James Whiteley
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I want to play guitar but I can't bend the tip of my index finger
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You shouldn't expect to be able to shred without the basics (chords, scales, simple warm-up exercises, etc.), even if you could bend your finger. That being said, while it will be a hindrance and you ...

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Why do some musicians make such weird faces when they play?
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Some people put these faces on for show. Some people (myself included) unconsciously make odd facial twitches when playing anything challenging or unfamiliar, or just naturally as we play. Personally ...

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Would lower tension strings give better sustain on high notes on classical guitar?
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First, let's establish some causes of premature string decay: Picking hand: If you are playing with your fingers, the finger plucking the fast-decaying note might not have as much strength as your ...

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Do I have a guitar with high action?
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That's far too high, even for an acoustic guitar (which would typically have a higher action than an electric guitar). You can look up recommended guitar actions for acoustic guitars online, but off ...

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How to clean a smelly flute?
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There are plenty of tutorials for cleaning instruments online, for example: Taylor Music's "Piccolo / Flute Cleaning Instructions" UNLV School of Music's "Instrument Hygiene" Jennifer Cluff's "How to ...

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How do I use vocal fry (growl) without harming my vocal chords?
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My guess would be that you're trying to produce the fry from too high in your throat. Straining and constricting your throat in order to produce fry can be very harmful to your voice in the long term. ...

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How do I choose which direction to modulate?
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There's quite a good article on Harmonic Brightness & Darkness by Anton Schwartz, which is worth a read if you're interested in the Circle of Fifths. The answer to your question is really "it ...

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What is the best way to go about re-learning an instrument?
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I'm personally a big fan of music grades. I'd suggest finding a grade to start at (maybe grade 3-4 for you since that's when it starts to be more than just bare-bones basics) and working your way ...

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Counting long rests in music
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Follow along with the music and maybe notate the score when a recognisable section comes up near to this part coming in, so you know when to count from. A conductor should be making you aware of your ...

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Sweep Picking WIth Metronome
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Sweep picking is an interesting one to practice. Everyone has a sweet spot with sweep picking when they are starting, where the metronome is slow enough that they can hit each note properly but fast ...

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Can I put different note lengths on guitar pro (in one bar )
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You should look into using multiple voices (find a similar article for your GP version) - but make sure it's still playable. If it isn't playable, you should look into using multiple instruments. To ...

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How can I make a clean overdrive effect?
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You would be surprised how little gain you need to achieve a distorted/overdriven tone. Even having the gain knob around 3/4 will probably do, if you have your other settings complimenting the gain (...

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In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is...?
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I would consider "What is the best way to do X" to be a very opinion-based question, however I think there are objective benefits to learning some ways over others. In my eyes, it is inarguably ...

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How do I change which pickup a specific Guitar Pro 7.5 track uses?
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The following numbers correspond to different segments in the below screenshot: Open the track editor (in the right-hand sidebar, shortcut: F6) Expand the sound details ("Show/hide sound details&...

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How do I make a Rallentando/Ritardando in Guitar Pro 7.5?
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Tempo Automation can be found in the lefthand sidebar or through Edit -> Automations -> "Insert Tempo Automation..." In the lefthand sidebar the icon looks like this: To gradually ...

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What mode does this guitar solo use?
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I've roughly written out the guitar solo below. It's not 100% accurate but it's near enough there (I stopped a little into the C major section because it doesn't modulate anymore in the solo after ...

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Why does this chord progression work? I feel like I've heard it before but can't find the pattern
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If you analyse the chords as if the song were C major (the relative major), it would read as: |Am / / / |C / / / |G / / / |Am / G / | |vi / / / |I / / / |V / / / |vi / V / | (as opposed to being in ...

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What a bandleader should do? [ROCK BAND]
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Rock bands don't typically have leaders in the way that classic orchestras/ensembles do. Rock bands can have a manager/managers, who organise the administration side of things and triage tasks away ...

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Do faster tremolos with a pick require developing muscles in the wrist and how long does it take?
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In addition to Todd's answer, it's worth noting that some people prefer playing tremolo from the forearm rather than the wrist (which you might want a stiffer wrist for - though not a tense one). This ...

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What does a P above the tab mean in guitar tablature?
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In Guitar Pro (a common tablature reading/writing software), you can achieve this P symbol by selecting the note/chord and selecting the pop option in the editor: If I were to hazard a guess, I would ...

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Are baritones a third below the tenors?
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Yes, typically baritone vocal ranges are around a minor third lower than tenor ranges (~A2-A4 vs ~C3–C5). Wikipedia has some handy images depicting where each range usually sits: Tenor range: ...

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Make This Strumming Pattern
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In Guitar Pro, if you want to use proper finger notation you'll have to assign each note to a finger. This is because finger labelling is typically reserved for fingerstyle guitar, not strumming. For ...

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Can we support our high and low notes while singing with throat
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Singing from the diaphragm is hard to explain, but it kind of refers to using pressure from your stomach area to push air out of you, as opposed to tensing up your ribs/chest/throat. You should avoid ...

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What does chord-suffix mean?
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"A/C" means "A major with C as the bass note". I guess you could technically have "A/A" but it would be a little redundant because it would just mean "A major with A as the root note" (aka just "A ...

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How to play a crochet (quarter note) rest in a minuet by Bach
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This answer is coming from my experience as a former chorister but I think it would still apply here... Think about a tenor and bass singer in a four-piece SATB choir. If the lower singers shared a ...

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How do you play this Chinese tab?
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These are from proper musical notation and aren't specific to Chinese tab. Looking at the musical notes themselves always helps me work out what I'm meant to be doing with my playing - even if my ...

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How to work out the key of a song which has a few of the same chords of more than one key
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Using your example, if the chords are common to both C major and G major, you need to next look at the scale which the melody (or melodies) use. Is the F in the melody an F natural (suggesting it is ...

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Plug electric guitar into PC for practising
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The way I practice going directly into my computer is with a guitar-jack-to-USB I got when I bought the game Rocksmith (like this one here). You can get these cables online relatively cheaply and ...

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Signs Vibrato Isn't Coming From The Right Place?
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If you can't do proper vibrato at higher pitches it's probably down to improper breath control. Make sure you can very comfortably hit the higher notes without straining before attempting anything ...

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Guitar Pro voicings limitation. Need Guitar Pro expert!
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Guitar Pro has a Let ring feature, which will essentially act as if you have held the note and is common in guitar tab. The limitations of this are the same as the limitations of writing a longer note ...

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