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Adding to Dom's answer,yes, there will be more efficiency in changing chords, using barre chords. In a piece with quite a few changes, it's often possible to move from any chord to the next by moving two frets maximum, sometimes one fret, and even no frets at all.Take a simple 3 chord song in A. Play A on the 5th fret barre, with an 'E' shape. Same barre ...


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Yes, if you move a barre chord to a different fret it becomes a different chord. The one you have used to get the F chord sounds like the E-shaped barre chord. There are a total of 5 different barre chord shapes and they are all based on the open shapes of chords. As you can see in the picture above, these are the 5 open chords and thus each can be ...


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I can tell you what I did .. Before I started learning, I found that I liked the Rolling Stones, Dire Straits (they were v popular at the time) and Jimi Hendrix, among other types of music. It was around 1984. I learnt guitar riffs.. Under My thumb (Stones), Machine Gun (Hendrix), Whole Lotta Love (Led Zep) - these tunes stand out in my memory of learning ...


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I also learned from the scratch and everything I know about the guitar I know from the internet. The things I used: Guitar Pro (version 5.2) it's a cool application. You can use it to read notes, create compositions and learn how to play many things created by other people in this app. You can download it for free. http://ultimate-guitar.com it's a website ...


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If anyone is familiar with Kevin Cadogan and his work on the debut self-titled album by Third Eye Blind, then you know that half of those songs are in alternate tunings (at least 3 variations of open d suspended, as well as tuning to different hz, i.e. semi charmed life is in A448 to sound brighter). Kevin recorded most of those guitar tracks with his ...


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It is known as a pick slide or pick scrape and it is used most often in punk and rock. Read this article for information on what is is. The second article is the forum on proper execution http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pick_slide http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/archive/index.php?t-616306.html


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Amp miking (which I actually advocate for electric guitar, but anyway) is basically a ridiculous thing to do: a speaker is, in principle, a device to make an electric signal audible. A microphone is a device to do the opposite. Neither does its job perfectly, in particular it's very hard to design a speaker so it transmits everything evenly. A purely ...


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Feedback, bleed, clarity in the mix. All these apply to both miking an amp and miking the guitar directly without using an amp. These apply to using microphones in general, in any instrument, with or without amps involved. It depends on the venue (dimensions, materials, shape), the equipment (mics, amps, PA, monitors), and the performance (# of instruments, ...


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I'm 100% taught to play guitar by the great and almighty internet. Check out Marty Schwartz. He's great for beginners! Have fun :)


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You may want to explore my collection of chords and supporting information. What makes this uncommon (unique?) is the fact that this collection of guitar chords illustrates and functionally identifies the component chord voices, rather than just indicating a marker to "put your finger here". This collection is almost completely comprised of movable chords -- ...


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There is an unlimited amount of teaching material out there dedicated to beginner guitar lessons. GuitarFriendly and Guitar Lessons Online have a lot of great beginner courses to help you get started. Also, having played for almost 10 years now myself, here are a couple things to help you begin this quest, and some general advice : Be patient - you're ...


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There are a million and one online resources(we are very lucky in that regard). How about Justin guitars Beginner course. His channels on youtube are completely free and he has literally hundreds (if not thousands) of video's to keep you learning for years.


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As your wrist starts to strengthen through practicing bar chords, your positioning will become more supple and flexible to create a good contact between your finger and the fretboard. This will come from practice, but can also be enhanced by some practice techniques to vary the method slightly. One thing I found useful was "building" shapes from the top 4 ...


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Adding to slim's answer, the only time you'd need to be accurate with the barre finger on the 3rd string is when you play minor, minor 7th chords, using an 'E' shape, and dominant 7th ,minor 7th chords using an 'A' shape.As a beginner, as you get better on the barre chords that are not any of those, you will improve enough to cope. You may also consider ...


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You will overcome this by practising, but you don't need to worry about it just yet. It's not that common to need to play all six strings barred. Concentrate at first on the two most common barred shapes - the "A shape" (for example, a barred Bb) and the "E shape" (for example, a barred F). With both of these shapes you barre across six strings, and fret 3 ...


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I suggest starting with some basic rhythmic patterns on the guitar body, practice all your standard drumming patterns e.g. paradiddles and the likes. Once you've got a solid base for the percussive stuff going on, start trying to incorporate more fretting hand work to bring some harmony in, whether it's just tapping work or you are playing the strings ...


