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This is very interesting, since I once found myself in this situation. In addition to AxxieD I'd like to add: 10 years ago, I only played minor scales. Mostly because it felt "more natural" and I had a more easy access to playing minor scales and progressions. I asked the exact same question during a lesson. My teacher asked me why I think I only play ...


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First off, I'm going to say that many people have key preferences and there's nothing wrong with that. If you want to adapt to major keys for listening or writing, it's all a matter of preference. And not all songs in minor keys have to sound sad; there are several examples of this. Panic! at the Disco, for example. Each key has different components and ...


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You may want to explore my collection of chords and supporting information. What makes this uncommon (unique?) is the fact that this collection of guitar chords illustrates and functionally identifies the component chord voices, rather than just indicating a marker to "put your finger here". This collection is almost completely comprised of movable chords -- ...


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Different people think in different ways, and what works for you may not work for other people. So you need to do some exploring, to find out how your own mind works. Some alternatives to thinking in terms of intervals for each step: Concentrate on how it sounds For some people, it helps to have an idea in your head of what the scale will sound like, then ...


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If you're learning scales for guitar, then a powerful way to practice scales is to play the arpeggiated harmonized scale. Take for example C major. C D E F G A B The harmonized scale are the diatonic chords that use each note in the scale as the root. C Dm Em F G Am Bdim The harmonized arpeggiated scale would be: C E G D F A E G B F A ...


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The way I memorized modes and scales was playing some jazz. I would analyze the piece and think about which scales could sound good over each chord. Playing at a slow tempo, very slow usually, I'd go through the piece trying to come up with ideas using the scales. This is a very lame way of playing jazz, but you'll sometimes be surprised at the things you ...


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I would venture that you're doing it correctly, and that it takes awhile. I was still reaching new levels of mastery over the same basic scales for many years after I began. One thing that accelerated the process, beyond what you described, was practicing the scales in two ways: Imagine "C" is the scale of choice. Imagine its notes C D E F G A B are ...


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This is another example where it's a culmination of finding a technique that works for you, and then sticking to a practice regime when you find one that works. One way I have found particularly useful, was using the circle of fifths as you said, and going one way round (i.e through the sharps) and then back the other way. Once I had this, I started doing it ...


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I went to amazon.com and did a classical guitar book search, and evaluated based on the reviews. It seemed to be somewhat of a draw between: The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method - Volume 1: Guitar Technique Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1 I settled on Parkening, but I haven't launched into it at all


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Interval complexity is a direct function of the distance between the lowest note of the interval as compared to the highest note of the interval with the closest note in the harmonic series of the lowest note of the interval. (Phew!) Let me explain: Poor Man's Harmonic Series: For the sake of this explanation, let's pretend the harmonic series represents ...


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When I studied classical guitar, my teacher based his course on the Carcassi Method. I would give it a thumbs up. Get a foot stool or use your guitar case as a prop in order to achieve the proper posture. Develop both the rest stroke and free stroke for your picking hand, and keep your fret hand thumb behind the neck rather than atop it. Best of luck! Enjoy ...


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I would say it's much more important to get her singing than to get her singing lessons. She can sing in a childrens' choir, form a band, etc. There are so many different things one can do with singing, and early formal study as (say) a classical singer could (maybe! not necessarily) be counterproductive if she ends up wanting to front a band. Or vice ...


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Play within your reach. The time necessary to stretch out for certain +1 and +2 chords may inhibit you from playing them at tempo. If you must, use them at the beginning or after a suitable rest period, so that you have time to set them up. If you take the opportunity to watch jazz masters, you may discover that there are an incredible number of chords ...


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Might be a good idea to combine finger stretching exercises with actually learning some guitar basics. If your goal is to eventually play solos/lead guitar, then you could learn the pentatonic scale in the most common shapes. There are tutorials like this one all over the web. I often struggle with the stretches for just one or two chords (basically ...


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I learned a few of the scales first and learned some chord progressions that a teacher told me fit over them, and then learned chord theory, and that worked out. For chord theory you should learn first major and minor scales, because those are the most straight forward. The chord has to have only the notes of the scale in it. A chord is formed by the root, ...


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Whilst leaning all the scales will be of great help in your playing, and probably understanding, the main one for this purpose is the major scale. Chords basically are made up of 1-3-5 of a scale. These are triads- 3 notes. Using the major scale, these will be major chords. To get minors, you could just make the maj. 3rd into a min. 3rd, rather than use the ...


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The answer depends on the teachers available in your area. If you live near a big city, or near a music school you will have more options than if you do not. 1) Choose a voice teacher experienced in the style of music you wish to learn. Many teachers will lie and say they can teach every style. If you want pop, find a pop teacher, if you want classical ...


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+1 for the Carcassi Method. My teacher recommended that as well. As for tremolo picking, try this experiment: make a fist. In what order did you close your fingers? Pinky first? Index last? Then thumb? Probably. (That's how I do it.) Consequently, I found it easier to tremolo pick in the same order. For instance, in Leyenda, I would first use p-i, then ...


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With regard to instruments aging: cheap instruments age a lot more than expensive ones, and well-kept old instruments age very little. My own instrument is a special build from 1960 custom-made for a soloist. Its action is noisier and heavier than that of new instruments of similar class. Its sound and responsiveness, however, is of the kind where you ...


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There are a number of pieces in the classical music repertoire that were specifically written to help learners develop their tremolo technique. Note: Be absolutely sure to use the correct right-hand fingers in learning tremolo. Carcassi's 25 Etudes, which are in the public domain and can be found in PDF version online, has several pieces which, if ...


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For right hand tremolo, there is no reason to damp or mute the string. I don't actually know of any pieces where you would do this. You have a range of options - but the most common these days is to use tirando strokes to pluck, which will definitely not lead to any muting. Even apoyando shouldn't. So typically, you would use tirando or apoyando with i and ...



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