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A quick Google search which amounted to "what does a circle with a cross through it mean?" turns up this: http://ultimate-guitar.com/forum/archive/index.php?t-637414.html The answer is: "Ø = half diminished, aka m7b5" This particular chord is played on piano as Credit to PianoChord.com


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Actually you might be on to something. I know from teaching beginning guitarist (and from my own personal experience) that learning to contort your fingers and hands into the correct position to instantly finger a given chord is very difficult. Nothing in the natural everyday world provides any advance training for those type hand formations and movements -...


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Hammer-ons. Rather than putting your fingers on the appropriate strings/frets one at a time, try to get them down as a hammer-on. After all, this is how, hopefully, you will end up forming them when you are playing. All fingers need to land together and firmly.You sort of make the chord shape before you smartly land them on the strings. Of course it'll take ...


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First, there's tradition ... from your Uncle Joe who played bluegrass with the boys for barn dances every Saturday night (or maybe his name was Bill and he covered CCR tunes in the local bars with his buddies) to popular teachers such as Mel Bay and the like. For years guitar method books would teach G, C, and D7 and then tell you that "anybody can play ...


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Arpeggios generally start on the root, then sequentially play 3,5,8 and so on. Guitars can be used to play these, but they don't always relate exactly to chord shapes. Take a simple E maj. chord, and you find that it leaves out the major 3rd note that you'd play in the arpeggio on the 6th string 4th fret. O.k. the rest of the notes follow well, but the two ...


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It is indeed half-diminished. A diminished chord has root, m3, b5 and bb7. In F#o it'll be F#, A, C and Eb. The half dim., a.k.a. m7b5 differs only by the m7; E instead of Eb. Its 1st inversion is the root (inversion/position) of Am6.


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One big reason is that playing arpeggios requires single note playing, often across strings. This is quite advanced compared to strumming all (or most) strings together, assuming you play with a pick. I am surprised your friends find it easier. Also, playing single notes requires greater coordination between the hands. I would also argue your point that ...


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When you write the roman numeral denomination of the chords, you are implying that the notes that make up each chord are present, although not explicitly written in the score. So "I" in your example means that the notes F-A-C would be in some fashion played in an improvised manner by a performer or arranged or orchestrated by the composer for the orchestra ...


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Harmony in general is a pretty broad topic and there isn't just one option for how to do harmony. In general, harmony is the simultaneous or "vertical" relation between what is being played. There is the typical Western idea of functional harmony where the Tonic-Dominant relationship (I-V) drives the progressions we encounter, but there is a lot more out ...


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When you are on a certain chord for a bar, then, yes, it'll work. I presume a bar of C, using C scale notes, then a bar of E (dominant of A), where you could use E scale notes, leading to a bar of A, where A scale notes will work. What you need to bear in mind is that all these keys have some common notes, but they may not be chord notes. For example,all 3 ...


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Well, it's going to be quite dissonant, because there are going to be a lot of notes clashing. The A major scale has C# and G# whereas the chord C has C and G natural.* So, those notes are going to create a dissonance. It will sound smoothly over the E and A chords, because E is the V of A, so the notes are the same. Keep in mind that the chord progression ...


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In addition to the other answers, you need to look at your ergonomics, which will not only improve speed but prevent injury. Musicians are small-muscle athletes and get injured without proper technique and warmup. Press a chord voicing on your guitar with your fingers as close behind the frets as possible. Playing one string at a time, lighten your finger ...


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Welcome to the wonderful world of learning to play guitar. I think one of the must frustrating things for new aspiring guitarist in the beginning stages is learning to play chords. The strange and unusual shapes that your brain must get your fingers to contort into are unnatural and often very difficult in the beginning. Everyday life does not require ...


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It speaks to why people play guitar. If you want to go to Juliard then just strumming your chords for several hours a day is not going to get you to there. To get a person who has that ambition is rather rare. What most people get into guitar for is just to play some popular songs with friends and family. There is off course nothing wrong with such an ...


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Scales are in essence a series of notes a certain amount of intervals / semitones from each other. You can have the semi tones in any place in the scale. You can have various amount of notes in the scale. 8 notes in the scale is common as it represents all the scale degrees. Major Scales have the semitones between the third and fourth scale degrees and the ...



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