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Guitar for Dummies

Guitar for Dummies

A fun way to learn guitar quickly
Retail Box - Macintosh/Windows -  $29.95 

Product Information

Guitar For Dummies is a fun way to learn guitar quickly. Learn to play acoustic or electric guitar at your own pace with techniques demonstrated in full-motion videos. Have fun playing along with live recorded songs or MIDI tracks that you can slow down or speed up.

Your teacher is professional guitarist Kevin Garry, Ph.D., from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The excellent teaching he offers in this method will help you become a good guitarist and offers exceptional value.

Discover How To:
  • String and tune your guitar.
  • Play simple chords, full chords, power chords, and slash chords.
  • Use different strumming styles, such as folk, rock, blues, as well as syncopated rhythms.


Play Hit Songs!
40 songs including:

  • “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” Acoustic version – Bob Dylan.
  • “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” Rock version – in the style of Guns N’ Roses.
  • “Little Red Rooster” - Made famous by the Rolling Stones.
  • “Scarborough Fair” - Various artists.
  • “Downtown Train” - Made famous by Rod Stewart.
  • “Midnight Special” - Made famous by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
  • “Uncle John’s Band” - The Grateful Dead.
  • “La Bamba” - Made famous by Richie Valens.
  • “Rock ‘N Me” - The Steve Miller Band.
  • ... and many more!
Over 80 Set-by-Step Lessons

Over 80 Step-by-Step Lessons
Arranged in seven chapters, the lessons cover the basics from holding, stringing, and tuning the guitar to playing chords and culminating in an introduction to rock riffs, power chords and strumming styles. Lessons include a variety of exercises and songs. There are over 40 high quality videos that are now viewable at full-screen size! On-screen teacher Kevin Garry, Ph.D., provides clear and friendly instruction.

Easy to Use Interface

Easy to Use Interface
We've made the content window size adjustable, and it even maximizes to your fill your monitor so our guitar lessons are the easiest to read and follow!

Animated Fret Board | Skin 1 Animated Fret Board | Skin 2 Animated Fret Board | Skin 3

Animated Fretboard
(with six different skins!)

Displays fingering positions as the music plays. It allows you to see exactly how to play the song on a guitar fretboard as you hear the music. Music tracking highlights the notes being played on the screen, making it simple to follow along. Includes option for both right- and left-handed views. Fretboard skins are designed in the style of Rickenbacker, Strat, Gretsch, '59 Les Paul and more!

Over 40 High Quality Videos

Over 40 High Quality Videos
Professional guitar instructor Kevin Garry, Ph.D., guides you in over 40 videos with demonstrations of techniques now larger, with enhanced quality and viewable at full-screen size!

Music Tracking

Automatic Tuner
Tune your guitar quickly and easily. A precision gauge allows you to play into your computer's microphone and immediately get feedback to see if you're too high or too low. Full audio reference notes also provided.

Chord Dictionary

Chord Dictionary
Includes fingering charts and recorded sounds for over 250 chords. Easy access helps you learn songs with new chords quickly. An indispensable reference tool!

Digital Metronome

Digital Metronome
Allows you to set your own tempo and work on your picking speed, rhythm and timing. Provides both visual cue and/or audio tick. Full range of tempi, from largo to presto.


Music Tracking

Music Tracking

Variable-Speed MIDI

Variable-Speed MIDI

Digital Recorder

Digital Recorder


Windows® XP (Home & Pro) SP3/Windows Vista® SP2/Windows® 7¹, Pentium® IV 1.2GHz processor or faster, 256MB RAM (512MB RAM for Windows Vista® and Windows® 7), 8x CD-ROM drive or faster, 71MB free hard disk space, DirectX® 9.0 compatible or higher video card (video card with 32MB of video RAM for Windows Vista®), 800x600 minimum screen resolution, (DirectX® 9.0 or higher compatible 16-bit sound card recommended), QuickTime Player, keyboard & mouse. Macintosh® OS X 10.4 – 10.6, PowerPC® G4, G5 or Intel® processor, 800MHz processor or higher, 256MB RAM, 8x CD-ROM drive or faster, 71MB free hard disk space, 800x600 minimum screen resolution, keyboard & mouse. ¹Administrator privileges are required to properly install the program on Windows® XP, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, and Mac® OS X.