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Classical Guitar FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about general information about the classical guitar.

This FAQ about general information about the classical guitar was compiled and written by Joshua Weage (jpweage@mtu.edu) with numerous contributions by others.

Edited by Joshua Weage (jpweage@mtu.edu). Major contributions and many thanks go to Chris Goodwin who was the prior maintainer of this FAQ. Stuart LeBlanc who has contributed much to the playing technique section of the FAQ. Len Frazier who has in fact written about half of this FAQ. Brian Egras compiled the list of music, composers and personalities in the classical guitar world. Other peoples contributions have come directly from the news group letters.

-1.1 What distinguishes a classical guitar and a classical guitarist?
A classical guitar has some specific features in its anatomy....
-1.2 I want to start playing the guitar and to buy one. Which guitar should I buy? (A quick guide to buying a guitar)?
If you are a complete beginner then I don't suggest you go out ...
-1.3 How do I start to learn (teacher or book)? (Classical Guitar)
Undoubtedly it is better to have a teacher. A good ...
-1.4 Where can I find a teacher? (Classical Guitar)
Look in your local papers, and also ask at your local ...
-1.5 What are the "good" books? (Classical Guitar)
If you take classes from a teacher, you'll want to follow his/...
-1.6 Should I learn tab or 'proper' music notation? (Classical Guitar)
Proper music notation as we know it today is the result of several ...
-1.7 What a good sample of classical guitar CD's that someone who doesn't know much about them could listen to?
Some good selections are (in no particular order):...
-1.8 Where can I find music, strings, and other accessories for classical guitar?
To varying degrees, all music shops will be able to help a ...
-1.10 How do I tune my guitar?
6th (fattest string) = E, 5th=A, 4th=D, 3rd=G, 2nd=B, 1st=E....
-1.11 Where can I find classical guitar music (TAB and notation) on the net?
FTP Sites: For all of these ftp sites use the user name 'anonymous' and ...
-2.1 What are the best strings for me? (Classical Guitar)
There are at least a dozen primary string companies producing product ...
-2.2 How do I take care of my nails? (Classical Guitar)
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-2.3 How can I prevent my nails from breaking? (Classical Guitar)
One policy that may help is to rub skincream or nail ...
-2.4 Can I repair a partially broken nail? (Classical Guitar)
Yes, but it isn't altogether a good idea or stunningly easy. ...
-2.5 How can I quickly memorize a piece? (Classical Guitar)
There are many approaches to take, and it's probably a good idea to ...
-2.6 How much should I practice (Also: My fingers hurt!)? (Classical Guitar)
Practice as much as you can, but make sure that when you practice ...
-2.7 How do I avoid RSI, carpel tunnel syndrome, etc? (Classical Guitar)
This is a letter that was put to the group once. NOTE: We ...
-2.8 You know that piece in the the advert for ... , what is it? (Classical Guitar)
Lexus ad - Asturias (aka Leyenda), from the Suite Espanola by Isaac Albeniz,...
-2.9 I'm taking my guitar on an aeroplane, to the antartic, then to the Saraha desert, and then to the moon. How do I protect it?
-2.10 Who are the composers and performers for the classical guitar?
Here is a list of classical guitar performers and ...
-2.11 What is the difference between flamenco guitar and classical guitar? (See the Flamenco FAQ)
Flamenco has various techniques that are not used either at all, or ...
-2.12 Can anyone recommend some flamenco music to listen to? (See the Flamenco FAQ 1.5)
Here is a list of flamenco music available. It came initially from ...
-2.13 How can I learn to sight read? (by John Rice, jrice@fa.intel.com) (Classical Guitar)
I got these techniques from Randy Tucker, my current teacher. I studied ...









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