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Using an electric guitar with GarageBand

To use an electric guitar with GarageBand, is a USB cable necessary?
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can some one help me for set my amp for j-rock?

I have started playing 1 week ago. I don't understand how to completely set my amp. Can some one help me for set my amp for j-rock? I use blackstar id core 10. I use blackstar's amp software for amp ...
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How to obtain a Clean yet Distorted guitar sound?

I'm kind of a guitar effects noob so sorry if this is an extremely stupid question. How do you obtain a clean and distorted tone using pedals and amp? An example of the kind of sound im looking for is ...
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Strange guitar warble sound

I have a Jackson Dinky DK2M with two Seymour Duncan Humbucker pickups and a floyd rose tremolo on it. It is producing a strange `warble' noise on G string, especially on higher frets like 12th, 15th, ...
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Electric Guitar - Metronome - How to play 16th notes

I have recently started practing with a metronome. So far i have kinda nailed quarter and 8th notes but i am having a problem with 16th notes. It appears that i cannot count the beats of the ...
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What is causing this weird distortion coming from my amp?

Here is the sound I'm talking about. I get this sound, unless I strum ridiculously lightly, on different amp volume settings, with no gain, but is seems to become ...
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What would (theoretically) cause ESP LTD strats with Floyd Roses to play easier than an MIM Strat?

Well, my beliefs are being challenged again about guitars' ease of playing. I once thought my strat was as good as it got, but no. Amazingly enough, a $250 LTD guitar (along with other similar models, ...
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What is that for a huge bridge on a Les Paul?

I am really interested into the bridge of this Les Paul. So far I have not seen such a bridge. Unfortunately I could not find the name of the guitarist. The music video can be found here. Click on ...
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Reducing Neck Pickup Dissonance

A common problem with single-coil pickups is severe dissonance in the neck position, known by a few names like Stratitis. I know it can be reduced by properly adjusting the pickup height in relation ...
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Guitar slur. Need help on understanding notations

I'm new to the guitar so I'm stumbled upon this and am confused. I think that the curve connecting the 11th fret and 10th fret means a slur? Did some research myself and found out that a slur can mean ...
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What are the chords used to end blues songs like “One Way Out”?

The ending to "One Way Out" as done by the Allman Brothers Band has an ending that is common to lots of blues songs. It follows what sounds like a descending run like a normal turnaround with the ...
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Where does the “knife edge” sit with respect to the pivot studs?

I am setting up an Ibanez RG350DX that I just bought. It looks like the trem (Edge III, I think) is sitting closer to the neck than it ought to. Having never set up a floating bridge before, I need to ...
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Using thumb picks instead of nails

I'm wondering if it is possible to use thumb picks instead of nails. My fingers take a fair bit of punishment when finger picking on the electric and I'm wondering if there can be some sort of ...
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How can I mix my guitar input to songs I play on iTunes?

I would like to be able to play my guitar along with songs I have in iTunes and listen to a mix in my headphones. I have an Apple PowerBook, and an M-Audio M-Track interface, but I don't know how to ...
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Making Guitar Rig 5, Spotify and Guitar Pro 6 be routed to my headphones

I'm a electric guitar player and I like to Jam along to tunes. My current setup is my guitar, plugged into my ME-25, which is hooked up to my computer (Windows 7) with a USB cable, using ASIO4ALL v2 ...
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Which key Harmonica to use in conjunction with Distorted Electric Guitar in C#/D half step down

I'm in a melodic metalcore band, and we're looking to include some harmonica riffs/solos in some songs. We're currently writing in C# or D half step down and would like some help in this subject. ...
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What will be the best choice for an electric guitar for an intermediate player? [closed]

I'm playing electric guitar for about 4 years. Currently I have a Greg Bennett AV3 and a Fender Mustang II. The problem with the AV3 is that the string spacing is too small for my hand and the pickups ...
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Switching from Acoustic Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar

I have played a classical guitar for a while and bought an electric guitar very recently. Since there are some differences in the two guitars I find it somewhat difficult to adapt to the electric ...
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How do other magnets affect pickups?

What would happen if you take a magnet to a pickups sound through an amp? Would it kill the pickup or have any affect at all?
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How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?

Whenever I hear solos from professional guitar players, in songs, for example, I never hear a loud noise of pick hitting the strings, even when the guitar is heavily distorted. I just learned a solo ...
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Electric guitar doesn't keep tuning on the first frets. Anything I can do about it?

I can tune the open strings properly to any note I want and they keep the tuning for days, but as I press my fingers on the first 2 frets the tuner shows the notes slighly flat, as I go up the scale ...
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What Does a Compressor Pedal Do?

Quite often, when I see a pedalboard of guitarists I admire, there is a compressor pedal in the chain. How exactly does this pedal affect the sound?
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Would adding delay after the loadbox make it the same as if adding it in the effects loop?

The signal chain would be Guitar --> Tube Amp --> Loadbox+Cabsim-Line Out --> Delay Pedal --> Powered studio monitors Normally if the amp had an effects loop everything would be the same except ...
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How can a electric bass/guitar without pick ups work?

I have seen electric guitars and basses that don't have any pick ups. For instance, here is an image of two Line 6 electric basses that have no pick ups: How do these instruments work if they have ...
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Does a good amp have to be heavy?

