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A type of acoustic guitar with nylon (originally gut) strings, rather than classical music played on guitar

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Classical guitar technique problems with leaning ring finger [duplicate]

I've recently started guitar lessons with a local tutor. He's lent me his classical guitar — and ok I'm only two or three days in — but my ring finger on my left fret hand leans towards the middle ...
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Suite Venezolana, I Registro by Antonio Lauro notations & fingerings [for classical (nylon strings) guitar]

As shown in the attached image, (i) What do the numbers written in the circles indicate? (ii)What do the numbers above the beams/below the "arm" notation indicate? (iii) Does "arm" ...
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What are these playing instructions for classical guitar?

Throughout the score there are various CX, CVII signs and the alla breve sign (which is obviously not Alla Breve). From what I could gather, these are fingering instructions for the pinky (C), but I ...
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How do you interpret the numbers in square?

I am puzzled by the number put in the square in the sheet music. Can anyone tell me how to play?
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Why is acoustic string measured in tension while electric string in gauges?

Is there a reason you can have different tensions strings with the same gauge on a classic guitar but electric strings only ever seem to differ on gauge? It would seem an interesting proposal to have ...
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can someone explain me how many beats in my notation in the photo?

I'm confused about notation in my music sheet for my training classical guitar, in this photo there are 2 beats notation (orange circle) but the time signature is 3/4, can someone explain me how many ...
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what does "6/6 CI" mean in music sheet for guitar? [duplicate]

I found this music sheet on the internet for my training to play classical guitar and now i'am confused what's "6/6 CI" mean in the music sheet? (Canon in D transposed to C for guitar) ...
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Buying a classical guitar [closed]

Do you have any brand suggestions for a classical guitar in the price range 500-1000 dollars? Am I better off buying a factory produced guitar or handmade (if there are handmade guitars this cheap)?
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How to find which tuning the guitar strings are tuned in? [duplicate]

I am a beginner fingerstyle guitarist. I watch songs on youtube and try to play them. Sometimes the player has played the song in a different tuning than standard(sometimes even one string is tuned to ...
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Installing Ball-End Nylon Strings on a Classical Guitar

I'm looking to install ball-end nylon strings on a classical guitar. Which of these ways is the best in terms of tone and preserving the bridge? The same way you install ball-end steel strings on a ...
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Need help identifying a guitar [closed]

I really like the sound and look of this classical acoustic. Can anyone help me identify it? Thank you!
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Why do many classical guitarists move the fingers for vibrato like a violin?

I have seen many videos where it looks like the guitarist is doing some vibrato and they make a rolling motion like in a violin, cello... How can this work in a fretted instrument? As an amateur in ...
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Harmonizing in fingerstyle with a bass line

I would like to learn some music theory relevant to harmonizing melodies for the fingerstyle guitar. The discussions of harmonization that I have seen focus foremost on the chord progression. This ...
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What's the difference between rectified nylon strings and regular nylon strings?

Many nylon string manufacturers offer rectified nylon options, but what's the difference? Is there a difference in tone, feel, durability, or intonation? If there isn't, which other differences can ...
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Are short finger nails on the strumming hand not uncommon in flamenco and classical guitar?

I'm well aware that longer finger nails are common on the strumming hands of flamenco and classical guitarists. I'm thinking of trimming my nails right back to see if this would impair playing, ...
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Which is the highest note playable on the classical guitar?

Let us consider a standard classical guitar with only 19 frets and 6 strings being played with the standard tunning E2-A2-D3-G3-B3-E4. In this configuration, the classical guitar has a 'normal' ...
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Why are tuning pegs (aka machine heads) different on different types of guitars?

I know that tuners are one of the features that distinguish a classical guitar from an acoustic one. But why are the tuners the way they are? And are they still this way in this day and age because ...
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How to play strange Emadd9 and Am6 chords in this song?

I'm trying to play this song: https://musescore.com/user/26991134/scores/5554268 I have downloaded, pasted into a new score sheet in musescore and added a Guitar Tab Starve. But, for the two first ...
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Prelude 1 by Villa-Lobos - playing multiple notes with the thumb

In Prelude №1 by Villa-Lobos sometimes it's required to play 2 notes with the thumb, e.g.: There's also a variation on this: What's the difference between the two in terms of playing?
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Problem with learning fur elise's second movement on guitar

I am trying to learn Fur Elise on classical guitar using this video: as a reference. I am doing quite well in the first and third movements as they are quite easy to ...
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How would you finger this arpeggio on guitar?

What would be your approach for right-hand-fingering this arpeggio pattern with classical guitar or fingerstyle technique (no pick)? I've tried out several approaches, being this one the most ...
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Tips and advice for buying a classical guitar

I found this guitar ("guitarra de calidad" of hermanos Godvinez mod. G 705) at a local shop. I play electric so I'm not an expert of classical guitars. The price is affrodable, but I'm not ...
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How would you analyze (harmonically) the intro of Preludio de Adiós?

I'm learning from books about harmonic analysis in order to improve my interpretative skills. So, I am studying this piece by Venezuelan composer Alfonso Montes, called "Preludio de Adiós". ...
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Should I alternate fingers in this piece?

Should I stick to the "always alternate the striking hand's fingers rule" here ? That is to say : mim imi for the six first notes and mim imi mim imi for the last measure. I am asking this ...
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How to create a spanner for a fingering in lilypond

I'm engraving scores for pipa, a sibling instrument of classical guitar (Pipa and guitar do have the same ancestor from central Asia). One of the most common right-hand fingering on pipa is called ...
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Broken string fixed but it still sounds off

My fourth string broke a few days back, and fortunately (?) the breakage was near the bridge so I was able to fix it without having to buy a new one. The thing is it's been almost a week and even ...
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Does the top of this guitar look ok?

