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How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?

When I improvise on the guitar, I rely too much in theory and muscle memory. However, I can do creative vocal improvisations. I want to be able to let my inner ear command my guitar playing as well. ...
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How would you finger this Cmaj9 chord?

In this video, I'm having trouble with a particular chord. The first chord is here: e|-3-| 3 B|-3-| 3 G|-4-| 4 Fingers D|-2-| 1 A|-3-| 2 E|---| The G on top is giving me particular trouble. ...
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What Software Can I use to Capture Midi and Transcribe as Real Notation?

I'm a guitarist who is working on Jazz transcription. I'm doing OK with identifying the right notes and fingering, but am struggling with notating rhythm. It would be really useful if I could plug an ...
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How to interpret this ASCII tab?

I'm a begginer guitar player and I was trying to play this tab. but I don't understand it. which strings to bar? why the name of strings are not as normal ? and what that 3/2 means ? thanks in ...
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Software that Displays Chord Diagrams and Tabs in a Video [closed]

I'm a guitar teacher. Does anyone know of any software that are good for showing chord diagrams and tabs in a video?
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How to play a G-chord?

Does anybody have tips on how to play a G-chord on the guitar? My band director taught us, but for some reason I just find it very difficult. Help!
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Is it best to think of the notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic?

When playing guitar,especially improvising,is it best to think of the notes a actual lettered notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic ? Since the keys are easily movable , I'm thinking that its ...
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Looking at the fretboard is ruining my stage presence

When I play live with my rock band, I have to look at the guitar neck constantly, which is really bad to my stage presence. Whenever I stop looking, little mistakes start to show up. I really enjoy ...
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How do I troubleshoot guitar speakers?

I have an old school (like 1970) Jarguar (yes with the "r") cabinet with Marshall Loudspeaker speakers. I cannot find any information about these speakers or the cabinet at all on the internet. I ...
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On a guitar, what keys correspond to different capo postions?

I've long had this question. I know some music theory, but I can only get a vague idea as to the progression of keys when moving the capo down a guitar's neck. I'm fairly certain that the guitar is in ...
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Is “pattern-based” playing specific to instruments or tradition?

In the following video, Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater is reviewing the Axis-64 by C-thru-music. It's a keyboard/MIDI controller that uses a geometric harmonic table rather than a traditional ...
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Scale length with incorrect bridge position

What would be the issue/effect of having the bridge too far away from the nut on a large fretboard with standard fret sizes? For example, a 24 fret board with 25.5 inch scale fret spacings, but a ...
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Music notation for guitar [duplicate]

A friend who is a guitar teacher, told me I should learn to read music. He wrote the notes for guitar's 1st position and said to try and transcribe one of my songs as an aid to composition. So, ...
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What are the trade offs between using a pick and fingerstyle for guitar?

What are the main differences between using a pick vs. playing guitar with my fingers or even fingerstyle? Will there be any negative effects if I get used to one method and later want to learn a ...
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Spectrum analyzer on electric guitar

I turned on a spectrum analyzer and played the A string on the guitar. It should be tuned to 440 Hz, but harmonics seem to be way louder then the actual note played. Is this normal? I was hoping to ...
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What does it mean when I see a chord named Em7/5+ [duplicate]

Em7/5+    I know Em7 is a minor 7th chord, but what does the /5+ mean? I thought that the slash would be followed by a root note other than the E, but I do not know what the 5+ indicates ...
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Can a chord be both major and minor?

So I was messing up with chords the other day and I came with a case where the chord could be both minor and major. I'm wondering if it can be true or if a chord is either, but cannot be both at the ...
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Correct way of writing this bend in ASCII tab notation

I have a tab notation question. I will be using arbitrary numbers so that the examples are easier When you pluck the 12th fret in the G string, and then you bend the string a full note (from G to A), ...
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“best” chord name for a min♭6

As I developed my (guitar) chord vocabulary, the min7 chords were followed by the min6 chords. One was different. In the major key, the iii is what I have called a min♭6. However I have gotten some ...
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Does the type of wood on a solid body electric guitar affect its tone or sound?

I know that on an acoustic guitar the sound is produced by the strings vibrating the top or soundboard and that the type wood used on the soundboard and body of an acoustic guitar will be the ...
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Preparing for my first jazz gig

My first jazz gig is coming up (in about 45 days) and rehearsals start tomorrow. We are a quartet consisting of Bass, Drums, Guitar and Saxophone. I am used to playing with the rhythm section - ...
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Why do harmonics played on guitar sound lower as you move to higher frets while fretted notes sound higher?

By lightly touching a guitar string at specific nodes (most commonly at the 12, 7th and 5th fret) and releasing your finger immediately upon plucking the string - a clear ringing tone is produced. ...
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Are electric guitar types associated with certain music genre?

For example (while not necessary true) I'have heard that Stratocasters are good for metal, or that semi-hollows are for blues. I quess that you can play anything with anything but are there some ...
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Do vintage guitars really sound better with age? Or is this perception affected by selection bias?

