ALL ABOUT GUITAR A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Guitar, Tom Kolb. CD TABLATURE

ALL ABOUT GUITAR A Fun and Simple Guide to Playing Guitar, Tom Kolb.

1979 -Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love -Come As You Are -Cross Road Blues (Crossroads) -Down On The Corner -Dust In The Wind -Fun, Fun, Fun -Iron Man -La Bamba -La Grange -Love Song -Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) -Pride And Joy -Rhiannon -Smells Like Teen Spirit -Smoke On The Water -Substitute -Sultans Of Swing -Sweet Child O' Mine -Takin' Care Of Business -The Thrill Is Gone -Time -Walk Don't Run -You've Got A Friend. 208 pages. CD TABLATURE

Series: Guitar Book
Softcover with CD - TAB
Author: Tom Kolb

Have you struggled through tedious lessons and boring instruction books in your desire to learn to play the guitar? If you wish there was a fun and engaging way to motivate you in your guitar playing quest, then this is it: All About Guitar is for you. Whether it's learning to read music, playing in a rock band, finding the right instrument, or all of the above, this enjoyable guide will help you to finally start playing your favorite songs in many different styles. Plus, learn interesting tidbits on guitar gear, care and maintenance, and other fun stuff about the guitar. This fun-filled, easy-to-use guide includes:

- An introduction to guitars

- Step-by-step music reading instruction

- Background on various styles of music, including dozens of favorite songs

- Performing tips.

25 songs, including: Come as You Are - Cross Road Blues (Crossroads) - Dust in the Wind - Iron Man - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - Pride and Joy - Smoke on the Water - Substitute - Sultans of Swing - Sweet Child O' Mine - Takin' Care of Business - You've Got a Friend - and more. 198 pages.

Table of contents
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Birthday Song
Come As You Are
Cross Road Blues (Crossroads)
Down On The Corner
Dust In The Wind
Fun, Fun, Fun
Iron Man
La Bamba
La Grange
Love Song
My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
Ode To Joy
Pride And Joy
Scarborough Fair
Smells Like Teen Spirit
Smoke On The Water
The Streets Of Laredo
Sultans Of Swing
Sweet Child O' Mine
Takin' Care Of Business
The Thrill Is Gone
Walk Don't Run
When The Saints Go Marching In
Wildwood Flower
The Yellow Rose Of Texas
You've Got A Friend

The world would be a strange place without the guitar. Think about it-who would accompany all those campfire sing-alongs at the beach? Ever try to drag a baby-grand piano across the sand? What would John, Paul, and George have strapped on their shoulders on the "Ed Sullivan Show?" Accordions? What instrument would be casually propped in a corner of your living room, or lovingly tucked away in a case under your bed? A tuba? Well, maybe. Thankfully, we don't have to worry about those scenarios because the guitar is a reality. In actuality, it's the most popular instrument in the world.
The mere fact that you are holding this book in your hands proves that you're at least casually interested in the guitar. Or, maybe you really want to learn how to play. Perhaps you simply want to purchase a guitar for a friend or loved one. Or you're a professional guitarist who's looking for source material with which to teach beginners or intermediates. If you fit any of these descriptions, then there's something in All About Guitar for you. I truly hopeyou enjoy this bookand find it useful. Good luck, and may music always be a part of your life. -Tom Kolb

From a general viewpoint, All About Guitar is geared toward the beginning to intermediate guitarist who wishes to learn and improve his or her playing. More importantly, it's an easy-tofollow manual to guide him or her through various guitar-related subjects, such as purchasing a guitar; changing strings; buying gear (amplifiers, effects, cords, etc.); famous players; and essential listening. AAG is also an entertaining read for those who are simply interested in the guitar and its role in music. Furthermore, AAG, unlike similar publications, uses copyrighted (read: popular) songs, selected riffs and solos, and five full-blown songs (see Section 5) to demonstrate key factors of guitar playing in various styles.

Do I Need To Read Music?
Good news! You don't need to read a fly-spec of music to benefit from AAG. Although traditional music notation appears throughout the book, it's accompanied by a user-friendly brand of guitar notation known as tablature. Tablature is a logical, visual system that tells you what string to play and what fret to press down on. Very simple! Also, there are pictures and diagrams that show you how to form chords. And don't forget the accompanying CD. All of the examples in the book are performed on the CD, so you can learn by simply listening.
Here's a guideline you can follow to help take in the information in the book:
• Look at the pictures and diagrams. Much can be learned by simply copying the hand positions
shown in the photos, or the fingerings depicted in the diagrams.
• Follow the guitar tablature. This easy-to-follow system tells you exactly which strings to
pluck and what frets to press down on.
• Listen to the CD for reference. Some people learn just by listening. Use the CD to aurally
reinforce the visual information in the book.
• Gradually rely on the music staff as you improve. This is not absolutely necessary. As a matter of fact, many great guitarists can't read music. But if you're interested in learning to read traditional music notation, it's located right above the tablature examples in the book.

