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Rock Guitar for Dummies
Jon Chappell Bk & CD

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Whether you're contemplating a career as a heavy metal superstar or you just want to jam with friends, this friendly book/CD package makes it easy to master the fundamentals of rock guitar. From simple chord progression to smokin' rock riffs, Rock Guitar for Dummies delivers just what you need to get down and groove! Learn to strum power chords and rhythm figures, improve solos and play lead guitar, play licks, from rockabilly to rap rock, explore the mechanics of guitars, amps, and effects, care and maintain all your gear. Play-along companion CD includes blues and early rock-based lead passages, a variety of rock styles, including classic rock, heavy metal, southern rock, and progressive rock, rock licks using techniques such as hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends, slides and more!


   About This Book
   Not-So-Foolish Assumptions
   Conventions Used in This Book
   How This Book Is Organized
     Part I: So You Wanna Be a Rock-and-Roll Star
     Part II: Basic Playing Techniques
     Part III: Beyond the Basics: Sounding Like a Rock and       Roller
     Part IV: Master Different Rock Styles
     Part V: Becoming a Gearhead
     Part VI: The Part of Tens
   Bonus Web Chapter
   Icons Used in This Book
   Where to Go from Here

Part I: So You Wanna Be a Rock-and-Roll Star

Chapter 1: It's Only Rock Guitar. . . But I Like It
   Differentiating Between Rock and Acoustic Guitar. . .It
    Ain't Just Volume
     Sound quality, or timbre
     Distortion and sustain
     Oh yes, and volume
     Listening examples
   Knowing the Essentials: The Power Trio
     The electric guitar
     The amplifier
   Getting a Grasp on How Electric Guitars Work
     String vibration and pitch
     Tension vs. length
     Your hands
     Pickups and amplification
   Accessorizing Your Guitar
Chapter 2: Holding Your Own
   Getting a Hold of the Guitar
     Sitting position
     Standing position
   Forming a Left-Hand Position
     Getting some action

     Striking a Right-Hand Position
     Playing with a pick
     Using your fingers

   Gearing Up to Tune Up: Electric Tuners
     What they are
     How they work
   Looking at Music Notation: Not Enough to Hurt
     Reading chord diagrams
     Reading rhythm slashes
     Reading tablature
   Making Music: How to Play a Chord
     Fingering a chord
     Strumming a chord

Chapter 3: The Other Half: The Guitar Amp
   Discovering How Amps Work
   Following the Signal Chain
     Tone controls
     Power amp
   Taking a Guided Tour of the Amp
   Boxing It In: The Cabinet
   Taking Control: The Control Panel
     Channel inputs
     Preamp and power amp controls
     Tone controls
     Amp effects
   Making a Graceful Exit
     Speaker out
     Headphone out
     Direct out
     Effects loop
     Power amp in
     Various other "holes"
   Sounding Out: The Speaker
   Plugging In and Turning On
     Safety first
     The six-step program
   Getting a Sound
     Setting the controls
     Channel switching
   Making Do If You Don't Have an Amp
     Plugging into a home stereo or boom box
     Headphone amps
   Demystifying the Gizmology

Part II: Basic Playing Techniques

Chapter 4: What the Left Hand Is Doing: Chords
   You Gotta Have Chords
   Playing Open-position Chords
   Putting Power Chords into Play
     Moving power chords
     Pulling the power together
   Getting Behind the Barre
     Getting a grip on barre chords
     Playing E-based barre chords
     Moving the E-form barre chord around the neck
     Other E forms: Minor, dominant 7, minor 7, and 7sus
     Playing A-based barre chords
     Moving the A-form barre chord
     A forms: Minor, dominant 7, minor 7, 7sus, and
      Major 7

Chapter 5: The Right Stuff: Right-Hand Rhythm Guitar
   Strumming Along
     Combining downstrokes and upstrokes
   Mixing Single Notes and Strums
     The pick-strum
     Moving bass line
   Disrupting Your Sound: Syncopated Strumming
     Syncopated notation: Dots and ties
     Playing syncopated figures
   Giving Your Left Hand a Break
     Left-hand muting
     Implying syncopation
   Suppressing the Right Hand
     Right-hand muting
   Breaking Out of the Chord Box: Left-hand Movement within a
    Right-hand Strum
   Giving Your Fingers Some Style
   Getting Into Rhythm Styles
     Straight-four feel
     Two-beat feel
     Heavy metal gallop
     Three feel

