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comment What are the benefits of guitars with fanned frets?
@DavidAxtellMooreII I've used low tunings on acoustic guitars, you can compensate somewhat with bigger strings to pull it back from being flabby. With acoustics, sometimes the wood resonates better in a different range. (I imagine that's somewhat true for electric as well, but I haven't experimented with this and cannot confirm.)
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comment Why is the highest frequency on a piano 4186 Hertz?
That first sentence is funny if you know that my name is also Josh. :)
Aug
19
comment How to improve/train pinky dexterity for guitar playing (after long absence)
+1 Yes! I never thought of this but it's brilliant! and true!
Aug
19
comment How to improve/train pinky dexterity for guitar playing (after long absence)
I think you're numbering the strings in the reverse of the common way: E6 A5 D4 G3 B2 e1.
Aug
18
comment difficulties tuning C string on ukulele
Interesting. I've always used pencil-lead (graphite dust) for lubing the nut.
Aug
17
comment Flamenco guitar books - is there a classic?
AIUI Flamenco developed from both Spanish Classical and Gypsy folk music. The folk component of course has no method per se, but there are "classic" methods from Spanish masters Sor, Tarrega, Segovia, and similar works from the Italians Aguado, Carcassi, Legnani (no method, I think, but some brilliant "Spanish" pieces, very relevant to Flamenco technique and style IMO). Many of these are available at imslp.org.
Aug
14
comment When tuning a guitar, how should I strike the strings?
I'd avoid striking exactly at the 12th fret or you'll create a node which cancels out a lot of harmonics. Otherwise, striking near the 12th makes sense that it would minimize the string bending.
Aug
7
comment Can a melody contain only non chord tones?
Yes. For example, any guitar solo by Primus.
Jul
19
comment The saddest chord?
Oops. My song is a bad example. That's not a diminished chord, it's a minor chord with a major 7th. That's a chord I usually associate with suspense. It's often used as a sting in 1960s spy shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Jul
19
comment How to play the tremolos in Mussorgsky's Con mortuis
Hi, Scott. Welcome to MP&T. Can you edit to be more specific about what's giving you difficulty?
Jul
18
comment How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?
But, I fear the full version a tempo may not actually be humanly possible. It works out to 24 notes per second, and left-hand changes have to happen in that 1/24th-second interval between the last note and the first one of the next figure. .... It may take another 10 years, but it's gonna be amazing once I nail it. :) I imagine that it may even produce a subharmonic effect.
Jul
18
comment How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?
+1 Useful ideas that speak to the question that I posted. I'm always trying to attack problems from multiple angles. ... For my actual goal, I have partly done this already and I've broken down the piece into several simplified versions, and even developed a new technique I can play the synchronous version a tempo (1/8=120bpm), the triplet version at 100bpm, the sextuplet version at 80bpm, and the full dodecatuplet at 60.
Jul
16
comment How I do memorize guitar notes?
It is a correct interpretation of the rules to close this as a dup and revise the old question with the new content and re-open it. But, since the old one is already closed and this one seems ok on its own, it really appears that in the case the best course of action is to do nothing. The desired result is a good question with good answers. And we're there. We have that now. It could use more answers as usual, but that doesn't detract from my point: it doesn't serve any useful purpose to close this question simply because OP failed to express clearly the same idea earlier. IMO.
Jun
21
comment The saddest chord?
Here's a favorite of mine with lots of diminished and half-diminished chords. youtube.com/watch?v=upl_rxmsu6s
Jun
21
comment The saddest chord?
Exactly. Play it "too long". It's beyond sadness. It's agony.
Jun
21
comment The saddest chord?
Edited with the notes of C-dim.
Jun
20
comment Whole finger callous - for barre chords?
+1 Very interesting. Welcome to the site! If you edit to add paragraph breaks, this will be easier to read.
Jun
18
comment Why do blues musicians perform sitting?
I'd agree with the first part, but a country musician ought to know how to cut a length of twine.
Jun
8
comment How to make a bass growl?
"How to make Bass growl?" ... Poke him in the ribs? uh, take away his hot dog?
May
18
comment What are common analytic techniques for identifying phrases in music?
I think your example would be more compelling if you add a second one with phrasing marks added, then readers will naturally look to the text in between to see how it is done.