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Old 09-15-2009, 06:44 PM
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There are many types of pickups to explore if you want to have a built-in way to get the sound of your acoustic guitar to an amplifier and thus avoid having to stand at a traditional microphone on a stand. These include contact, magnetic, piezo, and built-in microphone pickups.
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Old 09-15-2009, 06:47 PM
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Did you know that only the top two pairs of strings on a 12-string guitar are tuned in unison (tuned to the same note)? The bottom 4 pairs are in octaves.
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Old 09-17-2009, 05:04 PM
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Guitarists are well-known gear heads, constantly trading up, trading down, selling and buying. While it will definitely improve your skill to be able to play multiple guitars in multiple configurations, there is a point of diminishing returns. Also, consider Hendrix, B.B. King, and the Beatles, all who stuck with one or two guitars throughout their playing career. Most great classical musicians will also find a particular instrument they love and stick with it.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:26 PM
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Left-handed? Wondering which way to hold your guitar? As left-hand guitars are available, start by picking up a guitar and see what feels more natural to you.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:29 PM
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If you're having trouble switching chords quickly enough, implement a simple practice plan. Use a metronome to keep time if you have one available. If not, there is plenty of free metronome software for your computer available online. Start out playing through the chords at a slow, steady tempo. When you can do it well at the slow speed, go a little bit faster until you can do it right at the increased speed, and so on.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:40 PM
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Tune, tune, tune. No matter whether you play jazz, classical, ska, or punk. Tune before a gig. Tune before you practice. Tune when you wake up in the morning. Tune when you sneeze. Just kidding, but you get the point. If you can keep in tune, you rise above at least 50% of all guitarists. The next step is to get the rest of the band to tune.
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Old 09-17-2009, 06:41 PM
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Every now and then, take your guitar into a shop to have the intonation checked, or do it yourself. Just because your strings are in tune doesn't mean that a note you play high up on the fretboard is in tune. This is a result of your guitar's neck bending slightly over time in response to the pull of the strings.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:23 PM
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Learn to use accents in your playing to add interest, especially when strumming. This means striking some beats harder than others.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:27 PM
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Many great guitarists look absolutely boring when they play, or even look bored themselves. This detracts from the hard work you've put into your craft. Watch other exciting guitarists who play in your genre. Then, video yourself and see how you can do better. It may seem awkward at first, but it will become second nature over time to do a bit of moving around.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:30 PM
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Some guitarists put soap or a lubricant in the nut slots at the top of their fretboard to help the guitar stay in tune.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:33 PM
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From time to time, you will need to get your guitar's frets "dressed", especially on an electric guitar. A repairman will file them down and reshape them. Over time, frets get a dent where you press the strings to them.
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:35 PM
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After you play, wipe down your fingerboard and strings.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:07 PM
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If you need to practice a bit more quietly on an acoustic guitar, but you want to be able to play in a somewhat normal manner, try a "soundhole cover".
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:55 PM
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To see whether a guitar is solid wood or if it is laminated, look inside the sound hole. Then, look at the same spot on the back of the guitar. If the grain matches, it is solid.
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:56 PM
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It's always a good idea to keep a spare set of new strings in your case. It's also a good idea to keep an old, used set of strings as a 2nd backup!
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Old 09-22-2009, 08:59 PM
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"Revoicing" a guitar means making permanent adjustments to the instrument in an effort to improve the sound. One example would be a guitar repairman or craftsman hollowing out extra parts of the inside of an existing guitar.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:01 PM
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You'll find some tabs for songs online that suggest lowering the tuning of your guitar by a quarter step to a full step. While this can be legitimate in rare cases, it is usually the result of the recording technique altering the pitch that was played.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:12 PM
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Getting ready to record your guitar at home? Wondering about latency? For best results, it should be 10 milliseconds or less. However, if you are recording live to a single track with no overdubs, latency won't be an issue. Just turn off any monitor.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:15 PM
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Fingers hurt after playing? Try one of two thing - 1) soak them in a bowl of icewater or run them under a cold faucet, just not to the point of pain. And only do this when you won't be playing for a while. Or, 2) use aloe on your fingertips. Either of these will prevent blisters.
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Old 09-23-2009, 07:17 PM
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A "cutaway" model of acoustic guitar is particularly good for reaching the higher frets. Drawbacks include the higher price and possibly a sound that isn't quite as good as a regular acoustic.
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