eMedia Guitar For Dummies

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"2010 Best Tools for Schools Award for Best Intermediate Teaching Tool"
School Band and Orchestra Magazine

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Start Playing Guitar Today the Guitar For Dummies Way

eMedia Guitar For Dummies provides beginner guitar lessons with a fun attitude and at a great price. Lessons include how to tune a guitar, play basic guitar chords, power chords, strumming patterns, and more to provide a solid understanding of guitar basics. Over 80 guitar lessons show you how to play guitar quickly and easily with courses created by award-winning guitarist and music professor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder. Learn how to play guitar at your own pace using guitar songs including popular hits like Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Rockin’ Me” by Steve Miller. Start with easy guitar chords and easy guitar songs or click directly to any of the other guitar lessons.

eMedia Guitar For Dummies screenshot with pullouts

The Fast and Easy Way to Learn to Play Guitar!

Over 80 step-by-step guitar lessons are arranged in seven chapters, the lessons cover the basics from holding, stringing, and tuning the guitar to playing chords and culminating in an introduction to rock riffs, power chords and strumming styles. Lessons include a variety of exercises and songs. There are over 40 high quality videos that are now viewable at full-screen size! On-screen teacher Kevin Garry, Ph.D., provides clear and friendly instruction.

eMedia Guitar For Dummies features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable! Our latest version includes dynamic, enhanced, multi-track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists, such as:

  • Bob Dylan (“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”)
  • Rolling Stones/The Doors (“Little Red Rooster”)
  • The Steve Miller Band (“Rock’n Me”)
  • Rod Stewart/Tom Waits (“Downtown Train”)
  • The Grateful Dead (“Uncle John’s Band”)

Also included are popular songs, including “Scarborough Fair,” “La Bamba,” “Midnight Special” and many others!

Anyone Can Learn How to Play Guitar

eMedia Guitar For Dummies video lesson Video Instruction Professional guitar instructor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., guides you in over 40 videos with demonstrations of techniques. eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 1
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eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 3
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 4
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 5
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 6
The Animated Fretboard (with six different skins!) displays fingering positions as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a guitar fretboard as you hear the music. Since you can highlight and loop any section of the music (or even double-click on a single note in the music), you can use the Animated Fretboard to make difficult sections or quick changes easier to manage and learn. The Animated Fretboard makes it simple to follow along with the lesson content. Includes option for both right- and left-handed views. Fretboard skins are designed in the style of Rickenbacker, Strat, Gretsch, ’59 Les Paul and more!
eMedia Guitar For Dummies music tracking Music Tracking highlights the music and lyrics as they’re heard, making it easy to follow along on guitar. eMedia Guitar For Dummies MIDI tracks Use Variable-Speed MIDI Tracks to speed up or slow the tempo down as desired. Use this in combination with the looping feature, and you can learn at the pace best suited to you! eMedia Guitar For Dummies tuner Tune your guitar quickly and easily. A precision gauge Guitar Tuner allows you to play into your computer’s microphone and tune up interactively. Reference guitar tuning notes are also included. eMedia Guitar For Dummies chord dictionary The Chord Dictionary includes fingering charts and recorded playback for over 250 guitar chords. Find new chords for songs quickly. An indispensable reference tool! eMedia Guitar For Dummies metronome With a Metronome, set your tempo and practice keeping a steady beat with audio and visual indicators. eMedia Guitar For Dummies recorder Use the Recorder to save your recordings and play back to compare with the instructor’s version and share with friends.

Attention Educators, please visit our academic product page for information on using this product in schools or for private group instruction.

Also available: eMedia Guitar For Dummies Level 2 and eMedia Guitar For Dummies Deluxe – a two-volume bundle featuring both Levels 1 and 2.

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Start Playing Guitar Today the Guitar For Dummies Way

eMedia Guitar For Dummies provides beginner guitar lessons with a fun attitude and at a great price. Lessons include how to tune a guitar, play basic guitar chords, power chords, strumming patterns, and more to provide a solid understanding of guitar basics. Over 80 guitar lessons show you how to play guitar quickly and easily with courses created by award-winning guitarist and music professor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder. Learn how to play guitar at your own pace using guitar songs including popular hits like Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” and “Rockin’ Me” by Steve Miller. Start with easy guitar chords and easy guitar songs or click directly to any of the other guitar lessons.

eMedia Guitar For Dummies screenshot with pullouts

The Fast and Easy Way to Learn to Play Guitar!

