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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 [on hold]

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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Electric slide guitar [closed]

I have been searching YouTube and all the DVD lesson packs I can find. Does anybody have any feedback on them? I am looking for a coordinated lesson plan not a player riffing.
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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 ...
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What to look for in a drum machine for practicing guitar with

I want to practice guitar with a drum machine instead of a metronome. I want something that has a lot of pre set rhythms but also has some flexibility if required. What features should I be looking ...
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How to convert Vocals into lead Guitar

I have seen many people play the vocals of a song like leads on the guitar. There is not much guitar in my country's music so I am trying to learn how to convert the vocals of songs into guitar lead ...
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How to distinguish power chords from single notes?

I have been learning guitar by ear for the past few years. I was listening to a song I've been trying to learn for a while, and realized numerous notes I had thought were single notes were actually ...
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Increase strength and speed of left hand for guitar tapping

Lately I've been trying to learn reapers by muse on guitar and the intro has fast tapping with fairly big stretches for the left hand and I have been struggling to play it at the right speed and ...
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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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Stage monitoring for guitarists

I am a guitarist in a band and want to start using an active wedge monitor, as I sometimes struggle to hear what I am playing. I am wondering if I can just use a mic on my cabinet and run it direct ...
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Student-teacher relationship: telling a teacher about another?

I looked at these questions: Is it useful to have different teachers? This forum thread And am wondering on a similar topic. I've re-started taking guitar lessons, with the goal to be able to ...
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What do the terms E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 actually mean?

I am attempting to learn guitar, and I keep coming across this notation in various apps that I've downloaded. I know that E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 are something to do with tuning, but I'm not exactly sure ...