• Title: Guitar Exercises For Dummies
  • Author: Mark Phillips, Jon Chappell
  • Released: 2008-12-10
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 0470387661
  • ISBN13: 978-0470387665
  • ASIN: 0470387661
From the Back Cover

Train your fingers to become a lean, mean guitar-playing machine!

Want to sharpen your guitar-playing skills? This practice-oriented playbook is packed with hands-on technique builders, from warm-up exercises and scales to arpeggios, chords, and much more. You'll see how to apply your technique with performance pieces at the end of each chapter.

  • Review basic guitar fundamentals — posture, holding the guitar, sitting and standing with the guitar

  • Brush up on guitar notation — decoding tablature, comprehending chord diagrams, interpreting neck diagrams, recognizing rhythm slashes

  • Warm up away from the guitar — release tension, improve breathing, prepare your mind and body to play

  • Wake up those fingers — limber up your fingers by playing simple exercises

  • Develop strength, speed, and independence — play single-note patterns and chord progressions

Open the book and find:

  • More than 300 exercises in various keys, positions, and rhythms

  • Drills & tips to perfect your playing and maximize your practice time

  • Technique building opportunities

  • Scales, scale sequences, arpeggios, arpeggio sequences, and chords

  • Full-length pieces to play along with

  • Ways to improve your musicianship

Bonus CD Includes

  • Selected exercises from each chapter

  • Every performance piece

  • Open string tuning notes

  • Metronome tracks of different tempos



About the Author

Mark Phillips is a guitarist, arranger, author, and editor with more than 30 years in music publishing. Jon Chappell is a multi-style guitarist, arranger, author, and journalist, and former editor of Guitar magazine. Phillips and Chappell are bestselling authors of Guitar For Dummies, 2nd Edition.

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