- I'm having
trouble tuining my guitar. What is the best approach?
The best thing to
do is get a guitar tuner. they are inexpensive and can be picked up
at any music store. A guitar tuner automatically detects the pitch of
your strings, and when you are in tune, an indicator light comes on.
- My fingers
are sore from playing. What can I do?
Sore fingers can occur for several reasons. One is the calluses
on your hand have not been developed yet. Be patient and with time the
pain will go away. Another is your strings are too thick. If you are
a beginner, go to the music store and ask for "light gauge"
strings. Lighter strings have less tension making them easier to play.
If you are playing a guitar with steel strings, usually they are harder
to play than a "Classical Guitar" that uses nylon strings.
Consider switching to a Classical Guitar. The "action" or
height the strings are above the neck can severely affect the playability
of you guitar. Check to see if the strings aren't too high above the
fretboard. If they are, you may need to take it to a guitar tech (at
most music stores) to set the "action" for you. This can make
a radical difference in the playability of your guitar.
- What is
capo is a small device that goes on the neck of the guitar. Placing
a capo at different frets allows you to play in higher keys while playing
the same chords. Another advantage is that a guitar is easier to play
at the higher frets, so beginners that can't play the chords very well
can use a capo to make chording easier.
- Do I use
a pick or my fingers?
on the kind of music. Classical guitar is played with fingers as well
as "fingerpicking" style. Most contemporary music uses a pick.
An electric guitar is usually played with a pick, but an acoustic guitar
is played equally with either.
- I can't
make all the strings play when I do a chord, why?
is not unusual for a beginner. Make sure your fingernails are short.
Long nails can inhibit your playing ability. Make sure you're fingers
are as straight up and down as possible. Put your thumb behind the neck
to help improve the angle. Don't push your arm into your side and sit
up straight. Relax. Make sure your finger is placed between the frets
not on top of them. Play the chords as much as you can and you will
- Can I
get tab from the internet?
There are several places to get tab for your favorite songs from the
internet. Our favourite places are OLGA (Online Guitar Archive) and
My Songbook.com. http://www.olga.net
MySongbook.com requires a program called "Guitar Pro"
for reading and writing tabs. Go to http://www.guitar-pro.com
to download a trial copy.
- How do
I do my performance exam?
Upon completion of your written exam, you will be e-mailed a comprehensive
test requiring you to play key elements from the classroom that you've
completed. This will include chords and melody etc. You will record
you performance on a cassette tape, stating your name and the classroom
you are in. Please announce each question you are going to perform.
If you have the ability to record your exam on CD, this is also acceptable.
You will then mail your tape or CD to an address given to you.