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When listing to the song "The Only Exception" by Paramore (see YouTube), there's a screeching sound when changing chords, which I find quite unpleasant.

Question: Is there a name for the screeching sound made when changing chords on a guitar?

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While some guitarists like the added flavour that this noise provides, you can find specially-coated strings that aim to help mitigate this effect. –  SpellingD Oct 26 '12 at 16:19
    
For some songs I use a setup which actually accentuates this noise:) Each to their own. –  Dr Mayhem Oct 26 '12 at 19:02
    
A lot of hard rock depends on that sound during slower sections, see Seether. –  segiddins Oct 26 '12 at 21:51
    
It's definitely one of those things that's hard to "un-hear" if it bothers you. Try DR coated strings (or similar) if it's your own playing that's bothering you. –  cadmium Jan 9 '13 at 22:03
    
Flatwound strings also mitigate string noise, but the tone is somewhat duller than roundwound strings. –  neilfein Jul 15 '13 at 4:25
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The name for the noise you're hearing is "string noise".

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Great, thanks for that! –  Douglas S. Stones Oct 26 '12 at 13:07
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"Fret noise" is the name used by Yamaha and others for that sound in synthesizers.

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