众多的吉他爱好者可能都会熟悉Frederick Noad的名字,Frederick Noad 拥有非常精湛的吉他演奏技巧,对吉他历史及演奏曲目有着全面的了解与把握,他的吉他出版物几乎涵盖了吉他演奏相关的方方面面,他的出版物在世界各地都非常畅销,这是一本非常全面的关于吉他学习的指南性材料,无论你只是一个对吉他一无所知的未入门者,还是有些吉他方面的经验需要继续拓展自己的技巧及知识范围,或者你是一个富有经验的吉他教师需要寻找适合不同学生的各种学习方法,你都可以在这本书中找到自己所需要的内容。
  Part 1: Preparing to Play(第一部分:准备开始学习吉他演奏)
  1.The Guitar: A Noteworthy History(需要了解的吉他历史)
     The Ancient Roots of the Guitar(吉他的悠久历史)
     Early Guitar Masters(早期吉他历史上的大师们)
     The Guitar in America(吉他在美国的情况)
     The Folk Revival
     The Least You Need to Know(你必须要掌握的)
  2.What Is a Guitar?(什么是吉他?)
     The Parts of the Guitar (吉他的构造)
     Guitar Styles (吉他的风格)
     More Guitar Talk
     Selecting a Guitar (如何选择适合自己的吉他)
     Guitar Variants
     The Least You Need to Know
  3 Buying a Guitar(购买吉他)
     Before Shopping(购买之前的考虑)
       How Much to Spend(准备花多少钱?)
       Acoustic vs. Electric(电吉他还是原声吉他?)
       New vs. Used(新吉他还是二手吉他?)
     Shopping Tips(购买吉他的提示)
       Sound Advice
     Fitting an Instrument to You
     Common Guitar Brands(常见的吉他品牌)
       Japanese/Asian Makers
       American Makers
       Spanish Makers
     What Will a Dealer Do for You?
     Mail Order
     The Least You Need to Know
  4.Strings and Things(琴弦相关)
     About the Fingers
     The Playing Action
       Changing Strings(如何更换琴弦)
       Choosing Strings(琴弦的选择)
       Raising the Dead(旧琴弦的复新)
       String Brands (琴弦品牌)
       Tuning to the Piano(用钢琴校弦)
       Relative Tuning(利用邻弦之间的相对关系调弦)
       Electronic Tuning(电子校弦)
     String Stretch(琴弦的拉伸)
     The Least You Need to Know
  Part 2: Getting Started(开始学习吉他的演奏)
  5.Beginning to Play
     Playing Position(弹奏的位置)
     Sitting Correctly (正确的姿势/坐姿)
     The Left Hand (左手)
     Chords (和弦)
       Changing Chords (和弦转换)
       Why These Chords? (为什么首先学习C/F/G7和弦?
       Minor Chords(小调和弦,Am/Dm/E7)
     The Least You Need to Know
  6.The Right Hand(关于右手)
     Right-Hand Playing Position (右手的弹奏位置)
     Preparing the Nails (指甲的修剪)
     Right-Hand Chord Technique (右手和声演奏技巧)
     Rhythmic Variety (各种节奏)
     Further Practice (其它一些练习)
     Quick Review
     The Least You Need to Know
  7.Advanced Right Hand Techniques(右手高级技巧)
     The Rest Stroke (靠弦技巧)
       Alternation (交替拨弦)
       Practical Work (做些实际的练习)
     The Free Stroke (不靠弦)
     Arpeggios (琶音)
     The Least You Need to Know
  Part 3: Tunes and Tablature(旋律与记谱)
