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Heavy metal: how to play and “arc down” shown in tablature

I'm currently mastering a Troy Stetina "Heavy Metal rhythm" course, but having troubles with one of the exercises. It has an "half arc pointed down" sybmol after a note on 12th fret, what does it ...
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Can you hammer on from 7th to 0?

I was reading guitar tab and there was these two things, 7^0 and 7^8. I googled around a little bit and found out that it means hammer-on, and learned what it meant. But now I am thinking if ...
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How do you prevent injuries from bad posture while playing classical guitar?

I'm tagging this as specific to classical guitar since that's what I am familiar with. The correct posture is very important which playing classical, including the footstool, the position of your ...
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Playing higher A and B

I just started playing guitar yesterday. I have learned how to play notes like this, going from lower to higher notes: A - hold down 3rd string on 2nd fret and pluck it B - just pluck 2nd string ...
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Pop-like creak while tuning strings

I have a Behringer iAxe 393 strat clone. I recently adjusted the truss rod to fix some frett buzzing. Ever since, when tightening or loosening the strings while tuning, I sometimes get a creaking pop ...
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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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How do properly repaired cracks in the body of an acoustic guitar affect sound (if at all)?

A guitar I'm looking to buy (acoustic flamenco guitar, Alhambra) has a crack in the top (is that the correct term for the "audience-facing wooden panel"?), running closely alongside the neck all the ...
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What can I build into my guitar and use the “tone pots” buttons to adjust?

The tone pots are fairly useless, for the most part, so I was wondering what else people have done to take advantage of having those two controls available. I would love some ideas of something I ...
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Is there some type of classical guitar strings that have uniform tone across all six?

Whenever I try to adapt music for classical guitar I actively try to avoid transposing any note to the first string (High E) because it sounds so much more twangy than the other five. I understand ...
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Can guitar playing cause stiff fingers?

I've had what I thought was a rock climbing over-use injury on my left hand for a while now, where the fingers on my left hand feel stiff and hurt slightly when I curl them in and the first joints are ...
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Want to learn Blues Guitar

I want to learn guitar and I listen to the blues with just a little bit of folk and rock. When I talk to people at local businesses, they ask me whether I want to learn Classical or Rock guitar. ...
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Holding a cigar box guitar

I recently bought a fretless 3-string cigar box guitar. The problem I'm having is holding it securely on my lap. It wants to slide off. The neck wants to fall away from me. If I play finger-style, I ...
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What do I need to look for in a Y splitter for guitar?

I have started recording band practices. I'd like to record my guitar signal twice, one DI with no effects and the other mic'ing my amp. So I want to split my signal prior to effects chain (maybe post ...
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Right hand position for electric guitar

I used to practice on my acoustic guitar and had a habit of resting my right hand on the bridge while playing individual notes. Now I have switched over to electric guitar in I find it difficult to ...
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How can I prevent loss of tuning when changing strings set from 0.11 to 0.12?

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Custom and it's tuned in standard C and my playing style is mostly Desert Rock. I'm using a set of 0.12 strings and considering changing to a 0.11 set to have less tension ...
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Picking hand technique and precision

I started realizing that the picking hand was actually very important (probably as much as the fretting hand): it is always moving and it has to be extremely precise. I wanted to ask a question about ...
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Does the C chord change based on what key it's in?

Typically, the "C" is played like this in the key of C: But when I play another song, in the key of D, is the C chord still played like this? If not, how do I play it on the guitar? Likewise, if ...
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What makes african blues so distinctive?

When you listen to the music by Ali Farka Toure, Rokia Traore, Afel Bocoum and other african blues artists you can recognize it in a second. What is it what makes the african blues so distinctive? Is ...
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Guitar sound like in a Seether's song

I adore the sound of guitar in Seether's song "Fade out", Can anyone help me to reach such sound by setting my guitar processor in a certain way? Thanks
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How do I know what pattern to strum based on chords alone?

I find a lot of music with only chords: They don't tell me the pattern I should strum. How can I know when to strum up or strum down?
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How does the angle of strings above the headstock affect tone and stability?

