Classical Guitar for Dummies

Author(s): Jon Chappell


This book offers a fun and easy way to start playing classical guitar. For guitarists and would-be guitarists who want to pick up classical guitar techniques and explore the classical repertoire, this new guide offers hands-on instruction in the fundamentals as well as the practice exercises players need to take their skills to the next level. Its thorough coverage includes the make-up and parts of a classical guitar and how to select one; development of correct hand position, posture, and basic finger and thumb strokes; scales, chords, and melodies; musical examples, charts, and photos; tuning and caring for a guitar; selections from past and present classical guitarists; and a bonus CD featuring play-along exercises, songs, chords, and audio/MP3 files.


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Introduction. Part I: Getting to Know the Classical Guitar. Chapter 1: An Acoustic Guitar in a League of Its Own. Chapter 2: Getting Ready to Play. Chapter 3: Deciphering Music Notation and Tablature. Part II: Starting to Play: The Basics. Chapter 4: One Note at a Time: Playing Simple Melodies. Chapter 5: Rolling the Notes of a Chord: Arpeggio Technique. Chapter 6: Practicing Scales in First and Second Position. Chapter 7: Exploring Musical Textures. Part III: Improving Your Technique. Chapter 8: Flat-Fingered Fretting with Barres. Chapter 9: Getting a Smooth Sound with Slurs and Trills. Chapter 10: Coloring Your Sound with Tone-Production Techniques. Chapter 11: Scaling the Musical Ladder beyond Second Position. Chapter 12: Combining Arpeggios and Melody. Chapter 13: Combining Left-Hand Techniques While Playing up the Neck. Part IV: Mastering Classical Guitar Repertoire. Chapter 14: Playing Pieces by the Guitar Greats. Chapter 15: Early Guitar Music from the Renaissance and Baroque Eras. Chapter 16: The Guitar Comes of Age: The Classical, Romantic, and Modern Eras. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 17: Ten (Or So) Classical Guitarists You Should Know. Chapter 18: Ten Things to Do When Shopping for a Classical Guitar. Part VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Basic Guitar Care and Maintenance. Appendix B: How to Use the CD. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780470464700
  • : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
  • : Contains CD-ROM
  • : June 2009
  • : 235mm X 189mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : English
  • : 787.87193
  • : 360
  • : illustrations
  • : Jon Chappell
  • : Paperback
  • : 1