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So you wanna play guitar, huh? And why wouldn’t you?
Because you may as well face it: In the music world, guitars set the standard
for cool (and we’re not just being biased here). Since the 1950s, many of the
greatest showmen in rock ’n’ roll, blues, and country have played the guitar.
Think of Chuck Berry doing his one-legged hop across the stage (the “duck
walk”) while belting out “Johnny B. Goode,” Jimi Hendrix wailing on his
upside-down, right-handed (and sometimes flaming) Stratocaster, Bonnie
Raitt playing slide guitar, Garth Brooks with his acoustic guitar and flannel
shirts, B.B. King’s authoritative bending and expressive vibrato on his guitar
“Lucille,” or George Benson’s mellow jazz guitar stylings. (Even Elvis Presley,
whose guitar prowess may not have exceeded five chords, still used the
guitar effectively onstage as a prop.) The list goes on.
Playing electric guitar can put you out in front of a band, where you’re free to
roam, sing, and make eye contact with your adoring fans. Playing acoustic
guitar can make you the star of the vacation campfire singalong. And playing
any kind of guitar can bring out the music in your soul and become a valued
lifetime hobby.

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Introduction ……………………………………………………….1
Part I: So You Wanna Play Guitar ……………………………9
Chapter 1: Guitar 101 …………………………………………………………………………………………11
Chapter 2: Turn On, Tune In ………………………………………………………………………………19
Chapter 3: Ready, Set . . . Not Yet: Developing the Tools and Skills to Play ………….27
Part II: So Start Playing: The Basics ………………………39
Chapter 4: The Easiest Way to Play: Basic Major and Minor Chords …………………..41
Chapter 5: Playing Melodies without Reading Music! ………………………………………….61
Chapter 6: Adding Some Spice: Basic 7th Chords ……………………………………………….71
Part III: Beyond the Basics: Starting to Sound Cool ……87
Chapter 7: Playing Melodies in Position and in Double-Stops ……………………………..89
Chapter 8: Stretching Out: Barre Chords ………………………………………………………….103
Chapter 9: Special Articulation: Making the Guitar Talk ……………………………………127
Part IV: A Cornucopia of Styles ……………………………153
Chapter 10: Rock ……………………………………………………………………………………………..155
Chapter 11: Blues …………………………………………………………………………………………….183
Chapter 12: Folk ……………………………………………………………………………………………….207
Chapter 13: Classical ………………………………………………………………………………………..231
Chapter 14: Jazz ……………………………………………………………………………………………….247
Part V: Purchasing and Caring for Your Guitar ………..261
Chapter 15: Perfectly Good Guitars ………………………………………………………………….263
Chapter 16: Guitar Accessories ………………………………………………………………………..279
Chapter 17: Getting Strung Along: Changing Strings …………………………………………295
Chapter 18: Staying Fit: Basic Maintenance and Repairs …………………………………..307
Part VI: The Part of Tens ……………………………………325
Chapter 19: Ten Guitarists You Should Know ……………………………………………………327
Chapter 20: Ten Guitars You Should Know ……………………………………………………….333

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