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Sharp pain in fingertip of fretting hand index finger

I am posting this to describe a condition I recently had and how I got ride of it, as I had little success finding similar advice, and I'm sure this happens to other people from time to time. I have ...
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Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales

I am a drummer of 20+ years. I am a guitarist for only the last 5 or so (more of a guitar owner). I can play many chords, and have composed a number of songs. I learned to play drums without a ...
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Where to start from?

I'm a good jazz pianist that is good in music theory , can figure out harmony of songs alone. AND I can play chords and scales on the guitar technically and musically well. and today I was introduced ...
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How do I reduce treble from an electric guitar without the use of an equalizer ?

How do I reduce treble from an electric guitar without the use of an equalizer? My patches sound very sharp. I edited them and deliberately increased "low" and reduced "high". Unfortunately, the ...
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What is this guitar trick called?

I tried to recreate it but could not. What is this trick called? He seems to be semi-touching the strings to make this strange cool string sound. What is the name of this trick? How exactly is it ...
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What are the limitations for a guitarist with arthritis in his hands?

I have found that arthritis (or general hand problems/pains) is very common and a big problem among guitar players. I am currently suffering from osteoarthritis, more seriously in my left hand and I ...
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What kind of a guitar can I play without thumbs?

Because of arthritis, the thumb joints on both hands are gone, after playing acoustic guitar with a pic for 40 years in Church folk groups. I can't squeeze the neck with my left hand and can't hold ...
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Why do old russian guitar songs sound out of tune?

I'm not actually 100% sure these are out of tune, but they sound out of tune to me. Here are some examples on YouTube: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 It's a bit harder to tell in the third example, ...
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Problem with low tunings on my guitar

So I have a problem when I tune my guitar down to say D standard. Say if I'm putting my E to D I will go to the A and it will be a little closer to the A# then I left it and if I tune that down G the ...
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What to look for in a $1000 archtop guitar?

I'm thinking about getting a new guitar and for years and years I've wanted an archtop with the pretty f-holes and a tailpiece. I've got about $1000 to spend and I'm looking for just the guitar: no ...
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Low E buzz troubleshooting

I've got low E string buzz on both my acoustic guitars (Washburn and small bodied Hohner). I'm using light gauge strings mostly in standard but occasionally open tunings. The buzz is mostly ...
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String bending on acoustic

Any tips on bending notes on an acoustic? Its really hard to do and my string loses it sound really fast. Should I even try it? Bending 1 semitone is easy, after that its quite hard... edit: By ...
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Is my 1951 “Nocaster” worth restoring?

I have a 1951 Nocaster that has been refinished and has had the pick guard replaced (among other things). I plan on selling it and was wondering if it would be worth it to have it professionally ...
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Alternative treatment for Intention tremors in my left pinky and ring finger

I'm a guitarist, and have been playing well over 40 years. I'm going on 61 FYI. Over the course of the last 15 years or so, I've begun to have what are apparently called "intention tremors", just in ...
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Difficulty tuning in Drop D

I went to a guitar shop yesterday to buy a new set of strings and had them replace my old ones. The guitar sounds fine like the usual eadgbe sound but when I tried tuning it to drop D using a guitar ...
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What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?

I was wondering what guitar effects pedals are important to get. What are the typical pedals that one might need in order to get started? What is the bare minimum and what would be the ultimate ideal ...
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What is a good for system for learning theory through improvisation?

I have been playing the guitar for many years yet I find music theory elusive. Consequently, my musical vocabulary is limited. But I still love to improvise and, through trial-and-error, compose ...
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name of the strumming technique

I was watching the following video: ...
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Tips for beginner guitar technique

I just started learning the guitar and given that I'm the ultimate beginner my instructor thought its best to start with tabs solo and only for the first 4 frets. Now I've been doing this for the past ...
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Is the action of my guitar really high?

Okay, so I bought an acoustic a few months ago and now I have calluses on my fingertips, but I still get deep trenches in my fingertips if I play for like an hour or so. Right now I'm trying to learn ...
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What is the correct way to play/mute strings with the thumb?

Generally you should not touch the guitar neck with anything than the top of your fingers and the pad of your thumb. I heard this is especially important for new guitar players to build up strength. ...
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Changing amp tubes

I currently have a custom built amp which have 6V6 tubes. I think the sound is sooooo sweet that every time I plug in my Strat, my body starts to shiver :). However, recently, I bought an Ibanez JEM7V ...
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What is this chord called that looks similar to power chords?

While watching to some guitar covers I found this chord that looks similar to a power chord. In the cover the guitarist played it on the second and fourth fret. It looks like this: Images ...
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Essential strumming patterns/techniques? and the theory behind it? [duplicate]

I used to play silly led zeppelin and velvet underground covers. i knew all the vu strumming just because i knew the records by heart. i've started to get more into classic folk and country and nick ...
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Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?

Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Which one is better? I have heard mixed opinions about this topic, and am not sure which side is correct? I have one true bypass pedal and it sounds just ...
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What is the difference between Overdrive and Distortion?

What's the difference? They sound vaguely similar to me and I can't tell a distinct difference sound wise. What is the difference in tone, harmonics, etc.? Are they the same? Which one is better and ...
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When should I use a boost pedal in a performance?

I recently purchased a boost pedal for my pedalboard, and was wondering, when do I use it? Just during solos? Or in chorus's as well? I would like to know the correct usage of the pedal, any help is ...
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How to record my guitar on my computer

So I want to make some guitar covers and need a way to record my playing. I've set my multi-effect board and amp up so that I have the sound I want coming from the amp, I just need a way to get it on ...
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I'm having trouble with bent notes not terminating cleanly but dropping a little in pitch at end

I started asking this about string bends but decided the problem is broader - I need advice on right hand muting in general. I've been trying to pay a lot closer attention to my tone overall. One ...
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How to practice guitar in apartment with paper thin walls?

cool there is a music part of this site! anyway: i live in an apartment with paper thin walls. my bedroom shares walls with 2 other apts. both my neighbors don't care for music that isnt hiphop, ...
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Lilypond - two voices, with overlapping beams

I have the following in my measure: What would I have to write, to have those <c e>'s connected with beam instead of 1/8 rests, and those in second voice bellow also? Edit upper voice : ...
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Pentatonic Scales Question

I'm learning the notes on the fret board and I just wanted to ask something about the pentatonic scales you see, A minor pentatonic is A C D E G on the 5th fret, but when I play it on the 2nd fret its ...
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How can I understand what scale should I use?

For example, I want to play "I Chase the Devil" from Max Romeo. The chords are easy even for a newbie like me. But I want to add some flavour in the playing. Can I do this with scales? And if i can, ...
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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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Learning to play what you're thinking on the guitar

I'm a beginner guitar player with a passion for the blues, jazz and funk. When I say beginner I mean that I just know a few chords, have some basic technique on how to handle the guitar (I had classes ...
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what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?

As asked in the question, also a bonus question; how does the gauge of a guitar affect the tension of the strings?
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Guitar not holding tension

I've recently come into a problem with my guitar. Simply enough, I'm having trouble keeping one of the guitar strings in tune. I've played flamenco guitar for about four years and blues guitar for a ...
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How to make nails grow faster?

I have injured the nail on my right hand thumb, so I will not be able to use it for some time. I might have to wait until it regrows about 4 mm of length. Is it possible to make nails grow faster? ...
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String gauge, scale, and tuning relationship? (Guitar in particular)

Does anyone have general guidance or a good resource on this, specifically considering scale length, string tension, string gauge, and tuning? I've found loads of anecdotal research and a even few ...
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How does one break out of a musical plateau?

I've been playing the guitar for 7 years, but i realize that my playing has not been improving by leaps and bounds; (I am under the impression that guitar playing is linear; if you would plot a graph ...
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Are there guitar strings for very high tunings?

David Gilmour used a special tuning for the rhythm guitar in the song Comfortably Numb. It was a regular EADGBE, but the lowest two strings were two octaves higher, and the middle two were one octave ...
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Tuning Up Versus Tuning Down

If I were to tune my guitar, for instance, from E standard to D standard, why is it better to tune lower than D standard and from there tune up to D standard, versus tuning straight down from E ...
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Development of electric guitar - why not put a mic in front of a acoustic guitar?

Typically, it is said that the "reason" for the development of the electric guitar is the need to play loud enough in the presence of other instruments. But why wasn't is also considered to simply put ...
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How can one categorize himself as a Beginner or Intermediate Guitarist?

I'm a self taught guitarist(if you don't count Rocksmith 2014) who plays rhythm guitar only as a hobby. I always get tongue tied when someone asks me "are you a beginner?" because I don't know the ...
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Chord Progressions Including Majors That Should Be Minors

I have been learning a song by John Frusciante that looks like it's in D minor (or maybe F Major, you tell me). The main changes go something like this: Amin -- Bb -- Dmin F -- C -- Gmin -- Dmin C ...
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How to chord progress from C major key to A minor key?

How do you chord progress from C major key to A relative minor key? I would do it this way: progress to the III chord (Em), change the III chord to a Dominant 7th form (E7), now the E7 chord will ...
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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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Resource of musical phrases good for practicing transcriptions?

One common suggestion for improving ear training is to transcribe songs. However, songs can be long and can vary in complexity. As such, I'm looking for a book or website of musical phrases that can ...
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F Dorian and Associated Chords

So I have been playing guitar for a long time, but only recently have begun to seriously dive in to music theory. I have limited knowledge, so little that I am unaware if this is a very simple ...
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Do you use a metronome for songs or just for scales and exercises?

I play guitar and aspire to learn by ear. So, I've been using a metronome for scales and just strumming patterns, but I've heard it's good to play with a metronome for songs. I usually just slow the ...