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How to remove lemon oil from guitar parts where it doesn't belong

I recently had a little mishap while cleaning the fredboard and spilled almost half a bottle of lemon oil over my guitar. Unfortunately lemon oil has the word "oil" in it, therefore it takes a lot of ...
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Young boy's first guitar [on hold]

I would like to get my four year old grandson an electric guitar that he can grow into while (hopefully) learning to play it. Do you have any suggestions on model for a starter guitar?
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fingering of g chord on guitar

Is it recommended to play g chords on a guitar with middle finger and index finger reversed? I find it easier to use the middle finger where the index should be, since it is longer. Or is this a bad ...
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Ways of reducing noise with single coil sound hole pickups

I currently use an sound hole single-coil magnetic pickup on my acoustic guitar so that I can get both a good "acoustic" guitar sound and so that I can drive electric guitar effects pedals. In some ...
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Figuring out the difference between major and relative minor scales

We know that the notes as well as the chords in a major scale and its relative minor scale are the same.So, how does soloing in a major scale differ from soloing in its relative minor scale?
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Rythmic for “Ces petit rien” from Serge Gainsbourg [on hold]

I a very big fan of Serge Gainsbourg and especially "Ces petits riens": As a guitarist, I'd love to be able to play it like on the record, but I'm looking for the ...
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Fret buzzing after set up

I've got an Admira Artista guitar, I bought an used one which was manufactures in 1980 and it looks liek a new guitar without any scratch. I played with medium tension strings and it was great, never ...
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How I study Music Theory [on hold]

It is one year less that I started to play guitar and I have learned lots of things about playing guiatr and after I could read Music notation two Octave on the Stuff...but now I don't remenber that.....
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Ohm ratings for guitar amp / extension cab

I have a guitar amp that recommends the following for connecting to an external cabinet: Only use extension cabinets with an impedance of 8 Ohms or more (e.g. 16 Ohms). NEVER use a lower impedance (e....
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Tuning a 38 inch Guitar

Should I tune a 38 inch guitar same as a standard 41 inch guitar (i.e. E A G D B E) or some other way? Another thing, I have dots on frets 5, 7, and 9 only. Is it normal? Asking since standard guitars ...
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How do I start guitar 'tapping' style?

I have been thinking of adding tapping guitar style to my fingerstyle and I was wondering if anyone has some tips or useful websites that could teach me this. If anyone has info on how to get louder ...
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Are there any important practices for fingerstyle guitar? [closed]

I have been playing fingerstyle guitar for about three years and I am now able to play okay. I was wondering if there is any challenging exercises that I could do to improve my skill? If possible ...
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What is the best way to learn guitar solo from someone else? [closed]

I am guitarist and when I am working in solo or practicing of some master of performance or someone else on guitar I always have some doubts if am I in the right way. Because sometimes is painful to ...
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What guitar effects (pedals) are common for Blues and Jazz guitarists? [closed]

Nowadays which effects (pedals) sounds good to play Blues or Jazz on guitar? A friend told me that overdrive is used to transform the solo to a more aggressive sound. Chorus effect could help on ...
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Would learning scales and notes on the guitar help me perform new solos or arpeggios quickly?

I'm a beginner but I can play some basic chords well and I have even tried things like the Slash - Godfather solo and the Metallica - Nothing else Matters solo. However, while practicing I feel like ...
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Why are there only five diatonic scale forms if there are 7 modes? not including hypo- modes

I"m learning diatonics on guitar finally, and there are just some theory based confusions I'm having with these things, if anyone could explain it'd be as huge help Thank you
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What are Guitar Scale Patterns?

I am trying to understand, what is a guitar scale pattern ? For example, following shows "C Major Scale Pattern." What exactly is the purpose of a scale pattern ?
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tips for switching from g chord to c chord on guitar

So I've been playing for about a month following Justin guitar's beginners course and i could do some basic chord changes quite fine but i find myself really struggling when i'm trying to change from ...
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weird intonation problem on the highest string

i just changed my strings for the first time in about 8 months (really long time. i know) and the highest string is not intonating properly. at the 12th fret the string is flat but at the 24th the ...
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Are fast chord changes about muscle memory or finger strength?

I've been playing guitar for about a few months now, and i've "mastered" the CAGED chords and theirs minor relatives. Meaning i can switch between them pretty quickly but I'm not a pro or anything. I'...
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Do Scale Shapes change with different tunings?

All the scale diagrams I've seen are shown in E standard tuning. Would the scale shape change in another tuning, like Drop D for example? Alternatively, do I just keep the same scale shape ...
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Is there a name for the points on the body of electric guitars?

I was trying to describe a part of the guitar to a friend a I could not come up with the proper name for it. I was try to refer to the two points on the body of an electric guitar where typically part ...
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How to arrange a song in fingerstyle? [closed]

I have some questions about arranging a song in fingerstyle: I know these: Get the melody. Get the chords. Combine melody and chords rhythmically. My questions are: The melody is high single ...
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Jazz chords: left hand fingerings

I'm an amateur guitarist, I like jazz and I decided to try to learn the basics from the beginning (self-teaching at the moment). I started reading Mickey Backer's "Complete Course in Jazz Guitar" ...
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What music is this? [migrated]

I just want to know the album and artist of the background music used in C.E.S L.I.N.G.O.N +15 prototype trainer. You can download it from the link given below... Link to the trainer My sincere ...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

I need to oil and clean my guitar fretboard and was wondering if a damp cloth and olive oil is good for this?
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What does the pre shape, and EQ In/Out buttons do on my guitar?

