The Orchestra: A User's Manual is a free resource and will remain so. It still receives between 8,000 and 16,000 unique visits per month from all over the world. See the testimonials. Thanks to all the donations, I have been able to create this responsive re-design. But the movies and sound clips recorded in 2004 do show their age. I would really like to re-record everything and add many more techniques, especially for solo and ensemble writing. I estimate this will cost around £30,000. If you know a source of such funds, please contact me: a.hugill [at] bathspa.ac.uk
Fretted Strings: Guitar
The classical acoustic guitar may be strung with nylon or steel strings. The standard guitar tuning is (written):
N.B. All guitars sound an octave lower than written
The strings are usually numbered from I (top) to VI (bottom) and each string has a range of one octave plus a fifth. This applies to electric and other guitars too, although there numerous variations in tuning given the requirements of different musical styles. The 12-string guitar also adopts this tuning, but the lowest four strings are doubled in octaves, while the upper two are doubled in unison, giving a fuller sound. Classical guitar is usually plucked with the fingernails, but other guitars often use plectrums or picks.
To hear the full range of the guitar, click HERE.