Guitar-online has released How to Play the Guitar, Volumes I and II, guitar tutorials for Windows that make it easy for absolute beginners to learn to master the instrument. Developed by a professional guitar player and trainer, these multimedia tutorials take you step-by-step through the fundamentals of playing blues, rock, folk, and even classical music on the electric or acoustic guitar.
The videos, music, and computer screens of Volume I of How to Play the Guitar are designed for guitar enthusiasts with no prior musical knowledge. All lessons are written in both tablature and standard musical notation. The videos teach you how to handle the instrument, and show you the proper positions for both left and right hands. You’ll learn how to move fingers of the left hand while playing simple, repetitive patterns with the right hand. Recreating the atmosphere of a private guitar lesson, the program covers common mistakes encountered by most students, including difficulties in keeping rhythm, fingering, and musical interpretation. Each lesson is progressively more difficult, and builds on prior lessons.
Volume II is for beginning and intermediate musicians. Its 23 lessons cover guitar skills, technique, and musical theory. Volume II uses both tab and standard musical notation to teach students to master the pick, arpeggios, finger-picking, hammering-on and pulling-off, slide, chords, and performing basic rhythms to a steady beat.
Both volumes may be purchased with or without videos. The non-video versions are delivered via email, and the video versions are shipped on CD-ROM.
The video versions include tips and advice for each exercise and lesson, as well as videos of both right and left hand movements. In addition, all of the exercises are provided in standard MIDI format, and some guitar parts can be played with a bass and drums accompaniment to keep time. Both versions have a metronome to keep time, and a tuner to ensure that the guitar has the right pitch.
The video versions of How to Play the Guitar, Volumes I are II may be purchased securely online for .95 (US) each, or $US62.95 for both volumes. The non-video versions cost $US23.95 each, or $US38.95 for both volumes. A companion product, Classical Pieces for Today’s Guitarist, is available in non-video version for $US23.95.
All of the guitar tutorials run on Windows 95/98/Me/NT4/2000/XP systems.
For more information, visit http://www.guitar-online.com/.
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About the Author:
Amar Guerfi lives and works in Toulouse, France. A guitar player since 1976, and teacher since 1986, Mr. Guerfi has played in various ensembles, duets, and orchestras. He spent more than ten years on the editorial team of “Guitare & Clavier Magazine”.
Posted On: August 13, 2003