Beginning Guitar

Author(s): Eugene Shapiro

Edition: 5

Copyright: 2017

Pages: 220


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Beginning Guitar is designed for anyone interested in learning to play the most popular instrument in the music world!

Now available in a NEW fifth edition, Beginning Guitar provides lessons to beginning guitar players, as well as instruction for private lessons. A variety of subjects are covered throughout its entirety, but mainly categorized into two learning objectives: single line melodies and chord accompaniments.

Designed for classroom and private sessions and now packaged with an accompanying website, Beginning Guitar:

  • Includes access to an online companion with MP3 files and videos for students to see, hear, and practice along with textual content
  • Teaches the student how to read music, play by ear, and even improvise
  • Provides background and history for a more complete understanding of the instrument
  • Stresses the importance of practice, as learning to play guitar is not as difficult as commonly perceived
  • Increases knowledge of common diagrams used in the music world
  • Increases awareness of basic theories applied to guitar playing
  • Explains basic guitar terms, tools, and concepts

How to Work with the Online Companion 

CHAPTER 1 Basic Music Theory and Fundamentals Applied to the Guitar 
Right and Left Hand Symbols 
Open Strings 
Music Notation 
Types of Notes and Their Time Value 
Time Signature 

CHAPTER 2 The Guitar and Metronome 
Parts of the Guitar 
Tuning the Guitar 
The Metronome 

CHAPTER 3 Let’s Play 
Types of Guitars 
Holding the Guitar 
Open String Exercises 
Right Hand Positions 

CHAPTER 4 Introducing the Notes on the 1st String, Left Hand Position 
Notes on the 1st String 
Left Hand Position 

CHAPTER 5 Introducing the Notes on the 2nd String, Introducing the Meter of 3 ( 3/4), and How to Practice with the Metronome 
Notes on the 2nd String 
The Meter of 3 (3/4) 
How to Practice with the Metronome 

CHAPTER 6 Introducing the Notes on the 3rd String 
Notes on the 3rd String 
The Repeat Sign 
Practicing the Guitar 

CHAPTER 7 Introducing the Chords 
Am, C, and A7 
Major, Minor, and Seventh Chords 

CHAPTER 8 E, Em, and G7 and Basic Strumming Exercises for Playing the Chords 
E, Em, and G7 
Basic Strumming Patterns 

CHAPTER 9 Introducing the Notes on the 4th String 
Notes on the 4th String 
Pick-Up Notes 

CHAPTER 10 G, A, F, and Dm and Strumming Patterns 
G, A, F, and Dm 
1st and 2nd Endings 
Verse and Chorus Song Format 
Four Strumming Patterns in the Meter of 4 (4/4) 

CHAPTER 11 Introducing the Eighth Notes 
Notes on the Eighth Notes 

CHAPTER 12 D7 and E7 and Basic Strumming Exercises in the Meter of 3 (3/4) 
D7 and E7 
Basic Strumming Exercises in the Meter of 3 (3/4) 

CHAPTER 13 Introducing the Notes on the 5th String, Introducing Dotted Quarter Notes 
Notes on the 5th String 
Dotted Quarter Notes 

CHAPTER 14 D Chord and Strumming Exercises 
D Chord 
Strumming Patterns in the Meter of 3/4 

CHAPTER 15 Introducing the A Note on the 1st String 
A Note on the 1st String 

CHAPTER 16 Introducing the Notes on the 6th String, Review of the Notes in the First Position 
Notes on the 6th String 

CHAPTER 17 C7, B7, Fm, Gm, Bm, Cm, F7, and B, Review of the Basic 21 Chords 
C7, B7, Fm, Gm, Bm, Cm, F7, and B 

CHAPTER 18 Guitar Duets 

CHAPTER 19 Two Chords per Measure in a Meter of 4 (4/4) 

CHAPTER 20 Jingle Bells (Revisited) 

CHAPTER 21 Six New Strumming Patterns in the Meter of 4, Combining Two Strumming Patterns While Playing a Song 

CHAPTER 22 Four New Strumming Patterns in the Meter of 3, Combining Two Strumming Patterns While Playing a Song 

CHAPTER 23 Rhythmic Improvisation 

CHAPTER 24 Introducing Sharps and Flats 

CHAPTER 25 Classical Guitar Techniques and Pieces 
Classical Guitar Technique 

CHAPTER 26 More Strumming Patterns in 4/4 and 3/4 and Introducing the Triplets 
Strumming Patterns in 4/4 
Strumming Patterns in 3/4 

CHAPTER 27 Finding Notes on the Fret Board 

CHAPTER 28 Introducing the Moveable Chords 
Moveable Chords 
How to Combine These New Families and Open Position Chords When Playing a Song 

CHAPTER 29 Power Chords 

CHAPTER 30 Guitar Tablature 

CHAPTER 31 Slash Chords 

CHAPTER 32 1st Position Major Scales 

CHAPTER 33 Für Elise and Chord Progression 



Recommended Listening 
Fret Board Map 
Simplifying the Chords 
Styles and Strumming Patterns 
Music Terminology 
How to Read and Sight-Read Music 
Notes with the Stems Up and Down 
Blank Chord Sheets 
Blank Staff Paper 


Eugene Shapiro

Eugene Shapiro holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is a guitarist, composer, arranger, bandleader of the jazz quartet Shapiro Project, and an educator.

Eugene has been teaching and playing music for more than 25 years. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and is endorsed by Thomastik-Infeld strings, Martin Guitars, Radial Engineering Ltd., AMT Electronics, and Eminence Speaker LLC. He has won two Artist Fellowship awards in music composition (2004 and 2010) with his original Jazz compositions presented by the Nevada Arts Council (NAC). He has also received several other awards and honorable mentions from Nevada Arts Council, ASCAPLUS Pop and Jazz Awards, and Billboard Songwriting Contest.

Eugene leads a jazz quartet called the Shapiro Project that also features his younger brother, Boris Shapiro, a CSN instructor and drummer. Shapiro Project recorded two CDs of Eugene’s original music, “True Colors,” (TNC Jazz Recordings) and “Open Road” (Shapiro Project Records, C&P). The Shapiro Project has participated in such renowned festivals as the Spirit of Music Festival in San Francisco, CA, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID, the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJEC) in Los Angeles, CA, and the Fremont Street Jazz Festival in Las Vegas, NV.

Eugene has shared the stage with many renowned jazz and pop musicians, among them Michel Legrand, Walt Weiskopf, Carl Fontana, Art Van Damme, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jiggs Whigham, Sandy Duncan, Ed Soph, Marlena Shaw, Stefan Karlsson, and Tom Warrington.

Eugene resides in Las Vegas, NV where he freelances on the local music scene and has been teaching for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) since 2000.

I really liked this book. It's great for beginning guitarists and I was lucky enough to take the class with the author of the book. If you are picking up a guitar just to learn a few things, I would definitely recommend getting this book. It not only gives you chords and notes, but it tells you HOW to play those chords and notes. I can't tell you how many books I've looked at that just give you a picture of a chord and expect you to know what to do. This book gives you background information to teach you what you should know so you can understand how and why they work. The CD that comes along with it was great to listen to and play along with. Definitely get this book if you get the chance.
- Student

This is a great book! I regret taking a college class when I could have just used this book to learn guitar.
- Student

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