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Guitar for Dummies (For Dummies)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  380 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
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--guitars are "cool.""Guitar For Dummies" 2nd Edition tells you everything a beginning or intermediate guitarist needs to know: from ...more
ebook, 408 pages
Published May 23rd 2011 by For Dummies (first published 1998)
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Aug 24, 2007 Zevi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent book for those just starting out learning the guitar. But don't expect to go too far as many, many intermediate and advanced topics are not included. Once you are finished with this book, if it helped you, be sure to go on to the book How to Become a Guitar Player from Hell because it contains almost all the concepts this book leaves out, such as arpeggios, finger tapping, artificial and muted harmonics, exotic scales, modes, advanced chords, "outside" playing, and more. How to ...more
Michael Anderson
This is a great introduction to the ins and outs of learning to play guitar. Well-written like some of the other dummies books I've read, this one does a good job of explaining jargon, describing a bit more chord "theory" than other guitar books I've seen, pointing out the essential differences in playing various styles (rock, blues, folk, etc), and buying and maintaining the instrument. This book clarified my mind on a couple of issues, and I'd recommend it as an up-front overview to anyone con ...more
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Nov 22, 2011 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Guitar For DUMMIES, 2nd Edition VS The Complete Idiots Guide To Guitar

I found the Guitar For Dummies to be more lighthearted, while The Complete Idiot's Guide To Guitar to be worded more serious and to the point. The Complete Idiot's Guide felt more like my old guitar teacher when I was a child, an old fart that made me play Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star a hundred times before he thought I had it right. Thank Goodness he was a sweet 70-year old, because it was creepy enough as it was, being in th
Debbie Manning
Nov 19, 2015 Debbie Manning rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great reference book so I'll never will finish it. All that a beginner needs to know as well as learning music theory alongside playing the guitar.
very helpful. did not realize there were so many things to look for in a guitar. will need to refer to this book often.
David Hernando Sancha
Feb 09, 2014 David Hernando Sancha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
The perfect complement to RockSmith 2014 for finally learning how to play guitar :).
Aug 11, 2009 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a pretty awesome book to get you started and see if you want to play guitar, but if you are really into it you need to get a teacher. It has a couple cool songs in it such as Kumbuya. It walks you through purchasing your next guitar, the basic chords, and proper form.
Aug 29, 2007 AF rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books is excellent for guitar nit-wits. I honestly haven't touched it in years (nor did I finish it), but it really gives you a solid foundations if you've never played guitar before. The lessons seem promising if you stick with it.
Apr 02, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: how-to
It gives you all the basics and then some just like all the other "Dummies" books. They are great for building a base of knowledge for something you know nothing about or to expand on the very little knowledge you may know.
We'll see, have decided to learn the guitar this year for an interesting even next new year's eve.
Daniel Domenech
Aug 28, 2011 Daniel Domenech rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Guitar beginners
It lacked some things, but it's still a good reference. Will have to look up other books though.
Nina 丹奈
Sep 01, 2012 Nina 丹奈 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For someone who wants to learn guitar basics, great book to begin with.
If I didn't learn to play, does that make me a super dummy?
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