I just bought a second hand ovation celebrity and I was wondering what some of its buttons do. Do they change the sound (distortion/loudness)? If not what do they do?
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Finger positions when playing guitar by ear

May be a multipart (beginner) question. Context: not taking lessons. Reading a bunch of books but nothing really focuses on improvising/playing by ear. When I try to play along with stuff on TV or ...
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Acoustic fingerstyle uneven sound

I'm a beginner at fingerstyle guitar. When I play with longer nails, I get a nice crisp sound, but the volume is uneven based on which finger I use. Sometimes I get this horribly loud/scraping sound (...
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Guitar Tab Book

I know that I should probably just use the music notation Moleskin and write out in music notation. However, sometimes I come up with chord and modal note combinations that I think sound cool, and ...
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Should I change my guitar strings?

I received my guitar a few years ago and haven't changed the strings. I don't know when the previous owner had last changed the strings, but it seemed as though it had just been sitting around for a ...
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Effective Finger Sequence

When I started learning three note per string diminished sequences I noticed at first that it was significantly easier and more comfortable to play the notes using index-ring-pinky(1,3,4) rather than ...
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My smile is a rifle [closed]

Well. I'm not as well on english speaking as I'm on my native language, I'm trying to do my best. The fact is that I would like to play My Smile is a Rifle the way John plays it on that video. He ...
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Tips on entry level diminished scale ideas for soloing [closed]

I am an amateur guitar player for a few years already and I have learnt the essential scales, such as major, minor, pentatonic and blues scales but I would like to increase the level of my guitar ...
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Doom/Melodic Death Metal for electric guitar

My friend and I are looking to just enjoy ourselves and record a Death Metal EP with some Doom and Melodic Death Metal influences. With the tempo changes I know it sounds ridiculous but at this point ...
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Why are my notes sounding so distinct and separate when I'm trying to play the Godfather theme on guitar?

I have a Stratocaster and I'm playing the Godfather theme by Slash on it. I hit the notes right and I'm doing all the slides and vibratos. However, you know how the entire theme just flows when slash ...
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Soloing on Scales

I've been playing guitar for about 5 years now. When I improvise solos, I tend to do it only in major and minor pentatonic scales. Therefore, my solos are quite restricted. Could someone enlighten me ...
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How to reduce fretting hand fatigue?

I have played guitar for a while now and have been doing quite good. I can played E and A shaped barre chords without any problem. I can also play barre chord in CAGED system. My problem is that my ...
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Is there any difference between glissando and shift/legato slide in guitar?

I know the difference between legato and shift slide. but i don't know if: Is there any difference between glissando and shift/legato slide in guitar?
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Practice with amp sims

A while back when I was dorming in college, I remember having to do most of my practicing through my laptop and freeware amp sims because amplifiers were banned from the dorms. The latency on my ...
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Changing electric guitar tuning heads

I have a Cort Sunset 2 electric guitar. It's a Les Paul-ish style guitar. Specs here: www.cortguitars.com/uk/product/sunset-2 I'd like to change the tuning heads to better quality ones, preferably ...
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What is the difference between “a lead guitarist” and “a solo guitarist”?

What is the difference between "a lead guitarist" and "a solo guitarist"?
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Playing one chord over another

I'm self taught and the theory that I know I learned myself or with the help of some online tools. Most of this makes a lot of sense. I understand the theory when it comes to constructing and naming ...
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Best way to start playing guitar?

I'm an aspiring musician and have self-taught myself a few rock riffs but was wondering what the best way of actually learning to play is. I've looked around a bit at a few online lessons but none ...
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Guitar finger style and strumming

I started playing January this year and find finger style easier than strumming. My question is, can I transform a finger style pattern to strumming, and if yes, how?
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Why do almost all modern Classical Guitars use a slotted headstock?

The benefits of a slotted headstock (left picture) over an unslotted one with vertically arranged tuning posts (right picture) seem to be largely subjective (The biggest advantage is problably that ...
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How to interpret a finger slap notation on a guitar tab?

I am looking at this particular guitar tab: and I am trying to make sense of the notation where you have a triad with the "x" on the top string and the other strings below are in parentheses. ...
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Cannot get Guitar Rig 5 sounds recorded into Ableton Live 9

I cannot get Guitar Rig 5 sounds and patches recorded into Ableton Live 9. Ableton Live 9 only records clean sounds from my guitar.
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Open chords with played strings marked x

Most open chords have roots that is not on the low E string, notes like A and C where the roots are on the 5th string or D where the root is on the 4th string. This calls for the low E not to be ...
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Mic-ing up solid electric guitar

I'm trying to experiment with a technique that I believe was used by Buddy Holly and perhaps other guitarists. That is mixing the guitar signal with a microphone signal from the guitar being recorded ...