Do , Need an Electric or Acoustic Guitar?
It makes no difference if you own an electric or acoustic guitar. If your guitar has six strings (instead of four or 12), it's a standard guitar and, if set up and tuned properly, behaves like any other six-string guitar. All of the examples in this book are playable on either an electric or acoustic guitar. If, for example, you don't own a guitar, this book will help you find the right instrument that will fill your needs and fit your budget (see Chapter 22).

The majority of the music examples found in AAG are performed on the accompanying CD. To locate the appropriate audio example, simply match the audio-icon number (located in the left margin) with the track number on the CD. Some tracks include two or more performances. In these cases, "minutes and seconds" information is given, which indicates where each example is located within the track. In most cases, the featured guitar is mixed hard right (right side of your stereo system), with the backing instruments mixed hard left. This allows you to isolate the guitar example by dialing your balance knob to the right, eliminating (or diminishing) the volume level of the backing instruments. You can also dial out the featured guitar by spinning the balance to the left. In this way, you can play along to the rhythm track without the interference of the featured guitar. (If your system doesn't have a balance control, you can isolate either side by disconnecting one of the speakers. If you're using headphones or earphones, simply remove either the left or right side from your ear.) Each example on the CD is preceded by the sound of clicking drumsticks performing a "count off." The count off is an aural warning that sets the tempo (speed) of the example and tells you when to begin. Think of it as having your very own instructor saying, "One-two-readybegin." If the example is in 4/4 time (see "Playing a Chord Progression," Chapter 7), the sticks will click four times. Examples in 3/4 time have three clicks up front.

There are several descriptive terms that you'll occasionally encounter as you work your way through the book. Here is a list of these terms and their definitions: Higher: Generally, this means higher in pitch (see "A Crash Course on the Music Staff," Chapter 8), or "up" the neck (fretboard), toward the body of the guitar. Lower: This is the opposite of higher, and translates to "down" the neck (fretboard), or toward the guitar's headstock (where the tuning pegs are located). Right handlleft hand: We know that not everyone is right-handed, but for the sake of continuity the direction "right hand" will correspond to the picking/strumming hand (the hand that strikes the strings), with "left hand" referring to the fretting hand (the hand that presses the strings to the fretboard). If you choose to play the guitar left-handed, think of the right hand as your left, and vice-versa. Guitar: When the word "guitar" is used in this book, it refers to a standard six-string guitarnot a 12-string, seven-string, or any such derivative.


About This Book .
About the CD .
Common Terms Used in This Book .
Icon Legend .
SECTION 1 Preparation .
Chapter 1: Guitar Anatomy .
Chapter 2: Tune Up or Tune Out .
Chapter 3: Necessary Equipment .
Chapter 4: Proper Posture .
Chapter 5: Practice Habits ,
SECTION 2 Playing 101 .
Chapter 6: Guitar otation .
Chapter 7: Basic Chords .
Chapter 8: Playing Melodies .
SECTION 3 Advanced Playing .
Chapter 9: Seventh Chords .
Chapter 10: Barre Chords .
Chapter 11: Power Chords .
Chapter 12: The Pentatonic Scale .
Chapter 13: Making Your Guitar Sing .
SECTION 4 Stylistic Playing .
Chapter 14: Rock .
Chapter 15: Blues .
Chapter 16: Folk/Country .
SECTION 5 Full Song Transcriptions .
Chapter 17: "Fun, Fun, Fun" .
Chapter 18: "The Thrill Is Gone" .
Chapter 19: "Smoke on the Water" .
Chapter 20: "Dust in the Wind" .
Chapter 21: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" .
SECTION 6 Equipment .
Chapter 22: Guitars, Guitars, Guitars .
Chapter 23: Amps .
Chapter 24: Accessories .
Chapter 25: Putting On New Strings .
SECTION 7 Who's Who .
Chapter 26: Ten Groundbreaking Guitarists .
Chord Chart ,
About the Author .
Acknowledgments '



Introduction .
About This Book .
Do I Need to Read Music? .
Do I Need an Electric or Acoustic Guitar? .
About the CD .
Common Terms Used in This Book .
Icon Legend .