Chapter 6: The Leading Edge: Introduction to Lead Rock
   Taking the Lead
   Holding the Pick
   Attacking the Problem
   Striking the Downs and Ups of Lead Playing
   Playing Single Notes
     Single-note technique
     Alternate picking in downstrokes and upstrokes
     Playing melodies across strings
     Combining steps and skips
   Starting at the Bottom: Low-Note Melodies
   Going to the Top: High-Note Melodies
   Playing in Position
     Open position
     Moveable, or closed, position
   Getting in Tune with Lower Register Riffs
   Making It Easy: The Pentatonic Scale
   Playing the Pentatonic Scale: Three Ways to Solo
     Pentatonics over a Major key
     Pentatonics over a minor key
     Pentatonices over a blues progression
   Improvising Leads
   A Final Note

Chapter 7: Groovin' on Riffs
   Getting Your Groove On: Basic Riffs
     Half- and whole-note riffs
     Eighth- and quarter-note riffs
     16th-note riffs
     Eighth-note syncopation
   Playing Two Notes Can be Better than One: Double-Stops
   Combining Single-Note Riffs and Chords
   Discovering Your Own Style

Part III: Beyond the Basics: Sounding Like a Rock and Roller

Chapter 8: Playing Up the Neck
   Beyond Open Position: Going Up the Neck
     Choking up on the neck
     Playing double-stops on the move
   Playing Closed-position Lead Patterns
   Playing in Position
     Positions defined
     A firm position
   Using the Moveable Pentatonic Scale
     Staying at home position
     Going above home position
     Dropping below home position
     Moving between positions
   Seeking Out the Five Positions of the Pentatonic Scale
   Changing Your Position
     Licks the transport
     From the depths to the heights
   Knowing Where to Play
     Associating keys with positions
     Placing positions
     Putting the five positions into play

Chapter 9: Playing Expressively: Making the Guitar Sing
   Bringing Down the Hammer-ons
   Having Pull with Pull-offs
   Slippin' into Slides
   Bending to Your Will
     Bend and release
   Sounding a Vibrato That Makes You Quiver
   Adding Spice Through Harmonics
   Passing the Bar Exam
   Putting It All Together

Part IV: Mastering Different Rock Styles

Chapter 10: Rock and Roll: The Early Years
   It Don't Mean a Thang If It Ain't Got That Twang
   Sending R&B Mainstream: Bo Diddley
   Giving Rock a Texas Twang: Buddy Holly
   Bringing Doo-Wop Up Front
     I-vi-ii-V: 12/8
     I-vi-IV-V: Straight-eighth feel
     I-vi-ii-V: Shuffle
   Combining Country and Blues: Rockabilly Rhythm
   Creating Rock and Roll Guitar Style: Chuck Berry
   Surf's Up
   The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming
     The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There"
     Melodic riffing a la the Beatles
     Low- and high-note riffing

Chapter 11: The Golden Age of Classic Rock
   Playing Advanced Riffs and Rhythm Figures
     Riff-based rhythm figure
     Chord-based rhythm figure
   Studying the Classics: Classic Rock
     The British Invasion
     The Blues break through
     Latin rock: Carlos Santana
     Southern rock
     Later blues influence: Stevie Ray Vaughan
     Neo-classic rock: Aerosmith
   Fusing Country and Rock Lead Styles: The Eagles
   Going to the Edge: U2's Guitarist Brings Epic Textures

