Check out this guide to rock guitar technique
If you’re ready to start playing some rockin’ tunes on the guitar, there’s no better teacher than Rock Guitar For Dummies. This is the ultimate guide to playing rock ’n’ roll on six strings, even if you’ve never picked up a guitar before! Master the riffs and melodies of your favorite songs and artists, or make up a few of your own. Find out how to choose the right amplifier, strum power chords, and maintain your guitar. Moving over from another style of guitar playing? You’ll love this guide’s deep dive into rock guitar technique. You’ll even learn to differentiate the sounds of classic rock, heavy metal, grunge, progressive rock, and beyond. Plus, you’ll get access to online resources, including audio and video clips, to bring your rock ’n’ roll education to life.
- Get step-by-step instruction on playing rhythm and lead guitar in a variety of rock styles
- Practice with countless exercises and songs to add to your repertoire
- Download and stream over 150 audio and video tracks demonstrating the exercises and techniques in the book
- Find essential tips and tricks for tuning up, changing strings, and maintaining your guitar
If you’re a novice or intermediate guitarist wanting to rock ‘n’ roll, this is the friendly Dummies guide for you.
Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Introduction About This Book Foolish Assumptions Icons Used in This Book Beyond the Book Where to Go from Here Part 1 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’s Not Just Volume Sound quality, or timbre Signal Distortion and sustain Oh yes, and volume Listening to some classic electric guitar examples Knowing the Essentials: The Power Trio The electric guitar The amplifier Effects Getting a Grasp on How Electric Guitars Work String vibration and pitch Tension versus length Your hands Pickups and amplification Accessorizing Your Guitar Picks Straps Cords Tuners Chapter 2 Holding Your Own Getting Ahold of the Guitar Sitting position Standing position Forming a Left-Hand Position Fretting 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 Following the Signal Chain Preamp Tone controls Effects 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 Gain/drive Volume/master volume Boost switch Tone controls Bass Middle or midrange Treble Presence Bright switch Amp effects Reverb Tremolo Chorus 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 Clean Distorted Channel switching Making Do if You Don’t Have an Amp Technology to the rescue, once again A word on guitar-based headphone amps Demystifying the Technology Part 2 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 Other A forms: Minor, dominant 7, minor 7, 7sus, and major Chapter 5 The Right Stuff: Right-Hand Rhythm Guitar Techniques Strumming Along Downstrokes Strumming in eighth-note downstrokes Reading eighth-note notation Upstrokes Combining downstrokes and upstrokes Playing a combination figure Strumming in 16ths Reading 16th-note notation Getting a shuffle feel Mixing Single Notes and Strums The pick-strum Boom-chick 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 Stretching Out: Left-Hand Movement within a Right-Hand Strum Giving Your Fingers Some Style Getting Into Rhythm Styles Straight-four feel Two-beat feel 16-feel Heavy metal gallop Reggae rhythm Triplet feel by any name Chapter 6 The Leading Edge: Introduction to Lead Rock Guitar 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 Scales Playing in the majors A minor adjustment Skips Combining steps and skips Starting at the Bottom: Low-Note Melodies Going to the Top: High-Note Melodies Playing in Position Open position Movable, 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 Pentatonics over a blues progression Improvising Leads Chapter 7 Groovin’ on Riffs Getting Your Groove On: Basic Riffs Half- and whole-note riffs Eighth- and quarter-note riffs Sixteenth-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 3 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 Movable Pentatonic Scale Staying at home position Going above home position Dropping below home position Moving between positions The shift The slide, reach, and jump Lateral versus longitudinal Seeking Out the Five Positions of the Pentatonic Scale Changing Your Position Licks that transport From the depths to the heights Knowing Where to Play Associating keys with positions G positions F positions F minor 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 Pre-bend Sounding a Vibrato That Makes You Quiver Adding Spice Through Harmonics Passing the Bar Exam Putting It All Together Part 4 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 à 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 Pete Townshend Keith Richards The Blues breakthrough Eric Clapton Jimi Hendrix Jimmy Page Latin rock: Carlos Santana Southern rock Allman Brothers Lynyrd Skynyrd ZZ Top 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 and Its Mutations Bring on the Metal Black Sabbath’s skull-crushing riffs Ritchie Blackmore’s baroque blast Making Rock Stars: The Arena-Rock Era KISS my Ace! 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 Malmsteen, the Swedish speed demon Metallica’s thrashing riffs Raging into the New Millennium Dimebag Darrell’s speed-metal frenzy Alice in Chains Korn-ography 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 5 Becoming a Gearhead Chapter 14 Gear Lust: Assembling Your Dream Rig Getting What You Want Out of a Guitar Checking out the body Body style Cutaways Weight and balance Testing the neck and fingerboard Measurements Bolt-on necks, set necks, and neck-throughs Tuning into the hardware Bridges Nuts and tuners Trying out the pickups and electronics Pickup primer Pickup configurations Common controls and special 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 Stompboxes Floor-mounted multi-effects Rack-mounted effects Built-in effects Coming to Terms with Terms Processing Gain-Based Effects: Overdrive, Distortion, and Fuzz Overdrive Distortion Fuzz Turning It Up or Down: Dynamic Effects Compressors Gates Playing by Ear: Tone-Based Effects EQ Filters Wah-wah Auto wah and envelope filter Getting Volume Under Control: Other Volume Effects Volume pedal Tremolo Making a Change: Modulation Effects Chorus Flanger Phase shifter/phaser Rotating speaker or Leslie Pitch shifters and octave dividers Putting Your Sound in Context: Ambient Effects Delay or echo Reverb Spring reverb Digital reverb 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 What kind of bridge does your guitar have? What kind of tuning system does your guitar have? Putting on the new strings Threading the string Wrapping the string Cleaning the Parts of Your Guitar The strings The body, fingerboard, and hardware The frets The electronics Cleaning pots Cleaning switches and jacks Optimizing Your Guitar’s Performance: The Setup Warning signs Intonation Action Truss rod Bridge spring tension Fixing minor wiring problems Output jack Pots, pickups, and switches Repairing Amps and Effects Replacing the fuse Cleaning and replacing the tubes Speakers Troubleshooting Guide Storing Your Guitar Part 6 The Part of Tens Chapter 17 Ten (Plus One) 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 John Mayer Chapter 18 Ten Must-Have Rock Guitar Albums The Beatles, Rubber Soul (1965) The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced (1967) Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin 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 Using the Online Audio and Video Files Relating the Text to the Online Files Count-offs Stereo separation Audio Tracks on the Web Video Clips on the Web Index EULA
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