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Multi-string guitars The idea of fanned frets is, in essence, to combine the baritone or bass guitar with the regular guitar in one instrument. Fanned frets enable strengthening the tone of the lower strings by giving them a longer speaking string length. They can also enable a high string that can be tuned higher than is possible on a conventional guitar ...


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Just to be clear, what you have are ball-end nylon strings, right? Because if you're planning on putting steel strings on a classical guitar, I'll have to advise you against moving forward. The instrument is not built for steel string tension. If they are nylon strings, on a standard classical guitar, Frets.com has a tutorial on the right way to restring ...


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I want to remind you that Isaac Albéniz was a pianist, and "Asturias" was written for solo piano. Albeniz never published any music for guitar. There are now many different transcriptions of Albeniz' pieces for solo guitar, duet guitar, trio guitar, you name it, made by any number of transcribers. So I say to you: If it's too hard for you to play that chord ...


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When you hold a guitar the fretboard looks like that: The thickest string at the bottom and the thinnest at the top. Some people prefer to represent chord diagrams in this way, other people prefer to represent chords as they can see the fretboard in a mirror on the wall. It is only a personal preference.


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There is nothing wrong with using a capo, if it makes the sound you want. Having said that, the barred shapes you are using are pretty simple ones, and it will be worthwhile learning to play them without a capo. In your example you are raising the pitch of the whole song by 5 semitones. So: The Am becomes a Dm The E becomes an A The A7 becomes a D7 The ...


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Yes, Black (and sometimes Red) nylon strings have more of a treble/high end sound and are more distinctive in tone than the classic nylon. Sources: Wisegeek article on classical strings JustStrings overview of classical strings


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The D'Addario company has developed some new ideas. One is a coating applied to the wound strings (similar to the Elixir brand, but for nylon-string classical and not for steel-string acoustic or electric). These three wound strings in the set last longer because they are mostly impervious to oil and dirt from the fingers. D'Addario calls their coated ...


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This is a positive thing. Studies have shown the positive effect music has on unborn babies, see: Whitwell, Giselle E. "The importance of prenatal sound and music." Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health 13 (1999): 255-262. http://intraspec.ca/music.pdf


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I think the B means Barre, and the roman numeral is the position. So B VII would be barre on the 7th fret. I don't know what the 6 means. If you look at bar 37, we see: BVIII6, and this is a chord of C, and in bar 63 we see BII5 for a chord on B and in bar 67 BIII6 for a chord on G. All these other chords confirm my assumption that the B means Barre and ...


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Your friend is oversimplifying things tremendously. Classical Guitars vs. Steel-string Acoustics To begin with, a modern classical guitar is an acoustic guitar strung with nylon strings (in the past, they were strung with strings made from animal gut). It differs from a modern "flat-top" acoustic guitar in that flat-top's are strung with steel strings, ...


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I think you've got a good list already, but I'd quibble with the in order part. I'd recommend splitting up your practice time to work on each of these fronts every day. So for a 1-hour practice, you might do Practice yesterday's scale a few times, pick a new scale and practice it. ~ 10 min. Put on your new favorite pop song and try to transcribe the chord ...


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Valentin is right, keeping your nails a bit shorter is probably one of the most useful things to do. But, let me add a few things. I am primarily a guitarist, and I play the piano, but wouldn't consider myself a pianist; so, much of my advice is from a guitarist's perspective. Even though most of the classical guitarists I know (including me!) use nails, ...


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There is a balance between the strings and the top. If you put too much tension, it'll sound awesome until the top snaps or the bridge comes flying off. If you don't put enough tension, you don't get the top moving and it doesn't sound good. Nylon strings are for classical guitars and vice versa. There are silk-and-steel strings from string makers like ...


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I recommend Fernando Sor's studies for guitar as transcribed by Andres Segovia. These studies are both highly instructive as well as beautiful works unto themselves. Given your familiarity with Andres Segovia, the music of Fernando Sor (a major influence on Segovia's development as a musician/composer) would be a logical next step. See ...


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As luthier Chris Larkin explains for this 9 string bass monster - To get suitable tension on the huge variation of string sizes it required different scale lengths for each string and so needed fan frets.


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My guess is that the direction the finger is moving is not perpendicular to the fretboard. And so you are in effect plucking the string with the small bit of flesh caused by the indentation of the string itself. When you fret the string, the string frets you, so to speak. The string creates an indentation in the surface of the fingertip which will recover ...


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I own a 10-string classical guitar. The two most common ways to string and tune it are the Yepes tuning, and "Baroque". Mine is strung in a modified Baroque fashion. [Many professional 10-string guitarists have developed their own alternate tunings, particularly when they want to compose and play their own new music and not transcriptions of historical ...


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The stretch from 8 to 12, while barring all strings is indeed tricky. Depending on the song and the emphasis on certain notes in this chord, I would not play the complete chord. I would focus on playing the notes which are most emphasized. I'd try: %8/T.X/X.8/1.9/2.8/1.12/4[C7] $8.X.10.9.8.12 This will strain your fingers less, and keep the high E note ...


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Measure to find out whether your guitar is a full-sized guitar or a shorter-scale guitar. On a full-sized guitar, the length of the strings, from the bridge saddle to the nut, is 648mm. For a beginner, if you have a full-scale guitar, just use a package of nylon classical guitar strings labeled "standard tension" or "normal tension". Any brand will do. The ...


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First of all, Gipsy Kings music isn't classical :) Gipsy Kings play Flamenco guitar, major of their works is Rumba type. Spanish guitar basically is two types: Spanish classic guitar. Famous players: Andres Segovia, John Williams, Julian Bream. Flamenco guitar. Famous players: Paco De Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Gerardo Nunez, Sabicas and of course many ...


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Violin music is a better bet than cello music, for two reasons: It's already written in treble clef, as the guitar is, while the cello uses bass, treble, and tenor/alto clef, which just raises the difficulty level for no particular guitar-oriented gain. The range of the violin more closely matches that of the guitar (modulo an octave). It's lowest note ...


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39 Progressive Solos for Classical Guitar has a good set of pieces arranged in order of difficulty.


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The question of: "What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets?" is a good question. The correct answer depends on what your intentions are. If all you ever want to do is strum chords to back up your singing voice or play along with others than you'll do just fine on your standard six string guitar. However ,,, if your ambitions run far beyond playing ...


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On a purely practical level, I would suggest having another guitar player play the guitar - preferably someone with some experience playing nylon string guitar, but any acoustic guitar player will do. If you have a friend who plays guitar fairly well that's perfect - have your friend check the guitar out for you. Failing that, you could take a guitar ...


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Well, all of those are useful skills to have at some point, but through the lens of 'Never picked up a guitar before', I would tell you first to learn the basic motor skills needed, being picking/plucking, fretting and how to control your hands in a synchronous manner. After that, get comfortable with the fretboard. In any playing, comfort is key, but that ...


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Yes, I personally would recommend two things: Dexterity Exercises Stretching There are many boring finger dexterity exercises out there, and though it may be tempting to just focus on your pinky, you would need to work all of the fingers; working to make all of them independent. There is an old stretching trick a lot of instrumentalists use for ...



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