Chapter 12: Heavy Metal
   Bring on the Metal
     Black Sabbath's skull-crushing riffs
     Ritchie Blackmore's baroque blast   
   Making Rock Stars: The Arena-Rock Era
     KISS my axe!
     Boston's FM-friendly riffs
     Van Halen's sonic revolution
     Angus Young's bar-room crunch
   Introducing the Euro-Metal Invasion
   Putting Fans in the Stands: Heavy Metal Hits the '80s
     Randy Rhoads's metal attack
     Yngwie Mamsteen, the Swedish speed demon
     Metallica's thrashing riffs
   Raging into the New Millennium
     Dimebag Darrell's speed-metal frenzy
     Alice in Chains

Chapter 13: Progressive Rock and Jazz-Rock Fusion
   Welcoming the First Wave of Progressive Rock
     Just say Yes: Steve Howe's eclectic mastery
     The spectral guitar of Genesis
     Fripp's trip
     Pink Floyd's space blues
     Acoustic art-rock: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
   Joining Two Rock Styles: Progressive Meets Heavy Metal
     Into the limelight with Alex Lifeson of Rush
     Songs from the wood: The riffs of Jethro Tull
   Hitting the Charts with Jazz Rock
     Steely Dan's elegant jazz-pop
     The soulful jazz of George Benson
     Pat Metheny's sophisticated jazz-pop
     Toto's Steve Lukather: Rock monster
   Looking at the Legends of Jazz-Rock Fusion
     Pure virtuosity: John McLaughlin and Al Di Meola
     Jeff Beck's jazz comeback

Part V: Becoming a Gearhead

Chapter 14: Gear Lust: Assembling Your Dream Rig
   Getting What You Want Out of a Guitar
     Checking out the body
     Testing the neck and fingerboard
     Tuning into the hardware
     Trying out the pickups and electronics
     Deciding among guitar variations
   Choosing the Perfect Amp to Give Your Guitar Life
     Configurations and features
     Key features
   Putting It All Together

Chapter 15: Wild and Crazy Sounds: Effects
   Identifying Effects
   Choosing an Effects Format
     Floor-mounted multi-effects
     Rack-mounted effects
     Built-in effects
   Coming to Terms
   Processing Gain-based Effects: Overdrive, Distortion, and
   Tuning It Up, or Down: Dynamic Effects
   Playing by Ear: Tone-based Effects
   Getting Volume under Control: Other Volume Effects
     Volume pedal
   Making a Change: Modulation Effects
     Phase shifter/phaser
     Rotating speaker or Leslie
     Pitch shifters and octave dividers
   Putting Your Sound in Context: Ambient Effects
     Delay or echo
   Designing a Signal Path
   Organizing Your Effects: Pedalboards

Chapter 16: The Care and Feeding of Your Electric Guitar
   Using the Tools of the Trade
     The basics
     Power user tools
   Changing Strings
     Choosing the right strings
     Removing the old strings
     Putting on the new strings
   Cleaning the Part of Your Guitar
     The strings
     The body, fingerboard, and hardware
     The frets
     The electronics
   Optimizing Your Guitar's Performance: The Setup
     Warning signs
     Bridge spring tension
     Fixing minor wiring problems
   Repairing Amps and Effects
     Replacing the fuse
     Cleaning and replacing the tubes
   Troubleshooting Guide
   Storing Your Guitar

Part VI: The Part of Tens

Chapter 17: Ten Rock Guitarists Who Changed History
   Chuck Berry
   Eric Clapton
   Jimi Hendrix
   Jeff Beck
   Jimmy Page
   Eddie van Halen
   Stevie Ray Vaughan
   Eric Johnson
   Steve Vai
   Kurt Cobain

Chapter 18: Ten Must-Have Rock Guitar Albums
   The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965)
   The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced? (1967)
   Led Zeppelin, Led Zepellin II (1969)
   The Who, Who's Next? (1971)
   The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street (1972)
   Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow (1975)
   Van Halen, Van Halen (1978)
   Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien (1987)
   Metallica, Metallica (The Black Album) (1991)
   Korn, Issues (1999)

Chapter 19: Ten Classic Guitars
   Fender Telecaster
   Gibson Les Paul
   Fender Stratocaster
   Gibson ES Series
   Gibson Flying V
   Mosrite Ventures Model
   Rickenbacker 360/12
   Ibanez Iceman
   "Super Strats"
   Paul Reed Smith