For questions about guitar playing in general. For questions specifically about solid-body electric guitars, see "electric-guitar". For questions specifically about acoustic guitars with or without pickup systems, see "acoustic-guitar".

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Fender Strat - parity between neck and middle pickups

I'm currently in the process of upgrading the pickups in my MIM Stratocaster. Since I've already purchased a neck pup and a humbucker for the bridge, I'd like to buy the middle one in isolation. I've ...
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Meaning of diamond-shape notes on guitar staff

I am playing a piece for the guitar on the piano and everything sounds fine until I reach the last few notes in the score: all the notes marked with a '19' above the staff and represented with ...
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Piano Vocal Guitar sheet music?

I am buying some new sheet music online but the the music I am buying includes Piano/Vocal/Guitar. I assumed that you could play all three individually (without the others) but when I look at the ...
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How to identify the ideal guitar type, given constraints (usually budget)?

Not looking for a brand recommendation, only objective guidance. Is there a general understanding, rule-of-thumb, trick-of-the-trade that matches a certain type of guitar, type and number of pickup ...
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Sound not coming through amp

I was playing my guitar earlier today, everything working fine; sound coming through the amp and all. I bought new strings strings and changed them out today and moved the guitar and amp into to a ...
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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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new at electric guitar need help

Which pedal should I put first, overdrive pedal or chorus pedal? Can they be on at same time ? I don't want to burn them out. I was wondering if an overdrive pedal would make a chorus pedal function ...
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Why is it difficult to switch over from acoustic to electric guitar?

I have been playing the acoustic guitar for a couple of years now. I started off with guitar because of metal but I went into other genres along the way. I can play considerably good leads on the ...
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Real examples of guitar technique Wikipedia calls “polyphonic strumming”

While reading about unusual guitar techniques, I found this article on Wikipedia about something called polyphonic strumming. I had never heard of it before, and actually the name they use for it ...
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Fret hand muting for a less messy, more “single note” sound?

I'm a fairly novice self taught player. I'm having a lot of difficulty eliminating things like unwanted strings resonating, clattering in to other strings when bending, accidental pull offs, etc - in ...
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Struggling with strumming patterns

After practicing some elementary strumming patterns, I still can't get to develop any muscle-memory for it. I seem to be able to play short duration of rhythm that appeals to my mind, and perhaps ...
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What advantages are there to learning on a guitar with no fret markings?

I recently picked up a classical guitar and am considering buy fret markings for it. But I before I do so I would like to know what advantages are there to learning on a guitar with no fret markings. ...
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Pinky And Ring Finger Independence And Dexterity

I recently discovered that my ring finger and pinky seem to have the least amount of independence with respect to the rest of my fingers when fretting the guitar, and exceptionally so. I experience ...
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How is a jazz bass different from a normal bass guitar?

I'm trying to get a jazz bass guitar (active) and I've been looking at the Ibanez range. The only problem is that it doesn't quite say whether it is jazz bass or not for most of them. For example, how ...
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Guitar playing Nothing else matters

As a beginner guitarist, I started learning Nothing else matters, but I have a problem: I can't hit the 3rd & 4th strings on the 5th fret and the 1st string on the 2nd fret at the same time, due ...
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Classical to another style guitar

I played classical and have done Trinity Grade 4. I dont enjoy listening to classical guitar songs . I enjoy the rock/pop type music. Hence I want to change my style . In which styles will the finger ...
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Correct name and technique for 2-5 adjacent strings

I have been learning guitar for almost 1 year now. I mainly play Rocksmith (don't judge me) and Yousician. I have been nailing a lot of techniques lately e.g. fingertip muting for power chords and my ...
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How can I transcribe chord charts into guitar tablature?

Is there any way to extract tabs from the chord charts? There are many songs available only as chords on the internet. I want to know how to go about creating tablature notation from the chords.
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How do you strum an upstroke without striking an unwanted string?

It could be a silly question. I started learning guitar 2 months ago but the progress are not going very well. Apart from the previous problem, which I haven't solved yet, I have a problem with the ...
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Guitar tab reading

I Read that I must play the notes from first guitar string(e bottom)and after that notes on the B G D A and hight E string,but sometimes guitar players hit two or three strings together and at the ...
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Major scale box patterns

I have mapped out the complete A Major scale and the A Major pentatonic scale I'm having an issue to understand the box scales, and almost all info relates to the C Major scale. I'm not sure if ...
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Help identifying something in guitar tablature?

Hey, I'm having trouble identifying what those two arcs are. The dotted one going over and the solid one going under. I'm trying to re-create this tab in Guitar Pro 6, so that I can listen to it as ...
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Is using your thumb for jazz barre chords 'bad technique'?

When I play barre chords using jazz voicings such as in the following chord chart: I often wrap my thumb around the neck to fret the E string. I prefer this, rather than using my first finger, as ...
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Guitar chord progression and key conundrum

I have a guitar chord progression: F# sus2, C# minor, B minor, E sus2. Over this I have a nice melody played within the c# pentatonic (starting at fret9). I really like what I have so far and wish to ...
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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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Some acoustic guitars are easy to play but some aren't. What affects playability?

