Learning Guitar for Dummies [VHS]

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  1. Joe Crescenzi "From CouponPages.Com" says:
    121 of 121 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Baby Steps… In the right direction, December 16, 2003
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    Joe Crescenzi “From CouponPages.Com” (Staten Island, NY USA) –
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    This review is from: Culture Guitar for Dummies (DVD)

    This was the first DVD I ever bought on the subject. I ordered I even before I bought my first guitar, so I was a real beginner.

    The pace is very slow, but as a beginner, I liked it that way. It helped me to feel like I had the potential to keep up. This was very vital to me so that I wouldn’t give up.

    Some may feel the pace of this DVD is too slow, but if you are interested in starting slowly… this may be just the right pace for you.

    Eventually, I started collecting Guitar DVDs and I now have over 20, but this was the one that held my interest long enough to make it past the training wheel stages.

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  2. J "peacemover" says:
    151 of 156 people found the following review helpful
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    Fantastic for beginners; small here for intermediate players, March 19, 2003
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    J “peacemover” (Philadelphia, PA United States) –
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    This review is from: Culture Guitar for Dummies (DVD)

    This DVD is fantastic for people who have small or no experience with playing guitar and want to start without investing in private lessons (private lessons are a excellent thought if you can afford them). The DVD contains basics such as posture, hand position, a few basic chords, and strumming. It even has a very basic introduction to fingerstyle (playing with your fingers instead of a pick).

    I had taken a very basic class a few years ago, then taught myself barre chords and a few scales. I recently invested in a excellent mid-range guitar (Martin DC-16 GTE), so I picked up this dvd as a refresher. I found myself skipping to chapter 8 before I came to anything I hadn’t learned yet. So the title “Culture Guitar for Dummies” is apt. It is fantastic for beginners as a SUPPLEMENT to private lessons. For intermediate players who are looking to build such skills as fingerstyle, barre chords, scales and improvisation, etc, you’ll need something a bit more advanced than this. I found myself more bored and drooling over the Taylor 814 CE he was playing than focusing on the really basic concepts he was presenting.

    Other drawbacks of the video: 1) his singing is terrible 2) he doesn’t go over such basics as selecting and changing strings or some accessories that are helpful even for the novice (i.e. string winders, equipment for cleaning and maintaining the instrument- like a lint free cloth, a humidifier, etc). 3) in the video he does not always follow the suggested fingering shown in the chart on the cover (i.e. on a few of the songs he plays a G chord with the 1,2, and 4 fingers instead of the 1,2,3 as shown in the chart- I also prefer the 1,2,4 fingering, but this may be confusing to some beginners). Other than that it is a excellent introductory video for the beginner.

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  3. S. Maguire says:
    48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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    Perfect for beginers, August 9, 2004
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    S. Maguire (PA, USA) –
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    This review is from: Culture Guitar for Dummies (DVD)

    I used to take guitar lessons when I was about 15 years ancient. Learned some basic cords and could play a few songs. I had not picked up the guitar in many years. My 12 year ancient Daughter chose to learn to play the guitar so I got my ancient guitars out and started playing again. I ordered this DVD Culture Guitar for Dummies, by Jon Chappell and found it to be an brilliant first lesson for the beginner guitar player. Not only did I learn some thing’s I did not know but my daughter sat through the whole DVD with her guitar. Jon has a fantastic way of explaining things slowly and easily. I would recommend this DVD for any beginner guitar player. Even if you know nothing about the guitar, you will by the end of this DVD. I had also ordered another Guitar culture DVD and found it to be not nearly as excellent as this one. Two Thumbs up to this DVD! The only thing I was disappointed about was I could not find any other DVD’s place out by Jon Chappell.

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