SECTION I • Preparation .

Chapter 1: Guitar Anatomy .
Electric VS. Acoustic .
Parts of the Guitar .
How Acoustic Guitars Work .
How Electric Guitars Work .
How the Guitar Is Played .
String Length and Pitch .
Fretting the Instrument .
Using Both Hands .

Chapter 2: Tune Up or Tune Out .
Names and Pitches of the Strings .
String Numbering System .
Names of the Strings .
Tuning the Guitar to the CD .
Tuning the Guitar to a Piano .
Tuning the Guitar to Itself .
The Fifth-fret Tuning Process .
Tuning "With Harmonics .
Tuning "With an Electronic Tuner .
Other Tuning Methods .

Chapter 3: Necessary Equipment .
Should I Learn on an Acoustic or an Electric Guitar? .
Acoustic Guitar .
Electric Guitar .
Accessories .
Guitar Case .
Picks .
Shoulder Strap ,
Extra Strings ,
Guitar Cloth ,
Do I Need an Amplifier? .

Chapter 4: Proper Posture .
Playing While Seated .
Playing While Standing .
Right-hand Position .
Playing With a Pick .
Fingerpicking (a.k.a. Fingerstyle) .
Left-hand Position .
Home-base Position .
Fretting Notes .

Chapter 5: Practice Habits .
Preparing to Practice .
Location .
Materials .
Time Allotment .
Creating a Practice Schedule (Power Practicing) .
How Much Should I Practice? .
What Should I Practice? .
Putting It All Together .
Dividing Your Time .
Setting Goals .
Practicing Away From the Guitar .
Ear Training .

SECTION 2 • Playing

Chapter 6: Guitar Notation .
Tablature .
Chord Frames .
Box Patterns .
Chapter 7: Basic Chords .
Playing Your First Chord .
The E Major Chord .
Yuck-That Doesn't Sound Right .
Chord Families .
A-family Chords .
A and D Major .
Strumming and Changing .
Playing a Chord Progression .
Playing and Singing a Song in the Key of A .
"When the Saints Go Marching In" .
D-family Chords .
The G Major Chord .
A New Strumming Pattern .
A Classic Progression .
G-family Chords .
C and Am Chords .
Playing a Progression in the Key of G .
Playing a Cowboy Song in the Key of G .
"Streets of Laredo" .
C-family Chords .
Em, Dm, and F Chords .
Putting C-family Chords to Good Use .
Using C-family Chords in a Minor Way .
"Scarborough Fair" .
Ice Cream Changes .

Chapter 8: Playing Melodies .
Picking Out Your First Scale .
The C Major Scale .
A Crash Course on the Music Staff .
Left-hand Fingering .
Playing Melodies in the Key of C .
Extending the C Major Scale Pattern .
Playing Songs in the Key of C .
"Ode to oy .
"Birthday Song" .
"YellowRose of Texas" .
"My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" .
The Relative A Minor Scale ,
Playing A Minor Scale Melodies .
Gaining Speed With Alternate Picking .
"Yankee Doodle" '
"Sailor's Hornpipe" ,

SECTION 3 • Advanced Playing .

Chapter 9: Seventh Chords .
Major-seventh Heaven .
Cmaj7, Fmaj7, Dmaj7, Amaj7, Gmaj7, and Emaj7 Chords .
Major-seventh Chord Progressions and Advanced Rhythms .
Dominant-seventh Chords .
G7, E7, A7, D7, C7, and B7 Chords .
The Shuffle Feel .
Shuffling Dominant-seventh Chords .
Minor-seventh Chords .
Em7, Am7, and Dm7 Chords .
Alternate Em7 and Am7 Voicings .
Sixteenth-note Rhythms .
Getting Funky With Minor-seventh Chords .
Mixing It All Together .

Chapter 10: Barre Chords .
Beyond Open Position .
The E-based Barre Chord .
Minor Barre Chords .
Other E-based Barre Chords .
A-based Barre Chords .
Major, Minor, Dominant Seventh, Minor Seventh, and Major Seventh ..
Playing Progressions With E-based and A-based Barre Chords .
Transposing .

Chapter 11: Power Chords .
What Is a Power Chord? .
E-based Power Chords .
"Iron Man" .
A-based Power Chords .
Palm-muting Power Chords .

