Adjusting the Intonation

First of all, I would like to say that most acoustic guitars do not have adjustable saddles, the solid bridge is fixed and therefore, if the intonation is out, you may just have to live with it.

The intonation refers to the guitar being in tune with itself. The frets of the guitar have been placed at a specific place depending on the guitar’s scale. A guitar’s scale length  (or any fretted instrument) is the distance between the nut (or the open string) and the bridge’s saddle. In order to accurately determine an instrument’s scale length, measure from the front edge of the nut to the center of the 12th fret and double the result. This measurement not only determines where the frets are placed for proper intonation, but also has a profound effect on string tension and tone. I will give you an example:

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Rests

Lesson 4

Rests

In a lot of ways, rests are like notes. Actually, they are the counterpart of notes. In Lesson 2 we learned the values of notes. Rests have those same values, but here is how they differ; notes are the sounds in music and rests are the silences in music. Below are some examples of rests:

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Time Signatures

Lesson 3

 

Time Signatures

Time signatures define the feel of the song as well as some aspects of the timing.

There are many different time signatures and once I explain them to you, you will know all there is to know about them. Here are some examples of time signatures:
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Notes and Their Values

Lesson 2

 

Notes and Their Values

Notes last for a certain duration of time depending on what kind of note it is. We are going to look at a few examples of notes to get us started. Below are the notes that we are going to explore in this lesson.

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Music Theory Basics

Lesson 1

 

Music Theory Basics

The Basics
If you already have a working knowledge of music, then perhaps you already know this stuff. Still, it is good to review. We want to build our house on solid ground. Any missing pieces can keep you from understanding the whole picture. It is what the rest of the music is built on. I also want to be sure that those who know absolutely nothing about music, can also keep up with reading, writing, and even composing music. If you have any questions, feel free to use the comment section and I will personally answer your questions.

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