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It sounds like the tuning machine has malfunctioned. It may be possible to disassemble and repair it, but probably easier to replace it. You will need a wrench or socket of the correct size and a small screwdriver. Be sure to purchase a new tuning machine with the correct handedness. If this is the usual layout with 3 tuners on each side, then you want a "...


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Scant information means the question may well not get a helpful answer, but we need to know if the peg around which the string is wrapped is actually turning, and whether you do mean the low 6th E string, or are mixing it up with the high (thin) E. To try to answer - the string may be slipping on the shaft. It may have far too many turns on it already. It ...


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Try these in this order Put new strings on and stretch them thoroughly as you tune. Play the guitar for a couple hours and re-stretch/retune a few times. Notice if a string gets caught on the nut or bridge saddle as you tune. If so, have these fixed/replaced so there's less friction. There are also products to lubricate the nut if it's very minor. Notice if ...


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Using a curved capo on a flat fretboard or a flat capo on a curved fretboard may not damage the instrument, but it definitely will not work correctly as previous answers have detailed. For others who may read this post seeking the answer to the same question who are like me (visual learners), I have provided some pictures below to illustrate the problem ...


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It's going to depend on what sort of capo. There are several different designs on the market, some of which rely purely on a spring to work. On a classical guitar with a beefier neck, they may be too tight. This isn't going to be a problem for the neck, but the tuning will suffer. The bigger problem is the shape of the fingerboard. A capo meant for a ...


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I suppose you might scratch the back of the neck if using a clamp-on that is too small (i.e. meant for thin neck, used on thick neck). But that might happen anyway if you are not careful. As you say, the curvature of capos is different for different applications. So when using a capo meant for a curved fretboard (e.g. electric) on a flat fretboard (e.g. ...


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100$ is a bit low, but look for a used Zoom H2? (H2N currently goes at about 150€ now so might be possible. H2 is just as good and I've seen them on ebay for about 70$US.) Otherwise, smartphones make pretty decent portable recorders now. I use an app called Voice Recorder which is free for general stuff. It's quite OK. In this scenario once you have a ...


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Learn your chords. Like, really learn them. Your (finger)picking is feeling off to you cause you're probably not plucking the right notes of a given chord, and strumming feels fine because your ears aren't trained (the same principle applies, root notes are a thing for a reason).


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It takes precision to place the nut at the correct location, however, say a guitar neck maker were to produce in many or mass quantities necks for a certain kind of guitar. That maker would not have to be concerned with the exact placement of the nut. The maker would simply add a fret at that correct location (negligible cost) then install a nut behind it. ...


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Simple answer here. Get a loop station. Use it when you need to have the rhythm that you normally play, to keep that going while you play lead over the top. Use it for layering sounds. Use it for pre-recorded backing that you did earlier, and add live to it. As far as recording goes, I still use minidisc for recording the few rehearsals I go to. Recorder - ...


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Here's some ipython notebooks that stream an audio waveform from a soundcard into matplotlib for a real-time viz. It uses PyAudio and struct (to uncompress the byte stream into waveform integers) https://github.com/markjay4k/Audio-Spectrum-Analyzer-in-Python sound.stackexchange.com sounds more appropriate for me going forward, thanks for the rec!


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As for recording I would just use a smart phone. I also use a micro recorder (circa 2008). Not sure the quality is as good as other methods but "good enough" for self critique. I would address your technical performance question in a little more detail. If you are trying to solo without letting the bottom drop out I would recommend devoting some time ...


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Hi and welcome to the site! Thanks for asking this question! For your case, it seems like you've already identified the PA system will be the most flexible to your immediate and future needs. Even in your last use case, using the amp as accompaniment while playing piano, will be more easily accomplished using a PA system. This is for three reasons: Your ...


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