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In that price range, your best bet may be a vintage guitar that no longer LOOKS beautiful, but still SOUNDS beautiful. As with all vintage players, an in-hand personal inspection is essential to distinguish between cosmetic issues and structural concerns. Above all, based upon the few that I've observed, inspect it for a truss rod, and closely inspect the ...


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Well based on your questions, here are some things to look for in an archtop: 6 strings An arched top and back, not flat Moveable adjustable bridge F-holes similar to members of the violin family Rear mounted tailpiece, stoptail bridge or Bigsby tremolo 14th-fret neck join Honestly aside from that its all dependent on what kind of music you are playing, ...


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Some good comments - to recap and add my own twist: When the guitar is playing bar chords, the main notes are 1-5-8 (F-C-F, etc.), an octave with a fifth in the middle. Keyboardists are tempted to throw in a third. DON'T! Two reasons - 1) the guitar usually does not play the third; and 2) if the guitarist is wrong picking major or minor (keyboardists are ...


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Let try some Boucher guitar, There are known for sounding like pre-war martin. The company also make Adirondack top for high end Martin and taylor.


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Drop tuning is totally trendy right now, every new metal band seems to use it, I tried to cover all the reasons why, because I love to use it as well: Easy to play Drop Tuning is very easy to play. It does not only provide the possibility to play most chords with only one finger, but also typical progressions in the metal genre are closer to each other ...


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I play 11's and I play very clean classical type stuff, as well as, very very fast technical metal. I started playing high gauge strings when I played an electric with 13's on it. I absolutely loved it because the strings were far far tighter and as a result they have (in my opinion) a much quicker response/attack. When I tried to play fast on 9's my rythms ...


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A look up of the guitar shows a few different prices. The highest priced seller was a vintage seller for an extremely high $57,900 for an original in mint condition. That however, does not match with what the guitars are going for on eBay which is from $2,995.00 to $3,499.00. This however includes mostly non originals and remakes of that modle guitar. ...


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If both guitars buzz with light strings but not with heavier strings, then there are a couple of options. I'm assuming the buzz is happening when the string touches a fret somewhere near the middle of its vibrating length; if the buzz is at the nut or bridge or somewhere else, then this line of thinking does not apply. You could switch to a heavier gauge, ...


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Another "trick" you can do is tune down the guitar (I recommend 1 or 1/2 tone, more may require neck adjustments) and use, if you want, a capo; the strings will have less tension and will be easier to bend. You can also experiment alternative tunings, which are usually softer than standard. However, difficult bendings are only a matter of exercise, keep on ...


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Since it hasn't been mentioned (my apologies if I missed it), I'd like to point out that you can be very effective bending only a 1/2 musical step. Wider bends (like a whole step bend) are also easier near the middle of the string span, rather than down where you are playing open chords. So look for places within the scales of the chords you are playing ...


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If you're using metal (steel) strings, acoustic strings are generally thicker than electric guitar strings. For that reason, string bending is more common with electric guitarists. The gauge of the string makes a difference in that lighter strings are physically easier to bend (less metal to move about) and are more responsive in that you don't have to bend ...


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I would change string gauges and see what you think. If sou do decide to do this I would recommend a slight tightening on the truss rod.


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Bending strings on a steel stringed acoustic guitar can be done to good effect. It works on a nylon stringed too, but is less common. You can try a lighter string gauge to make it easier. Especially steel stringed guitars are usually stringed with pretty brutal gauges. All major string manufacturers have lighter gauge acoustic strings. For nylon stringed ...


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An important factor is the loudness of the string. This done'st change the note, of coures, but the tuner will be only sensitive to so much of the string's "note life"- that is : You pluck the string. The attack in the note tells the tuner to start 'listening' for a note. The tuner can gather something while the signal is clear and strong As the note dies ...


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I've noticed this and I really think it's simply due to the fact that over time the loudness of the note tapers off, so the tuner is less able to accurately pickup the tone with its microphone.


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The fact you have picked up on this shows you have a good ear, here are some tips to make your guitar ring like an angel :) Make sure you have a good tuner that is accurate, (doesn't have to be expensive). Read plenty of reviews on it don't just go buy one. Always tune turning up, if you overshoot go back and start again. This makes sure there is no ...


