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Old 08-25-2009, 03:42 PM
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Keep volume in mind. I have played with guitarists who thought they should be louder than the rest of the band combined as well as guitarists who were inaudible from the audience because their amp's volume was so low. Balance is key.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:45 PM
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If you don't have a tuner handy (and you don't have perfect pitch), you can pick up a telephone to get a pitch from a dial tone. In the USA, the dial tone consists of two pitches, which are roughly an F and an A (440Hz) a third above. Tune to the A, or sing a half step below the F to get your E.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:46 PM
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If you have a cheap acoustic guitar, a reputable shop may be able to replace its plastic saddle with one made of bone for a relatively low price. This will noticably improve tone quality.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:48 PM
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There are many commercial products designed to strengthen your fingernails if yours are getting beat up when playing. Just be sure to follow the directions carefully as some products can do damage over time if used improperly.
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Old 08-25-2009, 03:50 PM
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Love the guitar? Great. Who do you listen to? Probably those that play songs that you like. It's a good idea to listen to guitarists who play other kinds of music, even if you don't care for it, in order to learn other techniques by listening. Try some Flamingo guitar, Classical, Mariachi, Funk, Rockabilly, Eastern European. You'll likely find yourself using a new skill here or there.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:54 PM
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If you can find an old piano that is to be destroyed, you can take any remaining ivory from the keys (assuming it is old enough to have ivory on it) and use them to make a nice saddle for your guitar. You will likely have to glue multiple pieces together for thickness.
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Old 09-02-2009, 02:57 PM
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Try out the sound of a guitar with a "multi-scale" fretboard. It takes a cue from the piano and has strings of varying length. You may find that you like the way it plays better than a traditional guitar where all the strings are of the same length.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:01 PM
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New to fingerpicking? It's a great technique, much different than using a pick to strum or play individual notes with. To listen to a master, listen to Spanish classical guitarist Andrés Segovia - likely the most famous classical guitarist of all time.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:03 PM
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Now that you know the traditional fingerings for the basic chords, learn "bar chords". Learning to bar the chords you already know will make it easier to move from some chords to others and will also give you a different inversion or voicing of the chords you already know that will be more appropriate in certain musical situations.
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Old 09-02-2009, 03:07 PM
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When buying your first electric guitar, think about the style of music you expect to be playing in. Will you concentrate on classic rock, funk, alternative, jazz, punk, blues, or what? Or, do you want the guitar to be versatile enough to play in many different genres? Knowing your thoughts on this will make it easier for your local music store salesperson to help you find the perfect match.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:44 PM
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Explore different types of pickups on you electric guitar. There are single coil and double coil or "humbucker" pickups. Many modern electric guitars have both and give you the ability to switch between them while playing.
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:48 PM
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The amplifier you use is as important as your guitar as far as the tone quality of your sound. Make sure you put thought into your amp. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to suit your playing situation. B.B. King, the most famous blued guitarist of all time, is known for having used only a few cheap amplifiers over his playing career, but they gave him the exact sound he wanted.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:46 PM
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Notice some very thin vertical lines on the surface of the body of your guitar? No need to worry. It's referred to as "silking". They are simply natural lines in the wood.
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Try enhancing your sound by experimenting with adding "delay" to your playing. It is an electronic effect that is much shorter in duration and stronger in volume than reverb.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:50 PM
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There is a classical and modern way to hold a guitar. The classical method points the fretboard higher in the air.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:52 PM
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Regardless of how you hold the guitar while sitting, try to get one leg off of the ground by crossing your legs or putting a foot up on a box. This makes playing more comfortable and less fatiguing.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:56 PM
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Different strings, alternate tunings, age, temperature and humidity, and other things can alter a guitar's pitch and tuning. One way to mitigate this is to have your guitar's saddle compensated by a good repair person.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:37 PM
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You may hear of different fret sizes, such as "jumbo" and "medium-jumbo". These descriptions are not standard among the industry, so one manufacturer's "Vintage Jumbo" may differ from another's. Make sure you play it to see how the difference feels.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:40 PM
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Try to clean and lubricate your fretboard with some quality products every time you change strings to avoid buildup.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:41 PM
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Avoid traditional wood cleaners when cleaning the body of your guitar.
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