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A symbol used to represent the middle finger on the picking hand. It is part of the pima labelling system.

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The metal attachments to the headstock which twist to adjust the tension in the strings, enabling you to attach and retune strings.

Synonymous With: tuners, tuner pegs

An interval of 2 semitones.

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An interval of 4 semitones.

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An interval of 9 semitones.

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A diatonic scale that consists of 7 notes. The scale can be divided into two tetrachords (if you include the octave note). In western music, all chords are named according to how the notes would fit into the major scale. Scale theory also uses the major scale as a template.

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A unit of time in music, commonly consisting of four beats. Represented by a vertical line on tablature or the staff.

Synonymous With: Bar

The Spanish term for the middle finger on the picking hand. It is part of the pima labelling system, abbreviated by the symbol 'm'.

Synonymous With: m

See Also: pulgar, indice, anular, chico

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The distance in pitch between two notes that are played successively.

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A scale that is the same as the major scale except for the 3rd degree, which is flatted.

A device that produces a constant pulse in order to keep track of rhythm. Most electronic metronomes can accent the first beat of each bar, enabling you to stay within a set time signature. Some metronomes will only cover the simple time signatures, so check before you buy.

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Short for microphone, a device that converts sound waves into electrical signals. Dynamic microphones are used for recording directly in front of the source of sound (immediately in front of an amp to record electric guitars). Ambient microphones are used to record sound over a wider area, like an entire room. Ambient microphones are used to record acoustic guitars.

Synonymous With: Microphone

A device that converts sound waves into electrical signals. Dynamic microphones are used for recording directly in front of the source of sound (immediately in front of an amp to record electric guitars). Ambient microphones are used to record sound over a wider area, like an entire room. Ambient microphones are used to record acoustic guitars.

A bend creating an increase in pitch of half a semitone.

Synonymous With: Quarter-tone Bend, Blues Curl

See Also: Semitone

Connected with a microphone for recording or performing.

A symbol in written music that represents one half note (half a bar in 4/4 time).

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An interval of 1 semitone.

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An interval of 3 semitones.

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An interval of 8 semitones.

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An interval of 10 semitones.

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Based upon modes and scales as opposed to relationships between chords.

A series of intervals derived from any given scale by starting on any note other than the root note.

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A type of bridge that is found on acoustic guitars. It earned its name because of the fact it resembles a handlebar moustache.

Any chord shape that uses no open strings. These chords can be played in various positions of the fretboard producing the same chord but in a different key. Barre chords are a common example of moveable chords.

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To cut sound. Often refers to a fret hand mute but can be used to indicate a palm mute.

Full Article on: palm muting, fret hand muting

Using the fretting hand touch the strings to mute them (stop them from sounding) when you strum, creating a more percussive sound.

Synonymous With: Fret Hand Muting

See Also: Fretting Hand

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Dampening the strings. Often refers to fret hand muting but can be used to describe palm muting.

See Also: mute, dampening

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