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Quick question for classical guitarists

Orusaka

Joined: Jul 05 2009

So, I'm not clasically trained, but I've been arranging some tunes for classical guitar and or acoustic as of late, and I had some problems making a paticularly hard stretch I wrote in, however, it might just be me whos not very good and/or trained properly on a classical guitar. How difficult would you say doing an F-barre, first fret, with your pinky extended to the first string, fifth fret? Maybe it's just me, but I have problems getting a clear note out of the B-string, but maybe it's just me. I have worked out a simpler solution that sounds almost as good, but I reckon I'd better check before I toss out the better sounding option in case I'm the only one who has problems doing that.

Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

Vic9mm

The Fingerstyle Mechanic

Location: Dallas Texas

Joined: Aug 27 2008

Orusaka said

So, I'm not clasically trained, but I've been arranging some tunes for classical guitar and or acoustic as of late, and I had some problems making a paticularly hard stretch I wrote in, however, it might just be me whos not very good and/or trained properly on a classical guitar. How difficult would you say doing an F-barre, first fret, with your pinky extended to the first string, fifth fret? Maybe it's just me, but I have problems getting a clear note out of the B-string, but maybe it's just me. I have worked out a simpler solution that sounds almost as good, but I reckon I'd better check before I toss out the better sounding option in case I'm the only one who has problems doing that.

its not too too bad for me to handle but I got some big hands would be little more easy on a steel string guitar because the frets are a little bit closer but you would need some strong fingers. I say leave it. Photobucket

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Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

Orusaka

Joined: Jul 05 2009

edit: scratch what I originally said, that was moronic, and me not thinking at all. Yes, I think I will go with my alternative, probably.

Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

Bossman

Joined: Oct 12 2008

I've also encountered this very same problem, and came up short of an answer.

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Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

I don't think the frets are actually closer, just the strings are closer. My steel string has the same scale as a classical.

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Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

Kabukibear

Happy Strumming!

Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Joined: Mar 22 2007

Scale maybe but what about number of frets? My classical only goes up to 19 frets.

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surreal

Eric: tank,godlike

Location: Arizona

Joined: Jan 04 2009

Classicals usually only go up to about 20 at the most.

Steels can be anywhere from 20 to 22 frets. Some custom ones even to 24.

Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

auriplane

Joined: Sep 06 2008

Number of frets is irrelevant to fret spacing.

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Re: Quick question for classical guitarists

Kabukibear

Happy Strumming!

Location: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Joined: Mar 22 2007

true, but the wider necks make barring and a combination of barring and stretches more demanding.

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musenji

Joined: Feb 02 2010

It's not just you. There are actually smaller scale guitars made for people with smaller hands. "Normal" classicals have 65cm string lengths, but 64's and 63's are floating around.

You definitely want to work up to chords such as the one you describe, SLOWLY. However, as has been demonstrated, what you describe is not an unreasonable classical position, assuming you build up to it abilitywise, and it doesn't last for a terribly long time (some difficult stretches are fine when only lasting a couple seconds).

Classical music has some incredibly wicked action.

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