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My Guitar came with both metal and nylon strings, what replacement strings should I buy?

They are all nylon strings, but the bass strings have a thin layer of wound metal over a nylon core. All nylon string sets are like that, it's perfectly normal. Buy any standard classical guitar ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop calluses?

Learning the guitar as a beginner has many inherent challenges from the very start. For one, you are asking the new guitar student to teach their brain how to tell their fingers to contort in very ...
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Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?

The best-written summary I could find of this was on Wikipedia. Technical preliminaries (you can skip this if you don't care) All chordophones (musical instruments based on vibrating strings) can be ...
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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?

It won't work, unless you're using a piezo system which induces current from physical vibrations. An electric guitar works because the magnetic field around the vibrating strings induces current in ...
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Violin - Can double stops be played when the strings are not next to each other?

As Jomiddnz points out, there's pizzicato. You could also bow one string and pluck another at the same time. But if you want both notes played with the bow, and don't want the bow to catch the ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop calluses?

To add to these great answers, I only have one suggestion - climbers chalk Moisture in the hands leads to blisters. Chalk alleviates moisture build up in the hands and helps to build callouses. Some ...
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My Guitar came with both metal and nylon strings, what replacement strings should I buy?

I would like to point out that you NEED to have nylon strings on a classical acoustic guitar. Attempting to put regular metal strings on it will damage or destroy it due to the much larger tension by ...
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I broke my G string and my other 3 strings are out of tune too

You have eleven days until the concert. Even if you don't have a local music store, that's plenty of time to order a string online. In case you can't get hold of a replacement: The strings are all ...
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Changing the strings: one by one, or by taking all strings off at one time?

While I've read several different sources recommending not removing all the strings at once, I've never read a good reason why not, and I've always restrung by removing all the strings first. The main ...
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Does the horse hair in a bow all go in the same direction?

As a bowmaker, I'd like to expand upon Carl's answer. The question of the scales seems to be answered by microphotographs of bow hair, which show all the scales to be gone once the hair is played in, ...
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I broke the high E string of my semi acoustic guitar. What do I do now?

Installing a string is pretty easy and quick; I can't believe that any store would charge extra to put it on for you. (If so, can you find a different store?) But if you have any uncertainty about how ...
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Why do people in tutorials destroy/cut their old strings when restringing?

The reason people in tutorials often cut the guitar strings is because they are often professionals whose goal is to change a set of strings as fast as possible. They aren't concerned with re-using ...
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What's the difference between two notes played on strings of different thickness?

Technically speaking two notes with the same pitch have the same frequency as the fundamental. However this does not explain why two notes of the same frequency also called unisons, sound different ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop calluses?

Practice, practice, practice. Callouses do not form otherwise. Play until you can't bear it any more. Do this every day. Just get it over with. It will pay off in the end, I promise. In the ...
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Question about the abbreviation for 2 instruments in an orchestra score

Br. is short for Bratsche, which is german for Viola. K-B. is short for Kontrabass, which is german for Contrabass a.k.a. Double bass. The two Viol. parts are both Violins. An orchestra has two ...
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Changing the strings: one by one, or by taking all strings off at one time?

I think the main reason why people dissuade from taking off all strings is historical: on violin-family instruments as well as many archtop guitars, the bridge is not fixed on the instrument at all. ...
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G string out of tune but only when played open

Check the intonation. The bridge/saddles may need moving, so that the 12th fret harmonic is exactly the same note as the fretted 12th. As an extra check, capo on 1st fret, and hear the 13th fret ...
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Does the horse hair in a bow all go in the same direction?

Not too hard to find some strong opinions from skilled luthiers. Here's what DavidFinck wrote in a blogpost. That’s a great question. Every hank I have received is knotted at the root end. The ...
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Why won't the top three strings change pitch

The instrument in question is an Ibanez with a Floyd Rose tremolo system, which allows you to provide vibrato without changing tuning. They have a locking nut, with three hex bolts holding the string ...
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guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months of play

Not knowing what the action is like on your guitar, it's difficult. You need to make the action - the distance between the strings and the fretboard - as low as possible, so the strings don't need ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop calluses?

For me, what @Rob said is crucial: stop before it hurts If you overdo the practice before you can take it, the next day you'll be unable to play. And if you don't keep practicing regularly, you're ...
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Should I change my guitar strings?

How often you should change guitar strings depends on how often you play, the chemistry of the oils in your fingers, and your personal preferences for budget, comfort, and tone. I like to put new ...
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Why do lower pitched string instruments have a larger body?

The lower the sound the instrument is producing, the larger the vibrating plate needs to be to produce that sound. The vibrations from the strings are being transferred to to the face of the ...
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Do pegs for stringed instruments require holes?

Yes, holes need to be added for the strings. Pegs for violin family instruments are usually sold as "blanks" that are ready for shaping and setting. Because of the wear and use of the pegs, the peg ...
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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?

Metal, but not just any metal. Both steel-string and classical acoustic guitars generally use metal, such as bronze or silver-played copper, for the windings to add mass and lower the frequency, but ...
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Is it normal for new bought ukeleles to be out of tune every few minutes?

It's often the nature of the beast for stringed instruments. The strings need to settle in, sometimes there are too many turns of string around the tuning peg, which makes bedding in take an age. ...
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What is the proper way to notate the end of a section played "sul ponticello"?

You can use ordinario or normale: ordinario or normale: to bow in the ordinary or normal fashion, canceling a previous instruction to play s.p. or s.t. abbreviations: ord. ; norm.; N. - source
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop calluses?

What worked for me a long time ago, was to keep a small cup of denatured alcohol near my practice area. Before and after playing, dip the fretting hand fingers for a minute, then blow them dry. ...
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