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I graduated from Williams College (MA) with a degree in physics and music and I've been a die-hard TeXie ever since my math professor introduced me to LaTeX in the fall of 2008, using it for poster, thesis, talks and all my papers. I currently teach at The Pennington School (NJ), where I use beamer and TikZ daily for my algebra lectures.


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answered Acoustic guitar: How to stop right index finger nail from wearing away?
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comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
@Alex Basson: Oh, of course, I read your answer in its entirety. Mine was only a lighthearted comment! No, it wasn't used; it was a blem, so I got it $100 cheaper. I had to fix up for reinforcements, partly due to poor care over a humid summer and some defects (yeah, it was a blem:)) but, overall, it's still a reasonably decent piece of work. I should also point out that I'm primarily a bassist, then a classical guitarist. When the right time comes, I hope to get one of those $1000 Taylors or the like. I seriously envy those people but one has to make the best of what one has.
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comment Acoustic/Electric Guitars
@Alex Basson: $1000? Not everyone has that kind of dough to shell out :) I got a middle-of-the-range acousto-electric Alvarez for about $400. Spent another $250 at the shop fixing it up and now it plays like a dream.
Feb
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answered Varying rhythms on bass
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comment Are there some classical pieces that lend themselves well to guitar?
Yeah, I second the community wiki suggestion.
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comment What is the I-vi-ii-V Chord Progressions?
Because it's idiomatic in the diatonic major scale and that's its foundation. Used in any other scale, some modifications would have to be made. In the diatonic natural minor, for instance, it would be i - VI - ii° - v at the most basic level. Of course, you'd still call it 1-6-2-5 but, really, the 1-6-2-5 everyone recognizes is the major diatonic.
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comment What are some chord substitutions for a I-IV-V blues progression?
Wow! Solid and thorough answer!
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answered What is the I-vi-ii-V Chord Progressions?
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comment Free exercise books
For left-hand dexterity, and right-hand fluidity, I'd recommend Carlevaro and Giuliani. Will post a proper answer, soon. Although these are primarily for nylon, they have excellent all-round fretboard application (even to bass). What sort of instrument do you have? A nylon/acoustic/electric? What are you into? Whichever, Carlevaro/Giuliani have really some of the best methods out there. My teacher used these for all his students in all styles and on all sorts of guitars.
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comment Free exercise books
Nothing that good comes free :) Go get some books!
Jan
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answered Tips for playing outdoors in cold weather?
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comment Where can I find music notes for classical guitar and lute online?
If you're seriously into classical guitar music, then you would have to buy actual books! Even then, many of these books are hard to find!
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answered “one finger per fret” - is it worth following this rule?