Electronic Tuners

There are generally three kinds of electronic tuners. The clip on tuner, the hand held tuner, and the plug in tuner. The clip on is by far the most versatile. It will allow you to quietly tune your instrument while in the midst of a noisy room full of other acoustic instruments. The hand held tuner does not have that much going for it, but it will do in a pinch. You’ll have to find a quiet place to use the handheld tuner because other acoustic sounds will interfere with its ability to “hear” your instrument. The plug in tuner … Continue reading Electronic Tuners

How to Test Guitar Intonation

Intonation is how in tune an instrument is with itself when it is as in tune as it can possibly get. Fretted instruments suffer from the problem of never being completely in tune in every possible chord shape at any given time. This is a complex problem of physics that is caused by the varying string sizes combined with the fixed positions of the frets. A fretless instrument such as the violin allows for a bit of adjustment of finger placement from string to string. The piano has dedicated strings for each note. Brass instruments only play one note at … Continue reading How to Test Guitar Intonation

The Guitar in Old Time Music

There are few instruments as versatile as the acoustic guitar. It can be played in most any context and most any style. Its combination of portability and versatility is seldom surpassed. Its flexibility makes it a great choice for all types of accompaniment as well as banging home the old time beat. Two guitars can make for great picking duets. The guitar also holds up well as a solo instrument and with the right technique is even capable of accompanying itself. In the context of old time string band music the guitar is all about the rhythm. It frees up … Continue reading The Guitar in Old Time Music