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Looking for an alternative guitar tuning to fit classical counterpoint exercises

Have a very strange problem, hopefully there is a lurking genius who can solve it cause I'm stumped. I'm studying a stuffy counterpoint composition manual written hundreds of years ago and trying to ...
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Why do guitars have different position markers than almost all other fretted instruments?

If you look at banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and balalaikas, almost all of them have a position marker at the 10th fret whereas almost all guitars mark the 9th fret instead. What accounts for the ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

I've been playing on and off for a couple of years and I want to write some riffs that don't sound like garbage, but as soon as I start trying to write something in a tuning besides standard it dawns ...
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Too much Staccato as a beginner guitarist, what to do? Can be naturally corrected in time?

Question itself already tells much. As I see, this is a common issue among new guitarists. My playing more of sounds like hammer drill. tik tik tik... I want to sound more of smoothly changing notes, ...
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Lilypond: manually specify fret numbers in a TabStaff?

I'm writing down a score for a transcription of a guitar piece, and figured I could also include tabs for it. Unfortunately, lilypond seems to generate the fingerings on its own and they're very ...
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How precise should I expect to be with metronome?

As a beginner guitarist, I am always practicing with a metronome (for now 60 bpm). But, for the timing, I feel like sometimes I am going milliseconds ahead or back of the metronome. Especially when ...
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Equation to calculate the expected frequency of a natural harmonic at any location on the fretboard

On guitar you can play a "natural harmonic" by gently resting your finger directly over a fretwire and plucking the string. I am trying to determine the pattern to natural harmonics. I would ...
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I'm having issues intonating my old electric guitar, my acoustic is apparently not intonated but it sounds fine?

I recently took out my old childhood Fender squier to hopefully fix it up and begin playing it again. This guitar hadn't been strung, worked on or played since about 2007. I restrung it, but after ...
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My guitar's high E string keeps snapping at the tuning peg

My guitar's high E string has broken eight times just this month. I never overtune or do really high bends. It always breaks around the tuning peg. There was no rust; it was still new. I even tried to ...
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How to not pull string down while pressing it

I have bought my first electric guitar but I have a small problem. When I press strings, I noticed that I pull them a little bit down, like I intend to bend it a little. What does it called and how ...
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I want a high A string for classical guitar

I want to buy a high A string for classical guitar. Anybody know how I can achieve that? I want to have an A standard tuning (so not E). Thanks!
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Do guitar players use the thumb to fret two notes when playing chords and/or riffs?

I’ve been revisiting an old chord book (Sal Salvador Chordal Enrichment & Chord Substitution ©1985) and on page 45 I found this: It’s a nice chord but the first fingering is impossible. The ...
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E1 gradually goes flat as I move up the fretboard

I moved my saddle as far as it can go towards the neck, and still the intonation is bad. Please do not write about moving saddles, because I did that. I would be grateful if you could tell me about ...
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What does this line across multiple strings mean in this guitar chord?

I'm a novice at reading tab (don't know how to play any string instrument) and I'm trying to understand this tab notation for an F major chord from Ultimate Guitar: I know that the 3, 4, and 2 mean ...
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How to practice guitar scales on the first 3 strings [closed]

I am just beginning to learn the guitar. Maybe it is natural, but personally I find it more difficult playing the upper part of a scale (or higher in pitch, 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings) mainly because of ...
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How to convert @tonicjs/tonic chord data to guitar chords?

I am looking at https://github.com/tonaljs/tonal/tree/main/packages/chord which has a lot of music theory I'm less familiar with. When I was playing the guitar for many years 20 years ago, I learned a ...
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Lilypond tablature: how to force a note to a specific string+fret?

I have written a partition on Lilypond, with both Staff and tabStaff. I have customised the tablature with TabStaff.minimumFret = #7 and TabStaff.restrainOpenStrings = ##t and the generated tablature ...
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Dobro guitars strings and tuning

Having just made a foray into Dobro guitars, finding one that needed some refurbishment, I assumed that the tuning was standard EADGBE, as a normal guitar. Doing some research, I find it's not. For ...
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Length-wise crack in acoustic guitar neck - cause for concern and possible fixes?

I've "inherited" an acoustic guitar between 10 and 15 years of age. It is in very good condition except for a small crack in the neck (see picture). The crack looks like it hasn't occurred ...
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Spider walk ascending fleshy finger pad muting

So the title pretty much says it all. When ascending the spider walk exercise the fleshy part of my fingers touch the next string. As I'm sure most of you know when ascending it's 1,2,3,4 fingers, ...
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How to improve intuitive feeling for rhythm

I'm playing for around 10 years now and I'm definitely not a beginner. Still, my intuitive understanding of new rhythms is very poor. I can learn to play nearly every rhythm if I have enough time. ...
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Playing clarinet based on guitar chords

I know the chords to a song on guitar is there any way I can play that song on the clarinet based on those chords?
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Scale length of guitars

Just about every guitar will have its own quoted scale length, for the open strings. But - which string is being quoted, as there will always be a difference between the strings, notably the top and ...
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Potential intonation problems by having a 0.5" difference between half scale lengths?

