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If you are talking about improvisation, every jazz musician must get to know how to get the phrases. Everybody is different. You should know what jazz types are you. Swing, ska, blues-jazz, fusion, rock-jazz, etc, you can choose more than one, so it'll make you unique. Then you choose your favorite artists. Perhaps if you chose blues-jazz, you can pick Jimi ...


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Either your guitar tuner is broken or your "D" string keeps slipping down to "C", which means your tuning knob is broken. Have you tried tuning with a piano -if you have one available- ? Are you tuning with a tuner that responds to sound, or to vibration?


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While is very tempting to approach improvisation focusing on phrases and licks, your solo may sound very awkward if you play unrelated chunk of melodies/ideas without thinking about beginning/development/ending. One aspect I love - and judge to be very important - about jazz improvisation are 'motifs', and you can't really apply that to a single phrase. ...


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You know what you should do is learn jazz tunes. Learn the heads on the standards then worry about improvisation. It is limitless what can be done in the Jazz world but you have to know fundamentals. Your second post is too general, so I am assuming you need to learn standards and listen to a lot of Miles and look at transcriptions of his playing. Start ...


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I've been searching online, talking with musicians about this, and here are some techniques I retained, with some interrogations : Get out of scales from time to time Totally off-scale, no limit (really?) Play a riff and play it elsewhere For instance and play it off one half-tone higher, and then come back / play it a half-tone higher again Ascend and ...


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First, learn how to treat your guitar well. Then, you'll know how to change your string, when you should change the strings, how to tune your guitar, how to store/keep your guitar.. Then, you may learn some scales, chords, from songs that you like. Maybe search a song like Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man, that goes with easy chords. And you learn what scale ...


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Learn how to tune your guitar -- with an electric tuner or otherwise -- so that your ear becomes trained to those pitches. (Being in concert pitch will also help you play along with others, or even the television.) Then, as @Tim says, learn some chords so that you can explore the harmonic qualities of the instrument. The typical starter chords are the open ...


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Learn some chords. As the guitar is one of not many instruments that can play up to six notes at the same time, it is often expected to play chords while some other instrument or a voice does the main tune.It also gives a fuller sound than merely playing single note tunes.Being able to play even half a dozen chords will give the facility to play literally ...


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It MAY be not your fault. The action on your guitar may be way too high. That's the height of the strings above the fingerboard.It could also be the strings are quite thick (heavy) and hard to press down.As a beginner, you may not know about these problems and their solutions.I suggest you try on other guitars, and also let an experienced player try your ...


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What you're creating here is a G7 sound. You're fingering is a subtle variation on a traditional dom7 fingering that alternates bass notes between the 1 and the 5 of the chord, like this. E|------7------7-- B|------8------8-- G|-----10-----10-- D|---------------- A|--10------------ E|---------10----- Yours just moves from the 5 to the 3 of the chord, more ...


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Firstly, keep practicing. Secondly it's about the way you grasp the neck. I've taught guitar for a while and to be honest I've noticed if the grip on the neck isn't right the chord won't come out at all and you'll get many dead notes. Make sure your wrist is relaxed. Make sure your thumb is behind the back of your hand like a bridge (but don't press too ...


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It's actually pretty pointless putting 'moderato' there, as a proper tempo is written. This gives exactly the speed of the piece, in beats per minute, each beat being shown as a crotchet.Back in the Classical days, composers would put the Italian words, which gave a rough to fairly good idea as to the pace of the piece. Nowadays, it's more usual to put the ...


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Moderate or Moderato is a convention from back before the invention and widespread use of the quartz-powered metronome. Tempo markings are a relatively recent invention, and they are used for their simplicity and accuracy. However, many composers choose to omit them because the "idea" of the tempo of the piece is more important than an absolute value. Other ...


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The word Moderate indicates the name for the tempo; each tempo has a different name. Here is a list of the names: adagio: very slow. allegretto: fairly quick, slightly slower than allegro. allegro: lively, rather quick. andante: rather slow, at a moderate, walking pace. andantino: this used to mean a little slower than ...


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A harsh distorted sound is often caused by harmonics which are too dense. Applying a lowpass removes these harmonics making the sound softer, but this throws the baby out with the bath water, The distorion adds harmonics to the signal and the higher harmonics get very close to each other, forming non-musical intervals. You can mitigate this effect by ...


