Guitar For Dummies

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Guitar For Dummies

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Have you always wanted 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—guit

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179 of 185 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent starting point, December 20, 1999
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Jay (Canada) –
This review is from: Guitar for Dummies (Paperback)

I will have to disagree with the negative reviews posted about “Dummies”. I started learning guitar with no prior knowledge of anything musical. I could not play any musical instrument, I knew absolutely nothing about the world of music theory, notation, nothing. This book explains concepts very well; the lessons are easy to follow. And, I made it past part 1 chapter 3 just just fine, thanks. You won’t get stuck, unless you are illiterate. IF you want to study theory, notation and scales (which I suggest you do after this book) then start here. Dummies will introduce to PLAYING, and that is the central thesis to this book. Not too much too soon, I found too little, I understood the music theory concepts perfectly, and found myself looking to the net for further explanations. Just remember that this book is meant only as an introduction, and a brilliant job it does of it.

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Book for overview of guitar but…, September 22, 2001
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This review is from: Guitar for Dummies (Paperback)

I recently purchased both Guitar for Dummies and 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist by Bruce Arnold. I thought I made a very wise choice for both texts. First let me say that Guitar for Dummies is a great reference text. It has information on so many aspects of playing the guitar like; changing strings, guitar accessories, basic maintenance, etc. All this information was very useful because I’m a total beginner. I felt that as a method to learn to play guitar Guitar for Dummies wasn’t that great. Don’t get me wrong there is a lot of information in this book about how to play the guitar. The problem for me is that much of this information is nothing I would ever consider playing for anyone. For example “Oh Susanna” and “On Top of Old Smoky” might be great songs for a camp counselor to learn but I’m more into rock and folk music from the 60′s to the present and Guitar for Dummies does not contain any music like this. This is were the 1st Steps for a Beginning Guitarist by Mr. Arnold really helped. The chord progressions were challenging, gradually became more difficult and sounded like something I felt good about playing in front of somebody. Mr. Arnold’s book also went into much more detail about many aspect of learning to play guitar and music in general. In my opinion these two books make a great combination for a beginner guitarist.

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great, great beginner’s reference!, December 16, 2000
By 
“sitebriteowner” (Boise, Idaho) –
This review is from: Guitar for Dummies (Paperback)

Guitar for Dummies is the epitome of learning tools for the guitar. This is the undisputed king of all guitar books.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve given up the guitar multiple times because learning it has always been so boring. Most lame books always start you off with notation reading. Those books teach to read music. Not PLAY music. That’s what makes this book so great. You’ll be playing Kumbaya within minutes. Not Mary Had a Little Lamb after 4 hours.

The CD that accompanies the book is invaluable. It gives you the ability to track your progress against a recorded version of the song. It’s simple and easy to use.

The best part of the book to me is the section on barre chords and power chords. If you have the patience to make it to this section, you will never put the guitar down again. That’s because all of a sudden you can play nearly every song you’ve ever heard.

I highly recommend this book to anybody who wants to learn how to play guitar. Once you’ve studied the book for awhile, the rest gets easier and easier.

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