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Lead Guitar : How to get faster

In my journey of learning lead guitar, till now I have learnt the minor pentatonic scale. My usual practice routine includes playing the scale with a metronome and trying to get faster at it. After ...
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Lead Guitar : How much chords should I learn?

I've learnt some basic chords : A,D,E,C,G,Am,Em as well as most popular rhythm patterns (which have 4 beats in a bar) and have been using them in covering some easy acoustic songs. My basic aim is ...
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Why does my guitar sound more natural when plugged directly into a tube amp vs through a pedal board?

Why does my guitar sound better when plugged straight in to my amplifier as opposed to running it through a pedalboard without a true bypass strip?
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Exercises to speed up power chord strumming

I've been learning for a while, and can play power chord songs with simple rhythms (like Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Polly, etc). However, most interesting rock songs seem to have a complicated ...
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Does bending the neck have any long term adverse effects?

With electric guitars, it's a common technique to bend the neck of the guitar with your hands to produce a subtle pitch change. It is often used with guitars without a whammy bar. Are there any ...
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Learning about electric guitars [closed]

Not about how to play them, but about the terms associated with them. For example, I don't know what things like "pitch blend" are, or what is the difference between the various pickups or how the ...
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humbucker vs two single-coils

I have a Squire Strat that I've been fiddling with off and on for a while. My coil selector has two positions of particular interest: neck+middle, middle+bridge. Now, if I use any one of the three ...
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Blues or not to Blues [closed]

When I hear Hoochie Coochie Man or Sky is crying and the likes, the time stops, my body starts quivering, and my face starts melting. That is what blues does to me and I want to learn how to play the ...
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Guitar practice - general techniques

I was delighted to come across this site. I'm a self-taught guitarist (largely electric guitar) and am continually looking to improve my playing and practice techniques. The change of running my ...
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Should a Floyd Rose bridge be parallel to the body of the guitar?

I've read before that a Floyd Rose bridge should be parallel to the body of the guitar. This is an image of the bridge on my guitar: You can see that the left side of the appears to be a little ...
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Andy Timmons Dimarzio AT1 pickup sound

Well, the story goes like this : I have a custom made Tom Anderson guitar which has a fender style body (alder wood). The guitar comes with VAx pickups which sound great but the pickup near the bridge ...
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Acoustic/Electric Guitars

So I was going to get a new acoustic. I really want to start getting into acoustics but I don't want to lose the ability to jam with friends who are on drums/bass, and have their own electrics plugged ...
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positioning of neck pickup on guitars

Is there a particular reason why neck pickups on guitars are often placed exactly where an open string harmonic is found ? Years ago I suffered from 'lost harmonics' till I realised that the one ...
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How do I fix a stripped pickguard screw?

I have a Gibson Faded Flying V (Mahogany) and recently the guitar cable was yanked, pulling and stripping a screw from the pickguard. Is there a good way for me to fix this?
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Humbucker pickup wrapping wire role (The one that wraps the four wires together)

I was wondering if this wrapping can be removed as it is very hard to stack all the wires so that the pickguard will be easily placed inside the guitar. Does it shield noises for the four wires coming ...
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Useful tuning for 7 or 8 string guitars

So, I'm looking to add an Ibanez 7 or 8 string to my guitar zoo, but although I have looked into various standard tunings I am trying to figure out practical tunings so I can rapidly add the new ...
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Effect of nickel cover on Telecaster bridge pickup?

Traditionally telecaster guitars have the neck pick-up covered in a nickel/chrome cover, and the bridge pickup left with exposed pole pieces. What is the origin/logic of the nickel cover? What ...
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Guitar Fetish Pickups - Can anyone describe their tone and quality?

OK. I have seen Guitar Fetish pickups at prices that seem insane compared to what most pickups cost - and they have things like humbucker sized P90s that are hard to find in any case. Their stuff ...
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What is a good first electric guitar for a newbie for $400? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to check when buying a new guitar? I have been playing acoustic guitar, but need now an electric one, since I cannot practice with it during late evenings. I have ...
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Guitar Hum disturbances

When I connect my Yamaha Pacifica guitar to Vox DA 5 amp and connect the amp to the M audio 2496 sound card input by taking the output from the Vox phones output, I get a hum while playing the bass ...
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Guitar for super-small hands?

I've been playing piano for past 5-6 years and I can't reach further than an octave (Even some chords within the octave are not reachable, or it's hard/borderline impossible to play them with ...
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Guitar Action for practicing and learning

I know for certain that a lower action on a guitar makes playing easier, but does having a high action makes you more skilled by overcoming the extra difficulty or is it just an inconvenience?
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Leaving guitar body without the neck

I have a guitar with a tremolo bridge (Ibanez GRG140 to be exact) and my question is if I remove the strings and neck leaving only the body will it degrade the state of the guitar (I intend to install ...
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How many drop tunings can I use with one set of strings?

I want to know how many drop tunings I can reasonably use with one set of strings. Ex. can I go from E standard to drop C on 11s? For a given size string, how many tunings will be useable, given that ...
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What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?

I've read many postings about how important quality cables are for eliminating noise and preserving tone. What should I look for to make sure I'm buying a quality cable? I have a very good 10' main ...
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What are good applications of the ZVex Fuzz Factory

I have recently come into the possession of a ZVex Fuzz Factory. I hear that this fuzz pedal has a ton of applications beyond using it as a standard fuzz effect. What are some of its normal uses? ...
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What are the Five Most Important Things to Learn?

