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I've been playing for about 15 years, and I only use nylon strings on my Ibanez V-310 acoustic. I used Dean Markley high tension ball end nylon strings. You might have to adjust the truss rod until you get the tension and sound you want. Be very careful! Adjust it a small amount at a time! And you'll probably have to file your nut slots or buy a new nut to ...


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Traditional music theory is basically diatonic harmony. I disagree with previous poster saying that the guitar is not an ideal instrument to learn theory on. Of course it's ideal, because it's a harmonic instrument (you can play chords on it). It and the piano are both ideal to learn theory on. Plenty of music teachers can instruct you in theory. And there ...


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You can go to a music shop that is well stocked with sheet music, method books, etc., and ask them to point you to the music theory workbooks section. Pick out Volume 1 of each series (all the major publishing houses have such a series), take them over to a comfortable chair, and choose one that appeals to you. Please don't be put off by the small amount ...


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You are right. Guitar method books don't teach much traditional music theory. This is because the guitar is not an ideal instrument upon which to learn music theory. Traditional Western music theory, as it is taught in colleges, is based around choral music. You learn to read and analyze choral music, and later to arrange and write your own chord ...


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Get a teacher. Nice and simple. One with a college degree where he or she did at least four years of theory studies. Ask him or her what kind of melody and harmony work he or she did. If he or she can write fugues and has a good knowledge on counter point then he or she would get you far. Just remember that for every 10 practical teachers there may be one ...


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I definitely use a guitar foot rest. My teacher recommended this one to me and it is awesome and has helped with my technique and lower back pain. I love it and it looks super cool. Check it out if you decide to get one! https://www.etsy.com/listing/245301966/the-ultimate-guitarists-foot-stool-solid?ref=shop_home_active_1


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it's the guitar not you i can tell by the shape of that guitar. i have the same probleme when i hear another guitar's sound i feel that what i have is not a guitar. you don't need to be a pro player in order to tell the difference just play the same chord( for example A major ) in both guitar and you will hear the difference.


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It's not just about making the action higher or lower...it's also about getting the proper relief in the neck. The neck of a guitar isn't ruler-straight: it bends upward in a very slight gradual curve from the body to the headstock. If that curve is too flat you'll get pernicious buzzing, and if it's too fat you'll have strings too high and possibly ...


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It will depend a lot on what you intend to do with (or without) it. There have been discussions on this site as to the usefulness of the 'piece of paper'. Some intimated that grade viii was only a starting point as far as being a pro player is concerned - probably from a classical standpoint. It also depends where you are in your playing standard, too. ...


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If you're unhappy with the sound and playability that you're getting, it's definitely worth taking your guitar in for maintenance. Most guitars usually benefit from having a setup done at a guitar shop. Very few guitars come out of the factory with great playability. You should be able to get the action lowered and thus enjoy your guitar more. That extra ...


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I'm personally a big believer in musical exams. At the very least they will teach people the self discipline of deciding on a ambition an working every day for many months to achieve it. This type of discipline is useful to people in any field of study. If you do nothing else with your music it will at the very least teach you this. Ultimately whether or ...


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The question is "how to be constantly aware of posture?" (not, "what is a good posture") The answer is that you must change your perception of what part of your body is actually "playing" the guitar. Let me use an analogy of a tennis player: the tennis player can stand flat-footed and "muscle" the volley using just a swat of her wrist and forearm, but ...


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In the case of a catastrophic fall from 20 feet in height, A mother's body will protect the unborn child from harm. The mother might not survive, but the baby likely will. Given that, I find it impossible to imagine how playing classical guitar could harm the baby. When my wife was pregnant, she used to sit on my bass amplifier as I was playing, which ...


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"Don't put your arms on the guitar table" is a tongue-in-cheek way of telling you to fix your posture, it references the age-old lament of parents everywhere trying to instill dinner-table etiquette into their teenagers: "get yer darned elbows OFF THE TABLE..." :)


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The top of an acoustic guitar (steel-string or classical) is also referred to as the table. This is the flat piece of wood making up the front of the guitar's body when in playing position (which is a bit confusing!) It is the flat piece of wood which has the sound-hole in it, and which has the bridge stuck to it. This part of the guitar is also called the ...


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@MattPutnam suggested that it could be telling you to keep the 4th finger on that note. Alternate editions don't include that line, so it's probably not anything musical or interpretive in the original score. I'd agree with him that it's just to remind you that the 4th finger doesn't need to move.


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It looks as though the cracking is in the lacquer only. If that's the case, then it will probably be o.k. However, if the wood itself is cracked, the sound may well be compromised, and will reflect in the fact that the guitar could only be worth 1/3 of its value, as it will need expert repair. The best way to tell is to tap the soundboard to hear if the ...


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It all depends on the sound and whether you can live with the imperfections. My first guitar teacher had a very good Yamaha guitar that had a great big chunk of wood in the side missing. He told me that a music shop he had once worked for had an accident with it and was unable to sell it but when he graduated they thought that maybe he could use a guitar ...



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