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If it is not the strings, it could be moisture. I noticed that may guitars sound better, when it is dry and hot.


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You also absolutely never can loose your temper. If you are quick to anger or have a temper this is absolutely not the job for you. If you can manage to teach the instrument in an intellectually engaging manner than that will also be a big feather in your cap. There is somethings you should realise that will inevitably happen. Parents will try and duke you ...


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From the view point of the student: as much as this depends on you, plan the lesson carefully enough do not break it abruptly and demonstratively because the time has ran out. know the goals of the student. If the student is not sure about goals, help to choose, listing the possible options. a student may actually not know how to talk with the teacher, ...


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Before anything else, get those strings changed.Strings on guitars are sacrificial - they are meant to last for some time, but not that long. A new set will revive the sound and it will be good again.At least that will be a start.Ask again after that has happened.


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If you haven't changed strings, that's one obvious thing to do. Otherwise it's a very hard question to answer. Depending on humidity and other factors the instrument might have been damaged.


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There are already a lot of answers that give you tips as to how to play a C6 on the guitar, and how to change between C and C6. However, I would like to point out one more important thing that many beginners do not realize: a C6 chord can always be replaced by a standard C chord. If you listen to the song then you'll realize that the melody implies a C6 at ...


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You could play any number of different C6 chords: some using barres, some higher up the neck, chords with or without C in the bass and even chords that double an open string note. But practically, it makes sense to play the C6 shape that is closest to the common open C shape, as this is probably what you are most familiar with, and as it will be close to ...


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You could try an Am7 = from top .. E open B 1 G open D 2 A open E open Technically it's the same set of notes but a slightly funny inversion for a C6, as the "root" note (C) is quite high. I havent tried this in context - it might sound ok or might sound bizarre, but probably easy to play so would get you though the song :-)


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Two ideas: use the 'A' shape barre on fret 3 for C, and drop pinky onto top string, 5th fret to produce C6. Or - Barre fret 8, use E shape chord, and drop pinky onto 2nd string, 10th fret for C6.There is another not so good version of C6 in that Am7 uses the same notes, and Am7 open is an easy chord to play. Trouble is,this change doesn't sound as good. Use ...


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As you say, there are innate intonation issues to consider when tuning a guitar. For this reason I don't rely on using chords with open strings to check tuning. I tune first with harmonics, often check the sound of the fourths between those strings tuned in fourths ("violin-tuning-style", if you like...) My final "check" is a series of octaves, each ...


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That is a bit of a transition. What makes it a 6th chord is the added A. You could try a first position C chord (like the one in the song), but finger it with your pinky on the 3rd fret A string, third finger on D string E (2nd fret), middle finger for G string A (second fret), and B string C (first fret) with your index finger as usual. I.e. add 3rd string, ...


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You say not to be consider intonation in this question, But to my mind they account for the defining factor in which check chord you should use. If intonation is disregarded then the tuning chord is redundant, because everything is perfect whatever chord you use. If you tune to an open E chord and then play an open D then the D will be slightly out of tune ...


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I think you should always check with an open E chord AND an open C chord. This is because you have to find a compromise between the two. If the E is perfect then the C will be (slightly) wrong (the open G string will be flat); otherwise, if the C sounds good, then the third of E (g#) will sound sharp (even sharper than it should ...). If you have good ears, ...


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On CDs that come with various magazines, it's always the open strings, one at a time, followed by an open Emaj. chord. Works as a quick check when playing with others, too.


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I would think the simplest test would be to play a quick G C D G in there open positions. It uses all the strings and it should be easy to tell if something is out because it is a simple I-IV-V-I progression that you should be tonally accustom to and be able to tell if a note if 'off'.


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it just takes practice, only use your first finger, lay it across all six strings and practice pushing down the top three strings and resting the rest of your finger against the higher strings so they're muted. Your finger just needs time to learn the position - it's called muscle memory. You can do it with multiple fingers but it'll be slower. Also focus ...


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Yes... on all the above. Plus, in case it isn't mentioned in there somewhere, when a new string is a little sharp you might want to give it a gentle tug outward to make it flat, and then tune it up. This way, if there's any looseness at the peg end, you can get rid of it.


