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Why do guitars have different position markers than almost all other fretted instruments?

If you figure there is a reason, I would expect it to be a harmonic reason. And of the various harmonic reasons you could be concerned with, I would expect things like tonal degrees, major triad tones,...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

I don't mean to be too harsh but you remind me myself when I had played guitar for a couple of years. I was practicing probably between 4-8 hours a day and obviously was making quite a progress. I ...
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Too much Staccato as a beginner guitarist, what to do? Can be naturally corrected in time?

When the notes played are on the same string, going higher, don't be in a hurry to play the higher note. The opposite way, again, leave it until the last moment to actually play the lower note, but in ...
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Lilypond: manually specify fret numbers in a TabStaff?

Lilypond’s fretting algorithm tries to place each note in descending order on the highest possible string. This produces small fret numbers. Lilypond does not take into account the context of each ...
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How to improve intuitive feeling for rhythm

ask you to play a backing for a singer ... Sorry, I have to practice this first. ... I'm already doing a lot of these classic rhythm exercises...point where I want to go. It's hard to tell whether ...
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Too much Staccato as a beginner guitarist, what to do? Can be naturally corrected in time?

Quickest tip after seeing the video: The first two notes are the same (F#). The third note is on a different string. There's no reason you have to lift your F# finger from the string as you go to play ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

The mention of riffs that ‘sound like garbage’ and playing that always sounds the same suggests a different approach to this question. I’m going to assume a blues/rock/folk context where alternate ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

So I think you're asking two different questions here: The first, is the question you put in the title - which is about mastering and deeply understanding the instrument. Most of the answers above, I ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

This speaks to a lack of understanding of music theory. Let me be clear. Musicians often confuse the learning of music theory with the need to learn to read sheet music. And for most self-taught ...
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I can play guitar proficiently but I don't "understand" it

I think your main issue is lack of musical vocabulary. You can make sounds and even "speak" in a way, but it feels meaningless. Music, and playing guitar, is a language and you learn it the ...
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How to improve intuitive feeling for rhythm

This is actually a very interesting topic with no straightforward answer. I think it is obvious that people differ a lot when it comes to perception of rhythm and what we vaguely describe as "...
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Which finger is correct for number 5 on guitar tab?

I was just about to get into a whole can of worms after reading the first couple of replies, but I see someone finally answered you correctly. In tablature, the numbers are not suggested fingerings, ...
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