With over 180 photographic examples, illustrations and purpose made diagrams, Learn to Play Guitar is designed to be comprehensive and clear for students. Starting with the basics of how to hold the guitar and how to tune it, tablature is explained clearly and the beginner's problem of reading tablature upside down addressed. Bridging the gaps it explains techniques that can be taken for granted by more experienced players. Palm muting and some basic lead techniques are also covered. To get you straight into playing music, numbers have been added underneath the pieces to indicate the rhythm (tablature on its own doesn't indicate this). Later on, the rhythmical aspect of conventional tation is covered so you can use it in conjunction with tablature. Music theory basics are explained in terms of the fret-board and reinforced by musical pieces in various styles to make the learning process practical and enjoyable. The book includes 42 downloadable mp3 tracks with demo and backing. Rhythm guitar is approached with changing between chords and strumming presented as separate subjects initially so that you don't have to concentrate on both at the same time. They are then brought together starting basic and getting more advanced until there is a rhythm guitar musical piece to play. Stretching exercises with illustrations are included to help avoid muscle strain. Also includes information on how to string a guitar and how to practise. Other subjects include fret-board layout, basic chord construction, power chords and barre chords.