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Playing the Guitar
Second Edition
by Frederick Noad

A Pearson Education Company

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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing the Guitar, Second Edition

Copyright © 2002 by Frederick Noad
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The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Playing the Guitar, Second Edition

Contents at a Glance
Introduction Part 1: Preparing to Play 1 The Guitar: A Noteworthy History The life and times of the guitar, from ancient Egypt to modern America 2 What Is a Guitar? Understanding the different types of guitars 3 Buying a Guitar Shopping hints to help you find the right instrument for you 4 Strings and Things Setting up your guitar and getting it in tune Part 2: Getting Started 5 Beginning to Play Holding the instrument, preparing your left hand, and playing your first chords 6 The Right Hand Learning basic right-hand techniques 7 Advanced Right-Hand Techniques Rest strokes, arpeggios, and more Part 3: Tunes and Tablature 8 How Guitar Music Is Written Introducing tablature and learning how...
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