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Jan
29
comment How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?
...doesn't mean there's a "law" against it, so much as it means that someone who spends too much time on such techniques may cheat himself out of more useful ones [btw, on the occasions I play a standard-tuned guitar, I tend to use second-fourth-third fingers for a D chord, so a change to D7 or Dm can leave two fingers in place].
Jan
29
comment How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?
@DarrenRinger: Some methods of playing instruments may make things "easier" under certain conditions, but limited in what they can do. For example, in standard tuning, the easiest way to play an A7-D change is probably to use the index finger four a top-four-strings barre on the second fret and middle finger on first string third fret, then pull the index finger back to a three-fret barre and move the middle finger to second string third fret. On the other hand, being able to do that won't help much if one needs to play any other kind of chord change. Calling such a thing a "cheat"...
Jan
29
comment How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?
When I feel like using standard tuning, I use an approach like that, but also fret the second string with the tip of my middle finger. When using a finger for a partial barre, it's very hard to not have it touch the first string which it isn't deliberately fretting, but with the ring finger deliberately fretting the third and fourth strings, and the middle finger fretting the second, the ring finger may safely touch the second string without having to fret it cleanly (since the middle finger will fret it cleanly in any case).
Jan
21
comment Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar
If one used a pickup which had one pole for each pair of strings, each pair of strings could independently be subjected to an effect similar to a distorted power chord, wherein intermodulation distortion produces sum and difference tones. The difference tones for two notes a fifth apart would include a sub-harmonic (octave down from the lower note), and all other frequencies would be harmonics of that.
Jan
21
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Jan
16
comment How should I inspect a used piano prior to purchase?
It may be worth noting that some parts on a piano are essentially unrepairable [attempted repairs would likely fail quickly] but may be inexpensively replaced if broken; some may be sometimes repaired if cracked or broken, but if too badly damaged (or missing altogether) may be expensive to replace. Depending upon the cause, even a single dead key could cost hundreds of dollars to fix, but in many cases would cost much less. What's important is to know what kinds of parts will need repair or replacement.
Jan
15
comment What staff affected by a dynamic mark?
@PatMuchmore: I agree that if the upper staff only shows one voice, dynamics which affect that voice not not the lower staff should generally be placed below the staff (but as close to it as practical). My point was that while markings should be below the upper staff absent a reason to put them elsewhere such reasons could sometimes arise.
Jan
15
comment What staff affected by a dynamic mark?
@PatMuchmore: I would expect a dynamic marking above the upper clef in cases where the upper clef itself contained two parts that were intended to be treated differently even if played with one hand. If, for example, the right ringfinger and pinky might have alternating sixteenth notes played pianissimo while other right-hand fingers joined the left hand in playing a main melody mezzo-forte, putting the dynamic for the "frilly" part above the staff would seem clearer than writing it below but somehow excluding certain notes from its effects.
Dec
30
comment Time signature change.
I think it's more common for a time change that occurs while a piece is "moving" to affect the subdivision of a measure or its duration, than for it to affect both simultaneously. In both the 3/4-vs-6/8 and 4/4-vs-12/8 examples, the total duration of the measure will remain the same if in the former case both measures are six constant eighth notes and in the latter case both measures are four constant beats.
Dec
29
answered What's a buffer pedal and how to use it?
Dec
29
comment Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
...my chords always combine one or both of the bottom two strings with the top four. I wonder if there are any other instruments which use unwound nylon strings of a heavier gauge and suitable length which could be adapted to a guitar? I doubt fishing line would be sufficiently uniform to really work well, but it would seem possible; not sure how I'd select one, though.
Dec
29
comment Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
I like the sound of the string I'm using for the "D" better than I like the sound of a wound fourth string; I would estimate that a J3103 would require a tension of about 7.2, which would be far less excessively loose than some other tensions the table gives. If there aren't any unwound strings that are much heavier than what I'm using, I'd rather use what I have than use a wound string, but if I could find an unwound string that would be nice. Normal tuning uses a 3+3 split I think to ensure that even a "D" chord will have a boomy-sounding bass, but...
Dec
29
answered What is the relationship between the melody line and the rhythm chords?
Dec
29
comment Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
None of the charts for unwound nylon go down to "d"; should I figure it will be a quarter the tension of "d'"? The largest unit weight I see for unwound is .00004795 which is not hugely bigger than their ball-end sets, but might help a little. Do you have any idea how black nylon compares in density with clear?
Dec
29
comment Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
Thanks. I'd seen the chart, but for whatever reason not noticed the nylon strings. The ball-end strings are given part numbers that look like steel-string gauges, but most nylon strings are given part numbers that look like a set designator plus the "normal" position (1-3 for unwound; 4-6 for wound) except that the "Rectified clear nylon" part of the chart has strings numbered consecutively (but I have no idea of the diameter).
Dec
26
comment new strings always relaxing. how do I speed up this process?
@MichaelEaster: The question doesn't specify whether the OP is using a classical or steel-string guitar. The linked question seems to concern itself with the latter, so a question about nylon-string guitars would not seem like a duplicate.
Dec
26
comment How do I properly stretch my newly strung strings?
I don't think the proper material for classical guitar strings is spring steel; the nylon strings I've used stretch a noticeable fraction of an inch within a few days of installation before they start to be reasonably stable, and from what I understand that's typical. Having a device or means expedite the "breaking in" period would be helpful.
Dec
26
comment Can I use strings for bridge pins on a non-bridge pin guitar?
What information did you find about nylon strings and tensions? As noted on another question, I'd like to find some nylon strings that would work well for a 2+4 bass/treble split [with the fourth string being an unwound "D"]. Also, out of curiosity, what sort of string gauge were you assuming for the steel strings? I would expect that a set of 8/38 strings would probably only require about half the tension of a set of 12/56; there may not be any overlap between the lightest steel strings and the heaviest nylon strings, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were close.
Dec
26
comment Is there diference between black and white nylon in guitar strings?
Do you have any idea how the densities of different materials compare? For example, would if black string and clear string of a certain diameter were set to the same tension, which would produce a higher pitch?
Dec
26
comment Nylon strings for alternative tunings on hollowbody electric
@BobBroadley: Like many hollowbody electrics, it has acoustical pickups. The nylon strings are quieter than steel strings, but when using amplification it's not necessary that the guitar itself be very loud.