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Mark Phillips is an author, guitarist, arranger, editor, and publisher with more than 40 years in the music publishing field. He earned his bachelor's degree in music theory from Case Western Reserve University, where he received the Carolyn Neff Award for scholastic excellence, and his master's degree in music theory from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda, the most prestigious U.S. honor society for college and university music students. While working toward a doctorate in music theory at Northwestern, Phillips taught classes in theory, ear-training, sight-singing, counterpoint, and guitar.
During the 1970s and early '80s, Phillips was Director of Popular Music at Warner Bros. Publications, where he edited and arranged the songbooks of such artists as Neil Young, James Taylor, the Eagles, and Led Zeppelin. From 1985 to 2013 he was Director of Music and Director of Publications at Cherry Lane Music, where he edited or arranged the songbooks of such artists as John Denver, Van Halen, Guns N' Roses, and Metallica, and served as Music Editor of the magazines Guitar and Guitar One.
Phillips is the author of several books on musical subjects, including Guitar for Dummies, Metallica Riff by Riff, Sight-Sing Any Melody Instantly, and Sight-Read Any Rhythm Instantly. In his non-musical life, Phillips is the author/publisher of a series of "fun" high school textbooks, including The Wizard of Oz Vocabulary Builder, The Pinocchio Intermediate Vocabulary Builder, Tarzan and Jane's Guide to Grammar, and Conversations in Early American History: 1492-1837.
Phillips' own publishing company, A. J. Cornell Publications, was named in honor of, and publishes selected works by two favorite early 20th century authors, A. J. Cronin and Cornell Woolrich. A. J. Cornell Publications also publishes numerous Kindle editions of books on a variety of subjects, including history, biography, literature, mythology, science, and mathematics.
For the reference value of his numerous publications, Phillips is profiled in Who's Who in America.
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- Play along with online videos and audio tracks to develop and reinforce your new skills
- Tune your guitar, change strings, and make simple repairs to keep your instrument in working order
- Choose the right guitar and equipment for your needs
- Explore numerous musical styles, including rock, blues, jazz, and country
Guitar For Dummies, 4th Edition guides you in the development of your strumming talent—and who knows where that can take you!
A one-stop resource to the essentials of owning and playing the guitar
If you’ve just bought a guitar, or you’ve had one for a while, you probably know it takes some time and effort to learn how to play the popular instrument. There’s so much to know about owning, maintaining, and playing a guitar. Where do you even begin?
In Guitar All-in-One For Dummies, a team of expert guitarists and music teachers shows you the essentials you need to know about owning and playing a guitar. From picking your first notes to exploring music theory and composition, maintaining your gear, and diving into the specifics of genres like blues and rock, this book is a comprehensive and practical goldmine of indispensable info.
Created for the budding guitarist who wants all their lessons and advice in one place, the book will show you how to:
- Maintain, tune, and string your guitar, as well as decipher music notation and guitar tablature
- Understand guitar theory, sounds and techniques to help you learn new songs and add your style to classic tunes
- Practice several popular genres of guitar music, including blues, rock, and classical
- Access accompanying online video and audio instructional resources that demonstrate the lessons you find in the book
Perfect for guitar players at any skill level, Guitar All-in-One For Dummies is a must-have resource for anyone who wants to get the most out of their own guitar and make great music.
Here we’ve turned that type of realization upside down. Bach’s six unaccompanied cello suites, even though they are mainly just single-note melodies, are a world of exquisite beauty for the cellist. But guitarists are capable of playing melodies along with harmonies and bass lines. Bach’s cello melodies themselves imply certain harmonies, which in turn imply certain bass notes.
By selecting only those movements most conducive to guitar, and by adding bass lines and harmonies implied by the melodies, we’ve fleshed out—realized—these pieces for easy to intermediate level classical guitar solo (in standard notation and tablature).
Includes: Suite No. 1 – Minuet I, Minuet II, Gigue; Suite No. 2 – Minuet I, Minuet II; Suite No. 3 – Bourrée I, Bourrée II; Suite No. 4 – Bourrée II; Suite No. 5 – Gavotte I; Suite No. 6 – Gavotte I, Gavotte II