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Related Guitar Topics

Other topics that we have not covered yet in this manual or associated software include:

1) Buying a good guitar. This is especially important since buying a bad first guitar that is difficult to play can cause you to quit.

2) Tuning the guitar. You can use Virtualoso Guitar to tune your guitar by playing the open strings in Explore Music mode and tuning your own guitar to these reference notes. In this way, you rely on your ears. This is analogous to using a pitch pipe. Once you tune your guitar to Virtualoso's reference open strings, check your tuning with an electronic tuner if you have one. If you have a tuner, use it every time before you play.

While we are speaking about tuning the guitar, it is necessary to point out that the main tuning (E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4) is not the only way that guitars are tuned. It is the standard tuning though. There are many different ways that the guitar is tuned, mainly for slide guitar and slack key Hawaiian guitar. It is much more difficult to melodically improvise in these tunings since the intervals between the strings have many types of intervals in them.

3) Technique - how you actually play a given note, with a pick, with your nails, with a slide, etc. There are so many different styles of guitar, that you need to decide which type you would like to play and work on that type of technique. Guitar theory remains the same and is applicable to all styles.

Modern day software can only show you technique, it is currently not capable of visually watching your hands and correcting you. Even though it can be described with words, there is no guarantee that you are really performing the technique correctly. The fastest way to learn these items is with the help of a human teacher, so you can get immediate feedback. Once you have developed bad habits, it takes a long time to break yourself of them.

4) Other lessons you should work on with a good teacher:

5) Styles of guitar playing - i.e., particulars of how each of the styles differ. We deal with the theory behind the guitar, not specifics of any of the following styles. After listening to some of the different types of guitars it is easy to see why we think that the guitar is by far the most versatile instrument in existence. Below are our gut feelings which sum up each style of play, this is not a scientific treatise, but a knee jerk output of key words that come to mind when thinking of each style:

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