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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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Is live streaming music while learning/practicing a good idea? [closed]

I am learning Western Classical Guitar and Indian Bamboo Flute. I want to stream myself playing, connect with the community, and get some good feedback as well. Is it really a bad idea to live stream ...
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How to pick with thumb but without thumbnails?

I am trying to play the bass strings without thumbnails because I like the sound. I trimmed my thumbnails to minimum so they don't get in the way. It's surprisingly hard to play such that the strings ...
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How to avoid muting strings in some chords

I have relatively short meaty fingers. Any hints how to avoid muting the A string on the chord 201202?
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History of Wieler guitar

I'm wondering if there is any information about Wieler guitars, for instance, where they were/are made and by whom? For context, my brother bought a used Wieler guitar for about $3, and despite the ...
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Making a confusing sheet with 3 voices and triplets non-ambiguous

Context I've transcribed the Title Screen song from Pokémon Red/Blue/Yellow for classical guitar and I am now polishing the sheet. Here are measures 15 and 16 of the direct transcription of the ...
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In a classical guitar score, when a section plays very low notes, is it better to use 8va bassa, G clef transposed 1 octave down or the F clef?

My music knowledge background I never studied music in a music school, but I've composed music for some years and know some theory that I've picked up and read about over the years. I do not have much ...
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Why don't guitar chords and staff notations match each other?

The G7 chord in root position on a fretboard diagram for guitar looks like this: But in staff notation, the G7 chord in root position looks like: The correct representation of the notes on the ...
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Are all classical guitar pieces composed based on chord progressions?

For the last few days I enjoyed playing Fernando Sor's "Study in B Minor" mostly because chords that I had learned could be found throughout the piece and I deemed it more "organized&...
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My index finger on bar chord position keeps making poor sounds. Is there a way to improve them? [duplicate]

My index finger on bar chord keeps making very poor sounds. Will there be improvements if I just keep playing or are there ways(like exercises) to improve the sounds? I have tried to use the side of ...
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Why can I not tune up newly bought classical guitar to proper pitches?

I bought classical guitar yesterday online, and it is impossible to tune the 1st string to E. I can only tune up to Eb, and if I apply more tension to the string, it looks like it's about to snap. Is ...
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I have a small hand and am an adult. Would 1/2 or 3/4 classical guitar be ok?

I have a small hand, and classical pieces sometimes require wide stretches. I am considering buying smaller guitar, but wouldn't it compromise playing quality? If not, is an adult using 1/2 or 3/4, or ...
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Is there standard notation for guitar left hand barres of natural harmonics?

I'm a self taught guitarrist and hobby musician who composes original music and who creates transcriptions/arrangements of music from other artists for classical guitar. I've recently learned about ...
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Do you have to completely master each Pumping Nylon exercises thoroughly?

Presently I am working on Pumping Nylon exercises, but I cannot play as fast as the exercise asks me to. Do I have to completely master each piece or can I just move on after playing through it ...
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Why does a guitar scale shape have more than 7 notes?

As the title suggests, I wonder the number of notes in a scale shape on guitar. Let's take the G major scale in 2 octaves: G A B C D E F# G A B C D E F# G, there are 15 notes. I found that in many ...
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Strange fretwiring on a classical guitar

I've just bought a pre-loved classical guitar, with extra frets! They look like they were not on the original, and are half-way between the 1st and 2nd, and 3rd and 4th frets. What would be the point ...
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What's wrong with pinky use in classical guitar playing/

In classical guitar music, there is often an inclusion of pima referring to which plucking fingers are suggested for playing certain strings/frets/notes. Whatever happened to pinky? Is that a frowned-...
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Silk classical guitar string gauge is too big for bridge holes

My classical guitar has a plastic bridge with pre-drilled or precast holes gauged for standard nylon classical strings. I got some silk strings which are a bit higher gauge and don’t all fit by just ...
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Numbers in the music notation for Beethoven Virus

I am going through this piece. Here i am not able to figure out what does the numbers above the notes mean.
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Playing a C Recorder with classical guitar

The guitar is normally a G tuning instrument but recorders are C or F instruments,Do I need to alter standard guitar tuning to eg C tuning, in order to play with a C Recorder eg Descant or Tenor, or F,...
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How to implement the "dolce" marking?

In Italian, dolce means "sweet", which doesn't help much. How am I supposed to play it on classical guitar? Some people mentioned "softly", which may be good, but there surely is ...
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Affordable, high quality mini guitar for all genres? [closed]

I'm looking for a high quality, affordable mini guitar without a cutout or a pickguard, that will be good for acoustic guitar genres as well as classical guitar genres. What are some options? Thanks!
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Are Greg Irwin's finger fitness exercises really useful to increase guitar players' skills?

I'm wondering: does doing exercises of the book Finger Fitness - The Art of Finger Control by Lorraine C. and Gregory G. Irwin really help to increase finger dexterity and flexibility and is it useful ...
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Idiomatic guitar notation; notating L.V. passages?

I'm conflicted. I have this passage (note: tuning = DADGBE, D2 notated as D2): First, this is incorrect, as I'm not including the three beat rest in the third bar for the second-from-the-top voice, ...
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A standard way of marking alternate tunings for classical guitar?

I'm writing a piece that needs to have a drop D tuning- how do I mark the guitar's tuning at the top of the score? Is there a standard? Something like "E = D" or just "DADGBE"? ...
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What do these rests mean? Carcassi Etude no. 1 op. 60 (Guitar)

What do the the quarter note rest and the half note rest in the first measure mean? Full score PDF I listened to the piece and they play the D and G notes the rests are under. It is just pointing out ...
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How to play two notes at the same time with guitar?

I am learning to play classical guitar. And I'm following the famous book Arenas: La Escuela de la Guitarra. I am stuck on Lesson 18 of book 1. Book has its convention. "m" means the middle ...
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In terms of sound, what are the advantages of a steel or nylon string?

I first picked up a guitar when I was about 7. Ever since I've been playing it, and I even performed a solo at a concert (Little Rover, by the stupendium!) I have 3 guitars, all acoustic. One hasn't ...
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Using friction pegs with standard classical guitar headstock

Would it be reasonable to use guitar friction pegs with a regular classical headstock? I've never seen that, all friction peg versions of flamenco guitars have a different headstock design.
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How do you tune a guitar to open D without a string breaking?

I was tuning my guitar to open D, because people had been nagging me about it, saying how it's just better. Anyway, I was tuning, turning the knobs to what sounded right, so I started playing and then,...
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I'm having issues tuning my classical guitar [closed]

For some reason I cannot tune my classical guitar, I've used phone apps and actual tuners. I'm starting to believe that the issue is that the guitar is too cheapy. I bought for 100$ from the brand ...
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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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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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