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ElGreco



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Classical guitar strings new
      #117335 - 19/04/05 01:38 PM
Hello to all!

Do you know of any online-shops in Europe that stock good-quality (classical and not only) guitar strings at good prices?

Furthermore, I am looking for classical guitar strings (medium tension), that are as wide (fat) as possible and that squeak as little as possible when you do glissandi. I need them for my fretless classical guitar. Could someone recommend me any strings (particular model) of this type?

Thank you very much!


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Wibbleflex



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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: ElGreco]
      #117340 - 19/04/05 01:49 PM
Sorry can't help, but how is your fretless classical playing? I have recently converted an electric to fretless.


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ElGreco



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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: Wibbleflex]
      #117347 - 19/04/05 02:08 PM
Hi!

I play the oud too(middle-eastern fretless lute), so I dont find the fretless guitar too difficult. My fretless cl. guitar is a converted fretted guitar too. You can hear a few samples here

How do you get on with your fretless guitar?

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Any ideas anyone on my questions?


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Wibbleflex



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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: ElGreco]
      #117357 - 19/04/05 02:37 PM
You should get flatwound bass strings instead of roundwound if you can find them for classical..they'll be dead smooth and won't mark your fingerboard. I have flatwound down to the 3rd (g) string and 1 and 2 are unwound steel.

I love the fretless..still learning to play it. It's great being properly in tune, and very expressive.


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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: ElGreco]
      #117602 - 20/04/05 12:11 AM
The squeak from the strings on a classical depends as much on your hands as the strings. Some of us squeak a lot, others get away with little or no squeak.

The biggest cause is the oils that our fingers produce. I know a lot of classical players dust their hands with talc before playing as they find it helps a lot.

Andy

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redstevo



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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: zenguitar]
      #117820 - 20/04/05 01:55 PM
cool sounds from your guitar El Greco! nice website as well. I liked the Hedjaz noodle and Ipanema. Its funny, but I really imagined the fretless-ness of your guitar to make it sound more different than the clips show. You can hear it clearly on the Hedjaz piece with some of the slides. A nice leftfield idea anyway. Good playing!
redstevo


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ElGreco



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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: redstevo]
      #117914 - 20/04/05 05:05 PM
Hello to all!

Thank you for replying and redstevo thank you for your good words about my playing (although I dont believe it is so good).

I have seen many people recommending Thomastik KR116 flatwound strings for a fretless classical guitar. Are there any online shops in the UK or in Germany, where I could order this particular set from?

Thank you!

P.S. Redstevo, the hedjaz improvisation clip features a normal spanish classical guitar. It is not fretless..


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redstevo



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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: ElGreco]
      #118232 - 21/04/05 09:49 AM
ooops! just goes to show .... how much I know! I liked the clip though.
I read a quote a little while back from some classical authority that basically said you had to practice (classical I presume) guitar for three hours a day just to be average (or even averagely bad). Does anyone know who said this and whether they are having a laugh!
redstevo


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Psi
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Re: Classical guitar strings new [Re: ElGreco]
      #118665 - 21/04/05 10:23 PM
Sounds about the same amount of practice as a lot of serious players (of various instruments) that I know put in per day!

Of course, it depends on what your definition of 'average' is


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Wibbleflex



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Re: Classical guitar strings [Re: Psi]
      #118900 - 22/04/05 11:21 AM
All serious players have to put in a lot of work in the end, but there is a steep learning curve with classical guitar. It will take you a while to play a simple melody compared to piano for example, and playing harmonies involves moving the hands in quite counter intuitive ways.


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