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List of average genre tempo (BPM) levels?
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Let's start a list! Hip Hop is around 80-115 BPM Triphop / Downtempo around 90-110 BPM Concert marches are typically ~120 BPM. House varies between 118 and 135 BPM UK garage/2-step is usually ...

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Why does the C7 chord on guitar omit the G note (5th) in open position?
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Two reasons. You don't have enough fingers to play it. The fifth is the most expendable note in a 7th chord (1-3-5-7). Without the 7, it wouldn't be a 7th. Without the 3rd, it wouldn't be major or ...

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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?
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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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Is it ever too late to learn guitar?
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When you're dead. Seriously, though. Pick up that guitar. You're already better than the guy who didn't.

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Finding chords that sound like a single note
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Could it be Power Chords you're after? If you add just a fifth and an octave, it gives you a beefier incarnation of the root note. e ---------------------------- B ---------------------------- G -----...

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How often should I replace the strings on my guitar?
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There seems to be a general agreement among the answers here that strings go through several distinct phases: New. Bright, Crisp, Harsh. However you describe it, new strings have more top-end. Worn-...

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What is the device used to draw 5-line staff (empty) with a pencil/pen?
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It's called a rastrum. The rastrum came into use in preparing copper-plate engravings for music printing. It was simply a fork that one dragged across the plate to "score" the surface. Rastrum is ...

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What is the difference between swing and shuffle?
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[I'm addressing 'swing time' and 'shuffle time', not 'swing style' and only indirectly bearing upon 'shuffle style'. Ulf raises a very useful distinction between these, I think.] Swing covers a ...

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How to know what notes will go together while improvising?
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You can get a lot of traction in this direction by learning just the intervals (ie. just "relative" pitch). Train yourself to know the sound of a half-step (minor 2nd), a whole-step (major 2nd), ...

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LilyPond - how to write a basic makefile
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Invocation make will search the current directory for a file named Makefile or makefile, so it's often simplest to name it one of these two choices and then invoke with the simple command: $ make ...

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Should a guitar's neck be parallel to the body or at an incline/decline?
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It may look funny, but this is not an indication of a bad setup. Necks may be shimmed or set at a slight angle to achieve the proper action. Check if you have buzzing on any fret and if the action ...

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What are the various methods of tuning the guitar?
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tldr; shorter version of this answer Tune the open fourths directly to tempered fourths I came up with my "ultimate method" after reading that cheap Dover book on Piano Tuning. I believe it is the ...

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Why do these progressions sound good?
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Well, the I-IV thing is in a sense problem-complete of the question. It shows the relationship of the chords to the tonal center (the key). So we have to do some harmonic analysis just to do this ...

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What type of exercises should a guitar beginner do?
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I think you've got a good list already, but I'd quibble with the in order part. I'd recommend splitting up your practice time to work on each of these fronts every day. So for a 1-hour practice, you ...

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Whole finger callous - for barre chords?
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It sounds like you might be pressing your finger at the wrong angle. Try rolling the index finger towards the nut (so your pinky rises away from the fretboard). You should be able to find a flatter ...

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How to properly vocalise and sing
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I'm sure others will have more detail to give, but the answer seems pretty clear to me: breath support. Unfortunately, the way to develop stronger breath support is with all the non-musical exercises ...

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How to read stacked chords?
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That looks like a "wrapped" line, not stacked chords. The 'D Dsus2 D' part is probably just after the word 'increase' but the line was too long for one of the protocols the file has traversed, and so ...

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How to resolve a sus4 chord without returning to the triad?
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One thing that springs to my mind is to resolve the suspension by keeping the suspended note and moving the chord underneath it to achieve a consonance, which should serve as a resolution, of sorts. ...

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String sticking to the fretting finger - how to avoid?
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My guess is that the direction the finger is moving is not perpendicular to the fretboard. And so you are in effect plucking the string with the small bit of flesh caused by the indentation of the ...

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How to know whether a note is to be played with the left hand or the right hand?
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There are no pedal markings, so the low G should be held with the left hand. That makes this note possibly more convenient to strike with a sforzando with the right hand depending on the reach of your ...

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Can I learn an instrument just by practicing songs?
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I think motivation is absolutely essential. If you're not enjoying what you're doing, then why are you doing it?! But you can probably handle one scale, right? Once or twice through, as a warm-up? ...

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How to play repeating notes quickly in the left hand on the piano
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Well, it's like a slow tremolo so you definitely want to alternate fingers. Thumb - Middle - Thumb - Middle is a good general-purpose tremolo fingering. To do this easily, you should pull your thumb a ...

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When I play the C chord, why does the electronic tuner indicate that it is a G chord?
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The tuner only works for single notes, not chords. About the best you can do with a tuner to check your chords is to play the notes one-at-a-time. You can see if you're spelling the chord correctly. ...

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Glossary of Guitar Effects
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Envelope Filter This effect gives a guitar that ska/reggae/funk sound. It works by varying the cutoff frequency of a low-pass or bandpass filter (the same filter that's in a Wah-Wah effect, hence the ...

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What is Voice Leading?
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As Wheat says, voice leading mostly doesn't happen on guitars, but there are a few cases where it does: descending/ascending bass-lines using certain patterns, like Travis-picking, the bass-line may ...

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Why do these two songs seem impressive yet are easy to "sing"
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Addressing the Easy to Sing aspect: For Four Non-Blondes' What's Up?, I think the fact that the melody in the refrain is a simple arpeggio of a major chord is what maks it easy to sing. If you can ...

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What makes an interval "Perfect"?
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Perfect intervals are the ones that don't have two forms: major and minor. C Db D Eb E F F# G Ab A Bb B C root minor major minor major perfect ...

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What are the most common ways to "decorate" a melody?
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Ornamentation is the process of adding little "points of interest" to accentuate the drama of the melody. Passing Tones add a moment of slower "pace" to a melody. Instead of flying, jumping, or ...

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What defines the loudness of an acoustic guitar?
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M. Werner is close, I think, but not quite there. More important than the volume of air per se, is the pressure differential between the compressions and rarefaction of the air and the surface area ...

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How to give classes on improvisation
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I think an excellent piece to start with is Duke Ellington's C-Jam Blues. It's about the simplest 12-bar blues you're ever going to find. Start by discussing the overall form of the piece: play ...

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