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Guitar From Scratch

Guitar From Scratch

Guitar From Scratch

by Bruce Emery

"A cordial introduction for the budding guitarist." There is a lot to be said for a funny instructional book. Especially by a teacher who apparently has ESP when it comes to learning the guitar. He does an excellent job; covering what you DON'T need to worry about yet as well as the basics. Most basic, to him, is a focus on chords, arguably the single most important function of the guitar. He covers tuning, fingerpicking, strumming and capos also. Things are broken down into such sensible pieces that you'll wonder why everyone doesn't teach this way. Companion sound clips available online. Recommended! Spiralbound, 84 pp.

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  • Preliminaries
  • Choice of guitar
  • Picks, capos and the neck
  • Fretting and tuning
  • Relative tuning
  • Chords and chords
  • E Minor chord
  • Some principles
  • E Major chord
  • A Minor chord
  • Switching from Em to Am
  • C Major chord
  • Switching from Em to Am to C
  • G Major chord
  • Switching between G and C
  • Teamwork
  • Sympathy and more G chords
  • Song Examples
  • D Major Chord
  • The G Chord Family - song examples
  • The Rhythm Changes
  • F Major chord
  • D Minor chord
  • The C Chord Family - song examples
  • Strumming Away
  • Down-Up motion
  • Notation
  • Rock Strum Pattern
  • Folk Strum Pattern
  • Country Strum Pattern
  • Hip Hop Strum Pattern
  • The D Chord Family - song examples
  • A Major chord
  • B Minor and B Minor-seventh chords
  • Seventh chords - D7, G7 and A7
  • 1 - 4 - 5 substitutions
  • The A Chord Family - song examples
  • Switching from A to D to E to E7
  • The E Chord Family - song examples
  • B7 chord
  • The Circle of Fifths
  • Progressions in C, G and D
  • Strumming, Part Two
  • Escape hatch
  • Jazz chords
  • Major-seventh chords
  • Minor-seventh chords
  • Suspended chords
  • Anchor chords
  • Chord Review
  • Fingerpicking
  • Notation and the Tier System
  • Arpeggios and Tablature
  • ¾ Time
  • Arpeggios in the wild
  • Travis-Style fingerpicking
  • 5/4 and 6/4 bass patterns
  • Inside-Out picking patterns
  • Outside-In picking patterns
  • Pinch patterns
  • Strumming, Part Three (variations)
  • Power chords: E-shape and A-shape
  • Barre chords: E-shape and A-shape
  • 1 - 4 - 5 and Rhythm Changes
  • Epilogue
  • Appendix A: Bunches of Useful Chords
  • Appendix B: Using the capo to make key changes

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