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What do you do when a string breaks or you drop your pick on stage?

One of my nightmares when I'm on stage is breaking a string or losing my pick. The former has happened to me before once, and also once right before I had to go on stage. Are there any tips my ...
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Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures

If the time signature is 8/8 or 4/4 and let's say we have 8 eighth notes in a bar the picking should just be down up down up down up, etc. But what happens if we have 7/8? Particularly in the next ...
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What are the dos and don'ts of positioning your thumb on a guitar?

What are the Dos and Don'ts of thumb position in guitar playing? Are there bad habits or just alternative techniques?
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Poor quality guitars that don't tune

So since I got it at a discount price, I noticed this Yamaha I have won't tune properly. Specifically if I tune the strings to a perfect EADGBE (using a good digital tuner), then I cross check the ...
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How can I Lower the strings to the fretboard?

How can I lower the strings to make it closer to the fretboard? When I play my guitar, using the 5th fret until to the 12th fret, it seems the sound doesn't come to my ears gently and I thought it is ...
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Playing guitar pieces flawlessly [duplicate]

I want to improve my ability to play flawlessly in live situations. I have quite high skills in guitar yet I seem to make quite a fair amount of slip ups whilst playing for friends and in ...
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What is “Phrasing” in the context of playing a Solo?

What is meant when a listener says"His phrasing was spot on"- specifically when talking about solo's but sometimes when referring to a pianist "comping". What does it mean when referring to a ...
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Fender guitar preamp

My son wants an acoustic-electric guitar. The one he picked out has a preamp. I know absolutely nothing about guitars, so does he need a seperate amp if this one has a preamp?
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How to achieve a glassy, edgy solo tone?

I'm talking about a tone that is clearly saturated, yet without sounding dirty. Imagine a 'creamy' sound, but make it more 'liquid' (!!!) [ref: Popular names for particular guitar tones ] I'll give ...
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How does scale length affect my playing?

This one's a bit rudimentary, but scale length is a bit of a mystery to me. I understand what it is, but I don't understand what it does. I own guitars with different scale lengths (Telecaster vs ...
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Setting up a Dive only Floyd Rose bridge so it Floats

I have an EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar which comes with a dive only floyd rose bridge. My problem with this is that I like to be able to do tremolo sound with it when soloing. I can only do this by ...
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Memorizing notes on guitar fretboard

I have 2 questions, which are somehow interrelated. Learning which-note-corresponds-to-which-fret-position was told to me as an extremely important task for any guitarist who want to get better at ...
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“slash” chords, e.g. B/F♯ - are these only for inversions, or can any note be the bass note?

I'm trying to work out whether it is technically correct to have a "slash" chord where the bass note is not one of the notes in the chord. I thought the main reason for slash chords is to show which ...
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Fret buzz present only at specific situations - how to explain?

I hear a strange fret buzz on my classical guitar, but only at a very specific situation. If I do both of the following, I hear the buzz: Hold 5th string at 8th fret (note F), but not play it Pluck ...
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Which (non dedicated) tool to use to fasten a Gibson 3-way toggle switch without marring it?

I do not have access to a dedicated tool (can't buy one in Germany) and I'm afraid to marr it with my pliers. You can see the knurled nut in this photograph from stringsdirect.co.uk
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Beginner replacing guitar strings

I am a beginner at playing the guitar, so I recently bought myself one and then managed to break a string whilst trying to tune it. After getting over the initial disappointment, I have ordered some ...
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What muscles are involved when playing guitar?

Another wording for this question would be "what muscles can I work on to improve guitar playing?" A few months ago I started boxing, and I found that my guitar technique improved as my arms got ...
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How can I minimize going out of tune when using the whammy bar?

Perhaps my selection of musicians is biased, but usually when I see a whammy bar used, it's usually with a locking tremolo bridge like a Floyd Rose. Everybody else seems to take the whammy bar out and ...
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A machine for automatic tremolo picking

Yesterday I was at God is an Astronaut live performance and was close to the scene. One of the guitarists (Gazz Carr) performed tremolo picking. But I noticed that on a few songs he used a small ...
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What is the best way to learn to play a piece on the guitar?

I've been playing the guitar for about 3 years. I would like to play more country and bluegrass. What is the best way to pick up new techniques and learn how to play anything besides basic guitar ...
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How to improve/solo over a song/backing track besides staying in key?

I recently bought an electric guitar and am looking to start soloing/playing along songs/backing tracks - I have learnt all positions of the pentatonic scale, know a handful of licks and have a basic ...
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Does using an EVH D-Tuna limit the range of a Floyd Rose type floating bridge?

Background: D-Tuna is a device developed by Eddie Van Halen that sits on the screw of your 6th string that drops one step in the tuning of that string quickly (according to a few videos I've seen on ...
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What is this device strapped around the nut of an electric guitar?

What is this device strapped around the nut of the guitar in this image?
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Is it important for a guitarist to know how to use a pick?