In my (pretty limited) experience, electric guitar amps seem to get heavier as they get more expensive... is this a general rule and if so, why? What makes even a relatively small amp (like a 50W ...
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How to play the note on the 24th fret of the 1st string when my guitar only has 22 frets

I have been learning songs on the guitar, but in numerous guitar tabs especially during solos the 24th fret on the first string is required to be played. However, my Fender Stratocaster only has 22 ...
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Can you get the raw signal from a divided, or hexaphonic, pickup?

I'm really into programming and signal processing and have been looking for a way to get a truly divided signal from each string on an electric guitar. The problem is I don't want the signal to be in ...
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Hard String Tension on a short neck (Change Gauge?)

I have an Ibanez 1570 (24 Frets) and love the tension and an EVH Wolfgang Special. I always use Gauge: 9 to 42 The wolfgang special has a shorter neck but the tension is really hard. Why? I've ...
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How much does an electric guitar's body physics affect the tone, playability, etc?

It makes sense to me based on having some knowledge of physics that on an acoustic guitar the body (and neck, bridge, etc) materials and design has a huge effect on what the guitar sounds like. But ...
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Solution for guitar play with backing track

I'm a guitar player, and I basically want to practice playing my electric guitar and pedal effects along a backing track or an actual song I wanna play along with. This is how I usually do this: ...
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Why do most electric guitar string sets include a plain steel vs. a wound G string and what are the advantages/disadvantages?

I have noticed that it is more common than not for a set of guitar strings for electric guitar to have a plain steel G string instead of a wound G string as would be found on a set of acoustic ...
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Learning guitar without making noise

This might sound like a stupid question but I'd like to ask if and how it is possible to learn guitar without making noise at all. I'd like to prevent making noise other people in the same flat could ...
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changing pickups of an electric guitar

I have an old Stratocaster shaped electric guitar without any brand. I really love the color of this guitar but it does not sound as I wish. I try to have a good sound for playing blues. Would it be ...
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Using an electric bass guitar with a guitar amp / hi-fi system?

I understand that you should use an amp that was meant to be used with your instrument, but sometimes maybe you just don't have the money, or your amp is not around when you need it, or for whatever ...
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Middle humbucker as Bridge humbucker

I have a cheap Strat, and I was just wondering to upgrade the bridge single coil to a bridge humbucker. Unfortunately, I bought a Tenayo Hot Rail Humbucker in Single Coil Form, which is - as it states ...
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Getting into funky, jazzy fusion guitar playing

intermediate guitarist here! This question is going to be quite broad but hopefully you'll have some great tips. I'd love to get into the type of funky and/or jazzy type of guitar playing for ...
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What is a 6-string bass guitar with normal guitar tuning called?

As I know, there're 6-string bass with B – E – A – D – G - C tuning. But, MusicMan release kind-of 6-string bass with guitar tuning which is E - A - D - G - B - e. You can see the bass here. Is it ...
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What's a superstrat?

There's a stratocaster with SSS pickups or HSS pickups on Fender web. But some other manufactures made some guitar that they called a Superstrat. What really it is? Is it have a relation with a strat? ...
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How can I stop my electric guitar strings from rusting so quickly?

I suffer from hyperhyrdosis which means my hands sweat quite a lot. The problem is that because of this my electric guitar strings seem to rust quite quickly because of this. Is there anything I can ...
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Extended range electric basses versus extended range electric guitars

The differences between standard electric basses (four strings) and standard electric guitars (six strings) are very clear: in addition to have a different number of strings, they also differ in their ...
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How does one set up a guitar amplifier to produce a rock sound/feel?

I have trouble figuring out my guitar amplifier's equalizer settings, how does one know what the different knobs (bass, treble, mid, overdrive) do to derive a desired rock sound/feel?
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Will it harm technique if my thumb on the fretting hand moves a bit during different parts of a sweep picking arpeggio? (Electric Guitar)

I'm currently practicing some sweep picking arpeggios, and I was wondering if it was hurting my technique to move my fretting hand's thumb around during different parts of a single arpeggio. I play ...
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What are the advantages of point to point (PTP) wiring?

What are the advantages of having a pedal or amp that is point to point wired as opposed to one that is built on top of a printed circuit board? Are there any disadvantages of PTP?
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How robustly can I treat my tremolo?

I have a FR floating tremolo on my old Washburn MG-42 - full locking neck bolts although I'm told it's not an official FR but 3rd-party model. I have no real experience using the whammy bar on any ...
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...
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Notes on string high E sounds out of tune even picking them alone

I know it sounds silly, but it makes me crazy. Maybe it's my ear, or brain I've been suffering from this on all my guitars (Yamaha acoustic with D'Addario bronses) and others. I've thought it is ...
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Syncing audio recording with video recording

I have a rough recording of an improvised electric guitar solo that I recorded in Audacity using an M-Audio M-Track, as well as a video recording made using a webcam. Both turned out how I expected, ...
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How can I minimize going out of tune when using the whammy bar?

Perhaps my selection of musicians is biased, but usually when I see a whammy bar used, it's usually with a locking tremolo bridge like a Floyd Rose. Everybody else seems to take the whammy bar out and ...
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What exactly is *the* blues and how do you learn it (as opposed to: learn *a* blues)?

I realize this may sound like a stupid question, but I sense there is more to it than "play random blues scales over a 12-bar blues progression" to the blues tradition. What techniques, resources and ...