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Additionally: An old luthier told me that the thinner-cored strings 'bend' as they vibrate nearly at the point of contact with the saddle, whereas thicker cored strings start their bend a little further away from the saddle, hence the need for a little more length.


Everything Tim said in his excellent answer is exactly right. But I would like to expand on what he said for those who may encounter this question in the future and want a more detailed explanation. Almost all guitars provide some type of "compensation" at the saddle (part of the bridge) as a means of adjusting the intonation so the strings stay ...


If the saddles are staggered, it's due to intonation. One may think that each of the six strings ought to be exactly the same length, but from a physics point of view that isn't so. Due to each string being a different density, and gauge, each one needs its own speaking length, which when adjusted accurately will make each fretted note sound better in tune. ...


There is a wide spectrum of rasgueados in flamenco. Perhaps the most basic aspects to consider are 1) wether the finger pattern matches the rhythmic pattern of the music, 2) the difference in sound between various strokes, 3) the final placement of your fingers at the end of the rasgueado and 4) personal idiosyncracies. Note: please note that in all the ...


Yes, my Alvarez Yairi does not have a truss rod, and I've used Savarez 520J high tension strings for decades without a problem. My teacher, Irvin Kauffman, recommended these strings and played for the Pittsburgh Symphony.


Yes, most properly-built classical guitars should handle standard high-tension strings without problem.


Specifically for playing triplets, where the music is counted in 3s. Don't know why the middle finger isn't used instead of the ring, though. Might have something to do with the length of fingers - some players (not me!) have similar length i and a, but m is much longer.


So finally I've found the answer. The piece in question is Chaconne in G major by Anonymous from Schwerin. It's from the book Guitar Music from 16th - 18th Centuries, vol. 2 edited and transcribed by Adalbert Quadt. In the book he gives instructions on how to play ornaments: Ornamentation constitutes an important element in music of the seventeenth and ...


One factor is proper maintenance of the right hand. The nails become an issue for sure if they are allowed to grow too long. Despite the use of nails on classical guitar they are not usually grown very long. Most books show the nails flush with the ends of the finger or just 1mm beyond. The string is actually plucked from the finger pad and nail together ...

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