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There will often be some friction at various parts of the tuning linkage, as well as at the nut (where the string passes over). At some points, including the nut, things may bind slightly. Think about what would happens if the string is binding where it passes over the nut, both in the "tightening" and "loosening" cases. If the string binds where it ...


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Yes, as the strings are kept under tension better. It works with all stringed instruments (inc. piano!), for the same reason. Also, somehow, it seems easier to hear a note coming up to pitch rather than approaching it from above. 'We're tuning up'.


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When you lower the pitch by releasing tension, there might be slack in the gears in the tuning machines, which might make the string go below the intended pitch. By going further down and approaching the target note from below, there will be force applied to the gears and when you've reached the correct pitch the gears have less potential to move. So your ...


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Yes, because that is the way that the gears in tuning machines work best.


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I periodically check this by putting my finger under the D string at the pickups and then slide it towards the head. If there are a lot of marks after the frets I try to change the whole set. Strings should always be changed before recording. This goes for bass too, where common knowledge states that strings keep up forever. I used to believe it, but that ...


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First of all adjust the action/height on your electric guitar , this link may help you or you can just google it . For your second issue, suppose that you want to bend 8th fret of second string (this note is G ) if you full bend it (not 1/2) you would hear A note (the next note after G) . During bending of any note your left hand finger (if you are right ...


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Guitars have not always been strung from low to high, the baroque guitar use re-entrant tunings, e.g. See Monica Hall's excellent website for more information about the Baroque guitar, including stringing. Essentially stringing low to high is a bizarre newfangled idea! ;o)


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Don't think it is really an issue. Sometimes adjacent strings are pushed too, so they bend as well, silently. Sometimes the adjacent string goes over the bent string as its pushed underneath.Does it really matter? If people like Hendrix had spent (wasted) their time thinking 'is this the correct way to do it' we'd still be in the dark ages.Whatever works ...


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Play a barrée. Now try fingering something melodic on the high strings, and in comparison, on the low strings. The typical blues pattern in F consisting of 1-3-1-2-1-1, 1-5-1-2-1-1, 1-6-1-2-1-1 actually does so. But it is rather a stretch and more playable on the flimsier fretboards of electric guitars or in higher positions. Doing the more melodic stuff ...


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If you bend the thin E string, I can't see any other way than that the B and sometimes G string will also follow in the same movement. They are not making a sound since they are not touching the frets. So the tutorial videos are showing the correct way of doing it.


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Because you're looking at it wrong? Guitars are typically strung with the BASS/LOW strings ON TOP. That is - the guitar is typically held with those strings at a higher altitude, closer the player's head. This is only convention and it has very little practical reason and there are plenty of people who play it "upside-down" or string a guitar upside-down and ...


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You may see new chords in the future so I'd highly recommend to use Guitar Pro software : click Note on toolbar then click Chord... then you can select your chord. this website is also good if you don't have access to this software : all-guitar-chords.com. You will find all chords existed up to now ! Additionally,I found it very beneficial, interesting and ...


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Looking online, there are plenty of explanations for particular guitar tunings (open, drop etc.), but I haven't found a definitive explanation of why the lowest string is "at the top" and the highest string is "at the bottom", to help reinforce this answer. Like Tim, I can't wait to see how other people answer this question, particularly as I often tell my ...


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There are left handed guitar players who just turn a right stringed guitar over and play that way, so it is possible. With very good results even, see e.g. Albert King: So it is not unheard of to play that way. Like others have indicated, you need more power for the lower strings, which is suited for the thumb. Plucking chords becomes more difficult with ...


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Take a look at the piano. The ring finger on your right hand will play a higher note than the thumb. Now back to the guitar. The high E is more likely to be picked by your ring finger while the 3 low string will be usually picked by the thumb (at least by certain classic schools).


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Try playing something complex on the top (thin) string. Now try the same on the fat string. The fretting hand is more comfortable not being stretched. I suppose more intricate note patterns are traditionally played on the high strings, whereas the E and A would be used for more static bass-like patterns. It gives a slight advantage to the player the way it ...


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according to my personal experience: Be patient , it may take for years to reach your ideal speed . play every day ,seems exaggerating ! it's better to play half an hour a day but every day than to play 7 hours but 4 day per week. if you don't have practice schedule make one as soon as possible. warm up before start practicing, it strengthens your fingers ...


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your question is very verbose , but I think you need a chord dictionary. you can use this one.



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