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Learn an Instrument: Singing Strings
Books on guitar, bass, banjo, and violin
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Title: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Acoustic Guitar Songs
ISBN: 0739046276
Call Number: 787.6107 C738I
Format: Paperback
Notes: Designed to get novice guitarists playing songs right away, each song in The Complete Idiot's Guide is preceded by a lesson that focuses on the most important technical and musical features needed to play it. Patterns and fingerings are broken down to help make learning smooth and simple. Focuses on acoustic rock songs.

 
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Title: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Rock Guitar Songs
ISBN: 0739046284
Call Number: 787.6107 C738IR
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Notes: Designed to get novice guitarists playing songs right away, each song in The Complete Idiot's Guide is preceded by a lesson that focuses on the most important technical and musical features needed to play it. Patterns and fingerings are broken down to help make learning smooth and simple. Focuses on guitar-based rock songs.

 
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Title: Mel Bay's Complete Tenor Banjo Method
Author: Bay, Melbourne Earl
ISBN: 1562220187
Call Number: 787.7071 B34MC
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Notes: Addresses melody and chord strumming through numerous studies, folk songs, and duets. Introduces notes and positions on the tenor banjo fretboard with photos.

 
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Title: How to Play Bass Guitar
Author: Canty, Laurence
ISBN: 0312082118
Call Number: 787.6107 C169H
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Notes: Teaches bass guitar players how to understand the fingerboard, read musical notation, tune with harmonics, and master simple and complex rhythms. Canty’s book also discusses how the bass notes fit with the major, minor, and altered chords played by rest of an ensemble to give students a grounding in theory.

 
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Title: Blues Guitar for Dummies
Author: Chappell, Jon
ISBN: 0470049200
Call Number: 787.6107 C368B
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Notes: Covers all aspects of blues guitar—scales, chords, progressions, riffs, solos, and more—with musical examples, chords charts, and photos.

 
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Title: Alfred's Basic Guitar Method
Author: D'Auberge, Alfred
ISBN: 0882849034
Call Number: 787.6107 D263AL
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Notes: This world-renowned course-based method uses clearly presented course material with diagrams and fingering photos to help the learner grasp each lesson thoroughly.

 
 
Title: Banjo for Dummies
Author: Evans, Bill
ISBN: 013745904
Call Number: 787.7071 EV15B
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Notes: Teaches how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, develop playing posture, fret chords and master picking patterns in every banjo style. Covers clawhammer, 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic styles, and includes an in-depth chapter on bluegrass music, exploring Scruggs’ licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles. Additional chapters contain discussions of music theory, chord charts, practice tips, listings of banjo camps and festivals, and more!

 
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Title: Mel Bay's Electric Bass Method
Author: Filiberto, Roger
ISBN: 0871667851
Call Number: 787.6107 F476M
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Notes: Standard notation approach to reading, with solo and arpeggio studies for four string bass. Includes arpeggios charts for major, minor, augmented, diminished, and seventh chords, plus upper harmonic extensions. Includes DVD.

 
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Title: Rock Guitar Songs for Dummies
Author: Herriges, Greg P.
ISBN: 1423407768
Call Number: 784.5 R59G
Format: Paperback
Notes: Learn to play your favorite songs today! This book includes music notation, guitar tablature and performance notes for 35 rock 'n' roll hits.

 
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Title: Blues Guitar : Learn to Play Blues Guitar With Step-By-Step Lessons and 20 Great Blues Songs
Author: Koch, Greg
ISBN: 0634047736
Call Number: 787.6107 K811B
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Notes: Uses popular blues songs to teach you the basics of rhythm and lead blues guitar in the styles of the leading artists. 12-bar blues; vibrato and string bending; chords, scales, licks, riffs, turnarounds, hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides are all covered. In standard notation and tablature.