Beginning Guitar

Author(s): Eugene Shapiro

Edition: 7

Copyright: 2022

Pages: 220


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The benefits of Beginning Guitar, Seventh Edition are as follows:

  • A complete and comprehensive method for learning the guitar
  • Proven record of success in teaching students the basics of guitar playing
  • Praised by both students and peers as an excellent Beginning Guitar book
  • Has been used as a textbook for Beginning Guitar classes at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) for over 15 years
  • Access to extremely helpful and useful online audio tracks and bonus video included. Also included, is an online Speedshifter software that allows to slow down or speed up any audio tracks without changing their pitch
  • Dedicated to teaching how to play single note melodies and also chords (harmony) with strumming patterns
  • Wide variety of topics covered
  • Fun, easy, and logical step-by-step approach
  • Learn how to play well-known and loved melodies, such as Jingle Bells, Ode to Joy, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Aura Lee/Love Me Tender, When the Saints Go Marching In, Amazing Grace, Greensleeves, and Fur Elise
  • Learn how to play chord progressions similar to songs by such famous artists as The Beatles, The Police/Sting, Smokey Robinson/The Temptations, Kansas, Metallica, Deep Purple, Elvis Presley, The Animals, and Eagles
  • Blues form, Verse/Chorus format, and I, IV, and V chords/chord progressions explained
  • A chapter on Classical guitar is included
  • Basic music fundamentals covered
  • Learn how to read music notation and chord charts
  • Playing in time emphasized
  • More advanced information covered in the second half of the book and the Appendix can be used for Intermediate Guitar classes and private lessons
  • Suitable for both guitar classes and one-on-one guitar instruction
  • Suitable for both in classroom and online learning


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 3/4 Time Signature, and How to Practice with the Metronome

Notes on the 2nd String

The 3/4 Time Signature

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 45 Chords 45 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 4/4 Time Signature

CHAPTER 11 Introducing the Eighth Notes

Notes on the Eighth Notes

CHAPTER 12 D7 and E7 and Basic Strumming Exercises in the 3/4 Time Signature

D7 and E7 

Basic Strumming Exercises in the 3/4 Time Signature

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 Patterns, I, IV, and V Chords in a Major Key 

D Chord 

Strumming Patterns in the 3/4 Time Signature

I, IV, and V Chords in a Key of C 

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 Twenty-one Basic Chords 

C7, B7, Fm, Gm, Bm, Cm, F7, and B


CHAPTER 18 Guitar Duets

CHAPTER 19 Two Chords per Measure in a 4/4 Time Signature

CHAPTER 20 Jingle Bells (Revisited) 

CHAPTER 21 Six New Strumming Patterns in the 4/4 Time Signature, Combining Two Strumming Patterns While Playing a Song

CHAPTER 22 Four New Strumming Patterns in the 3/4 Time Signature, 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 First 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 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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