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Why do many classical guitarists move the fingers for vibrato like a violin?

The length of the string is truly not changing, but there are other things that affect the frequency of the string vibrations. One is the density of the material (obviously this is not what vibrato ...
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Why are tuning pegs (aka machine heads) different on different types of guitars?

When what we think of as the classical guitar was normalized, it was just after luthiers switched from friction pegs like you would see on violins to the geared open-backed pegs, which were the ...
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Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?

I do see why you prefer the imiimi fingering, you are following a pattern where your fingers are used to three notes on each string, and that feels good. There are some rare but serious classical ...
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What "things" should I look for when buying a classical guitar?

Some parts of the shopping are the same as with all acoustic guitars. Look for wood quality (Considering your price range...) Solid top beats laminate. You'll notice the biggest improvement in sound ...
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8 under clef and timing questions

It's an octave clef. It's telling you all the notes written are actually down an octave. Since the guitar is already a transposing instrument where everything is transposed down an octave, it's ...
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Why do many classical guitarists move the fingers for vibrato like a violin?

The movements are similar, the effects are similar, but the causes are different. Vibrato on a violin string is due to the length of the string changing. The player's finger rolls up and down the ...
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What does the notation "2/3BII" mean?

It's a two thirds (top 4 strings) barre on the second fret. There are a few different ways of indicating a barre in guitar sheet music: ⁿ⁄ₘ B X Symbol Meaning Examples ⁿ⁄ₘ how much of a barre you do ...
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What are the trade offs between using a pick and fingerstyle for guitar?

I think that a well-rounded guitarist should use both. Regarding negative effects, my answer is no, provided that you continue to occasionally go back and practice the other style. For example, if ...
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Classical Guitar: How to play slur followed by a chord

This slur is only on the second string, with the "p" denoting a "pull off" from 1st fret of second string. So yes, you need to do a "pull off" on the second string, while ...
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Putting a steel string on a classical guitar? (classical guitar with truss rods)

Classical guitar truss rods are not designed for steel strings - I learnt this as a child when my classical (with a truss rod) ended up with a bent rod and cracked neck.
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Where or what is the guitar table

The top of an acoustic guitar (steel-string or classical) is also referred to as the table. This is the flat piece of wood making up the front of the guitar's body when in playing position (which is a ...
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What's the name for when you write multiple voices on same staff? And are there any cons?

In English, it's called closed score. Open score means one instrument or voice per staff, as with most SATB choral music. Open score is easier to analyze, but often harder to sight-read because the ...
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What does the roman numeral notation mean for this borrowed chord?

Ok. This is what it means. In your example, BVII6 As all of you have pointed out, B stands for "barre". It can be also a C, which stands for "cejilla" (the Spanish for "barre"). The roman number ...
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Electric guitar vs classical guitar

Pick the one that you will have most use for. To use the classical guitar as a stepping stone to electric guitar, which many do, is an overrated approach in my mind. (I did this myself, since that's ...
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What is B II, followed by a dashed line, and what does it mean?

The 'BII' is instructing you to bar your finger across the second fret like you would with a barre chord. The 'B' stands for bar and the 'II' represents the second fret. You can even see in the ...
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how much risk is acceptable with damaged classical guitar

It looks as though the cracking is in the lacquer only. If that's the case, then it will probably be o.k. However, if the wood itself is cracked, the sound may well be compromised, and will reflect in ...
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What advantages are there to learning on a guitar with no fret markings?

If you can learn to play without fret markers, you will have a tremendous advantage over those who have learned to rely on the fret markers. When I first began learning to play guitar I relied on ...
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Is there a typo in this exercise, or am I not counting correctly?

It's definitely a typo. You can tell by the lowest voice which always has a dotted quarter note per group of 16th notes. As currently written, it is in 12/8 . It could be in 6/8 if the bar line was ...
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Is there a typo in this exercise, or am I not counting correctly?

It's incorrect. Either it's in 12/8, or there's a barline missing, or they should be demi-semiquavers.
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How do I play this harmonic? (Guitar)

You fell victim to the horrible inconsistencies of harmonics notation. There are lots of ways of notating them, for example: Notating the actual sounding pitches (which is, in my humble opinion, the ...
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Learning Classical Style Acoustic Guitar

Congratulations on your acquisition (sounds like you got a great deal on a guitar). And congratulations on your decision to begin what hopefully will be a lifelong journey learning to play the guitar....
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Should my fret be buzzing on my recently bought guitar?

Ahhh the old "it's your faulty playing technique" response from the guitar tech who did the set up. I've heard that one before too - but did not fall for it. You should not have to alter otherwise ...
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Is it better to practice easier or harder pieces?

You should do both. The reason is that there are several things one has to learn at the same time when working to improve on an instrument. It's important to learn musicianship and new techniques, ...
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On guitar music, what does a number and a horizontal line underneath the notes mean?

It means that you should leave your first (and later third) fingers where they are throughout the underlined measures (or as long as the line reaches), because you will need them again on the same ...
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I'm struggling with changing my chords in time

A bit more detail following piiperi's good suggestion. First play a good clean chord. Try to have at least some fingers touching others. Then release pressure, but still keep fingers touching the ...
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Why are tuning pegs (aka machine heads) different on different types of guitars?

It's because the strings are different. If you look at the shafts that strings are wrapped around, on classical guitar they are plastic and have much larger diameter than on acoustic. Nylon strings ...
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Harmonizing in fingerstyle with a bass line

If I understand you correctly, you might have a score like this... ...and because there are only two voices notated and no guitar chord symbols in the score you aren't sure what chords to play to ad-...
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