Guitar For Dummies Paperback – 11 Oct 2005
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“…offers everything the beginner to intermediate guitarist needs in an irreverent and accessible format…” ( Harborough Mail , 17 th November 2005)
“Offers great guidance on everything from buying your first guitar to legends who can inspire you.” Shortlist Thursday 7 August 2008
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This book is very good for people like myself who have absolutely no experience playing guitar. After only a few days with the book I am already playing small tunes and feeling much more confident. It seems everything a beginner might wonder about has been covered, from purchasing a guitar, to the pains in your fingers as you start playing for the first time!
The key, as with all books is to take the time to read it thoroughly and be patient. Everything is explained well and the authors have included several bad jokes and puns along the way which are soo bad you have to laugh. It lightens the mood nicely, as learning to play can get very frustrating at times!!
Also included is an excellent CD so any sample music and practice pieces may be heard as they SHOULD sound. Also, the CD audio files have been split so that guitar only sound is heard on the left channel, whilst any backing music from other instruments is played through the right audio, allowing you to single out the guitar if necessary.
The book focusses on trying to get you to be able to play well as quick as possible - without having to learn musical notation. Learning musical notation can be quite boring, and there is a danger of loosing interest in learning to play. With this book, you don't have to do this (the author says that most guitar players learned to play before learning how to read music - only to learn afterwards as a matter of interest).
Instead a form of music notation called TAB is used, which is the most common guitar music available. It is very easy to understand and this is what the book mainly uses.
Sure, it covers the usual ground of learning to play guitar that every guitar book out there does, but it does so in style that's so friendly it makes using other guitar books seem positively painful.
Plus, as well as those essentials it also tells you everything else you'll need to know, such as how to choose and buy a guitar, how to restring it, how to keep it in tune - all the basic stuff and some great tips that other books should tell you but suspciously never do.
It's designed so that you can easily "dip in" to sections, but because it's written in that wonderfully entertaining and humorous (and corny) ...For Dummies style you'll probably want to read the whole book anyway. Seriously!
I can't recommend it enough.
The added bonus of the audio CD was most welcome, all the songs in the book being played correctly is a major boost to the learning curve, and the tuning track is a welcome relief.
Overall, you want to learn guitar but can't afford all those lessons? Buy this book.
A very useful book as it gives you the chance to become interested in all areas, including reading music, but without having to if you don't want to.
The writing style can sometimes be very "corny" with many somewhat child like asides, but it cannot detract from the real learning value this book provides
It is a book you can use as you wish during the learning process. Want to practice chords? go ahead, want to practice some TAB's the choices are there, want to study some theory of playing or music structure? it's available.
A complete reference for the beginner and a pleasure to own. A book you will return to time and time again as you start your guitar playing adventure.
It covers everything from how to buy you first (and subsequent) guitars, how to care for them and string them. And then (of course) how to play, starting with very simple open chords, progressing through a multitude of other techniques to the quite complex.
It's been a revelation to me and has kept me learning when other books would have not. The writing style can be a little irritating but the content is good and covers every aspect, electic and acoustic from folk to Hard Core punk and back again.
Occasionally it can be a bit hard to find the bit of technique or playing style that you're looking for (without knowing what a double stop was - it took me a while to find power chords) but the flip side is that you stumble across other stuff while you're getting there - which is good.
Overall - substantially better than any other book I've seen on the subject and used in conjunction with talking to other guitarists will have you well on the road to making your housemates lives a misery !
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Very very good purchase. A must have for guitar players. Great service.Published 6 months ago by MR ROSS STURROCK
Having strummed the guitar for many years I thought I would find out how to do a better job. The book gives guidance for those who had never picked up a guitar before, through to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Snagrider
Excellent book, covers guitar playing from all angles and is handy to refer to when problems arise.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a present for my grandson, and apparently he likes it. Whether he has made much progress with the guitar, I have no idea.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. C. A. Evans