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this but I saw someone ask a similar question here. I'm assembling a guitar from a body I bought for cheap. Unfortunately, the body won't line up ...
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What is the difference in playing a mode in key vs in sequence?

So I got more serious about guitar recently and I learned the major scale and all of the modes. My question is, what is the difference, assuming you’re in the key of G major, in playing A Dorian, and ...
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lilypond redefining guitar chord spelling for each bookpart

I have 30 or so songs that were individually created that I now want to typeset as bookparts into a single book. Of course other than pagination I want each part to look the same as when it is typeset ...
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Pulling off into or over next string

When performing a pull off on guitar, is there a consensus on whether you should pull off into the next higher string or "across" it? The former does not require muting that string with the ...
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Are there names for the different Pentatonic scales?

We all know on the guitar there are 5 positions for the Pentatonic Scale and a big deal is made about position 1 being the minor pentatonic and position 2 being the major pentatonic. But what about ...
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Guitar: Memorizing Scale Shapes vs. Memorizing Fretboard Notes

An advice for beginners I keep hearing is to memorize scale shapes. Minor pentatonic, the major scale, etc. But if I've fully memorized the fretboard notes, and I know the notes and theory around each ...
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Through what exercise can you finally see scales underneath chords?

I have come to a point where I can identify major scale shapes and chord shapes including inversions. But I cannot see them both at the same time. What exercise will help me see them both at the same ...
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Impact of (a) input sensitivity and (b) guitar "volume" on the point at which a tube amp breaks up

First question here. Please be kind if I've messed up somehow :) I'm hoping someone can explain the theoretical electronics (rather than just trial & error) that connect the interplay between (a) ...
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Guitar Sheet Music not matching tabs

Sorry, I'm inexperienced, but I have a hard time wrapping my head around sheet music for unusual tunings. As far as I'm aware, the first note on the tabs is a G#, and it's just a G on the sheet music ...
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How do you deal with longer right hand middle finger when playing classical guitar? [closed]

My right hand technique is quite poor, and middle finger keeps touching the string below. Should I find the ideal amount of curvature of middle finger? Or is there another way?
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How do you apply vibrato to a chord?

I am practicing vibrato, classical guitar vibrato like rolling finger tips on the fretboard. One note vibrato is ok but a chord vibrato looks quite ugly. Not enough rolling finger tips are done. Is ...
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What is a slide-to-lift-off called?

At the end of the first solo the guitarist slides backwards an the lifts off the note. I'm pretty sure that is a thing violinist also do. Is there a term for that, I do seem to want to think so? Solo ...
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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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Is there a mathematic reason why Standard tuning for guitar is number 1 in the series of tunings? Could AI find it given a guitar with no tuning? [duplicate]

Physics, Mathematics, and Linguistic Stack Exchange simply refuse to accept questions about the mathematics of tablature and guitar. But what is tablature besides lines and numbers? These sites often ...
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Trying to learn a song on guitar in an odd alternate tuning. How do I find the chord shapes?

EDIT: I got the first chord and therefore the tuning completely wrong! This is going to make a lot more sense now that I realize the first shape is 10 10 9 5 5 5. So the tuning is really just DADGBD. ...
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Writing a Bridge for a Song

I am considering a bridge in a song I am writing in the key of C. Is it customary to change keys by going up a whole step or half step?
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Guitar Cabinet volume low

I have just bought a guitar Cabinet (Harley Benton G112) but when I connect anything to it, the volume is very low. I have tried the Phones out of my Boss Katana 50, with all volume up — it's hearable ...
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How to derive triads from more complex chords

I recently came into possession of a chord diagram book for guitar. It explains 7/9/11/13 chords, sus, add, and everything in between, seemingly, for all 12 notes. What I don't see explained in this ...
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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 doesn't the G chord resolve as definitively into C as E7 into Am?

I'm a beginner guitarist. On the piano it sounds fine: G to C. Perfect! On the guitar it sounds ... meh ... blah ... In a minor scale, however, such as A minor, the dominant (E7) resolves definitively,...
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What do the chord symbols on each bar mean?

I see chord symbols on each bar, and I assume they represent the notes in the bar. But many times not all the notes are present, and sometimes a bar with only 1 note has a chord symbol. If they are a ...
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Is it true that D A D F A D is the bluesiest guitar tuning? [closed]

Is D A D F A D the bluesiest guitar tuning ? If not, what tuning is ?
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Why are all legato practices about 3 notes per string?

Is it normal if I practice legato on 5 positions major, minor scale? The thing I notice practicing legato with 5 positions scale is harder to keep tracking on metronome, since some string only has two ...
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What guitar chord is made up of the open notes A D G B?

Guitar chord is cited as a chord in Kenny Wayne Sheppard's Born With a Broken Heart.
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Guitar triplet legato: should i lift all fingers while moving to the next string?

I see many legato practices didn't mention about it. Each time i play 3 notes in one string, i tend to lift all 3 fingers and pick the next string first note (2 left fingers are on the air). I notice ...
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