Yes, so far I haven't been playing any music that requires barres, although I am a little scared to attempt any and sometimes even when I am playing in the first position, I can still feel some fatigue in my left hand, just around the fleshly part of the index finger opposite the knuckle inside the hand. This is only after playing maybe 45 mins to 1 hr time. I am just wondering as I start playing in higher frets how worse the pain will become.Christopher Langley wrote: ↑Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:19 amIf all other things are where they should be, that action should be about perfect.spanishguitarmusic wrote: ↑Sun Mar 10, 2019 2:06 amFor your response! I just measured my action today at the 12th fret on both the high and low e strings. My 6th string at the 12th fret is 4 mm and the 1st string at the 12th fret is 3 mm. I believe this is pretty standard for classical guitars. I don't know if this is correct or not and if I should still go ahead and get my action lowered? Any suggestions if this should be lowered or if this is a fine height?Christopher Langley wrote: ↑Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:03 amHey friend,
Try and measure the action at the 12th fret on both the high and low e strings.. So we can help you decide if it really is needing to be lowered or not. At first nylon strings seem to be too high to most, but they are meant to be like that so the strings can breathe a bit.
In the meantime, it definitely would not hurt to try a set of low tension strings before you get it lowered.. This might solve the whole problem without having to go to the luthier.
If you know of a good luthier who is familiar with classical guitars, he will know exactly what is needing to be done after a few moments...
However, many guitar techs are much more knowledgeable when it comes to electrics and steel strings and somewhat ignorant when it comes to classical guitars. Also, some are money hungry and will do work that doesn't need to be done just for the money. So, watch out and do your homework and make sure you are making the right choices.
It never hurts to try different strings.. Most nylon strings are really closer to being the same in tension and materials than they are different and most will work on most guitars in most scenarios. You are looking at around a 10 pound difference between low and medium and medium and high tension.. It's actually pretty hard to tell them apart. Slight difference in feel.
I may just go ahead and try the lower tension strings and see if I find them more comfortable as I am finding the normal tension hard in playing barre chords.
Yes, I don't even know if the luthier I have in mind deals with any classical guitars or not. It seems to me he may deal more with electric and steel string guitars. So, I don't know though. I may try the lower tension strings first and go from there. Thanks again for your response and suggestions. Really helpful!
Barres really, really take some time to get down.
Definitely no harm in trying the low tension strings before you try a lower saddle. They should be easier to play, at the expense of just a little volume. No big deal.
If you do decide to get action lowered, go ahead and buy a secondary saddle so that you can keep the original and raise it back up later if you want.
I am thinking of taking your advice and try out the lower tension strings first and then decide if I like them enough or to go ahead and get my action lowered.
Thank you for advising I buy a secondary saddle so that I can keep the original if I decide to go back to the original height. Thank you for your suggestions and help! Much appreciated!