Guitars are often said to sound better with age. How much of it is due to worse-sounding guitars being discarded before they reach vintage age?
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Methodology to Master Guitar as an adult

I am a 24 year old guy who loves music as you people do. Music is/was/will my passion from childhood. But I couldn't grow up with music. This is basically because of my family. But I always want to ...
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Electric guitar effects and amplification

I want to upgrade my sound. I have two medium combo amps for my electric guitar. I saw that there is a "combined" way to get the most out of a guitar - multi effects processors like the Axe-FX and ...
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Figuring the Classical Fingering from Sheet Music

Given a sheet of music, how does one determine the correct fingering (p i m a) for Guitar? that is, when the fingering is not explicitly mentioned? I know that strings (E a d) are typically plucked ...
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Will I be able to overcome from having spring like movement of my pinky finger while playing guitar?

There are lots of question and answers related to ring and pinky fingers. However, I am asking a similar question related to pinky finger as I need to know the answer specifically with my problem. I ...
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Use only - 3 strings on six string guitar - which ones would you use and how would you tune them? [closed]

I saw this picture in a CD Baby Catalog. Chris Ballew - aka Caspar Babypants, chooses to remove half of the strings from his six string guitars. In the picture, the strings appear to all be wound ...
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What are the benefits of practicing standing up (guitar)?

I can see how practicing standing up would be better for performing guitarists, but I am wondering if there are any other advantages to practicing standing up vs. sitting down for any guitarist?
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How can you find the key of a song by ear?

If you don't have the music notation available, how can you determine what key a song is in by just listening? Must one have perfect pitch to do this or is there an easy way or a trick that can help ...
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Associating chords with scales

In the following video, at 34:30, Joe Pass suggests practicing scales by choosing a high note, playing a chord below that note, then play "the scale" from the root of the chord to the chosen note: ...
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Playing with a pick with less pick-sound

I have two types of guitars, electric and acoustic and have been playing for over a year. How does one learn to or adjust their strum so that there's not so much sound of hitting the strings (as ...
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How is scale knowledge typically tested in music schools/colleges?

This is a follow-up question to a previous question of mine: What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)? What does a college-level (or music-school-level) ...
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How to tune a guitar/bass without a tuner?

When I'm trying to tune my guitar/bass without a tuner, if a single string is in tune, I can tune the rest of the strings based on the tuned one, using the harmonics over the 5th and 7th frets. But ...
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Is it normal to have a guitar's single coil neck pickup louder than the bridge humbucker?

Recently I found out that my single coil at the neck has much louder sound than the humbucker at the bridge. The middle single coil is the same as the neck one. Is this normal? Do I need to make the ...
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How to efficiently play two consecutive notes on the same fret?

If you have to play two consecutive notes on the same fret, especially with two adjacent strings, as in the example below: |--7--6-------------------------------------7--- ...
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How is he hiding his pick?

I've noticed that he's ...
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Jazz guitar vocabulary

After studying loads of scales and arpeggios, I realized that they're simply frameworks and note options to draw and connect non-sistematic melodic phrases. Now I am looking forward to build a jazz ...
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Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?

Songs that I hear that are piano based - ie. composed and originally performed on piano, seem to have a different feel than those composed on guitar. The flow, the movement, the chords used - are ...
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Learning to play guitar songs using on-line tabs - how to get strum patterns?

I am a relatively new guitarist and have been using online tabs such as this one: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/beatles/let_it_be_crd.htm to learn how to play new songs. While those tabs ...
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What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?

I am trying to re-learn many scales I kind of knew, but want to get better at. The question is, at which point do you know you mastered the scale (at least in terms of knowing enough to move on to ...
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Tablature vs. standard music notation? (guitar)

Under what circumstances should I write down "TAB" (tablature) or just regular music notation or both? I know how to read and write both of them, but I'm not sure which I should use for my songs when ...
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Traveling or moving neck bow

This is very strange. I have a Godin Icon which I love. This month I have noticed a neck bow that I can't straighten itch the truss rod. The problem is that this bow seems to move up and down the ...
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Is it OK to keep guitars in a glass or plywood rack?

I have a question about storage. I'm planning to build a rack like thing made out of plywood or glass to store my guitars. Yet, I'm curious to know whether my guitars will have an affect with the ...
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Why picking direction indicators in music?

In music notation specifically for the guitar, there are often picking symbols meaning to pick up or down. What is the purpose of these picking indicators (sorry, don't know the real term for them)? ...
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Using a Capo to transpose from Eb to G

If I have a song in the key of Eb and I want to play it in the key of G, where would I put the capo? Also, would I then use the fignering for the G chord? So I have to transpose to the key of G, ...
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What is the best way to develop a theoretical approach to practical harmony for guitar?

I am playing guitar approximately ten years but I know only basic harmony and rhythm guitar. I want to develop theoretical and practical harmony. What can I do for this?
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How to correctly classify different guitar tunings?

How would you correctly classify say - ECDGAD? Like, how people will say "E Minor 9th Tuning" or something like that, if you understand what I'm saying - what would you call ECDGAD and how would you ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...