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Contents summary

Introduction

I. About the Guitar

Types of Guitars; Stringing; Tuning; Holding; Finger Position; Reading Charts; Simple G Chord.

II. Simple Chords and Strumming

Songs Introducing Simple C and G7; Full A7, C and D Chords; Double Strum.

III. More Chords and Adding Accents

Songs with Accents; Shifting Accents; 3/4 Accented Time; A, Am, D7, E, Em, E7, Full G Chord.

IV. Slash Chords and Chord Progressions

Songs with Slash Chords G/B, A/C#; New Chords Am7, Bm, B7, C7, Dm, F, Full G7; “Imagine.”

V. Rock Strumming and Power Chords

Folk Rock; Syncopation; Power Chords A5, D5, E5; Palm Muting; Contemporary Rock Strumming.

VI. Playing the Blues

Introducing the Blues Rhythm: “Corrina,” “Little Red Rooster” and Others; the 12-Bar Blues.

VII. Modern Rock Strumming and Movable Power Chords

Movable Power Chords and Riffs; Palm Muting in Modern Rock; Rock/Punk Strums; The Chika.

VIII. Reading Tablature and Playing Melodies

Tablature; Rhythmic Notation; Melodies – Folk to Classic; Boogie Woogie Bass; Blues Shuffle.

IX. Bass-Note Strum with Country Tunes

Popular Songs with Bass-Note Strum; Bass-Note Double Strum; Alternate Bass-Note Strum.

X. Fingerpicking – from Arpeggio to Travis

Introduced in “Scarborough Fair,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Romanza,” and Others.

XI. Reading Standard Music Notation

How to Read Music String by String; Rhythm; Time Signatures; Accidentals; Key Signatures.

XII. Ear Training

Introduction to Playing by Ear; Using Your Voice; Direction, Distance, and Duration.

Appendix

Button Symbols; Commands and Shortcuts; Song Looping; Tools (Animated Fretboard, Recorder, etc); Instant Feedback; Performance Evaluation.