  8. How Guitar Music Is Written(吉他音乐是如何记录的?)
     Guitar Tablature (吉他指法谱)
     Rhythm and Counting (时值与节奏)
       Time Signatures (节拍)
       How to Count Time (节拍/时值的计算)
     Ties, Rests, and Damping (延音/休止/消音)
     Some Familiar Tunes (一些熟悉的旋律例子)
       “Au Clair de la Lune”
       “Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes”
     The Eighth Note (八分之一音符)
       Nursery Rhyme
     Counting Beats with Fractions
       “The Ash Grove”
     More about Dotted Notes (附点音符)
       “Muss I Denn”
       Irish Air: “Endearing Young Charms”
     The Least You Need to Know
    9. Varied Accompaniments
     Playing Chords and Arpeggios in Tablature
       “Down in the Valley” (Folk Song from Kentucky)
       “The Riddle Song”
       “The Streets of Laredo” (Traditional Cowboy Song)
       “Aura Lee” (George Poulton, Lyrics by W. W. Fosdick)
     Some New Chords
       The Half Bar
       “Waltzing Matilda” (A. B. “Banjo” Patterson)
     A First Solo
       “Andantino” (Ferdinando Carulli)
     The Least You Need to Know
    10. Rhythm Practice
     Advanced Counting
     Sixteenth Notes
       Smaller Note Values Do Not Always Equal
       Greater Speed
     Mixed Rhythms
       “William Tell”
       “Leaves So Green”
     The Least You Need to Know
    11. Slur Techniques
    The Upward Slur (Hammer-On, Ascending Ligado)
      Upward Slur Exercise
    The Downward Slur (Pull-Off, Descending Ligado)
      Slurs on Inside Strings
      Downward Slur Exercise
    Practice for Upward and Downward Slurs
      Rhythm of Soleares
      Exercise for Left-Hand Solo
    The Least You Need to Know
   12. The Full Bar
    Playing a Full Bar
    Chord Sequences
      12-bar Blues
      “Dream a Little Dream of Me”
    The Least You Need to Know
  Part 4: Making Notes
   13. How to Read Notes
    Why Learn Notation?
    The Music Staff
      Notes Above and Below the Staff
    Tones and Half Tones
    The Octave
    The Notes on the Staff
    The Notes on Each String
      Notes on the First String
      Notes on the Second String
      Notes on the Third String
      Notes on the Fourth String
      Notes on the Fifth String
      Notes on the Sixth String
    The Least You Need to Know
   14. The Scale
    Sharps and Flats
    Tunes from Notation
      “Plaisir d’Amour”
      “Londonderry Air (Danny Boy)”
    The Least You Need to Know
   15. Music in Multiple Voices
    Independent Voices
    “Andante” (Fernando Sor)
      Study Notes
    “Bourée” (J. S. Bach)
      Study Notes
    “Country Dance” (Frederick Noad)
      Study Notes
    The Least You Need to Know
  Part 5: Regional Styles
   16. Elements of Travis Picking
    “Careless Love”
    The Least You Need to Know
   17. Folk and Country
    Keeping It Steady
    Basic Chord Shapes
    Picking a Country Song
      Playing a Solo: “Will the Circle Be Unbroken?”
    The Least You Need to Know
   18. Introducing Flamenco
    The Flamenco Forms
    Development of the Solo Art
    Right-Hand Techniques
      The Flamenco Downstroke
        Flamenco Damping
        The Upstroke
        The Rhythmic Tap (Golpe)
    The Rasgueo
      Downward Rasgueo
      Developing the Fingers
      Four-Finger Rasgueo
        Study Note
      Down and Up Rasgueo
      Rhythm of Soleares
        Study Notes, Soleares
        Study Notes, Farruca
    The Least You Need to Know
   19. Latin Rhythms
    The Beguine
    The Bossa Nova
    The Least You Need to Know
   20. The Blues
    Taking Measure of the 12-Bar Blues
    Seventh Chords
    Getting Down to the Blues
    The Least You Need to Know
   21. Rock and Roll
    The Boogie Bass
    A High-Note Solo
    The Least You Need to Know
  Part 6: Taking Off
    22. Chord Formation
    Chord Families
    Related Chords
    The Relative Minor
    Other Useful Chords
      The Diminished Seventh
      Sixths, Ninths, and Major and Minor Sevenths
    Transposing with the Chord Clock
    The Least You Need to Know
   23. Moving up the Fingerboard
    The Positions of the Guitar
    Ways to Change Position
      The Guide Finger
      The Portamento
      The Slide (Arrastre)
    Notes of the Fifth Position
    Equivalent Notes
    Natural Harmonics
      Study in E minor (Francisco Tárrega)
        Study Notes
      Plegaria (Guillermo Gomez)
        Study Notes
    The Least You Need to Know
   24. Classical Virtuoso Secrets
    Tone Production
    Dividing your Practice Time
    Additional Study
    The Least You Need to Know
   25. Putting It All Together
    Study in B Minor (Fernando Sor)
      Study Note, Study in B Minor
    Romance Anónimo (Anonymous Romance)
      Study Notes, Romance Anónimo
    The Least You Need to Know
      A Further Study
      B Guitar Gods
      C Guitar Talk