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They indicate open-string notes (E,A,D,G,B,E); note that they are in the same position of the numbers that indicate which fingers to use to fret the notes.


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To some degree it is up to you as an artist to make those choices, but often there is a recommended fingering for difficult sections that the publisher includes in the notation of published classical guitar music. The numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 tell you which finger you should use for a note that they are near to (usually before, sometimes below or above). ...


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It sounds like those are octave designations. Middle C on a piano is either C3 or C4, depending on who you ask. If you play a chromatic scale to test, you should see the numbers break between B and C.


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In most case, when choosing which string to use for each note one choice will be easier than the others. So, when first learning a piece I'll usually play that one. It has to do with how the chord-tones map to chord-shapes. After more familiarity with the piece, the difference in ease between the possibilities may lessen (because you've still been ...


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The use of a capo is fine if it helps ease the arthritis pain. One thing to consider is the scale lenght of your current guitar (basically the length of the strings from nut to saddle). Most guitars are 25.5" or so. Some guitars are 24.75". I hesitate to call these "long scale" and "short scale" guitars because they're both within the range of 'standard'. ...


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It is absolutely OK to use a capo. You will just need to check on the capo from time to time as the strings will wear grooves into the rubber. (This happens normally, but since you use a capo full time, it will happen more quickly.) Given your arthritis, there are some additional things you could do to make playing easier on yourself. As others have ...


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Holding the pick just between thumb and one finger gives enough movement to play across two or three strings without moving the part of the palm that is muting. If you move, say, to the top three strings, then slide the whole hand downwards so that the palm mute part of your hand is over those strings. When you move to the E, A and D strings, slide the ...


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I always thought the ninth fret marker was simply aesthetics. Being that the marker after the twelth is three frets away, the marker before the the twelth is the same distance away. It centers the twelve marker. Practically speaking, the twelve marker is also more noticeable.


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The secret to superfast, blazing alternate picking is knowing the fundamentals and ergonomics of your right hand. First, the picking motion should come from rotating the wrist just like opening a doorknob. Some call it sarod picking. Watch pebberbrown on youtube youll get the idea. Second, holding the pick with the SIDE of your index finger and PAD of the ...


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I've been a guitar pro 6 user for years now. You can't load files directly from the web like that, unless there is some hidden feature that allows you to, but not the way you mentioned. However, what you can do is download your file through the browser and set the browser settings(or your download manager) to automatically open the file once done ...


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I think it caused by compressor. Try to find option for adding or remove effect in MAGIX Music Maker 2013. You should turn off the compressor.


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Even if you feel frustrated with your playing now, you can always come back to it. I started playing the guitar in my late teens and could never really get into it, even though I had some solid experience with woodwinds and could already read music. I recently picked it up again in my forties, and I’m already better than I used to be. The main difference is ...


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The effects Slash used are a Dunlop DCR-ISR Crybaby Rack, Dunlop Heil Talk Box, Boss DD-5 Digital Delay and a Boss GE-7 Equalizer (to boost his amplifier volume in the solos when playing live). He gets his sound from his amp since he uses a high end marshal(a Marshall JCM 2555 Silver Jubilee back then), so an amp will get you a better slash sound than ...


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Sight reading scores for instruments with controls that are not diatonically organized like the score is, is cumbersome. That is one reason that certain wind instruments are "transposing", writting in a different pitch than played. The problem is exacerbated for polyphonic instruments. That is the reason that there are instrument specific notations like ...


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Leaning basic theory will always help a player regardless of instrument because there are general patterns in music that are prevalent including scales, chords, and progressions. The ability to recognize these common patters will allow you to group songs that utilize these patterns to aid in memorizing songs because instead of remembering a group of notes or ...


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You could work at recognising the chords in your piano pieces too, if you find that easier. I think that's kind of the key, understanding the music rather than just memorising it - knowing where it's going. Professional players seem able to play just about anything they know - but they aren't playing it note-perfect, they can work out from how the song goes ...


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how about joining a band. This is a sure-fire way to improve your chops, especially if you're playing with musicians that are more experienced and if you guys have to do gigs.


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Never buy a guitar without trying it out first*. Of course, there's a chicken-and-egg problem here because until you have some experience, you don't know what you're looking for when you try one out. Ideally you would take a friend or teacher with you, or go to a shop that someone you trust recommends. You've linked to a steel-strung acoustic, so I assume ...


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Sight reading on guitar is harder than on other instruments, due to this. There is sheet music where the fingering is printed. One approach would be to find some and try to learn from that. There is a lot of tablature out there, it should exist for classical pieces too. Then you will have the fingering explicitly available. Otherwise, the position is ...


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Some stuff is too fast to just use downstrokes. I will assume that you play metal, the technique isn't used very much outside of those genres. Then one thing to consider is string gauge. It might seem intuitive to have thick strings to pound away on, but a lot of metal players actually use quite thin strings. Then palm muting will be easier both up and ...


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I've been making music for 30 years, and started formally learning theory last year. Yes, it's easier to learn theory on the piano but there are other ways. I'm assuming you can't play any piano at all, and can either read music or are willing to learn. CAGED Guitar Theory will enhance your ability to translate theory to the fretboard. The general idea is ...


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This is a badly notated 'open string', this should be a zero instead of a circle because it makes it hard to differentiate between open strings and open harmonics.


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On guitar, there are often several places to play the same note. For example, the top E could be fretted on the 3rd string, 9th fret, 2nd string, 5th fret or open top string.The circle, as stated in the previous answer, indicates that the composer wants that E played on an open top string.The circle by the bottom E says the same thing, although I can't think ...


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Its tricky, I need to alter my palm mute hand shape and finger position for picking depending on what sound I want. Just play around and experiment until your get the right sound for the most comfort, this will change depending on what your doing & make sure your not tensing your muscles. (If I learn something new I have to repeatedly and consciously ...


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In general, the longer the scale length - the more stable a string will be as the tension is lowered and the pitch follows. A thicker gauge string will allow you to fudge the numbers a bit and get lower, but usually at the expense of intonation, which in terms of what you're looking for; you'll need to adjust for anyway. So possibility? Anything is ...


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Perhaps you could use a children sized guitar. It will be easier to use the scale near the neck. The downside is that other end of the scale the space will be scarce.


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There's absolutely nothing wrong playing with capo anyway up to 5th-7th fret if it suits you and you like the sound (it will be different obviously). It can be your style, your distinctive sound even. I personally think it can sound really nice playing some songs capoed on the 7th fret although many people say this is 'wrong'. You could of course detune ...


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I don't know how you practice (you may already do this) but slow it right down to half speed and and focus on your accuracy. Practice the chord changes without the melody lines and go back and forth between each chord very slowly until you can do it without thinking, gradually bring the speed up again. Don't worry about rhythm just yet, all you want to do ...


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To play the C chord: Use your third finger (ring finger), which should be on the 5th string, to mute the 6th string. So while your finger presses down on the 5th string, you move it up a little bit so that it just touches the 6th string. This will work well. An alternative is to use your thumb to mute the 6th string but that is harder. Here is a video ...


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The frets that are highlighted are the equal-tempered equivalents of the basic fractions, as seen in the table below. (The first column is the fraction, the second column is the corresponding number of half-tones): 1 0 = 0 6/5 3.156 ~ 3 4/3 4.980 ~ 5 3/2 7.020 ~ 7 5/3 8.844 ~ 9 2 12 = 12 (from now on, it's simply an ...



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