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The Beginner Guitarist Primer

Chords - Chord Theory - Online Access To FREE Video Lessons
Al Wielder - RIFF TV


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©2006 W. D. Ridge

Forward And Dedication

As an independent guitarist/composer/publisher/producer for more than 25 years, I have decided (at the request of friends and colleagues) to publish a beginner guitarist primer. My goal is to help new guitarists jump start their musical journey. This ebook is dedicated to those of you who share a burning passion to play the guitar. It is also dedicated to the ideology that hard work, perseverance, and practice can overcome what you lack in musical genius.

My musical career has included more than two decades of writing, arranging, performing, recording, and producing my own original music. I have appeared on television as well as live radio, and have produced 1 album and 3 CD's. My roots are in traditional Bluegrass music. However, the bulk of my compositions and live performances have been based on Blues, Rock and Roll, and Blues-Rock Fusion. I love traditional acoustic music as much as I love the electric guitar.

My Advice To Beginner Guitarists

So, you have decided to learn to play the guitar. Congratulations! You have made a great choice. If you are willing to work hard, you will enjoy a great sense of accomplishment and personal satisfaction as you learn to play the guitar.

This ebook is designed to provide a roadmap as you begin your study as a new guitarist. It is not designed to teach you everything there is to know about the guitar. This ebook will help you understand the importance of becoming a rhythm guitarist first. Do not fall into the trap of thinking that being a "super-shredder" makes you a good guitarist. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Master the concepts of rhythm guitar and guitar theory and you will lay the foundation for becoming a guitar legend.

Understanding music theory concepts are essential if you are going to become an accomplished guitarist. Do not be frightened by the words "music theory". Theory is easier than you think and learning the fundamental concepts in theory will make all the difference in your accomplishments as a musician. Guitar theory and music theory are your friends.

Master the simple theory based lessons in this ebook and you will have the foundation to become a monster guitarist. Also, be sure to register for your free membership at Riff - FREE Video Guitar Lessons . In the members area you will have access to free beginner guitar lesson videos and more. Thank you for supporting Riff TV by purchasing this ebook. Now go forth and master the guitar!

- Al Wielder


Chapter 1 -
Get Some Inspiration: Legendary Guitarist Profiles


Stevie Ray Vaughan - Blues Master


Carlos Santana - Fusion Master


Jimmy Page - Britain's Legendary Session Guitarist - Founder Of Led Zeppelin


Roy Buchanan - World's Greatest Unknown Guitarist


Chapter 2 - Getting Started: Valuable Information To Jump Start A New Player


Begin Your Practice Sessions With Finger Exercises
Finger Drills And Pick Techniques
Guitar Tuners And Tuning Forks
Guitar Tunings
Alternatives To The Standard Tuning
Tuning To Chords
Open String Harmonics
Timing - An Essential Cornerstone For Guitarists
Understanding Simple Time Signatures
Right Hand Techniques - Palming And Dampening The Strings
Rhythm Guitar Techniques Rule!
The Guitar Capo - Tips For Beginners
Playing Slide Guitar - Basic Tips For Beginners
Electric Guitar Techniques And Tools - The Tremolo Arm
Using Microphones With Your Acoustic Guitar
Tips For Guitarists - How Much Practice Is Enough?
Chapter 3
- Chords, Chord Progression Exercises


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of Ab Major - ( Relative Minor: F Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of A Major - ( Relative Minor: F# Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of Bb Major - ( Relative Minor: G Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of B Major - ( Relative Minor: G# Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of C Major - ( Relative Minor: A Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of Db Major - ( Relative Minor: Bb Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of D Major - ( Relative Minor: B Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of Eb Major - ( Relative Minor: C Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of E Major - ( Relative Minor: C# Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of F Major - ( Relative Minor: D Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of F# Major - ( Relative Minor: D# Minor )


Chords - Progression Exercises: Key of G Major - ( Relative Minor: E Minor )


Chapter 4 - Basic Theory - Chord & Scale Theory


Barre Chord Tips - Get A Jump Start On Rhythm Guitar
Chord Theory - Part 1
Chord Theory - Part 2
Pentatonic And Blues Scales
Pentatonic and Blues Scales - Theory And Application
Enharmonic Tones And The Chromatic Scale
The Relationship Between Harmony, Melody, And Guitar Chords
Guitar Tablature Simplified
Chapter 5
- Tips For Guitarists


Protect Your Guitar From Drying Out - Build A Guitar Case Humidifier
Protecting Your Acoustic Guitar
Guitar Strings Last Longer With Proper Care
Guitar Health And Safety Issues
Chapter 6 -
Bonus Section - Cool Items Of Interest For Guitarists


Guitar Tabs Resource Area Expands At Riff TV
Riff TV - Great New Resources For Our Members
Fender - Guitar Amplifiers
Marshall Amplifiers
Guitar Cases - Top Quality Road And Flight Cases FREE Access To Online Video Guitar Lessons