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comment Too much string on the tuning peg?
Yes, cut off a few inches that are spare at the end, after you've pulled some of the string through the hole in the post.Or leave it flapping around...
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comment Too much string on the tuning peg?
How will it affect the tone? The string isn't vibrating once it's over the nut.
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comment Guitar learning path for beginners
Counting up to four is pretty fundamental. In 5/4 and 7/4 often one needs to count only up to 3 ! Playing in time is far more down to listening and counting than having theory. But that's only my opinion.
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comment Guitar learning path for beginners
@NeilMeyer - no, you are not. I play with loads of guitarists who do not read.( I also play with those who do) It does not stop them playing really well. It stops them reading music, not playing music. The two are poles apart.
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comment How do you count off a 3/4 waltz?
I play jazz, sometimes ad hoc, with numbers that sometimes swing, sometimes are straight. If the count in is just 1,2, 1234, it doesn't give much of a clue as to which style it'll be. We do get confused sometimes, and even 'a1, a2, a1234 isn't clear.However, your last para. makes a good point, but it's not always foolproof, in my experience.Saying 'dotted' 'triplet feel' straight' etc. is guaranteed.
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comment How do you count off a 3/4 waltz?
@Goos - counting 1-2-1234 doesn't give any clue to feel or style. It gives tempo. It's still necessary to establish whether a piece is straight or swing before the count in. An orchestra cannot 'sort of adjust' at the beginning of a piece, although the musos will generally be of a calibre that they know exactly how a piece will start, having rehearsed. But bands rehearse too...
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reviewed Leave Closed 12-notes: an arbitrary choice?
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revised When learning a guitar part/song by ear, how do you determine where to put the capo?
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comment How do you count off a 3/4 waltz?
@CarlWitthoft - I've never understood why a 100 piece orchestra only needs an upbeat, whereas a 4 piece pop group needs 2 whole bars. Still, it beats the choir mistress at a school who counted a waltz in to 1-2-3-4 - honest !
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comment Guitar learning path for beginners
@NeilMeyer - it sometimes has a long lasting effect of putting them off for ever. There's lots of players out there, who know little theory, but are far better players than those who know theory.Learn to swim by reading books about it ?
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comment Guitar learning path for beginners
Only thing with those chords is that they don't lend themselves to accompanying many songs. The 3rds and 5ths are o.k., but beginners find it easier to strum all of the strings than to pick out 2.
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comment Need help with notation and time signatures
Cunningly, I didn't say the bars weren't 4/4 ! Just that you need to be certain they are ! The timing for some of the notes don't, I feel, need to be quite as exact - down to semiquavers. As a beginner, maybe work to 1/8 notes (quavers), so you can reproduce what you write for yourself, vocally, as it's a vocal, but certainly on some sort of instrument - put yourself in the performer's shoes !
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answered Need help with notation and time signatures
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comment Need help with notation and time signatures
That apart, the dynamics look difficult to sing. Does it need so many drastic volume changes?
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revised When learning a guitar part/song by ear, how do you determine where to put the capo?
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answered When learning a guitar part/song by ear, how do you determine where to put the capo?
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comment How do you count off a 3/4 waltz?
Why go up to 6, when the time is in 3? If it's a slow waltz, it needs to be counted slowly, but in time. Substitute '1,2,3' in place of '4,5,6'.Or, if you like, use '2,2,3'. 6/8 time is different, but is sometimes treated as the same, but quicker.
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answered Guitar learning path for beginners
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comment Why are notes beamed across the barline in this piece?
@PatMuchmore - so would you use one split downstroke, or raise the bow for each note ?
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revised What is the difference between mono and stereo?
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