How to Play the Guitar by Ear (for mathematicians and physicists)

Copyright © 2000 - 2015 Joseph George Caldwell.  All rights reserved.  Permission granted to make personal copies for noncommercial use.   Updated 21 August 2008 (six-hour course added).  Updated 23 Oct 2008 (Spanish Songs and Miscellaneous Songs added).  Minor edits 9 Dec 2011.  Original score to After Seventeen Days on the Road added 13 Sept 2012.

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How to Play the Guitar by Ear (57 pages): htm file (.4MB file); pdf file (.4MB file) (6 Feb 2000, updated 3 Nov 2002).   Note:  You need an Adobe Acrobat PDF reader to read the pdf-format file (available free from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html) .

How to Play the Guitar by Ear: Six One-Hour Lessons (eight pages of notes; course requires instructor): htm file; pdf file (posted 21 August 2008, updated 30 Aug 2008).

How to Attach a Guitar Strap, and Repair Small Dents and Scratches in a Guitar (four pages): htm file; pdf file (posted 3 April 2003, updated 27 Dec 2008).

Summary of Music Theory (two pages): htm file; pdf file (posted 11 May 2002).

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 1 (364 pages): htm file (.4 MB); pdf file (.6 MB) (22 Nov 2001, corrected periodically).  Mainly old country-music songs (mostly 1950s and 1960s).

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 1 With Chords (364 pages): htm file (.4 MB); pdf file (.6 MB) (3 May 2004, corrected periodically).  Mainly old country-music songs (mostly 1950s and 1960s).

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 2 (337 pages): htm file (.4 MB); pdf file (.6 MB) (3 Dec 2002, revised 3 May 2004, corrected periodically).  Mainly old country-music songs (mostly 1950s and 1960s); some rock and roll and popular songs.

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 2 With Chords (337 pages): htm file (.4 MB); pdf file (.6 MB) (3 May 2004, corrected periodically).  Mainly old country-music songs (mostly 1950s and 1960s); some rock and roll and popular songs.

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 3 (Spiritual Songs) (75 pages): htm file (.08 MB); pdf file (.2 MB) (posted 21 Jan 2003; updated 13 Mar 2003, reformatted 3 May 2004).   Mainly old-time gospel hymns.  Words only: htm; pdf.   Abbreviated: htm; pdf.  Abbreviated, words only: htm; pdf.

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 4 (Christmas Songs) (37 pages): htm file (.04 MB); pdf file (.1 MB) (2 Feb 2003, reformatted 3 May 2004).  Traditional Christmas carols.

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 5 (Children's Songs) (72 pages): htm file (.07 MB); pdf file (.2 MB) (8 Feb 2003, reformatted 3 May 2004).  Traditional children's songs.

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 6 (Older Popular Songs) (59 pages): htm file (.08 MB); pdf file (.2 MB) (23 Feb 2003, reformatted 3 May 2004).  Older popular songs.

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 7 (Spanish Songs) (132 pages): htm file (.7 MB); pdf file (.4 MB) .  (9 Oct 2008).  Spanish-language songs.  Mostly traditional Mexican songs (corridos, rancheras, boleros, nortenos).

Country Music Lyrics, Vol. 8 (Miscellaneous Songs) (24 pages): htm file (.1 MB); pdf file (.1 MB) .  (23 Oct 2008, updated periodically).  Miscellaneous songs.

Sample recordings.  These files are large, and suitable for downloading only if you have a "broadband" Internet connection.  They were recorded at 64 Kbps, and will not "stream" through an audio player (e.g., Windows Media Player, Real Player, Roxio Audio Central Player) over a 56 Kbps dial-up modem.  With broadband, when you open them, they will play immediately and continuously.  With a slow modem, they will "start and stop" while the "buffer" fills.  They are posted only on http://www.foundationwebsite.org (not on http://www.foundation.bw ).  (These sample recordings are free educational materials to accompany the "How to Play the Guitar by Ear" article.)

Joseph George Caldwell Sings, Volume 1: An Old Love Affair Now Showing; Bumming Around; Am I Fool Number One; Gonna Find Me a Bluebird; I Donít Hurt Anymore; If  a Woman Answers; Iím Sorry for You, My Friend; I Guess It Doesnít Matter Anymore; It Is No Secret; Just One Time; Occasional Wife; Once a Day; One Day at a Time; Save the Last Dance for Me; Step Aside; Sweet Surrender; Thatíll Be the Day; Thatís What Makes the Jukebox Play; The Last Cheatersí Waltz; To Daddy; Too Many Rivers; Turn Your Radio On; Walk On By. (20 April 2005.)

Original score to After Seventeen Days on the Road. Click here for pdf file.