I'm reading "Practice Perfect" and the author recommends using the 80/20 approach in planning one's practice. For example, if 20% of "techniques" yield 80% of the results, what would be the 20% of ...
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Comparing aspects of the Boss GT-10 and the POD HD500

Both of them are pretty stellar for an amateur like me. I don't intend on playing in large venues and probably will not record much. Both of them have pretty good effects; although, the HD500, I've ...
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Validating pickup wiring

I want to replace the pickups on my guitar with another set. Is there a way of knowing if I wired the pickups correctly before putting on the strings ?
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Replacing a single guitar note with a chord

I am teaching myself to play the electric guitar and I have printed out various tabs to practice with. On one there is a 14 single note introduction but, I have heard versions played where some notes ...
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Adding a new pot to my guitar

I am willing to add another tone potentiometer to my guitar and I wanted to know what is the best way to add a hole in the pickguard for the new pot. Is there a dedicated tool for this task? What is ...
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Cleaning the fretboard of an electric guitar

I have had my electric guitar for several years and I noticed that there is some "sweat dirt" on the fretboard of the guitar, so the inlay is less shiny. I'd like to clean that without taking the ...
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Guitar volume/tone pots

Looking at this wiring diagram I see there are two 500k-w pots and one 500k-d pot. My question is what is the difference between the two pots (500k-w and 500k-d) and what should I ask for when I go to ...
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Right way of resting a guitar

While not using or after using, what is the right way of resting a guitar. If I lean it towards a wall, is it right to lean it with the strings facing the walls or otherwise? Is it fine to hang the ...
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Tube screamer 808 with an ENGL Screamer 50W amp

As an Andy Timmon's huge fan I try to get my guitar tone to sound similar to his. In one of his videos I saw that he uses the Ibanez ts808 tube screamer pedal. I own an ENGL 50W screamer amp which ...
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Is the B. C. Rich Beast NJ Series with the Floyd Rose Speedloader tremolo rare?

I've been googling around for articles or anything that mentions the B. C. Rich Beast with the Floyd Rose Speedloader tremolo, but all I can find is obscure forum postings, reviews and old-looking ...
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How do I improve my picking and fretting speed?

I've seen people like John Petrucci playing incredibly fast with their right and left hands, but I can't seem to get any faster than I am now (which is speedy, but not near as fast as John). Is there ...
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How can I reproduce the effects on this riff in Iron Maiden - Afraid to Shoot Strangers?

Listen to this Iron Maiden song called "Afraid to Shoot Strangers" at about 2:43 (Iron Maiden fans will probably recognize the riff). This sounds very simple to me, but I don't know how they did it. I ...
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Will changing the colour of my Stratocaster reduce its value?

I have a Highway One Fender Strat (American), which I'm told has a poor quality satin finish. This has started to "melt" on the bottom of the guitar. I paid about £800 for it in 2005/2006. It has a ...
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F-Spaced pickups

I want to buy a Dimarzio DP224 pickup which comes in two types : F-Spaced and regular. I heard that the difference is in the distance between the poles in the pickup. I have an Ibanez GRG140 guitar ...
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How to develop soloing vocabulary

Background: My first guitar teacher used to show me small licks or note patterns that had that special quality of arousing interest during a solo improvisation. They were essentially "tools" in my ...
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How should I connect my compressor effect to my amplifier?

Just bought an ENGL screamer 50W amplifier and the only thing I miss right now is a decent compressor for the clean channel. I also have a Zoom g9.2tt effects device and I was thinking of connecting ...
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Strumming Pattern for Oasis Masterplan issue

I am new to guitar (2 months) and have managed to find the strumming pattern for Oasis Masterplan which I believe is DDD/UDD/UD, however towards the end of the verse the chord progression happens at ...
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How to Calibrate / Setup an Electric Guitar?

Even with new strings, my guitar makes some sort of buzzing noise on higher strings. I was told it needs to be set up. What are the steps or where can I find a good guide to do this?
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Andy Timmons Carpe Diem fast vibration

This is a tough one :) When I listen to this amazing track (track 14 from "That was then, This is now" album) I notice at 0:36 and 0:42 a very fast vibration on the G string (5th fret) which I doubt ...
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What's the difference between a junior guitar and a normal guitar?

I was planning to buy an electric guitar and amazon.com is offering Epiphone Les Paul Junior Guitars at a seemingly reasonable deals. The related question that I have is: what's a junior guitar? ...
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Recording hard rock guitar riffs with a mic

Are DAWs good enough these days that we can totally get away with capturing hard rock/metal guitar riffs using mics?
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How do you play guitar dead notes quickly switching?

I'm trying to play part of a song that looks like this: 0 x x 0 x x 7 x x x 9 x x 5 x x 5 x x x I find it very difficult to play this. I have trouble playing open strings and letting them ring ...
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What to look out for when buying a super-cheap used guitar

I found a red Yamaha Pacifica fat strat at a local pawn shop. Most of their guitars are $60 and up, but this one has a $25 sticker on it. I'm considering buying, cleaning, and restringing it but I'd ...