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Classical Guitar for Dummies

By Mark Phillips

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Guitar (classical) - Beginning-Intermediate
Composed by Mark Phillips. Perfect binding, Methods. Dummies. Classic. Book/CD Set. 360 pages. Published by Wiley Publishing, Inc. (MB.9780470464700).

Item Number: MB.9780470464700

ISBN 9780470464700. 8.5 x 11 inches.

Want to be a classical guitarist, but never had a lesson? No problem - this hands-on guide teaches you all the fundamental techniques you need to play scales, melodies, and full-length pieces in the classical style. You get plenty of practice exercises to stretch your skills, selections from the classical repertoire, and a bonus audio CD that helps you play along with the music pieces from the book!

* Get acquainted with your guitar - familiarize yourself with the unique make-up and parts of a classical guitar
* Start making some music - play melodies on individual strings, move on to arpeggios, and get your fingers in shape with scales
* Ramp up your technique - play barres, slurs, and trills; handle harmonics; master right-hand tremolo; and venture up the neck to play in the higher positions
* Build your classical repertoire - from Renaissance and Baroque to Classical, Romantic, and Modern, play pieces from the major eras in classical music
* Practice makes perfect - improve your performance with expert guidance through each exercise and piece in the book Open the book and find:
* Tips and techniques for playing beautiful pieces
* How to read music notation and tablature
* Basic finger and thumb strokes
* Right- and left-hand techniques
* Musical examples, charts, and photos
* Music pieces from the guitar greats
* The best ways to care for your guitar
* A step-by-step tutorial on changing your strings.

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