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It is not true in general that the higher you go on the fret board, the lower your harmonic is. Actually, if your were to play an harmonic at the 24th fret, you would hear a note sounding an octave higher than the harmonic at the 12th. Still, however, the harmonics behave differently than fretted notes. Now, let’s get physical and explain why. On perfect ...


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The admonition I run into again and again, attributed to such lights as Thelonius Monk and Louis Armstrong is "play the melody." Of course you will syncopate it, put a little ornamentation here and there, but simple is fine That covers soloing pretty well, but what about comping? Guitarists with jazz chops rarely hang on the same voicing for more than a ...


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You might be actually playing A 110, two octaves below A 440. The open A string on a standard tuned guitar is actually two octaves below the A that is normally tuned to 440. To play the A that should be at 440 Hz, you have to play the 5th fret on the high E string, or the 10th on the B string, or the 14th on the G string, etc. Why? The 440 A is the A above ...


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It depends on how you arrange the notes in a chord. The answer is yes, but not on all chords. If you play a C major chord with a major 6th, you have: C,E,G,A. This is a major chord. You can rearrange it to create an Am7 chord, if you put the A as the lowest note: A,C,E,G which is a minor 7th chord. So, in your case, you can read your chord as Gm add b13 ...


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I think that a well-rounded guitarist should use both. Regarding negative effects, my answer is no, provided that you continue to occasionally go back and practice the other style. For example, if you've been using a pick for a long time, and then decide to play fingerstyle for an extended period of time, don't hesitate to go back to using a pick every ...


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One golden rule. Play less. Lay out. Leave space. If there's someone in the group who CAN play jazz, allow him room to do it. And have fun! Let the music go where it will. Don't rehearse it to death. If it's your turn to play a solo, the melody will be just fine.


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First of all I want to congratulate you on following your dream of learning to play guitar. Playing guitar can provide a lifetime of pleasure and enjoyment. Secondly, I would like to assure you that it is never too late to learn guitar! I started learning as a teenager then I broke a finger on my fretting hand and it grew back crooked so I abandoned my ...


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Not only would your fretted notes play flat, but as you go further up the fretboard, the flatter your notes will get!


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You should name it Eb maj7 because that's what it actually is. If the lowest note is G, then it is just the first inversion of Eb maj7.


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I believe that when J. Rudess is referring to "pattern based" he is talking about describing musical phrases as a series of relative intervals, and then repeating those series of intervals from different starting pitches. On a guitar this is straight forward to do by moving up and down the neck: play a particular passage, and then play the same ...


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It is possible that some guitars just never live long enough to become "vintage", because they never sounded good in the first place. And a bad sounding guitar is not going to improve much with age. In the case of a laminate top cheap mass produced guitar, no amount of aging is ever going to make it sound like a new solid wood guitar. Acoustic guitars ...


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Normally this would be enough, I think: The '0' indicates that an open string is to be used (in this case the high 'e' string). And from the context you would infer which string to use for the other 'e'. If you want to be more explicit that the other 'e' should be on the b-string you could notate this as well: The number with a circle indicates which ...


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All the notes would play flat (lower in pitch). The 12th fret (for example) should normally be halfway along the string, so that it sounds an octave higher than the open string. If the bridge saddle is further from the 12th fret than the nut is, the 12th fret would play a pitch lower than the octave above the open string.


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I assume he partly means that it's not Isomorphic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isomorphic_keyboard). The guitar is not fully isomorphic either when tuned in a standard way due to the G-B interval being different to all the others, though you can use a different tuning with consistent string intervals. I also think he may be noticing that the Axis and ...


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I understand where you are coming from. I used to have the same problem. To overcome this takes a concerted effort and dedicated practice. You must develop muscle memory so that you can put your brain and fretting hand on auto pilot. To internalize the movements needed to play a song, take one part at a time. Play it over and over while looking at the ...


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As the only chordal instrument, you and you alone can play chords under the soloist. However, full-blooded chords may work well in blues/rock and roll, but only sometimes in jazz. The occasional number will benefit from nice 5 or 6 string chords - maybe arpeggiated, but since the bassist will be rooting and fifthing to a degree, you can find the other notes ...


