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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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When should you change your pick?

Sometimes when I try to play a solo I feel that I can't pick the notes because the pick is too short, and when I look at it, it is about 0,5mm shorter on the end than a new one. When should you ...
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Begineer Guitarist [on hold]

can anyone from the user give me basic strumming patterns, with some chord progressions along with the chord chart. I want to practice the strum pattern to make a good cover music for some song or a ...
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What is the best way to learn Guitar? [on hold]

I am 22 Years old, and have basic knowledge about guitar, like basic chords and a few strumming patterns. whereas i lack in playing bar-chords. I want to ask that what is the best way from which I ...
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Would any alternatative tuning suit this chord progression/song? [on hold]

These progressions are used in a song I'm writing. The more 'normal' versions of the chords work, but these are the voicings I typically use most often. %5/x.5/1.7/3.7/4.6/2.0/0[Dm] ...
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What is the proper name for these cheating F#m & G#m chords?

%2/x.4/3.4/4.2/1.0/0.0/0 It's basically a standard F#m barre, but without the barre. The low E string is generally not played. You can also move it two frets up to get a G#m shape, which still works ...
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Why does the bridge saddle on a steel-string guitar sit at an angle?

I have been playing a classical guitar for some years now and I recently purchased a steel-string acoustic guitar. I am puzzled by the placement of the bridge saddle on my steel-string. On my ...
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What kind of lute is this, which strings does it use and to which notes are they tuned?

Okay, that's actually 3 questions, but I would love to play this instrument. I acquired this lute (see images). It has 10 strings (5 currently missing). I want to replace them, and tune the lute. ...
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Guitar makes a weird scratchy sound when using plectrums

I play the acoustic guitar (3 steel, 3 nylon) but whenever I use a plectrum it makes a scratchy sound, am I doing anything wrong or is it just me?
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What is an effective way to tune a guitar for an unpracticed ear?

I played viola for 6-7 years and always had this problem to a degree where plucking or playing a string made me feel the pitch was wobbling in a range. I assumed I just don't have a precise ear, but ...
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What are the reasons for tuning instruments based on a frequency other than A440

I read that a harmonica could be tuned in A441 plus, but I don't know what that means. How is this different than A440 tuning? If you play guitar, when you tune your instrument, is it always A440? ...
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play melody with perfect fourths on guitar

I am beginner guitar player and I am not sure how should I play melodies with perfect fourths without gaps and ugly pauses. For example: |------------ |------------ |------------ |-------5-7-- ...
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Right hand to strum strings

When for example I play A and C chords in a song, how do I use right hand to strum strings? Do I strum all strings down? or all strings Down and Up or few strings Down or Down and Up... Is there any ...
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Audio Interface and Guitar

I am trying to connect my guitar to my computer. I am using the Alesis Core 1 as my audio interface. It has two options: line and guitar. The guitar sound comes out of my speakers but I can't edit it ...
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Different guitar chord voicings [closed]

Is there any where on the internet that anyone knows of that has different chord voicings for guitar. I don't mind if its a PDF, website, YouTube video i just would prefer if it was free.
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How do I know if my acoustic guitar is too big?

I am a beginner guitar player and understand that harder chords and barre chords take time to play well as I build hand strength, toughened fingers, etc. But I've wondered if it's possible I simply ...
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How to play a Pentatonic Major using a Pentatonic Minor 3 octave shape

Ok, so the : C Major Pentatonic and the A Minor Pentatonic are supposed to be the same stuff. But I'm unsure how that happens theoretically. (Apart from the obvious fact that they have the ...
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Recording a Guitar through Cubase and BIAS

I have an Alesis Core 1 as my audio interface. It is set up fine. I am using Cubase as my Daw and BIAS as a VST plugin so I can use amp simulators. However, I can't get any noise to come out. I am ...
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In a Rock/Blues band who dictates the groove?

The song is Superstition by Stevie Wonder. The song sounded out of sync and rushed when we were playing it. I play guitar and try to lay back and play behind the beat, but should the bass player play ...
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What is the best way to learn scales on guitar?

I want to be able to just play solos in a certain scale, but what is the best way to learn scales? Is it in the block shapes or just learn the fret board?
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C Major Blues Scale Formula

I'm very new to the music theory and I have started to write every single scale to my notebook but I come across this C major pentatonic scale and felt the need to ask how it can be written in the ...
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Practice routine for intermediate to advanced guitarist [closed]

I am a guitarist who has been playing for 9 years, and I would say I am at an advanced level, but currently I am stuck with playing with everything and I feel that I am not improving. So I was ...
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Hammer on question

Whenever I try to hammer on, I not only get the pitch of the string between the bridge and the fret but also between the fret and the nut. How do I mute the high pitched tone that I get between the ...
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Single Humbucker Wiring Help

I've recently purchased a single humbucker, and plan to remove the 3 single coil, 1 volume and 2 tone pickup configuration in my stratocaster with simply 1 humbucker and 1 volume. However, all the ...
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playing chords of Guitar [closed]

1- I need answer for two questions: After knowing basic chords:C D E F G A B and Cm,Dm,Em.Fm,Gm,Am,Bm. What are the next chords I should learn and where I must stop learning chords... 2- During ...
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Do capos exist that can be disabled without removing them from the guitar?

