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General Guitar Instruction - Mel Bay

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  1. MB Guitar Chords in Picture & Diagram Form
    $9.99
    Book/Online video set. Twelve basic guitar chord types are shown in three ways: photograph, notation, and chord diagram. In addition, a special bonus section is contained showing in photo and diagram the essential moveable rhythm guitar chord forms. This special section contains the basics of Mel Bay's acclaimed Rhythm Chord Playing System showing the guitarist how to finger numerous advanced chord forms with a minimum of hand movement! Chords shown in photo, notation, and diagram form include Major, Minor, Dominant Seventh, Diminished, Augmented, Ninth, Major Seventh, Minor Seventh, Seventh #5, Seventh b5, Sixth and Minor Sixth. Chords are chown in the bonus Moveable Rhythm Chord section include Major, Minor, 7th, Minor 7th, 7sus4, 7b5, 7#5, Minor 7b5, Sixth, Minor 6th, Diminished 7th, Diminished add 9, 9th, Minor 9th, 9b5, 9#5, Minor 9b5, 7th b9, 7th b9#5, 11th, 9 add 6, Minor 9 add 6, 13th, 13sus11, 13 b9, 13th b9 b5. 48 pp. Learn More
  2. Fundamentals of Guitar
    $20.63

    Designed for guitarists at any skill level. Beginners can use it as an introduction to the foundational concepts of the instrument, intermediate players can use it for training and theoretical work, and advanced players can explore the sections on advanced theory, extended technique and the exhaustive tables of melodic and rhythmic possibilities. Divided into two parts: Pitch and Rhythm. Part 1 (pitch) begins with the properties of string, harmonics, and tuning systems. It then moves methodically through pitch information. This is followed by a study of intervals. Part 2 (rhythm) begins with a complete course in "Symmetrical Picking," a method based on drum rudiments that builds control in the picking hand through an exhaustive variety of movements. Plain English is used as much as possible to describe theoretical concepts, and hundreds of illustrations function as an aid to those who don't speak English or prefer to think visually. Multiple levels. Note/tab. Spiralbound. 166 pp.

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  3. You Can Teach Yourself Guitar Chords

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    CLEARANCE PRICED, SAVE $8.99. Book/Online video set. Presents a new system of learning guitar chords in all keys and positions on the fingerboard. Chords are classified in five basic zones. 113 pages. Learn More
  4. MB Modern Guitar Method I
    $9.99
    Book/Online audio/video set. Its been modern since 1948! Using traditional songs as lessons, this classic method book is excellent for kids and beginners of all ages. Basic note reading and chords. 47 pp. Learn More
  5. Basic Guitar Strumming and Fingerpicking