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Although I definitely see what you're saying, it's not strictly true that harmonics closer to the nut will be higher. What's happening with natural harmonics is you are dividing the string into to equal parts. An open string will not only vibrate at its fundamental frequency but also at integer multiples of that frequency, each getting higher and quieter. ...


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Some established el. guitar designs have certain characteristics that makes them more suitable to certain genres generally speaking. Here are some examples: Twin-humbucker Les Pauls are generally quite high-output and full sounding, making them rather rock and heavy rock orientated. Fender Telecasters have a distinct nasal twang that has long been ...


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While I taught as a TA for a university-level ear training course (we called it Aural Skills), our professor showed us a trick for identifying do (also called the tonic, or key of the song, piece, or excerpt). The trick is to listen to the music, and if it isn't apparant what the key is, choose any pitch that you can hear, and sing downward, stepwise, pitch ...


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As suggested in your question a bend can be a quick bend and hold, a quick bend and release or a bend and gradual release. I have seen bend and release notated in different ways in various tabs I have come across. I think using an arrow to indicate the bend is the easiest way to clearly indicate how the relative timing of the bend and release. Below are ...


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Playing with your fingers allows you to play multiple notes on distant strings at precisely the same time and to play cross rhythms with ease. It is, on the other hand, a lot easier to learn to use a plectrum and it is especially much easier to learn to play fast using plectrums. There are no negative effects with learning to use one. They are different ...


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The only way I've come across is to have two dots (heads) on the stem - one either side of it, on the top space. Looking rather like if you had to play a D and an E simultaneously, when the music would show one each side of a stem because they would otherwise end up as a big blob if they were both printed on the correct side. The fingering would make it a ...


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It doesn't quite work like that. The guitar doesn't exactly have a single key that its "in". Instead it has chords that are easier and more difficult to play. Some relatively easy ones (sticking with just major chords) include C, G, D, A, and E, which allows you to play in quite a few different keys. If you were playing in the key of D, you'd likely see a ...


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There are a number of ways to play a G chord in what I call first position (using some open strings). The easiest possible way to play it is to fret the high e (first) string on the third fret with a finger of your choice and play the four strings closest to the floor (the four skinniest strings 1-4). Here are the charts for 5 ways to play a G chord in ...


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When you write that you've studied loads of scales and arpeggios but "I don't have many jazz heroes to borrow those licks from," it sounds to me like you are facing an obstacle faced by many young musicians today: with all the instructional material and fake books around, it is too easy to think you are learning the music without actually listening to the ...


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tweak your reverb and lower your attack. also teak your phaser: low feedback low depth one third rate (hz) half Upper (hz) if you have a tube amp, move it to sound more warm. play it more like single note guitar solo instead of chords or strumming. Bend the note a bit here and there ! have fun !


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Ah, yes! This tip from Joe is one of my all time favorite things to meditate on. I especially like to pick voicings from the Joe Pass chord book, and apply this concept to them. I think that the main idea here is associating different sounds with chord voicings, and developing your ear to hear different harmonic possibilities over chords. Also, developing ...


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Who told you you can't use you home PA? Sure enough, if you just plug the guitar right in a PA, it'll sound somewhat boring, but there's no reason you could not do it anyway. In fact, such a “super-clean” sound can IMO sometimes be a pleasant alternative. The thing is, guitar amps aren't designed to sound “good” in a HiFi sense, at ...


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My friend, you have just stumbled onto the Harmonic Series. This was something Pythagoras tinkered around with using the monochord, and is primarily responsible for much of how Western music sounds, is written, is analyzed, and is perceived. Very basically, all sound travels through vibration. Since vibrations are made up of waves, each wave has a crest, ...


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This is an incomplete list. Please edit it to add extra models/styles! Roughly ordered historically, by first appeareance of the type: Lap steel guitars, apart from being a clichee of Hawaii sound, are mostly found in countless country songs. Their particular twang-slide sound, often in thirds and fourths, is very distinctive even in comparison with other ...



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