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I answer a variety of guitar related questions. I have multiple music degrees and years of experience in the field.

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To appreciate something you must first understand it. If a style of music has not yet lost grasp of your interest or preference, try getting a deeper understanding of its meaning and purpose. This may find you with the freedom to appreciate and enjoy more styles of music than you thought was possible.

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2016-10-14 Strings for low tunings:

If changing string gauges, be sure to adjust the truss rod so the neck won't warp.    Your best bet would be to take it into a music shop that has an instrument repair technician, they are also skilled

2016-08-11 playing fast:

There are many ways to go about it. A common one is to simply relax and play what feels right, which could mean leaving some out, and if it's fast enough it could even mean flipping the timing upside down

2015-01-16 Guitar Improvisation:

It helps to look at it for what it is, then determine how you want to go about performing it. Improvising is essentially a process of composing music on the spot. You can just go for it or you can analyze

2014-11-10 Floyd rose bridges:

Short answer:    Most likely, yes.    Long answer:    You should never remove all of the strings at once, regardless of bridge type, especially on a Floyd Rose system.    Necks are designed to allow for

2013-05-21 Spanish guitar styles:

"A guitar recital may include a variety of works, e.g. works written originally for the lute or vihuela by composers such as..." "Luis de NarvŠez (b. Spain c. 1500)..." "or even Spanish-flavored music


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