Your comprehensive, hands-on guide to playing guitar
Have you always wanted to play the guitar? You can start today with these 8 minibooks. Covering both acoustic and electric guitar, this hands-on resource gives you all the instruction you need to play across multiple genres, whether you're a beginner or an experienced guitarist. You'll find plenty of tips for playing easier and more complex pieces — and for composing your own. Plus, you can play along with examples on the bonus CD!
Gear up to start playing — understand the different parts of a guitar, find the right guitar for you, string and tune the instrument, and develop basic playing skills
Immerse yourself in sounds and technique — play major and minor chords, master left- and right-hand techniques, and play melodies in position and double-stops
Get ready to rock! — from Chuck Berry to Keith Richards to The Edge, see how the best play barre chords, hot licks, and sweet leads
Play the blues — explore rhythm and lead techniques, signature riffs, blues progressions, and the achievements of great blues guitarists
Go classical — learn about the history of classical guitar, combine arpeggios and melody, and sample different genres
Practice, practice, practice — try your hand at major scales, minor scales, and chord exercises to rev up stalled skills
Write songs and music — check out different song forms, understand modes, and compose with chords
Open the book and find:
Plenty of music examples and practice exercises
Musical styles and genres through the years
Correct hand position and posture
Basic playing techniques
Standard music notation and tablature
Tips for playing up the neck
Ways to solo and improvise leads
Different fingerstyles to play
Accessories for your guitar
A comprehensive guitar chord chart
Bonus CD Includes
More than 90 tracks all played by the authors
Songs from different guitar genres
Examples of chord progressions, riffs, and more
Major and minor scale patterns
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
The inside story of the founding and growth of Taylor Guitars, one of the world's most successful guitar manufacturers
Bob Taylor mixes the details of his experience as a tradesman and cofounder of Taylor Guitars, a world-famous acoustic and electric guitar manufacturer, with philosophical life lessons that have practical application for building a business. From the “a-ha” moment in junior high school that inspired his very first guitar, Taylor has been living the American dream, crafting quality products with his own hands and building a successful, sustainable business. In Guitar Lessons, he shares the values that he lives by and that have provided the foundation for the company’s success. Be inspired by a story of guts and gumption, an unwavering commitment to quality, and the hard lessons that made Taylor Guitars the company it is today.
Q&A with Author Bob Taylor
Author Bob Taylor
What inspired you to write this book? The opportunity was presented to me, and the time just seemed right. Sometimes, I think, if you do these things too early, it’s a waste of time. In our case, it seems as if everything is right for people to want to read the book.
How would you describe Guitar Lessons to someone who has little knowledge of Taylor? It’s a book of business lessons learned through experience and told in story form. It’s the story of starting a business as a teenager based on a craft I fell in love with, and really, how it turned into a major business by bringing great people in with me and persevering through the years.
Is there content in the book that will surprise existing Taylor Guitars owners? I think people familiar with the company will see it as a more in-depth and candid story than what they are going to read in a blog, article, or company profile. In a book format, there’s enough time to go into depth. There are lots of Taylor guitar owners. We’ve sold a million guitars, and 750,000 of those have only recently joined our customer base in the last six or seven years. This will give them a better insight into our story and where we came from.
What lessons do you want readers to leave with? The main lessons are that it takes perseverance and the ability to knock down obstacles as you go. There’s no singular thing that acts as a turning point in a business and gets you to finally “make it.” There may be 25 things that you need to solve for your business to be successful. Maybe you have to get to where eight or nine are solved just to stay in business, and then you go from there. But you must continue to own something, whether it means learning how to do production, marketing your products, or taking care of employees. You can run a car with six pistons, but it takes all eight pistons to fire for the car to really run great.
In How to Play Guitar guitar players of all levels will find a wealth of instruction and inspiration. Whether you want to play pop, folk, country, rock, blues, jazz, classical, or any other style of music, you will pick up the basic techniques without tedious drills and exercises. Using real music and a step-by-step approach, How to Play Guitar will teach you about:
· Choosing and buying a guitar · Tuning your instrument correctly · Reading sheet music, guitar music, and tablature · Playing melodies with chords · Fingerpicking · Mastering left-hand techniques, including sliding and bending notes · Transposing melodies from one key to another and much more.