I was comparing a fender and an epiphone acoustic guitar and noticed that fender was easier for my left hand. Both guitars have the same dimensions and seemed to have same string gauge. I thought ...
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What's the proper right arm position for an electric guitar?

With my classical guitar arm positioning has never been an issue. I just rest my arm naturally on the body at the crook of the elbow: My wrist stays pretty flat: I feel like I could sit like ...
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Electric guitars that can fit Firebird humbuckers with minimal effort

I love the sound of the Seymour Duncan Firebird pickups, but I can't work out what type of guitar I could fit them in without having a massive headache. I'd love to get these into an SG body, but I ...
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Open string makes unwanted sound when finger leaves it while playing a scale or lick

Recently I noticed that open strings make their unwanted sound when my finger leaves them while playing a scale or a lick. This is mainly affects the D and G string. Say I am playing a C major scale ...
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What's the reason for having a large number of guitars?

This question is motivated by Is it a good idea to leave my guitar tuned over night?. I leave all ten of my acoustic guitars tuned all the time I'm a cellist and I just can't imagine having ...
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Guitar intonation issue - still sharp but screw as far as it'll go

Recently I got a brand new Ibanez AM93 Lefty. It's an hollow body so I am using jazz guitar strings. I think I did a correct setup: Action is approx 1.8 mm in high E, and approx 1.9-2.0 at low E ...
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Is it a good idea to leave my guitar tuned over night?

I have an acoustic guitar and I always leave it tuned over night until someone told me that it ruins the strings and the neck of the guitar. Is that true and should I leave it tuned overnight?
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What is the safest way to raise and lower action and adjust intonation?

I'm worried that taking my strings of every time to check whether the action or intonation is right will make them snap. So what's the safest way to remove new strings so I can change the intonation ...
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Having trouble doing multiple intervals at the same time

Ok, practicing my intervals and playing M3 and m3. If I do them one after another, and move from a low register to a high one and visa versa, I tend to cling onto the old tones and its making it very ...
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Tuning new strings on an acoustic guitar

Okay, so a while back I broke one of my guitar strings, so I bought a new set. The problem is with my new strings my guitar sounds awful. Like it doesn't sound new awful it sounds like its completely ...
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Thick fingers create problems sometimes

I have thick fingers. Whenever i try to play after 12th or 13th fret, I end up making some strings dead. Sometimes while playing some of the chords or while I have to switch chords quickly, this ...
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Sing along to connect my ear with my instrument (guitar)

I would like to learn and improve my jazz improvisation and soloing skills. Many places I am reading about the importance of singing along to improve my ear. It is completely reasonable, however I ...
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how to help pinky and ring finger connected by superficial ulnar nerve for guitar

My little finger and ring finger do not move independently. I have heard that the problem is a hand design defect by having the two fingers connected by the superficial ulnar nerve. This defect ...
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Should I now relearn my picking from mainly alternate to economy?

I was learning (jazz) guitar for 4 years. There was some pause, but now I am back in track and learning again for 6 months. I do some 0.5-1 hours/day scale and pattern practice with a metronome, then ...
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Guitar pro 5 slash line to rest

Can someone tell what is that weird note? Not the tie between the 12 and 12, afterwards there a slash line that I can't recognize and it sounds similar to a slide but not exactly. It from "The ...
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Should I learn the CAGED patterns for harmonic and melodic minor scales?

So I learned all the 12 patterns for major scale. Should learn the CAGED system for harmonic and melodic minor scales because there are 4 notes on some strings?
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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 do I properly stretch my newly strung strings?

I came across this string stretcher device. It's called The Stretcha. It claims to properly and evenly stretch new strings and maintain tuning. I never really made a point to properly stretch ...
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Stretching Strings: Safe technique [duplicate]

So, I've been told that stretching guitar strings shortly after fitting them is a useful technique for keeping them in tune for longer. I've recently started doing this after some advice online to do ...
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How to train for faster picking speed on guitar?

I've been training on speed picking on major scale as my daily routine, following this Justin Guitar's guide on scale picking for one year since last year June, but until now my G major scale picking ...
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Can I use bass pick as guitar pick?

First of all, I don't really know about the difference between both picks, but as far as I know, the bass pick is slightly wider. Can I use it (the bass pick) as a guitar pick (for guitar, of course)?...
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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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Ending a note on guitar

I just started playing electric guitar a few weeks ago, although I have a lot of musical background on other instruments. I'm learning from a book. One thing that is bothering me is I don't understand ...
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Reading Guitar tab

Please tell me how I read this tab and play that melody? how I must use D5 chord in this tab and what are these strings to hit them at the same time? video link: tab ...
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difficulties tuning C string on ukulele

I'm having some troubles trying to tune the C string on my ukulele (the biggest of all the 4). I happen to have no issues with the other ones, but this takes so much time to to be tuned and it won't ...