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2 Qs: Notation, Roman numerals, Circled numbers, # next to note

by PJ Kinann
(CA, U.S.A.)

I've played classical piano for years; played beginning classical on guitar when I was a child; have begun to take up the classical guitar again. I'm using intermediate books, but there are inconsistent notations in each book, so I am confused.

1. Supposedly, the roman numerals show which "position" to use. The circled numbers are the "strings," but there are numbers next to the notes that are supposedly the fingers you use; however, it's confusing because sometimes the number next to the note is the same as the fret, other times not. I can't figure out if there are errors in the book or if the numbers are the fret or the finger.

You would think they would designate the fret -- that would be most useful in learning the upper notes.

When it says #2 next to the note, for example, the second finger would be the appropriate one to use; however, the actual note may be the 4th fret up from the specific position (I, III, V, etc.). It becomes confusing. If they are telling you the finger to use, that is kind of a given - it's the next finger in line. If it is the fret, then my books have errors.

2. I've been googling the best way to learn, or a specific book that teaches how to remember the notes in the neck positions, for example, position III, V, VII, etc? The higher notes. The first position, 1-5 frets are pretty easy to remember as most of the beginner and intermediate pieces are played there. But to advance, I need to figure out a method to remembering the notes higher up on the neck.

Thank you for any suggestions.
PJ

Hey PJ!

I agree, it can be confusing at times but you have, however, seemed to get it right in your explanation. I don't think there are errors in the book. You just get used to it over time and know which to fingers, frets to use etc. A modicum of common sense is always handy when playing a fretted instrument! :)

In terms of learning the notes higher up the guitar neck, it is a matter of hard work, effort, time, and patience. There are a few methods that will help like this one:

Notes Method on Wiki

Or even the cards I've provided here...

http://www.learnclassicalguitar.com/guitar-note.html

Hope this helps,

Trevor M.

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In the market for a guitar!

by Justin Schepke

Hello, I am a semi-professional guitarist looking for a classical guitar that I can get some mileage out of.

I am looking to spend around $1000. I would like a cutaway with top end pickups and electronics.

However, I really need good volume out of the guitar without being amplified. I have been playing a relatively old Hondo II, that has very high action, and a fairly thick body, I have become more and more used to playing guitars with specifications like that, I would really love some professional opinion.

Thanks so much!

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Guitar Strings

by Angelyn
(Singapore)

Is it okay if I put half nylon half steel strings on my guitar YAMAHA C-40?

Hi Angelyn,

I definitely would NOT do that. Steel strings are highly inappropriate for a classical guitar and it could result in the heel of your guitar (where the neck joins the fretboard) breaking away. Best to use the recommendations of the manufacturer for sure.

Hope this helps,
Trevor M.

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Regarding fingernails

Hi Trevor,

Just wondering if you have any recommendations for those of us with thin, weak nails that constantly break. Mine also hook over as they grow beyond the fingertip. Very maddening. I saw a YouTube video of a player who uses hardening gel for a straight, strong extension to the nail, so I am considering a visit to a nail salon. Anyway, could you possibly send a few photos of your nails so I can see how long they are, and the shape of them.

Thanks,

Jeff

Hi Jeff,

Unfortunately, I'm STILL out of action due to breaking guitar nails myself. I'm thinking of using glue on nails as the only way I can overcome this problem. I agree, it is indeed maddening! :(

I do have, however, some photos of nail length on my page here...

http://www.learnclassicalguitar.com/shaping-your-nails.html

Hope this helps,

Trevor M.

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Instruction on Capricho Arabe

Hi,

I am looking for help with Capricho Arabe if you have an instruction video available.

I loved Lagrima, the last song you suggested. I was working with a guitar teacher at UVA dept music, however, I changed jobs and no longer have the option of those lessons.

We started working on Capricho Arabe before I had to quit UVA. It is such a beautiful piece of music. I would love to master it.

Sincerely,

Christine Harrer

I don't at the moment but you can see a slew of them here...


Capricho Arabe instruction videos

Hope this helps,

Trevor M.

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Learning the fretboard

I am interested in the software that helps you learn the fretboard. It appears it doesn't support Apple products. I am basically using my ipad. Is that accurate or have I missed something on the site.

Still enjoy all of your emails and posts- thank you!

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by: Trevor

Hi!

Thanks for the nice sentiments! :)

Yes, I think the software is only for windows. You would have thought by now they'd make it available for Apple, but apparently not. I'll let you know if they update it.

Kind regards,
Trevor M.

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