If you want to learn to play guitar it’s a guarantee that you’re going to hire a guitar teacher. Your dreams of rocking it on stage to a tune of your favorite band has never been nearer; that is if you have the time and money for such a thing.
Let’s face it, nowadays people have neither the time nor the money to spend on hobbies. A simple lesson on the basics of playing the guitar will most likely take you a couple of sessions if you’re a complete beginner. Learning how to do the major chords will surely take you a few months on a twice a week meeting with your guitar teacher.
Not only do you have a problem with time but you’ll also have a problem with money. For a regular lesson with a personal instructor you will most likely be billed on a per session basis.
You might think that you can save money on this by learning everything immediately but the problem is that all beginners take some time to master the basics. Being comfortable with quick chord changes and memorizing the positions of your fingers takes a lot of time. Not only that but learning how to strum with rhythm may set you back even more.
If hiring an instructor costs too much money and uses up too much time then what can you do? You still want to learn how to play guitar but it seems that this is impossible; or is it?
Thanks to the advancements in technology, more specifically to the internet, you now have a lot of resources at your disposal.
You have Ultimate-Guitar.com for chords and tabs on your favorite songs and you have YouTube for some demo videos of how to play the current chart toppers. The only thing that you need is a guitar lesson. But where can you get one that’s not only cheap but is also free of time constraint?
You can get your guitar lessons in no other place but here. With my digital course you can study when you want and where you want. You’re not forced to sit with a grumpy instructor for hours and you’re not required to pay for each session. Instead you can just purchase a simple digital course for a one-time fee and you can study the course in your own way.
Just to show you the advantages of my digital guitar lesson course let’s compare it to a personal guitar instructor.
First, let’s look at the price.
For a guitar instructor you’re going to have to pay for each session, not each lesson. Which means that you pay each time you meet not for each lesson your instructor teaches you.
For a digital course you only pay once and you gain access to the learning materials for life. With a single payment you get everything that a guitar instructor is supposed to teach all compressed into a few small files.
Second, let’s look at time.
With an instructor you’re required to meet up before the lesson starts. You could have just used the time wasted for transportation, for formalities and for distractions in practicing for your debut concert.
With a digital course you can study anytime you want and without the pressure of having someone stare at you while watching in disgust as you fail to do the chords on your third try.
Third, let’s take a look at convenience.
If you hired a guitar teacher not only will you have to meet up but you will also be required to bring your own guitar, unless of course you study at a school where they have extra equipment for you.
If that’s not bad enough you will also be forced to stick to the course outline made by your teacher. You won’t be playing any of your favorite songs until you get to the lesson that teaches you the needed chords. You’ll be stuck playing G and C9 for a few weeks until you learn the C chord.
If you get my guitar lesson course you have the option of learning the chords in your desired order. If you’re already itching to play your favorite song then you can skip to the chords needed.
Plus, you can even bring the resource materials with you on your vacation. While waiting for your friends before heading to the pool you can push in a few lessons if you brought the materials with you but you certainly can’t if you’re taking lessons from an instructor.
And last but not the least, let’s look at the quality of the course.
This may be an issue for a lot of people but the truth is it shouldn’t be. People think that if you have a teacher then that person can correct your mistakes, can teach you cool techniques and can do a lot of other things.
Yes that is true but my digital lesson can also give you the same things. The resource material is designed so that it will be easy to understand and even a lot easier to put into practice. This course was designed so that even a 10 year old kid can master it.
To sum it all up, with my digital guitar lesson course you’ll learn how to play the guitar just as you would if you had a personal teacher, but the difference is that you would also save a lot of time and money in the process.
Just keep in mind that my course can only teach you how to play the guitar with skill and proficiency. If you want to master the art you’re going to have to dedicate yourself to learning.
If you want a tip just remember the old saying that it is better to practice for only 5 minutes a day rather than practicing for 5 hours a week.
Learning how to play the guitar has never been simpler, cheaper and more convenient. You simply have to get my course and you’ll be on the fast track to your dream of one day being able to play your favorite songs. play guitar it’s a guarantee that you’re going to hire a guitar teacher. Your dreams of rocking it on stage to a tune of your favorite band has never been nearer; that is if you have the time and money for such a thing.
If you learn how to play the guitar, it’s a guarantee that you’re going to hire a guitar teacher. Your dreams of rocking it on stage to a tune of your favorite band has never been nearer; that is if you have the time and money for such a thing.