There's a song I want to play (in C) where the verse sounds best played on regular 1st-fret chords and the chorus sounds great using chords around the 8th fret - I can't barre them all reliably enough ...
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B Major Chords on the Guitar

AS a beginner I have a question to you, When I play B Major(Must I catch all strings on fret 2 with my one left finger?)as you show at the below image
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Guitar set up/maintenance [closed]

Without taking your guitar to a guitar tech, is there any way of learning properly how to set up your guitar? I have been on YouTube and the internet but they all say different things, and I want a ...
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How to master the guitar fretboard

I've been playing guitar for many years, yet I have made the huge mistake of never really learning scales. I want to catch up, but I'm a bit lost, since there are so many scales in so many different ...
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What chord is C slid up 2 frets?

What would you call this chord? The guitar is in standard tuning. No capo. It's basically C fingering slid up 2 frets, while keeping the open strings open.
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Basic chords to play any song [closed]

How many chords should I learn to play any song? Would you please write what chords I will need?
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Right strings of Guitar

When I strum the strings of a guitar to play a chord, should I hit all the strings or just those I need? Is there a method for working out which strings I need?
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How do I read guitar tabs written in this format?

I need some help learning how to read some Chinese guitar tabs I found online. They seem completely different to the standard Western format: I don't even know where to start with these, I suppose ...
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When to practice a song or chord progression in different keys

Right now I'm looping the changes to autumn leaves and practicing playing different chords/intervals over the changes. So for example I'll just play the 7th of every chord or I'll play the 3rd and ...
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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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Standard guitar string gauge?

I was reading this article: http://www.epiphone.com/news-features/features/2013/care-and-maintenance-of-your-epiphone.aspx And partway down, it states: An intonation adjustment is usually only ...
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Why is the 3rd omitted from common G Maj 7 shapes in guitar?

I'm reading that Major 7 is : 1-3-5-7. But most G Maj 7 stuff i see does not have the third. Mainly because keeping a third(2nd fret, 5th string, standard tuning) results in a difficult to hold ...
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Can I connect the “headphone out” of a ZOOM effects pedal (A3/G3) to a set of 2.1 stereo powered speakers and get decent sound?

Is there anything I should be wary of? I'm planning to buy a guitar and kinda in doubt whether I should go for dedicated amp (like a blackstar id:core series) or get an effects pedal like a zoom g3/a3 ...
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Converting guitar tabs to piano chords, song doesn't sound the same?

I play the piano, and I'm still a noob at it. There's this song I really want to learn, but when I convert the guitar tabs into piano chords, the chords are hard to switch and doesn't really sound the ...
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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's the correct fingering for a three string power chord on guitar?

Should you "barre" fingers 1 and 3, so 1 covers the lowest pitch note and 3 covers the higher 2, or should you use 1, 3, and 4 to play them?
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What are “half positions” in reference to barre chords?

I have heard the term "half positions" for a technique used in the context of barre chords. What does it mean? What are its advantages?
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How to practice chord changes into B major?

I am struggling to play some barre chords, especially this B major one: E --2-- B --4-- G --4-- D --4-- A --2-- E --x-- I try placing my barring finger (1) on the second fret, and then adding the ...
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Normal chords are boring, I want more!

Playing for example, pop songs can be boring, max 6 chords are used. When I listen to pro players, they add more weird, dissonant chords while transiting from one of that 6 chords to another. Now, ...
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ESP M-II sounds wavy (oscillating tone)

i bought an ESP M-II. The problem is the wavy tone: Example: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3109806/test.mp3 I tried already different amps. I can hear that the problem comes from the guitar ...
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What's a “chord register”?

Someone said: "When you're doing more than one person who does the rhythm part, do your chord in another register, maybe higher or maybe lower." What's really the definition of the "register" ...
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What is a Fender Special Run?

What is the differences between a FSR and a regular Fender guitar production model? At fender.com they say that: "FSR" stands for Fender Special Run. These products are specially commissioned by ...
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Guitar Pedal Components (DIY) [migrated]

After scouring the internet, I could not find the answer to this question. That is, to learn what particular pieces make certain sounds or alter sounds created (Ex. capacitor x tends to make the the ...
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Practicing string damping

I've got to back up and make string damping a priority. Do you think it's a good idea to practice different scales and use my fretting hand while strumming all the strings? How did you develop this ...
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Replicating chord tones

I've been engrossed in Jazz music for 8 months now. Since I've had 9 years experience on guitar, I can usually pick out and sing the melody being played. However, chord tones and their harmonic ...