I've been playing guitar for almost a year and a half now and I still don't know how to use a pick. I strum very hard and I'm afraid that my guitar strings would break from the pick. Would this be ...
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G-string ring on guitar

I play an American Fender stratocaster. Whenever I play a note on the g string and take my fingers off of it, the open g rings out very loud (when playing through my amp at a loud volume). I can palm ...
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Is there a way to lengthen the lifespan of my strings? [duplicate]

I have acidic fingers and my strings wear out rather quickly. I am using Elixir which is a lot better than most other brands, but after around two weeks it loses the clean sound, becomes hard (or ...
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How to start self learning to play guitar?

I didn't see any post of where I can find a site that have good program for free to learn how to play a guitar. i have seen only those: How do I choose my first guitar for self-learning? How to ...
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Fingertip sensitivity/pain related to nail separation

I've been playing for decades. Every now and then I do something that causes a fingertip on my fretting hand to be extremely sensitive — to the point where the slightest pressure causes pain. ...
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Why is the guitar tuned E A D G B E? [duplicate]

Why is the standard tuning for the guitar E A D G B E, from the lowest string to the highest? The interval between strings is a perfect 4th, except for the interval between the G and B strings, ...
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What's the best way to begin learning lead guitar? [closed]

I can play rhythm guitar half-decently, but my friend would like me to play lead for his band. How should I start learning? (we'll probably be playing worship music)
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Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?

I am making a song composition in a scale of G. I have already used major chords G, C and D and in some places I have used Am, Em and Bm. I would like to make this composition richer with some ...
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Why some measures are marked with a roman numeral and a dashed line?

Take a look at the first of Tarrega's studies, which I'm trying to learn. In this study measures 6 and 13 are marked with a roman numeral (V and I respectively), and a dashed line above a measure. ...
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Guitar slur. Need help on understanding notations

I'm new to the guitar so I'm stumbled upon this and am confused. I think that the curve connecting the 11th fret and 10th fret means a slur? Did some research myself and found out that a slur can mean ...
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How do I remove peaks with Reaper

I have recorded an audio track with reaper and set it to record guitar but before I started playing the guitar made some noise and it was recorded. How can I remove this?
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What constitutes to the grading of a guitar piece?

Let's say RockSchool for now to keep it simple. I'm aware that it's a bit more flexable than the grading scheme on piano, and I'm applying to a music college this year and looking at my options for ...
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How to be consistent in studio performance?

Every time I hear myself playing in a studio recording setup, I feel like my playing is inconsistent in terms of tempo and dynamics, regardless of the instrument (drums or guitar). I know I can ...
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Making alternate picking palm muting sound like downpicked palm muting

I was told that my alternate picking palm muting should not sound like it does, there should be little difference vs downpicking. What should I practice to remedy this? Here's an example, using ...
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Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?

When should you plug gear into your amplifier's effects loop and not into the standard input?
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Intermediate Level Songs for classical Guitar [closed]

I'm not sure if this question is gonna be off-topic, if so, excuse me and feel free to delete. I played classical guitar for a few years, then switched to the electric guitar, but now I feel like ...
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With a Floyd Rose bridge, how big of a difference in string gauge will require a new set-up?

I have a new Schecter Hellraiser Extreme that came with stock 10-46's. I prefer a hybrid 9-46 (only the thinnest 3 strings are different guage) -to bend a bit better.... Is that minor enough change ...
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Cannot get rid of pedal / amp noise (Hiss) [duplicate]

I have a Marshall JVM 410H. I have the following pedals setup: For the front of the amp I have: Guitar > Compressor Sustainer > Chorus > AMP (input) In the effects loop I have: Isp decimator --> ...
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What is this part of the guitar called (see pic)?

What the circled wooden piece on the guitar called (pic below)? What does it do? Is it built into guitars or is an add-on?
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Homemade ways to mute strings (eg hair scrunchie)

I've seen a ton of players using hair scrunchies, or similar soft bands to mute, or rather dampen strings. ...
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Hard String Tension on a short neck (Change Gauge?)

I have an Ibanez 1570 (24 Frets) and love the tension and an EVH Wolfgang Special. I always use Gauge: 9 to 42 The wolfgang special has a shorter neck but the tension is really hard. Why? I've ...
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Improving fretting hand strength

I've been playing for years now as a hobby guitarist, but my fretting hand strength plateaued - it never really improved much beyond what I could do 2 months after I started playing. Since then, I'm ...
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How does this technique (Beat Tap?) work?

I'm trying to play this song. The part with the thumb slapping on the strings is quite difficult for me... He seems to perfectly hit just one string at a time (while beating the lower strings). ...
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Finger independence exercises - quality or quantity?

I have some exercises for finger independence (for left hand); however, I cannot even start to do some of them correctly. The most difficult exercise is: Start with a hand and all fingers in a ...
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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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How can I strengthen my fretting hand away from my guitar?

I don't get as much time with my guitar as I'd like, and I'd like to be "in shape" for the time of day when I can play. Are there exercises I can do while I don't have my guitar that can help improve ...
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Where can I purchase Bass VI strings? I live in Portugal [closed]

im a guitar player from portugal, and recently, me and my band colleague decided to build our own baritone guitar as our band would benefit from the low end, but as we started researching on ...