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      The structure of music and theory. Ask your questions here. Songwriting threads can also be posted here.

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    • texred  »  6string

      This is a test. I repeat, this is only a test. OOPS I almost said a political sentence. Instead I will tell you I'm old enough to remember duck & cover under my desk at school. Shoot, it's the same now. Glad I'm not in school.
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      1. 6string

        Not that a desk is going to save you but they made them so much sturdier back then.
    • texred  »  6string

      For some reason, I see you and I think VICTIM. Maybe it's the warm and fuzzy avatar. Victim = stupid question from moi
      How do I customize this T ? I guess you can see in my profile, right ? I managed to get my bird dog there, I THINK, but I want to add text. Got a minute?
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      1. 6string

        I don't see a bird dog, maybe you didn't click save?   Where do you want the text? In your avatar? If so you have to have it in a picture.
      2. texred

        can you go in "about me"?
      3. 6string

        ah yes, there it/they is/are
    • LarryS

      You don't stop playing when you get old, you get old when you stop playing!
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      1. 6string

        Tell that to my mirror.
    • windsong

      Well, the weather is changing now, so to be putting out the winter clothes. I don't really like the winters here, much too long. Keep the stove on till May sometimes.
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    • Three strings are enough; https://www.google.com/search?q=how+to+play+a+cigar+box+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=how+to+play+a+cigar+box+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i65.20509j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8   Tune your guitar to an "open tuning"; https://www.google.com/search?q=open+tunings+for+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=open+tunings+for+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57j69i65.4421j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8   A three string cigar box guitar will be tuned to either an open G (GBG) or open D (DAD) in most cases.  The point of an open tuning is you have more than one full octave available to you and the individual strings are tuned to the root and the third (or the fifth) of a triad.  A triad is the basic formula for creating a chord.  Therefore, in open G, the guitar produces a G Major chord when strummed with all strings open (unfretted).  Tune to an open D and the guitar will produce a D Major chord when strummed open.  That would be termed your "I" (one) chord.  Moving up the neck fret by fret moves the chord and the "IV" (four) chord is located at the fifth fret and the "V" (five) chord is at the seventh fret.  A "I-IV-V progression" is the heart of thousands of songs you can learn to play with just your three strings; https://www.google.com/search?q=songs+with+a+i-iv-v+progression&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=songs+with+a+i-iv-v+progression&aqs=chrome..69i57.10529j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8   You can play the chords and individual notes either with your fingers, a slide or lay the guitar down on your lap and play lap style; https://www.google.com/search?q=lap+style+guitar&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=lap+style+guitar&aqs=chrome..69i57.5448j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8   Using just that much you can learn songs and learn how to understand and to play scales which are the backbone of music theory for any guitarist; https://www.google.com/search?q=practical+music+theory+for+a+guitarist&rlz=1CAACAY_enUS754US756&oq=practical+music+theory+for+a+guitarist&aqs=chrome..69i57.13073j0j1&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8   Buy an acoustic guitar and get the basics in your head and under your fingers before you move on to a specific genre.    
    • "Or my my playing will be fine but my voice, instead of singing the correct pitches, will start to follow the pitches of the notes that my guitar is playing."     Aren't you playing the melody line on your guitar?     You don't say how long you've been playing, or singing, so I have to assume at least one of these is relatively new to you.  Generally, if you wish to be a musician who sings, you must be enough of a musician to not have your concentration split between the two functions.   Without knowing anything about your level of playing or your genre of music, I'd say start by playing scales (Major, minor, pentatonic or blues) moving up the neck while you describe what you had for breakfast.  Just talk while you play but split your attention between playing and remembering.  When you can play without thinking about your playing and devote all of your attention to remembering, then you will have made progress.  That's when you stop playing scales and you begin to play the song while describing another daily event like your lunch or your trip to work.   Singing on pitch is a totally different matter.    https://www.homespun.com/shop/product/lead-singing-and-rhythm-guitar/
    • So this is what people keep calling the CAGED system? Glad I found this forum then!
    • I can't stop re-reading and re-reading this article https://guitarunited.com/best-guitar-for-beginners-guitar-buying-guide/ because I'm trying to find a perfect guitar for me. I'm getting an electric but I might impulse buy and get an acoustic as well. In the article, it said laminated tops are more durable than solid tops but the later sound better. Why would the laminate top be more durable if it sounds less superior to solid top? I'm a complete newbie to guitars so please don't hate the stupid question lol
    • What are these good imitation brands if you don't mind me asking?
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