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Watch the Putting Arrangements Together online guitar lesson by Tommy Emmanuel from Certified Guitar Duets

When we start out, we play through the song a few times, and often it's all over the place. It can be a mess, but it's important to do this in order to understand each other's interpretation, and agree on the set of chords that we'll use.

A unique situation that we have here is that John is playing a nylon string guitar, and Tommy has a steel string guitar, so there are two different voices at play here. We need to find a way to make them gel together and make them sound beautiful. One approach is playing at different parts of the neck - this allows the voices to be distinct, yet complimentary in how much of the arrangement they occupy.

Just as well, you have to be mindful of the volume of both instruments, playing softer on the steel string in order to let the nylon strings shine through. Playing with dynamics will also allow the arrangement to get louder and softer overall, making sure that you're paying attention to what one another is doing.

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