Learn to Play Guitar (Essential Interactive Guide) : The Learn to Play Guitar kit is designed to teach you how to play guitar interactively, without being tied to a computer or CD player. The kit consists of an Interactive Reader (it looks like an oversized pen) and two books optimized for audio that is activated when the Interactive Reader is touched to the book pages. Consider this your own private guitar instructor. The Interactive Reader is an optic pen that recognizes text and images, including musical notation, and provides audio to the user based on what it reads. Use the Interactive Reader with the Learn to Play Guitar books to learn and listen to the following: chord voicing; arpeggios; strumming and finger-picking patterns; chord progressions. The Learn to Play Guitar kit comes with two books, Playing Basics and the Chord Encyclopedia. Playing Basics provides comprehensive lessons for beginners. Throughout the book, chord diagrams allow you to hear notes for every string. As chords are introduced, each is shown on its own fret board. By touching the Interactive Reader to the page, you can hear how the note should sound. The Chord Encyclopedia explains basic notations and how to use a chord encyclopedia. It then provides information on 480 audio-enabled chords. Playing Basics and the Chord Encyclopedia are small enough to slip into a gig bag. The spiral-bound design of the books is ideal for resting on a music stand or table. The battery-powered Interactive Reader can be used with headphones, includes volume control, and has an automatic shut-off feature to conserve battery life.