Over 80 step-by-step guitar lessons are arranged in seven chapters, the lessons cover the basics from holding, stringing, and tuning the guitar to playing chords and culminating in an introduction to rock riffs, power chords and strumming styles. Lessons include a variety of exercises and songs. There are over 40 high quality videos that are now viewable at full-screen size! On-screen teacher Kevin Garry, Ph.D., provides clear and friendly instruction.

eMedia Guitar For Dummies features songs in a variety of genres to make learning fun and memorable! Our latest version includes dynamic, enhanced, multi-track audio playback of hit songs popularized by well-known artists, such as:

  • Bob Dylan (“Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”)
  • Rolling Stones/The Doors (“Little Red Rooster”)
  • The Steve Miller Band (“Rock’n Me”)
  • Rod Stewart/Tom Waits (“Downtown Train”)
  • The Grateful Dead (“Uncle John’s Band”)

Also included are popular songs, including “Scarborough Fair,” “La Bamba,” “Midnight Special” and many others!

Anyone Can Learn How to Play Guitar

eMedia Guitar For Dummies video lesson Video Instruction Professional guitar instructor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., guides you in over 40 videos with demonstrations of techniques. eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 1
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 2
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 3
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 4
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 5
eMedia Guitar For Dummies Animated Fretboard skin 6
The Animated Fretboard (with six different skins!) displays fingering positions as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a guitar fretboard as you hear the music. Since you can highlight and loop any section of the music (or even double-click on a single note in the music), you can use the Animated Fretboard to make difficult sections or quick changes easier to manage and learn. The Animated Fretboard makes it simple to follow along with the lesson content. Includes option for both right- and left-handed views. Fretboard skins are designed in the style of Rickenbacker, Strat, Gretsch, ’59 Les Paul and more!
eMedia Guitar For Dummies music tracking Music Tracking highlights the music and lyrics as they’re heard, making it easy to follow along on guitar. eMedia Guitar For Dummies MIDI tracks Use Variable-Speed MIDI Tracks to speed up or slow the tempo down as desired. Use this in combination with the looping feature, and you can learn at the pace best suited to you! eMedia Guitar For Dummies tuner Tune your guitar quickly and easily. A precision gauge Guitar Tuner allows you to play into your computer’s microphone and tune up interactively. Reference guitar tuning notes are also included. eMedia Guitar For Dummies chord dictionary The Chord Dictionary includes fingering charts and recorded playback for over 250 guitar chords. Find new chords for songs quickly. An indispensable reference tool! eMedia Guitar For Dummies metronome With a Metronome, set your tempo and practice keeping a steady beat with audio and visual indicators. eMedia Guitar For Dummies recorder Use the Recorder to save your recordings and play back to compare with the instructor’s version and share with friends.

Attention Educators, please visit our academic product page for information on using this product in schools or for private group instruction.

Also available: eMedia Guitar For Dummies Level 2 and eMedia Guitar For Dummies Deluxe – a two-volume bundle featuring both Levels 1 and 2.

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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.

Appendix

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

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What reviewers are saying...

2010 Best Tools for Schools Award 2010 Best Tools for Schools:
The Best Intermediate Teaching Tool
School Band and Orchestra Magazine
“A great start for new players... it will certainly get you playing in a fairly short period of time.”
Mike Breed, MyMac.com

What customers are saying...

“Have enjoyed learning to play the guitar. I have been practicing for a while now and have been to understand most of the things being taught. I have never played a musical instrument before.”
– Roger of UT
“It’s just great. Thanks.”
– Mark Matthews of Chilliciwack, B.C. Canada

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System requirements

Windows®: Windows 11 / 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP
Download or CD-ROM
Macintosh®: macOS 10.5 to 10.14 *
Download or CD-ROM

Internet connection recommended for online activation. Requires a Windows desktop, laptop, or tablet device; or a 32-bit (only) Mac desktop or laptop computer. Not compatible with iPhones, iPads, Android, or Chromebook devices.

* Attention Mac Users Beginning with macOS 10.15 (Catalina), Apple has eliminated the option to run 32-bit apps on the Mac. If you wish to continue using our applications, which currently require 32-bit support, do not upgrade your operating system past Mac OS 10.14 (Mojave). Alternatively, you can retain an older Mac operating system on a separate drive partition. eMedia developers are currently working on software updates to support Catalina and future versions of macOS, but this is a major undertaking. We are currently unable to foresee how long it will take us to create these new versions. If you purchased your eMedia Mac software on or after September 7, 2019, upon receiving proof of purchase we will provide you with a free upgrade to a macOS 10.15 (Catalina)-compatible version of an eMedia application when it becomes available. All other registered owners of eMedia software will be qualified for discounted upgrades.

Questions about system requirements? Contact our technical support department.

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