Introduction 1 Part 1: Getting Started with Guitar 7 CHAPTER 1: Guitar Basics: The Parts of a Guitar and How It Makes Music 9 CHAPTER 2: How to Tune Your Guitar 17 CHAPTER 3: Preparing to Play: Holding the Guitar and Reading Guitar Notation 25 Part 2: Ready to Play: The Basics 37 CHAPTER 4: The Best Way to Begin: Strumming Chords 39 CHAPTER 5: Playing Melodies - without Reading Music! 59 CHAPTER 6: Adding Some Spice with 7th Chords 69 Part 3: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool 85 CHAPTER 7: Making Things Smooth by Playing in Position 87 CHAPTER 8: Doubling Up with Double-Stops 97 CHAPTER 9: Stretching Out: Barre Chords 105 CHAPTER 10: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk 129 Part 4: A Pile of Styles 157 CHAPTER 11: Ready to Rock: Rock Guitar Basics 159 CHAPTER 12: Bluer Than Blue: Blues Guitar Basics 187 CHAPTER 13: Around the Campfire: Folk Guitar Basics 211 CHAPTER 14: Maestro, If You Please: Classical Guitar Basics 237 CHAPTER 15: Sunglasses and Berets: Jazz Guitar Basics 255 Part 5: A Guitar of Your Own 269 CHAPTER 16: Shopping for a Guitar 271 CHAPTER 17: Eyeing Guitar Amps, Effects, Cases, and Accessories 287 CHAPTER 18: Changing Your Strings 303 CHAPTER 19: Guitar Wellness: Basic Maintenance 317 Part 6: The Part of Tens 333 CHAPTER 20: Ten (Or So) Guitarists You Should Know 335 CHAPTER 21: Ten Great Songs for Beginning Guitarists 339 Part 7: Appendixes 343 APPENDIX A: How to Read Music 345 APPENDIX B: 96 Common Chords 355 APPENDIX C: How to Use the Website 359 Index 373
Mark Phillips is a former director of music at Cherry Lane Music, where he edited or arranged the songbooks of such artists as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N??? Roses, and Metallica. Jon Chappell is a multistyle guitarist, arranger, and former editor-in-chief of Guitar magazine.