Stuart Marsh
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Best method to learn to play barre chords?
36 votes

I think the only answer to this one is...keep doing it. The reason you're struggling is because your hand and fingers aren't strong enough yet to do it easily. It's like weight lifting, the more you ...

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Fingers and fretboard
15 votes

Your fingers don't have to be perfectly aligned to the frets/fingerboard when playing chords, or any thing else really. The important thing is that you can hear all the notes clearly when you strum, ...

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Guitar practice: more often but less time or once in a few days but for a few hours?
11 votes

I would say little and often rather than a marathon session. Playing 2 or 3 hours when you haven't played for a week would be really tough. You'll get sore hands and fingers and will be less likely ...

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How often should I replace the strings on my guitar?
10 votes

It's a bit subjective really, but when you put new strings on, you notice how bright they sound. Over time they become dull. I guess it just depends how long you can stand the dullness :)

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Why is dropped D tuning used so often?
6 votes

Because it gives a lower, grungier sound. It's the reason that 7 string guitars have become popular with metal bands, you can get that low down chugging :)

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Pick weight - functional difference, or just personal preference?
3 votes

Generally, for lead playing, people use 0.7 - 1mm picks. If the picks flex too much, it's harder to play faster picking runs. If you're an acoustic player who strums a lot, you might go with a light ...

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