is a great buy .
Published 3 months ago by Gwen Graham
3.0 out of 5 stars Technically good but not the future
I'm not questioning whether this is a good product or not. It must be. It is done by a professional. but i couldn't get any improvement out of it. It is too short also. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Enrico Biasiolo
3.0 out of 5 stars Guitar for dummies
Its not really for dummies you have to have played some kind of instrument. I am tone deaf therefore not for me
Published 4 months ago by Michael Grieve
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