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For shame. You have all overlooked (the) Melvins. Dale Crover and Coady Willis. If you don't know, you should look into this.


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I'm not a doctor so this isn't medical advice but: Essential Tremor I believe is very similar if not identical to what you're suffering from. Eliminating caffeine can reduce or eliminate essential tremors as well as the prescription drug Propranolol. The effects of doing either of these things is almost immediate so you only have to skip coffee and tea ...


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I believe what you are experiencing are called "essential tremors". My daughter has had them in her right hand for most of her adult life, and, unfortunately, there is no known cure or treatment.


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Aside from the "Drop-D" issue, definitely DO get into the habit of doing your own string replacement and tuning. Besides gaining the experience, even the best guitars need re-tuning several times with new strings until they settle in and stretch out. You can help this along by changing one string at a time, so the neck tension is only changing a little at a ...


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You do a full bar and have the power chord ring while you play melody type things on the other strings. The guitarist from Billy Talent does that pretty good. In classical music you rely heavy on the bass note ringing. So if you drop the E you get an entirely new note that rings and brings a new key to an E centered instrument.


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Approach learning from Anthony Wellington's 4 levels of awareness. You can find an article about it here: http://www.playguitarlive.com/the-4-levels-of-awareness-for-musicians/


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Assuming strings have been bedded in, and all are properly in tune to standard, then the whole guitar is in balance. That is, the strings exert a tension against the neck and the vibrato system, usually springs. When one string is changed, that balance is changed. Lowering a string pitch will loosen that string, so the opposing part of the balance becomes ...


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Is the guitar in tune with itself(ie 5th fret low E string == A string etc)? If this is the case the problem may be with your tuner.


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If it has a tremolo that is not set flush to the guitar body, then retuning one will affect the tuning of the others, by altering the overall tension against the springs.


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If the strings are nylon then they will require many days of constant retuning before they stabilise


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Generic pedals that are useful for all electric guitar genres are: Volume boost and Volume rocker pedal for solos and for adjusting volume on the fly. Overdrive for solos, tone coloration and sustain Chorus for shimmering effects and to soften the harshness of the overdrive


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The line between Blues, Rock and Metal can be "fuzz"ier than you'd think. Effects can be broken up into three classes: Gain, Modulation and Time (GMT), and roughly, they are placed in the chain in this order. (If you place things out of this order and like the sound, you are under no requirement to change.) In the Gain section, Distortion occurs when the ...


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Best advise I can give is to think about which artist exemplifies any given genre in your mind and research his setup. An often overlooked item is a graphic equalizer placed after a run of the mill distortion box. By cutting or boosting certain frequencies post distortion you can traverse between many classic rock and metal sounds. As an aside, the term ...


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Changing tubes requires a re-biasing. If you don't know what this means and don't have the proper equipment, then do not try anything like this. For your safety and your amp's safety. Simply being an octal power amp tube does not automatically make any two tubes 'switchable' and 'comparable'. Some amps have a built in bias switch to allow switching between ...


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This is a subjective question, but my opinion is that there is only one essential pedal for a gigging musician: a tuner. Obviously, tuners keep you in tune, and they also serve as a kill switch so you can put your guitar down without worrying about feedback. I feel the best overdriven or distorted sounds are generated by tube amps, not pedals, for any ...


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Effects are usually a relatively personal topic among guitar players, so you will probably get a lot of variation among answers to this question. I can give my opinion on the matter but it's always best to experiment yourself and figure out what you like the sound of. Generally I use an overdrive/distortion, a fuzz pedal, and a delay pedal for my ...


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You can learn theory by ear training. Playing songs just by ear and learning them is learning theory by instincts. But you couldn't communicate with anyone what you know verbally. People like Hendrix or James Hetfield from Metallica are known not to have any training but used their ears for composing or improvising music. They gained a huge vocabulary of ...


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Find an article or book about music theory. When you read about a new concept, put the book down and improvise with the new material you just learned. I'm doing this myself right now. I never actually learned many typical rock or traditional Western harmonies, preferring to use modal chords and exotic modes instead. A few days ago, I realized this was ...