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    CLEARANCE PRICED, SAVE $7.99. Book/Online audio set. Teaches the beginner numerous strumming patterns, several fingerpicking patterns, the basics of chord chart reading, more. Useful for any genre: rock, alternative, folk-rock, country, others. Also included is online audio with all 51 exercises from the book, to help with areas like timing and playing with other musicians. 40 pp. Learn More
  6. Fluid Soloing Book 1: Arpeggios for Lead Rock Guitar
    $19.99
    Book/Online audio set. A modern arpeggio handbook and comprehensive training manual for developing fast, flowing arpeggio runs that connect the entire fretboard. Emphasis is on developing fluid, non-shifting arpeggio patterns (across the neck) using hammer-ons and pull-offs for speed; and on developing smooth position-shifting arpeggios (along the length of the neck) using slides. The result is a complete system of arpeggio pathways that connects every part of the fretboard and facilitates maximum speed, fluidity, and range. Complete whole-neck connections are presented for major 7th, dominant 7th, minor 7th, minor 6th, half-diminished, diminished 7th, major triadic and minor triadic arpeggios. Note/tab. Intermediate. 105 pp. Learn More
  7. You Can Teach Yourself Guitar
    $12.48
    Book/Online audio/video set. Covers the basics of types of guitars, buying one, strings, tuning, more. Moves on with: strumming, various keys & chords, alternating bass, syncopation, capos, hammer-ons, more. Note/tab. 112 pp. Learn More
  8. Jazz Scales for Guitar
    $19.99
    Book/Online audio set. Teaches how to construct and play the scales and modes used in jazz improvisation. Scales are presented in note/tab, Linear diagrams showing the scales' intervallic makeup, and fingering patterns - all with a play-along audio. 80 pp. Learn More
  9. Understanding DADGAD for Fingerstyle Guitar
    $20.57
    Book/Online audio set. Start exploring the benefits of DADGAD. Teaches the tricks and techniques to create the harp-like sound associated with DADGAD, as well as how to get around the fretboard and play any chord or melody in any key as readily as in standard tuning. DADGAD enables you to play things that would be difficult or impossible in standard tuning, and gives you chords that sound richer and fuller. Note/tab. Beginning/intermediate. 144 pp. Learn More
  10. Quiero Tocar La Guitarra
    $14.99
    Book/Online audio set. Finally there is an easy-to-understand book to learn how to play the basics on the guitar. Includes music notes, music note names, tablature, guitar graphics and fingering, plus audio, all in one book. Learn how to read music and learn music theory; 20 progressive guitar studies, many original songs, and Latin and Mexican rhythms such as Ballad, Cumbia, Norteno, Corrido, Rock and Tex-Mex. If you ever wanted to learn some of these rhythms, "Quiero Tocar La Guitarra" is a must-have! WRITTEN ENTIRELY IN SPANISH. Beginners. 48 pp. Learn More
  11. Easy Way to Guitar: Book B
    $14.99
    Book/Online audio set. A popular, easy to understand children's course designed to give the student a thorough grounding in note reading and solo performance. Chord playing is introduced gradually, utilizing simplified chords. Creative graphics, color, and short pieces in big-note format make this an appealing series for the young guitar student. A few easy duets are included in each book for performance with a teacher or a friend. Standard notation only. Beginners. 48 pp. Learn More
  12. Mastering the Guitar: Level 1B
    $19.99
    Book/Online audio set. Contains over 130 solos and duets and over 40 in-depth chord, scale, and picking etudes. Continuation of Book 1A, utilizing a variety of different keys. 144 pp. Learn More
  13. Mastering the Guitar Book 2B
    $29.99
    Book/2-CD set. This innovative method teaches both flatpicking and fingerstyle in note/tab. This book features closed position playing in the keys of A, F# minor, Eb, and C minor. In addition to a very diverse variety of solo guitar material, this teaches chord progressions, blues turn-arounds, fingerpicking blues and ragtime solos, harmonized scales and basic improvisation. 152 pp. Learn More
  14. Mastering the Guitar: Technique Studies
    $9.95
    Continuing studies of Levels 1A & 1B, increasing your skills and knowledge of each key covered. 151 pp. Learn More
  15. Dadgad Tuning
    $16.25
    Book/Online audio set. Open a new world of melodic and harmonic possibilities, especially in the realm of traditional Irish music. This book is intended for guitarists who would like to explore DADGAD tuning, but feel a need for more guidance than their ears alone can provide. A number of charts are provided as a means of chord positions and patterns. Includes notes on tuning, capos, ornamentation, tablature, and fingerings. Note/tab. 56 pp. Learn More
  16. Modern Guitar Method Grade 1, Expanded Edition, Left Hand Edition
    $19.99
    Book with online audio. Here at last is a proven method for the left-handed guitarist, in an expanded edition! Provides valuable enhancement to the world's most popular guitar method. This comprehensive spiral-bound volume doubles the quantity of studies and solos presented. Every new concept is reinforced by numerous pages of fresh study material. Every note contained in the original "Modern Guitar Method, Grade 1" is included and supported by additional playing material. Beginners. Spiralbound, 88 pp. Learn More
  17. 101 Tips for Guitar
    $10.40
    Handy, case-sized book packed full of useful information and tips for guitar players at any level. Clear musical examples are included along with diagrams, photos and cartoons. Covers: left/right hand technique, chords, practice, theory, posture, instrument care and accessories. An ideal gift for any guitar player. 6" x 9" Note/tab. 48 pp. Learn More
  18. Complete Guitar Scale Dictionary
    $15.92
    Book with online video. Author Mike Christiansen spent countless hours researching the scale forms used in all major musical idioms including those found in non-Western musical cultures. In addition to forms (both conventional and rare) for major, minor, pentatonic, and blues, the book also contains sections on modes, symmetrical altered scales, exotic scales and Japanese scales. Some of the forms presented are Byzantine, Persian, East Indian Purvi, enigmatic, Gagaku, Zokugaku, Arabian, Balinese, more. Scales are shown in notation, tablature, and fretboard diagrams. Rules are given for each showing construction and appropriate usage in relation to chordal structure and harmony. The online video features Mike and Corey Christiansen demonstrating improvisational applications of each scale. Note/tab. 57 pp. Learn More
  19. Achieving Guitar Artistry - Linear Guitar Etudes
    $16.25
    The flagship book in Mel Bay's new Achieving Guitar Artistry series. Contains an extensive collection of linear pieces with interesting melodic content. Frequent practice will enhance your technique and improve tone, touch and lyrical phrasing. The etudes are multi-positional - you will be required to move from position to position on the fingerboard. They sound good on both nylon and steel-string guitars, and will enhance your abilities regardless of the style of music played. Notation only. 104 pp. Learn More
  20. Guide to Capo, Transposing, & the Nashville Numbering System
    $12.70
    Full size edition. Begins with basic music theory about scales and keys and teaches how to transpose several songs with and without the capo. You'll explore some typical chord progressions by swapping numbers (one, four, five) for the chord names (D, G, A), and you'll study the Nashville Numbering System in depth by examining different notation styles and converting several well-known songs to number charts. If you're interested in why the capo works, or if you're a songwriter or gigging musician who needs to know how to read, write, and understand Nashville Number charts, this book is for you. 29 pp. Learn More

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