I'm considering purchasing an alhambra 9p guitar from a local store. It's a new guitar, but the top seems to have some stains/nonuniformities (see the picture). How much of a defect is that?
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Adjusting accompaniment to vocal range

I'm writing a new song with classical guitar and vocals. I have the choice to sing the melody in a higher octave or a lower octave (the notes are the same) and there are some tradeoffs: I can sing ...
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Too many notes for a bar [duplicate]

Theory question. Looking at Villa-Lobos's Prelude no. 2 bar 9, there seems to be too many notes. The time signature is 2/4. See attached highlighted in yellow. What am I missing? Thanks
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what families of guitar strings (lower and upper) will give me differents sound timbres?

They are plenty kinds of guitar strings for my classical guitar : silver or titanium (or platinum ?) coated, crystal ones... Some are for commercial attractiveness, some might increase longevity of ...
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What do these arrows mean?

I've noticed on Edson Lopes pieces he highlights (I think) certain phrases. Not sure what he is trying to tell us when he puts a section between these arrows. Notice arrow pointing left and down, then ...
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Does Bach's lute partita BWV 997 Sarabande also appear as an orchestral piece?

I am practicing the Bach lute suites and I am aware that a few of them also appear as works for other instruments (BWV 1000 is also the fugue from the first violin sonata, for example). My question is ...
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Classical Guitar: How to play slur followed by a chord

How to play the notes in the image? Is it play the third string with slur for the second string at the same time?
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What are the best strings for this guitar? Steel or nylon?

(Apologies if you've seen this question somewhere else, but I need a second opinion and advices are inconclusive). I have (found) this guitar: PICS It is a Chandry by Sue Ryder (Don't bother googling ...
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What are these arrows?

I have played the guitar for 6 years now and have never seen this notation. What do these arrows mean? EDIT: Bach Chaconne, arrangement by Edson Lopes, classical guitar (for electric guitar players: ...
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Guitar goes from b3 to c4, skipping all intermediate notes and scales

I expect all frets to go from A to A# to B to C to C#... until G# But I noticed that sometimes, on my guitar notes are skipped or come back to a lower notes that preceded it. For example: On the G ...
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How can I measure, or otherwise quantify, the accuracy of intonation of my classical guitar, in order to compare it with other classical guitars?

Is there an standard / common way of measuring and comparing intonation in classical guitars? Say, if I were a luthier, which objective method would I use to decide if any given classical guitar needs ...
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Asturias Playing Open B

I learning Asturias in this piece we have to play open B after every base notes. So currently my base notes sounds fine but playing open B is seems to be quite challenging. I am alternating between ...
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Where to look for damage when steel strings are used on a classical Ibanez? [closed]

Ok, so when I was a kid, the guitar my dad taught me my first few chords on, was this Ibanez classical acoustic. I started playing guitar as a kid, and I quit as a kid. So now as an adult (age 30), I ...
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Is there a shortcut or technique for converting standard notation classical guitar music into tab?

I have played guitar for almost 30 years, but regrettably have never played standard notation. I have exclusively played tablature. This has not been a problem until I took up classical guitar ...
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How much can we lower the tuning on a classical guitar?

I'm wondering if the following tuning can be used in a regular classical guitar A3 E3 C3 G2 D2 A1 and if so, what set of strings could be used? I'm worried maybe the tension would be too much, but ...
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I'm struggling with changing my chords in time

I have learning guitar for about 2 months now and I learned my chords at the same time concentrating with my fingerstyle. I'm quite good at fingerstyle now even when changing notes. But I found it ...
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Classical Guitar I and M alternation

I am practising piece Asturia, in this piece we have to play Open B string after every base note (Opening Section). For open B string we have to alternate between our M and I finger My Problem : I ...
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Classical guitar: right hand finger movement when playing chord

When playing a string with the right hand, it is suggested to have the finger pushing through the string. That is to say, the finger is moving inward the guitar, rather than pluck the string outward ...
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How to analyse a song arrangement

I am analysing an arrangement of "Over the RainBow", arranged by Walter Rodriguez: Looking at his musical score (not at what he is actually playing), the first chord ...
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Staggered discontinuities in the saddles of accoustic guitar, Why?

I'm puzzled by the little staggered stuffs etched in the saddles of most of my acoustic guitars. (Only one of my guitars don't have these discontinuities, and indeed it's not a guitar per-se, but ...
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Are hard tension strings (around 85 lbs total tension) generally safe for classical guitars without truss rod?

I know some classical guitars absolutely definitely can't handle extra-hard tension strings because they can cause the bridge to break or the neck to bend, so only guitars specifically designed for ...
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What's the difference between bronze-wound and silver-wound bass strings?

The most common materials to wound bass strings are bronze and silver. Most string makers offer options with either. Seems that bronze strings last shorter or can go bad easier, so there must be a ...
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What happens if I use a classical guitar capo on an acoustic or electric guitar, or an acoustic and electric guitar capo on a classical guitar?

I've noticed that the capos for electric/acoustic guitars and classical guitars are different. For example, classical guitar capos are flat, while electric/acoustic guitar capos are curved. Is there ...
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What do these notation marks mean?

So recently I have got this piece for a classical guitar (probably originally for some kind of lute) - Chaconne by Anonymous from Schwerin It's full of mysterious parentheses, and I have failed to ...
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