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Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
Like I said in my comments to the other answers, "using a metronome to 'push' your tempo faster" is commonplace in guitar-oriented practice. I'm just surprised that it seems I misunderstood something I took for granted for years.
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
Sorry to be nitpicky, but when can I really say 'this is flawless'? Also, I don't really know what you mean by 'normal' (see my comment on @luser's answer).
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
I've never really approached 'getting faster' using a 'playing it faster in your head' strategy. The whole 'guitar practice' culture I run into seems to use a 'metronome-first' approach.
Nov
21
comment Criteria for speeding up when practicing with a metronome
To put it simply, let's say I'm playing 'difficult-ish' guitar-oriented metal-or-something (think Dream Theater, Satriani, etc)
Nov
4
comment Does using an EVH D-Tuna limit the range of a Floyd Rose type floating bridge?
What are you using to stabilize the Floyd Rose bridge of your Music Man?
Oct
3
comment How do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?
Your answer makes a lot of sense. However, a piece of music is not as spontaneous an event as a clogged pipe or mouth condition. Somebody created it. I just think your answer was too "ultimate" regarding the previsibility of music in general. Of course, the very question I asked implies that this previsibility exists in some degree, though.
Oct
3
comment Are there any machine-readable databases of chord progressions available?
In most programming environments, this is as simple as calling up a "URL Decode" function. This "%20" way of encoding characters for transport in URLs is actually a standard: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percent-encoding (this is more of a Stack Overflow question, really lol)
Aug
31
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
One may also keep an eye on the rankings of letras.terra.com.br and/or cifraclub.com.br for songs currently popular monthly/weekly-wise.
Aug
31
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
These are good options too. The previous suggestions were more in the erudite realm. If you ventrue into popular music, then Roberto and Ivete are very significant. It should be kept in mind, though, that they represent only a fraction of the MPB (Música Popular Brasileira - Brazilian Popular Music) genre. Also, they're hardly "currently trending".
Aug
28
comment How do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?
Should this be made a community wiki?
Aug
27
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
Also, if I may, the proper spellings would be "Água de Beber" and "Manhã de Carnaval". And the Portuguese names for "Girl From Ipanema" and "One Note Samba" are "Garota de Ipanema" and "Samba de uma Nota Só", if that helps :).
Aug
16
comment Symbols “M”, “C”, “D”, and “P” in Guitar Tablature
It was the first thing I tried... although a good reference overall, this Wikipedia article unfortunately doesn't cover this particular "corner case".
Jun
23
comment Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck
I would if I could, but since I can't, I'm expressing my opinion in the closest place I can :)
Jun
23
comment Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck
@neilfein: not really, I wasn't. What I meant is that even experts should avoid the 'because I said so' explanation when giving advice to potential laymen, as is the case of a FAQ. His statement is very counter-intuitive, and this alone should be a reason for him to phrase that as "you should detune your instrument if you won't play in a long time, because of X". IMHO, saying something is obvious when most of your audience wouldn't think it is is just plain elitism.
Jun
23
comment Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck
I was liking the page until I read the highly-disputable, weasel-worded and not-really-explained phrase "We all agree that you should detune any instrument that's going into storage for a long time without being used."
May
16
comment How to hear yourself better at the rehearsal studio?
I wish I could do it with the half-stack that I play on =D
May
16
comment How to hear yourself better at the rehearsal studio?
Probably the best way to go, obviously. Any clever workarounds for when the studio/you don't have one available?
May
16
comment Basics of stage presence for guitarists
Now that's an instant accept =D
May
16
comment How do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?
I've seen this mostly with pop songs. I imagined that they probably base their progression choice on a "standard" song. But this leaves the question, how do they decide which? Not less importantly, how do everyone agree in the choice, seemingly wordless?
May
16
comment How to hear yourself better at the rehearsal studio?
The ear-plug idea seems interesting, I'll try that =D