You are right! Tuning the guitar down a half step releases some tension and for some people it might feel a bit easier to play! The playability has very much to do with the setup of the guitar. How high the action is (strings far away or close to the fretboard), string gauge, angle of the neck (truss rod), playing style etc etc. What I suggest you to do is to try a much lighter string guage, to see if it feels ok to play even in standard tuning. Also, if you haven't already, get your guitar set up properly in terms of neck angle and action. The guitar should be easy enough to play in standard tuning. IF you feel like you still have to tune down a half step, and wants to play together with a backing track in E or something, and want to play using open strings etc, you could download a software that can change pitch for your backing track (for example the software "Transcribe!"), and tune down the pitch a half step. Then you can practice along to it. This obviously doesn't solve the issue when you're playing together with other musicians You'd have to be in the same key as them, whatever they play Anyway, let me know if I can help with any further question! Kind regards/Emil
@dpmcleod Hi there Dan!
Thanks for asking! I don't actually stretch my hands at all, but I do sometimes warm up playing a few exercises, or songs. Nowadays, having a family, two small kids, I sometimes don't find the time to pick up the guitar, so I take a day off from the guitar sometimes because of that. But I used to play at least 6 hours/day every day of the year Hope you have a great day Dan! Kind regards/E
I've tried different kinds of guitar strings on my nylon guitar. But they are all High tension strings. "Hannaback 815 SHT (super high tension), Savarez Super high tension, Knobloch ACTIVES Double silver High Tenstion and D'addario high tension.
The guitar I used on these vidoes is a Sandén Nylon string guitar.
It's 48 mm at the nut and 60 mm where the neck meets the body.
Hope this answers your questions!! Have a great day /Emil
I have 5 different acoustic guitars ranging from $100 to $1500. I'm not sure if there is any way to accurately place a quality to value ratio. However, my Fender acoustic ($900) sounds just as good as my $1500 Gibson. The main difference I'd place on it is playability. The Gibson seems to play significantly easier than all my other guitars. I'm no expert though! Hope this helps!
Your strings will definitely start to sound a little dull after a while. I really like Elixir strings for my acoustics. Polyweb or Nanoweb. Supposedly, the Nanoweb are designed to last longer. Good luck!
@Hudson_Dean Hey man! Great question! I think I can add something to this thread. I really love that Fingerstyle Guitar always is changing, and I discover new ways of playing all the time! If you look at the "Boom Chick" Chet Atkins Style, there's many players playing in this style - but there are some significant differences between say Merle Travis and Chets playing! Chet played the bass notes very articulated and usually have the same picking pattern for the right hand thumb. For instance, if he'd play a regular C chord in the open position, he'd play the A string first, then the D string, then the E string, and back to the D string. That's in 4/4. Merle on the other hand would kind of "strum" and strike several bass-notes at the same time using the thumb pick. Starting on the A string, and then kind of strum the D, G and even the B string at once, and then play the low E string and then strum those 3 strings again! Similar to Chet but still way different! There are so many things that I could add to this topic but for now I'll let someone else take over, and I'll be back!! Looking forward to reading more from you Hudson! Kind regards/Emil
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