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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I’m surprised I’m the first one to bring up an important practice point that three of my teachers have recommended. Practice starting from different points in the piece. Not only at the beginning a of ...
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Do you barre a chord directly on the fret itself or in between the frets?

The link in comments provides a very good answer regarding fretting notes but when dealing with chords other issues start to emerge. Take an open A chord played with 3 fingers or an open Em with 2 ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I'm surprised no-one else has highlighted what I think is the most important part of the question: my role will be accompaniment As I'm sure you know, accompanying other people is very different ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

EDIT! I hadn't bothered to actually listen to the tune. The bass is Bb, it's a Bb dim7 chord, not C#dim, let alone "Db dim". :/ Do not believe what you find on the internet, it is mis-heard, ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

It's often said that amateurs practise till they get it right, pros practise till they can't get it wrong. And it's fairly accurate, and a great tenet to live by. Knowing your part 'inside out' will ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

You've also discovered how close 7♭9 chords are - and often are substituted, for diminished. The 7♭9 in your case is A7♭9 - where the root (A) on guitar has been changed to B♭. With that open version ...
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G Chord Question

That extra note is an F. Added to the usual triad of G B and D it produces what's called G7 - G dominant seventh. It's a chord that transitions between G and C quite often. If he's only actually ...
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Hammer on and pull off barring the same fret

In your head it can easily seem faster and easier to barre the 8th fret for this kind of thing, but if you actually tried it both ways and worked it up to speed both ways you’d find it’s actually ...
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How to physically strum up on a guitar without pick? Trying to do the song in the linked video

Based on the fact that you want to use your thumb for the downstroke but not the upstroke the most logical thing to do is use your index finger for the upstroke. Since you like the sound of the fleshy ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

Over-preparation is never a bad idea. As pianist Dick Hyman once told me, "If you want to play at 100%, you have to practice to 150%." Maybe you already realize this—but practicing at steady ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

No you can't always substitute a dominant 7 chord that is 4 semi-tones lower for a diminished chord. But - there are a lot of instances where you can. It all boils down to what purpose the chord plays ...
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Do you barre a chord directly on the fret itself or in between the frets?

Generally the closer you are to the fret the better. The problem here is (as John said) that anatomically it is hard to apply pressure in an exact straight line. Also the bottom of the finger behaves ...
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semi-hollow guitar conversion to left handed

Though you might get some play in the system & it may change slightly with different strings, but to quickly check beforehand, put a t-square against the strings & test whether you could ...
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Connecting a Looper to a Guitar Multieffects Pedal

if you are using the GT100 or GT1000 you have to activate the send and return in your effects chain and moving it to the final, just before your outputs (headphone, amps or speaker). Then yo connect ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I remember what it's like to get confused. Not with my main instrument -- I started with that such a long time ago that I don't have clear memories from the early years. But as a young adult I was ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

Typically the diminished chord also has a diminished seventh note. In this case you would have C#, E, G, B♭. The only place to fit the B♭ is the third fret of the third string, and the G can then be ...
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can i play my electric guitar on a midi sequencer?

You would still need the virtual instrument to make the actual sound. You guitar could be used as a Midi generator, by one of several methods. Basically, these are… A full-blown designed from scratch ...
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can i play my electric guitar on a midi sequencer?

There are various ways to do it. One popular standard is to use special separate pickups for each of the six strings, e.g. Roland GK-3 or RMC pickups, output signal via a 13-pin connector to a ...
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Hammer on and pull off barring the same fret

One big disadvantage of barring here would be that barring strongly affect the agility of the hand. So while it might seem faster at first this would be much harder to play at tempo consistently. But ...
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Ring finger picking fingerstyle problems

The most obvious explanation is that your ring finger is weaker than your index and middle fingers. You can strengthen your ring finger by using it more. Play scales by picking with your ring finger ...
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G Chord Question

He is only striking the E,A,D and G string is not very helpful if we do not know what notes he is playing on these strings. F in a G major chord would be a G dominant 7 chord, which conventionally ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

First, look at 'Phantom'. It's B♭dim7, root note B♭. Adding A to that chord isn't an option. So, if you wanted to talk about D♭dim being equivalent to A7, you picked a bad example! But, sure, let'...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

The two chords in question are the dominant seventh chord and the leading tone diminished seventh chord. Both chords can function as types of dominant harmony. Both chords contain the leading tone and ...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

We'll note two things first: It's easier to spell the D♭ dim chord in "The Phantom of the Opera" as a C♯ dim chord, especially since this song is in D minor. The underlying chord at "...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

First let me point out a few things about the note names. The notes of the Dm triad are D, F, A. So D♭m is D♭, F♭, A♭. So there really is no E, it's just that E is enharmonic to F♭. Then to make it ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

If you're 'sure you'll make mistakes during the performance' then congratulations, you're well over half way there to mucking it up. Going in to any gig convinced you're going to fall on your face ...
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semi-hollow guitar conversion to left handed

Leave it, and it'll be impossible to intonate, as the bridge is 'staggered'. Left-handed bridges aren't needed. Although the fixing holes themselves may well be staggered, causing you to make two more....
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