What guitarist do you want to be ?     

       

If are new to guitar decide between Acoustic or Electric guitar. Think about the music you want to play. There is no truth in starting with an acoustic guitar first. They are nearly always physically harder to play. This is guitar myth no 1.

The steel strung acoustic      

This is best for strumming, accompanying singing  and finger picking styles such as folk and old style blues.

 

 The image above shows two types. The steel strung acoustic  is the type to get. The spanish or classical guitar is really for classical or flamenco music. The nylon strings and wider neck distinguish it form the steel strung. 

 

What type or size of acoustic guitar should I buy ?

People come in a variety of sizes so do guitars. I suggest finding the right size and shape of guitar for yourself. Scale length alters how far you need to reach out along the neck. Body shape for instance a jumbo acoustic guitar may be too large for you if you are ft 6''. For an acoustic guitar the distance from where the elbow reaches over the body to the sound hole is critical. If you struggle to reach over the guitar. Wrong size. Is it balanced? Guitar should not be neck heavy. General comfort. You are going to be happy spending  hours sitting with this instrument on your thigh. Visit a guitar shop for advice and try before you buy.

The image below gives standard sizing for guitars.

 

 

 The electric guitar

This is best for rock and blues, metal ,country, lead guitar rock'n'roll,jazz

Just like the acoustic guitar a comfortable fit is essential for the electric too. The profile and shape of the bottom of the body where the guitar rests of the thigh can be problematic again try before you buy.

 

 

 


For Coventry. Please reference me when you visit.

The two bricks and mortar dedicated instrument shops are

 

Noiseworks

 

guitarsandbasses.co.uk​

 

82 Far Gosford Street,Noiseworks
Coventry.
CV1 5DZ

Phone 02476222146

EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

and

Express music coventry

 

https://www.expressmusic.co.uk

 

198 Binley Rd,

Coventry

CV3 1HG

024 7663 5766

 

 


 

Do guitar strings change pitch with temperature?

The answer is yes.. The fact is metal will contract and expand depending on temperature. There are important points to consider. Strings are under tension. Other variables are any expansion of wood, other metal parts, and plastics which is hard to separate from string expansion.

An octave contains 1200 cents the human ear can detect about a 5 cent variation. So a 10 degree change in temperature may not be audible .

Here is the results from a scientific experiment



The data gathered from this experiment does support the hypothesis; as the temperature increased, the tuning fell flat. As the temperature was colder, the tuning became sharp. According to the data in the graph, “The Effect of Temperature

Do guitar strings change pitch with temperature?

The answer is yes.. The fact is metal will contract and expand depending on temperature. There are important points to consider. Strings are under tension. Other variables are any expansion of wood, other metal parts, and plastics which is hard to separate from string expansion.

An octave contains 1200 cents the human ear can detect about a 5 cent variation. So a 10 degree change in temperature may not be audible .

Here is the results from a scientific experiment
on the Tuning of an Acoustic Guitar,” the data suggested that, as temperature increases above 70°F, the tuning begins to fall flat. If the temperature is at 70°F or below, then the tuning becomes sharp. Therefore, the tuning will stay the most consistent if the temperature is kept at a temperature of 75°F. The averages also reflect the overall trend of the data. The range shows that the overall variation in the results of the data were minimal in musical terms; the largest range, 19 cents, is 0.01583 of an octave, or 0.19 of a semi-tone. The smallest standard deviation was 3.84; the largest was 5.70. This shows that the margin of difference is small. The error bar lengths all range from 1.11 to 1.65, indicating a small margin of error. The line of best fit shows that, for every 10 degrees the temperature increases, with the value “1” being used as 60° in the equation, 0 being used as 50°, 2 being used as 70°, and so forth, the tuning falls flat 6.624 cents. It also shows that, when the temperature is 50°F, the tuning will be sharp 14.08 cents. The line of best fit therefore conveys an inverse relationship; as the temperature increases, the tuning falls flat. The results of this research apply to any guitar player, whether they are on a professional level or just play as a hobby. It will help any guitar 

 


It all a load of pentatonics

It all a load of pentatonics. The ubiquitous pentatonic scale endorsed by pub rock bands and noodlers

goes a long way for that trad rock sound and is the number one scale. The truth is playing the


pentatonic scale as a five note scale isn't what the great guitarists do. BB King Jimi Hendrix Eric Clapton all use supplementary notes and use micro tonal and step bends to play more interesting sounds and don't forget that awareness of chord structure around which their great phrasing rest. So if anyone says It all a load of pentatonics beware. 

 

 

 

 


Useful sites

 

Here is my soundcloud so you can listen to my creative output. All instruments voices lyrics prodction arrangment by phil schneider all songs free to use noncommercially but I must ber credited.

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What is a good beginners song ?

 

I have listed some guide points for choosing a good beginners song.


The best songs for acoustic guitar are those that are simply acoustic guitar with vocal. Unplugged or acoustic versions can be a good starting point for material.This removes the clutter created by other instruments in the arrangement and makes it easy to focus only on the guitar.


For a full version of a song, that is all the instruments drums bass etc. It is not possible to recreate this on one guitar. There are two choices.

Playing the exact guitar part. Exactly as it is played note for note on the recording. This can be a disappointment if the guitar part is small or complimentary.

An arrangement of the song for guitar. Sounds like the song but maybe in a different key and not sound like the recording.

Two different things.

Number of chords less is easier. Beatles average 8 1/2 per song. Realistically 3 or 4 chords is best for starters. If the chords repeat in the same order this is even better.

Strumming is easier than picking.

Singing makes all the differrence.It does nedd to great or even in tune. (listen to anything by Bob Dylan) It makes the song sound complete and helps you to understand song structure.

Straight forward rhythm. Faith George Michael simple chord complicated guitar rhythm bad choice. Jam thats entertainment much easier.
Electric guitar Riffs are good as the song is identifiable instantly but one guitar doth not make Led Zeppelin.