The Skeptical Guitarist

Guitar from Scratch

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“Scratch,” as in something being “from scratch,” is a funny kind of expression, don’t you think? It turns out that it means: “proceeding from the starting line, or a scratch in the dirt, as in a race.” This leads to a more general definition: “to come from nothing, to be without advantage.” If this describes your current relationship with the guitar, then, boy, have I got a book for you.

Table of Contents

Choice of guitar
Picks, capos and the neck
Fretting and tuning
Relative tuning
Chords and chords
E Minor chord
Some principles
E Major chord
A Minor chord
Switching from Em to Am
C Major chord
Switching from Em to Am to C
G Major chord
Switching between G and C
Sympathy and more G chords
Song Examples
D Major Chord
The G Chord Family - song examples
The Rhythm Changes
F Major chord
D Minor chord
The C Chord Family - song examples
Strumming Away
Down-Up motion
Rock Strum Pattern
Folk Strum Pattern
Country Strum Pattern
Hip Hop Strum Pattern
The D Chord Family - song examples
A Major chord
B Minor and B Minor-seventh chords
Seventh chords - D7, G7 and A7 

1 - 4 - 5 substitutions
The A Chord Family - song examples
Switching from A to D to E to E7
The E Chord Family - song examples
B7 chord
The Circle of Fifths
Progressions in C, G and D
Strumming, Part Two
Escape hatch
Jazz chords
Major-seventh chords
Minor-seventh chords
Suspended chords
Anchor chords
Chord Review
Notation and the Tier System
Arpeggios and Tablature
¾ Time
Arpeggios in the wild
Travis-Style fingerpicking
5/4 and 6/4 bass patterns
Inside-Out picking patterns
Outside-In picking patterns
Pinch patterns
Strumming, Part Three (variations)
Power chords: E-shape and A-shape
Barre chords: E-shape and A-shape
1 - 4 - 5 and Rhythm Changes
Appendix A: Bunches of Useful Chords
Appendix B: Using the capo to make key changes

SKU: GuitarFromScratch ISBN: 9780966502947