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comment How does a metronome help me play music better?
1) standard rock guitar method: play a part at a tempo where you can play it without error and without tension. Speed it up. Practice until you can play the part without tension and error at the new tempo. This is for better speed. 2) Victor Wooten's suggestion: play a part at a tempo where you can play it without error and without tension. Drop the tempo by half and practice with the beats as 1 and 3, or 2 and 4. Drop by half again and have it be the 1. Then 2, etc. Then, from 1-and-2-and-3-and-4, put the beat on an "and". This is for a better sense of time.
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comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
If it's more than an occasional try with drop tuning, you'll need to work on the nut slot, widening it so it doesn't bind. But, if you're just giving it a shot, don't worry.
Mar
25
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Honestly, though, I think detuning and drop-D is more intermediate guitar than the poster is looking for.
Mar
25
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Some have heavy low strings and light high strings, so that you can drop the low strings. They have different names, but if the low string on a medium set is .042, you could buy a .046 or .048 single string to swap out the low string so it isn't too floppy.
Mar
24
comment Guitar solo techniques
possible duplicate of What is the best way to learn scales in order to improve improvisation/writing of lead guitar parts?
Mar
20
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Yeah, that is a reason.
Mar
19
answered Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Mar
17
revised Understanding scales
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Mar
17
answered Understanding scales
Mar
14
answered What exercises can I do to improve my timing?
Feb
18
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Lilypond: How to control the paper size to create images
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Best method to learn to play barre chords?
Feb
9
comment Convert these to guitar tabs?
As a convention, I see capital letters meaning major and lower-case meaning minor.
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comment What is the proper way to play this chord?
That's not a fifth chord. That's a note and it's octave.
Jan
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revised Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from comming unpluged when I move?
corrected spelling
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comment Why do frets get closer as the notes get higher?
The over-arching rule for fret size is the Rule of 18, which states that a fret is placed 1/18th of the distance from the nut/previous fret to the bridge. Actually, 1/17.817. And that's not quite right in every case, as the G on the low E will tend to be sharp because of the string bending implicit in fretting and the width of the string. You can't really tune a guitar, but you can get closer...