Chapter 12: The Pentatonic Scale .
The Lead Guitarist's Best Friend .
What Is the Pentatonic Scale? .
The Open-position E Minor-pentatonic Scale .
E Minor-pentatonic Riffs and Licks .
Soloing in Different Keys .
Jamming "With the Minor-pentatonic Scale .
The Major-pentatonic Scale .
The Open-position G Major-pentatonic Scale .
The Movable Major-pentatonic Pattern .
Major-pentatonic Licks .
Major-pentatonicJams .
Chapter 13: Making Your Guitar Sing .
Legato .
Hammer-ons .
Pull-offs .
Combining Hammer-oilS and Pull-offs .
Slides .
Bends .
Vibrato .

SECTION 4 • Stylistic Playing .

Chapter 14: Rock .
Rock Rhythm Guitar .
Chuck's Boogie .
"Takin' Care of Business" .
Two-note Rock .
"1979" .
"Rhiannon" .
Big, Fat Open Chords .
Sus Chords and Add Chords .
Triads and Pedal-tones .
"Substitute" .
Rock Lead Guitar .
Single-string Riffs .
"Down on the Corner" .
"Come As You Are" .
"La Bamba" .
"Sweet Child 0' Mine" .
"Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" .
Rock Soloing .
"Cross Road Blues (Crossroads)" .
"La Grange" .
"Walk Don't Run" .
"Sultans of Swing" .
"Time" .

Chapter 15: Blues .
The 12-bar Blues Form .
Blues COlnping .
Boogie Patterns .
Chords .
Blues Soloing .
The Blues Scale .
Little Blues Boxes .
Playing a Blues Solo .
Intros and Turnaround Licks .
"Pride and Joy" .
Other Blues Progressions .

Chapter 16: Folk / Country .
Folk and Country Strumming .
Alternating-bass Rhythms .
Carter Strumming ,
"Wildwood Flower" '
Fingerstyle '
Arpeggio Patterns '
"Love Song" .
Travis Picking .
Using a Capo .
" orwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" .
"You've Got a Friend" .
Hot Country Licks .
Bluegrass Runs .
Hybrid Picking .

SECTION5 Full-song Transcriptions .

Chapter 17: "Fun, Fun, Fun" . COMPLETA
Tone Tips .
Song Structure .
The Chords and Rhythms .
The Verses .
The Choruses and Outro .
The Solos .

Chapter 18: "The Thrill Is Gone" . COMPLETA
Tone Tips .
Song Structure .
The Chord Progression .
The Soloing .
Chapter 19: "Smoke on the Water" . COMPLETA
Tone Tips .
Song Structure .
The Main Riff .
The Verse Arpeggios .
The Chorus Chords .
The Outro Riffs .
The Solo .

Chapter 20: "Dust in the Wind" . COMPLETA
Tone Tips .
Song Structure .
The Fingerpicking Pattern .
The Voicings .
Putting It All Together .

Chapter 21: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" . COMPLETA
Tone Tips .
Song Structure .
Strumming the Main Riff .
The Secondary Riffs .
Melodic Soloing .
The Effects-pedal Soft-shoe Dance .

SECTION 6 • Equipment .

Chapter 22: Guitars, Guitars, Guitars .
Acoustic Guitars .
Steel-string Acoustic .
Nylon-string (Classical) .
Acoustic/Electric .
Electric Guitars .
Solidbody Electrics .
Hollowbody Electrics .
Specialty Guitars .
12-string Guitars .
Seven-string .
Baritone Guitar .
Purchasing a Guitar .
What Type of Guitar Do I Want? .
Taking the First Step .
Eureka-I Found It! .
Closing the Deal .

Chapter 23: Amps .
How Does an Amp Work? .
Practice Amps .
Performance Amps .
Combo Amps .
Head/Cabinet Amps .
Specialty Amps .
Dialing In a Tone .

Chapter 24: Accessories
Just In Case .
Gig Bags
Hard-shell Cases
Flight Cases .
Pickups .
Single-coils and Humbuckers
Odds & Ends
Capos ..
Headphone Amps
Electronic Tuners
Guitar Stands
String-changing Tools
Chapter 25: Putting On New Strings
Changing Strings
Removing Old Strings
Stringing-up Acoustics .
Changing Nylon Strings
Re-stringing an Electric Guitar
Whammy-bar Frustration

SECTION 7 • Who's Who

Chapter 26: Ten Groundbreaking Guitarists
Andres Segovia (1893-1987)
RobertJohnson (1911-1938)
Charlie Christian (1916-1942)
Django Reinhardt (1910-1953)
Chet Atkins (1924-2001)
B.B. King (1925-) .
Chuck Berry (1926-) ..
Eric Clapton (1945-)
Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970) .
Eddie Van Halen (1955-)
Chord Chart
About the Author.

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