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The bestselling music guide—now updated!

Have you always wanted to learn to play guitar? Who wouldn't? Think of Jimi Hendrix wailing away on his Stratocaster. . . Chuck Berry duck-walking across the stage to "Johnny B. Goode". . .B.B. King making his "Lucille" cry the blues. No doubt about it—guitars are cool.

Guitar For Dummies gives you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs: from buying a guitar to tuning it, playing it, and caring for it, this book has it all—and you don't even need to know how to read music. Full of photo-illustrated exercises and songs you can play to practice the techniques discussed in each section, this step-by-step guitar guide will take you through the basics and beyond before you can say "Eric Clapton."Helps you choose the guitar and equipment that best fits your needs and budgetShows you how to build strength and dexterity while playingTeaches you to play in different styles, including rock, blues, folk, jazz, and classical

Fully revised and updated, with an all-new interactive DVD packed with video and audio clips that help you learn, tune, and play along, Guitar For Dummies is the perfect introductory guide for any novice acoustic or electric guitar player.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6068 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (28 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KPM31Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled

Customer Reviews

Anyone who wants to learn will with this

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Beki "beki166"
I got my first guitar when I was 15 years old. I found it difficult to read music as I’m dyslexic, so I taught myself to play using books that showed me the shape of chords on the neck of the guitar and then sang the tunes and changed chord as I sang the word above the chord change in the notation. I never really progressed beyond ‘The Complete Guitar Player’, finding what was taught in that book sufficient busking with my acoustic guitar just to be able to accompany myself singing.

Where have you been all my life?

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By lovemurakami "tooty2"
This is my 2nd foray into this series of books and again, like the Mandolin edition, this book is so comprehensive it’s almost `over the top’. The author doesn’t assume any prior knowledge on the part of the reader and seems to anticipate almost anything a guitar novice might possibly ask or be curious about. The provision of Tab and Chord charts, as well as standard notation was, again, a big plus for me, as I tend to learn by ear. I’m a long time guitar player, but this book, while predominantly aimed at the beginner, offers quite a lot for the experienced player – dipping into styles as diverse as Folk,Classical,Jazz,Blues and Rock it covers the essential concepts of each style. I was particularly drawn to the `Sunglasses & Berets: Jazz Guitar Basics’ chapter as I’ve always wanted to be able to play Jazz Guitar.Don’t get me wrong, this chapter alone will not turn a Duckling into a Swan but it cracks open the shell and allows a little insight into the mechanics of the genre (now all I need to do is to put into this practice – practice being the optimum word)

Probably the most comprehensive guitar instruction book ever!

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By J. Lyne
I have been struggling to play the guitar for many years and therefore like many others have a large collection of How To Play Guitar books gathering dust. This book makes them all pretty much irrelevant!


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Sunglasses
I have several teach yourself guitar books and have had varying degrees of success in using them over the years (it does depend on how much time and effort you can put in). The style of this book is very comprehensive and easy to follow with a very useful accompanying DVD. There is a lot of good information on selection and maintenance, a good basic introduction to playing and an excellent supplement of chord diagrams. A great place to start for beginners or for people like me picking up a guitar for the 1st time in years.

Has improved my air guitar no end.

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of my daughters got an electric guitar for christmas and like every other thing we buy there was a dummies guide to it, the guitar is no exception.

cant play the guitar? try this, you will be afterwards

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Great White "GW"
Now I love guitars when i listen to music and the closest I have come to playing one properly is on Guitar Hero. Now i have tried to learn to play guitar with them guides before and i always had a problem reading the chords. Now that this has come along it does make it a lot easier. Granted, you won’t be shredding as Slash from the get go but it will help you understand it more than you did before. In it will be easy babysteps to learning how to tune your guitar with or without a guitar tuner. How to form simple chords, how to read tabs and how to use the whammy bar properly and what is the best position to use it in. this breaks everything down to a level that is easier to read and understand, not like them other books that read like stereo instructions or d.i.y. self assembly kits. It even tels you what guitar is best for starting out playing on for the first time. I myself have a stratocaster and i’m not keen on them normal busker like acoustic guitar. I like my guitar to sing and you can only do that with an electric guitar. Throughout the books there are some hilariously humourous cartoons to stop you getting bored with just reading the writing, which with most intructional books always happens. It also explains finger techniques and how to get the most out of your notes. It also has a very informative CD with it that you can play in most players which also gives you some tricks of the rock trade. With everything patience is a vertue, you won’t be able to pick up a guitar and play Jimi Hendrix or Eddie Van Halen (artists that are mentioned in the book) but after doing this, I’m now able to do Peter Gunn and even Apache. Hang in there and you will see the difference after so long.

Exactly as expected

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Amazona
Like the title says, as with other Dummies books I have used and seen, I was expecting this book to be informative and easy to use; comprehensive without being complex and light humoured while still getting the serious information across.

Will get you playing from day one.

By Adam Smith
I am a lapsed classical guitar player, with a bit of flamenco thrown in, mostly self taught. I was eager to try this book as I wanted to get going in a more bluesy, folksy sort of way on electric guitar, though this book covers both acoustic and electric. This book does it well for me. First of all, the guitar examples on the DVD are clear and comprehensive. With a little bit of application on your part, this will get you going, and (emphasises the author) you dont need to read music, although there are both staves and tablature for most of the examples. Love the book – its great value, even though I do think that at some point, you might need a teacher to give you a bit of extra explanation and push- thats my experience of both piano (I took lessons on that for a long time) and guitar- but dont let me put you off in any way. This is a great introduction, clear and non fussy, that will get you getting sounds from your instrument from the first pages. oh and by the way, there are 98 audio tracks and 58 video clips on the dvd. Theres a wealth of material here, and so its really down to you.

Comprehensive Introduction

By Scottish Dave
At almost 400 pages plus DVD this is one comprehensive book! If you’re looking for a basic introductory book for playing guitar then maybe it’s not for you as the size and depth of the book is initially a bit intimidating. However, it’s depth is also a strength – you pretty much get a complete course into learning to play the guitar with a real breadth of information also. There are large chapters about playing blues and jazz guitar – something that might not be to everyone’s taste. Many of the songs that you play with in the book are American standards ranging from We Wish You A Merry Christmas to numbers I have never heard of such as Turkey In The Snow(???). I’m learning guitar to be a rock god and I have to say that the selection of songs are a bit disappointing. I maybe wouldn’t recommend this book for a youngster or someone wanting a basic introduction. But as a comprehensive guide to getting starting playing guitar it’s pretty good just a shame about the fact choice of songs and the fact that they are aimed more at Americans.

Best of the bunch!

By Whitehatter "Roy Ellor"
I must have about five of these books so far, all gathering dust as I just couldn’t get into them at all. This one is definitely the best of the books I have tried so far.
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