Popular Guitar Music

This is the book I looked for when I was learning how to play, but could never find. When I became a teacher, I hoped to find a book like this for my students. When I wrote this book, it was almost impossible for guitar players to find anything that was accurately transcribed from recordings; everything was "in the style of" or approximations for piano players.

Popular Guitar Music can be referred to and enjoyed on many levels throughout a guitar player's musical development.

Popular Guitar Music is a study of guitar playing as performed and recorded by Chuck Berry, Joan Baez, the Beatles, George Benson, the Clash, Leonard Cohen, Jim Croce, Steve Cropper, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Kansas, the Kinks, Lynyrd Skynrd, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, the Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, the Who, Jerry Jeff Walker, Neil Young, and other guitarists of the past five decades.

Guitar skills are thoroughly explained, from the most basic chording and strumming techniques to electric lead guitar and finger-style arrangements of melodies. Each technique is illustrated with transcription and references to available recorded guitar music. Well-known recorded guitar parts are also used to illustrate musical ideas. All examples are in TAB and staff notation.

Concepts are explained progressively from the fundamental (names of notes, reading simple rhythms, etc.) to the advanced (chord construction, complex rhythms, etc.) and are presented with reference to and in terms of guitar music.

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The first three chapters are for readers who have never played before or who want to start fresh with the best possible techniques and attitudes. The mechanics and musical concepts of guitar playing are introduced and explained together.
1. Introduction to the Guitar
The parts of the guitar, strings, frets, chords, fingers, hands, and an introduction to TAB notation. Ideal For the absolute beginner. Experienced players can revisit the very basics of the guitar with best practices and knowledge.
Chap. 1

2. Basic Concepts of Music and Rhythm Notation
Chap. 2

3. Basic Guitar Playing Skills
Chap. 3

Chapters 4 through 9 concentrate on finger picking and strumming accompaniment styles.
4. Accompaniment Styles: Strumming Patterns
Chap. 4

5. Accompaniment Styles: Patterns with Bass Notes
Me and Bobby McGee, Janet Joplin
Ripple, Grateful Dead
Chap. 5

6. Accompaniment Styles: Fingerpicking Patterns
Diamonds and Rust, Joan Baez
Play with Fire, Rolling Stones
Tired of Waiting for You, The Kinks
Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
Chap. 6

7. Major Scales, Time Signatures, and Sixteenth Notes
Chap. 7

8. Notes on the Fretboard: Changing Chords
Chap. 8

9. More Accompaniment Patterns and Melodic Bass Lines
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, The Beatles
House of the Rising Sun, The Animals
Mr. Bojangles, Jerry Jeff Walker
Needle and the Damage Done, Neil Young
Yesterday, The Beatles
Chap. 9
The material in Chapters 10 through 13 helps to develop dexterity and strength in the hands and facility with musical ideas.
10. Major Scale Intervals and Chord Construction

Help, the Beatles
The James Bond Theme
This Land is Your Land, Woody Guthrie
With a Little Help From My Friends, The Beatles,
Give My Regards to Broadway, George M. Cohan
Sentimental Journey, Bud Green
Michael Row the Boat Ashore
The Star-Spangled Banner
I'll Follow the Sun, The Beatles
Hush, Little Baby
Sound of Silence, Paul Simon
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing, Duke Ellington
Star Wars Theme, John Williams
The Entertainer, Scott Joplin
Chap. 10
11. Barre Chords, Sixteenth Note Patterns, and Open Tunings
Midnight Hour, Wilson Picket
Bad, Leroy Brown, Jim Croce
Wild Horses, Rolling Stones
Pinball Wizard, The Who
Jumping Jack Flash, The Rolling Stones
Circle Game, Joni Mitchell
Chap. 11

12. Rock Shuffle Patterns and Chromatic Octaves
Chap. 12

13. Transposing and Common Chord Progressions

Chap. 13

Chapters 14 through 17 concentrate on single-note solo guitar, and include transcriptions of famous electric guitar solos as recorded by Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, John Lennon, Keith Richards, and others
14. Single Note Styles: Scales

Heart of Gold, Neil Young
Sweet Home, Alabama

Chap. 14

15. Lead Guitar Special Effects

Chap. 15

16. Patterns and Riffs on the Harmonized Major Scales

Homeward Bound, Paul Simon
Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffet
Breezin', George Benson
Brown Eyed Girl, Van Morisson
She Loves You, The Beatles
Was a Sunny Day, Paul Simon
Soul Man, Sam and Dave/Blues Brothers
Chap. 16

17. Transcribed Guitar Solos

Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
Around and Around, Keith Richards
That's Be the Day, Buddy Holly
Bring It On Home To Me, the Animals
Steel Guitar Rag, Bob Wills/Leon McAuliffe
Back in the USSR, The Beatles
Get Back, The Beatles

Chap. 17
The remaining chapters concentrate on systematically developing chord vocabuary and on applying guitar playing and musical skills to arranging melodies for solo performance
18. Chord Vocabulary

Brown Sugar, Rolling Stones
Suzanne, Leonard Cohen

Chap. 18

19. Topics in Music Theory
Chap. 19

20. Solo Guitar: Fingerstyle

Ode to Joy, Ludwig Van Beethoven
Georgia On My Mind, Ray Charles
Chap. 20