Music

Holding the Guitar, and Understanding Written Music

Holding the Guitar, and Understanding Written Music

Introduction NOW THAT YOU’VE GOT THE RIGHT GUITAR, and know how to take care of it, there are just two more things to learn before getting to the fun part (playing it!). One is the correct way to hold the guitar and strum it, either with your fingertips or a …

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The Only Basic Guitar Instruction Book You’ll Ever Need

The Only Basic Guitar Instruction Book You'll Ever Need

Introduction A GUITAR can be many different things. It can be electric, or acoustic, or even electro-acoustic. It can be bluesy, classical, jazzy, folky baroque, or just plain heavy. It can be big enough to fill a football stadium (if, say, Eric Clapton is playing it) or small enough to …

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A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GUITAR

A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GUITAR

Introduction Instruments related to the guitar have been in existence since ancient times. The idea of stretching strings across a vibrating chamber of air, called a soundbox, dates back to prehistoric times, and is found in virtually every culture in the world. The idea of using frets to mark the …

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How to Hear a Mode (Practical Exercise)

How to Hear a Mode (Practical Exercise)

Introduction It is one thing to know what the modes are, to know what modality is in abstraction and to be able to name the modes, even to spell their intervals and relationship. It is one thing to know a scale, but it is quite another to understand it practically. …

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The Building Blocks of Music — Harmony, Melody and Rhythm

The Building Blocks of Music — Harmony, Melody and Rhythm

We say that music consists of three things: Harmony, Melody and Rhythm Harmony and melody both describe the relationship between pitches (although differently) without respect to their duration, whereas rhythm describes the relationship between sounds and their durations without respect to their pitches. Harmony is what happens when we combine …

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