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It's taken from the full major scale. Two notes are omitted - the 4th and 7th. So in C, for instance, the notes C,D,E,G and A are used. F and B are not.Those notes are quite likely to clash with chords played in that key, unless the player knows what to do.The simple reason being, no two notes are very close to each other (at least two frets(a tone)). Yes, ...


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Well, you can think of it in one of two ways. Interpretation 1: Relation to popular music: Popular music tends to be based on the major scale, which you've probably encountered. The major scale has a whole, whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half structure. I'll provide two examples because music theory books always use C major and I think that stunts ...


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The scale has five unique pitches (hence the name) and they are separated by the intervals: W–W–m3–W–m3 where W is a whole step and m3 is a minor third (3 frets). The last m3 takes you to the starting pitch an octave higher. Example: C–D–E–G–A–C


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Electric guitar amps are not intended to faithfully reproduce the sound of the electric guitar, but to shape it and give it a new sound entirely. Alot of people will buy their electric guitar amp on the basis that they feel it gives them the sound they're looking for. As for amplifying acoustic guitar, that's not quite the case because the whole thing about ...


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Yes, it's okay, no big difference. Actually, you only need pre-amp, equalizer, and a reverb. But, if you're playing in a big gig show, soundhole cover is needed to avoid the feedback, but in some case that your acoustic guitar already have notch filter or feedback reducer, it's fine not to attach soundhole cover. I always play my acoustic through electric ...


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There are in fact acoustic guitar amps out there that you can buy for this purpose. If you have the money to spend on it, I would definitely recommend that. Other than that, regular amps are okay for acoustic guitar, although you'll find that the sound is not ideal this way. Additionally, acoustic guitar amps use notch filters to prevent feedback, which is ...


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As others have noted, the properties of the signal from the microphone and from the piezo pickup will be different. The microphone picks up the same kind of air vibrations your ear does. The piezo pickup picks up the vibration of the saddle. The pickup has the advantage of being less susceptible to (but not immune to) feedback, and it moves with the guitar. ...


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The sound from the microphone is undoubtedly the best, if you want the music to sound as close as you can to how it sounds unamplified. The mic captures all of the natural resonances of the guitar without the "quack" of a piezo pickup. However, controlling feedback with only a microphone is difficult. The musician will have to keep their guitar relatively ...


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Adding to Meaningful Username's answer, the different sources (piezo pickup vs microphone) emphasise different parts of the guitar's sound. Not only is it used to help the sound be more consistent etc. but the different sounds themselves make for much more versatility when mixing. In general (this can vary wildly) a microphone will give a more "natural" ...


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The sound from a microphone inside the guitar (or piezo pickups as in the case with Clapton) is different from the sound outside of the guitar. The signal from internal microphones or pickups will be more consistent, since it is not affected by movements of the guitar. Likely the signals are mixed to get the best of both worlds.


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Bad for electric guitar sound. The horn will cause horrible high-pitched feedback. Use a guitar or bass cab. Fine for acoustic guitar, but then, why not just use monitors? Fine for upright bass reinforcement. Not good for electric rock bass, you won't get character sound. The clean sound of the horn is nice for jazz bass.


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I want to add that I also suffer from this same condition but it doesn't stop with my index finger also my middle and ring finger nails are wearing down and chipping I have tried hardener though hardener is acrylic the strings are much harder, I have glued false nails over my nails this helps though the false nails wear out and replacing them can cause your ...


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Play within your reach. The time necessary to stretch out for certain +1 and +2 chords may inhibit you from playing them at tempo. If you must, use them at the beginning or after a suitable rest period, so that you have time to set them up. If you take the opportunity to watch jazz masters, you may discover that there are an incredible number of chords ...


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Might be a good idea to combine finger stretching exercises with actually learning some guitar basics. If your goal is to eventually play solos/lead guitar, then you could learn the pentatonic scale in the most common shapes. There are tutorials like this one all over the web. I often struggle with the stretches for just one or two chords (basically ...


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I can't believe no other answers your final and most important question with any detail! And when looking for an instrument that is the easiest to play, what should i look for in particular? You shouldn't look solely for an acoustic guitar that is easy to play. The play-ability of an acoustic guitar is the only thing that can be easily adjusted! ...


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There's also what the string is made of. Usually nylon is really easy to press down on regardless of string thickness, but steel kills your fingers.


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Theory notwithstanding, nearly all guitars have the same scale length, and string weights are limited to about three choices, and action has constraints limiting how low you can get it. So, in the real world we have to make some trade-offs. Many acoustic players prefer medium action, not low. Lower the action to the cusp of buzzing, and you will limit the ...



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