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It is rasguedo, with a touch of tremolo where he plays the same note several times in succession. The rasguedo is strumming the strings with several fingers, one after the other in a sort of flicking motion.


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Looks like a kind of Rasgueado to me.


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My first move would be - on condition the valve bases are compatible - to take out the valves from one amp, and use them in the second. Of course, I'd make a recording of each, to have an A-B comparison. There is going to be a difference in the circuitry between the two, mostly in the pre-amp side, appertaining to eq. as much as anything, so a direct ...


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If you're having trouble playing with the little finger, try using a capo and moving it up the neck. That way, you can get practice with good technique in a position where you don't have to stretch as far. After you've got that working, move the capo a few frets closer to the nut and work out your exercises there. Eventually, you'll have the finger ...


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To play the chord D/F#, and pretty much anything that involves using my thumb to fret or mute, I usually keep the webbing between my thumb and index fingers wrapped around the neck, so I can bend my thumb over the top. I keep my hand/palm in pretty close contact to the neck- not tight, you don't have to squeeze.. it's hard to describe, but something like ...


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The second part of your question on playing with pick or fingers has to be determined by what style and guitar you are using. I suggest to learn with a pick first. Fingerpicking can get complicated and frustrating for a beginner. You should learn chords and strumming. If you want to play classical or folk, expect a lot of practice with fingerpicking which ...


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Fingerings are about playing stuff in the most natural and easy way, but what is the most natural and easy way can be changed with practice. Playing with the pinky is an important asset so it makes sense to integrate it in your practice even though you might be able to work around it. The most important thing for pinky playing (not just on the guitar) is ...


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I got to be honest, learning barre chords could be tough, especially F. So try playing like that for a while. Even after learning to play F barre (or others) for a while you're facing issues, then you should get your action reduced. You will have calluses in the initial learning phase because the fingertip has sensitive/soft flesh. Even after you've learned ...


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Simple answer - yes. A number of ways to go. Take it back and complain. Pay lots for a set up. Tune down, maybe a tone or semitone. Put some lighter gauge strings on the guitar. If the guitar cost a hundred pounds sterling or more, it should be quite playable out of the box. A cheaper one usually reflects its price in its playability. There may be several ...


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The thumb can be used to mute, but there is absolutely no rule about what you 'should' do, unless you are trying to play strict classical. In your D/F# I probably wouldn't mute the A with my thumb, but I might if it made sense based on where my fingers had come from and where they were going next. For that A chord I wouldn't mute the E string at all - I ...


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The first statement just isn't true. It really needs a player to use whichever part of the fretting fingers/thumb/hand he is comfortable with. Barre chords will have to utilise the soft parts of fingers, so just tips/tops won't do much of a job. Whilst some players will use a thumb over the top of the neck to play lower strings, in D/F# it's best to play it ...


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Both are important, but which to emphasize depends on what you enjoy playing. In high school, I started off wanting to be a lead guitarist, playing mostly melodies and solos. So I practiced scales more than chords. I never got very good at lead, but I stuck with it for years because it was my dream then. Over time, my tastes changed and I grew to prefer ...


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Of course you can! Just be wary because it may not sound very good (in certain styles). This may cause your neck to twist due to uneven tension on the strings. This is why string manufacturers try to balance the string tension as well as possible. You may also want to know that this will cause unbalanced volume/power produced by the strings. The strings ...


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Yes, your teacher is very correct there. When you tune down, it outside slack on the strings, and gears! This means your guitar's tuning may go below the level you wanted. If you want to avoid tuning down, I recommend purchasing a chromatic/guitar tuner. This helps you to reach near perfect pitch, so you should tune down less.


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Buy some good music theory book that starts from beginner level, and try to understand the theory well. This will allow you to use your skill of imagination that is needed so much in learning and understanding complex programming, mathematical concepts and sophisticated algorithms. Music theory is both system and language. It may be somewhat aside from ...


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I don't have a better answer than the first two, but based on your edit I can elaborate a bit on your options. It's possible we are still misunderstanding exactly what you are asking. The algorithm you described still works on guitar, but only once you have memorized where every note on the neck is. On piano its easier because a "C" always looks like a "C" ...



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