Jon Kiparsky
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Is Mikrokosmos technical enough?
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Probably no one source is "enough" for playing jazz. Microkosmos, IMO, will do you no harm, but there's plenty more out there that might be more apropos. For example, I have found a lot to learn in ...

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What is the strict definition of any chord in the world?
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Try this for size: Pyscho-acoustically speaking, a chord is a tone perceived by the listener as more than one pitch played simultaneously. In this sense, a guitarist could produce a chord by strumming ...

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My guitar strings go loose when I tighten them?
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This video looks like a good guide. Please try installing the strings according to the instructions here and update the question if you still have trouble. If this does not work for you, it's ...

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Tuning G3 string to A3 guitar
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Also I wonder if the second time it broke because it was new, and I tuned it higher than its supposed to go on the same day. In my experience, new strings are not more prone to breaking than more ...

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Can I learn an instrument just by practicing songs?
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Playing the instrument is a great way to learn the instrument - to a certain extent. By playing rote patterns (which is what I think you mean by "playing songs") you will develop proficiency in ...

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Why do minor keys sound “sad”?
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Oftentimes major keys are called "happy" and minor keys are "sad". Why is this? It's a conventional interpretation in Western classical music, or rather a simplistic interpretation of some ...

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What should a guitarist learn first: Rhythm or Lead?
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In my experience as a teacher, a student who is not interested in understanding the structure of a song is never going to play anything interesting as a "lead guitarist", and in my experience as a ...

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Have orchestras included any modern instrument lately?
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Orchestras can and will vary their instrumentation as needed to play the music they choose to play or are asked by their management to play. If you want a relatively common example, you can regularly ...

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Which string is which!
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My trainer says to keep the guitar up against my stomach which doesn’t allow me to see which string is being plucked. You should not be relying on your eyes to play - you want to develop the muscle ...

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