The situation: I'm about to widen the slots in a new nut for a 12-string guitar. I'm using .015 strings (up from .011 or so), and tuning the guitar down significantly; my test-run with .014 strings ...
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What is the name for the guitar that doesn't have strings?

I had seen an electric guitar somewhere (can't remember) that resemble one used in guitar hero, but it's a real guitar for playing. It has buttons filling up the frets on each note to replace strings. ...
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Emulating the tone of a Rickenbacker

I am wondering whether anyone has any knowledge about getting the sound of a Rickenbacker… without actually owning one. Specifically on a Telecaster. I know that the two are completely different ...
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Which strings should I use for DADGAD tuning on my acoustic guitar?

I have recently switched to DADGAD tuning, before that I was using light tension strings ( 12 16 24 32 42 53 ). But because of DADGAD, to compensate for the lack of tension on the neck, I wanted to ...
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How do you sing and strum guitar chords simultaneously?

In my experience with the guitar, I think I do best with strumming. But it's always difficult for me when I have try to keep singing while strumming. How can I learn to do both?
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Learning Guitar by hearing

I am a little worried/tired of learning guitar by, note-by-note, scale-by-scale learning process. I have the basic figured out. Now, I was wondering if there is a way/process/resource to learn ...
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Tuxguitar Tuning?

I have started using tuxguitar, and the tuning has left be confused. For example I have the option to select B1 to B9 tuning, instead of just B, is this an error or what are the difference between _1 ...
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How do I figure out whether my guitar tuning machine heads are failing on me?

What are the symptoms of low quality guitar machine heads? I know it can be the nut that's causing the problem, but besides that, how can I know whether changing the machine heads will help my guitar ...
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What kind of guitar for big hands?

For someone with big hands, what kind of guitar is suitable? What are the advantages and disadvantages of big hands for playing guitar?
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When I do a pulloff on strings 2-5, how do I prevent my finger from muting other strings?

I've taken great care to hold frets with my fingertips in a position that they don't come into contact with other strings. Every time I try and do a pulloff though, it stops the string below, kind of ...
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Finger picking a bass line and a rhythm

I'm starting to learn finger style guitar and I have no idea how I should include a bass rhythm with the lead bits I play. Any suggested practice techniques? anything I should try doing other than ...
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Should I take the weather into account when I replace guitar strings?

I have been told that the strings in a guitar should be replaced at least every six months (I know this can be subjective). I have a classical guitar which has been several years with the same ...
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Acoustic guitar to a macbook?

First I want to say that I am totally sorry for my incompetence, but I have tried googling this and nothing came up. So, I got my hands on an acoustic guitar and it has an output on the bottom of the ...
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What are the indicators of a quality electric guitar neck?

I would like to replace the rosewood neck on my Fender American Stratocaster electric guitar with a maple neck. I have difficulty finding such shops locally, and I may resort to buying one (or even ...
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Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?

As a non-professional, intermediate-level guitarist interested in playing jazz, I wonder how important it is for me to be able to sight read music (and I mean standard music notation, not guitar ...
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What does this tablature notation mean?

There are two lines which have the number 0. Does that mean that I need to play two strings at once?
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Dealing with different tunings on stage

I play guitar in an acoustic trio (vocalist, steelstring-guitar, double bass). Currently I use 7 different open tunings in the setlist. So I have to retune quite often, and we have to deal with the ...
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What can I do to minimize damage to my picking hand wrist as I practice guitar?

My right hand (picking hand) is showing signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, and is slowly, but surely, degrading. I continue to practice guitar, but it's beginning to be difficult to do so. What can I ...
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I want to learn my first dire-straits solo, what is a good one to start from?

I have been playing my guitar for a few years but never put in enough time in order to advsnce from a "chords player" to someone who can improvize a bit. I do have a good ear... I thought to get in to ...
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What tools should every guitarist have?

What tools should every guitarist have to do most small/medium projects for their guitars? (change strings, tuners, knobs, pickups)
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Which one has more impact on the sound, the string or the body?

Which exactly affects more on the sound of the guitar? is it the guitar body? or the string? How much the sound improves if I use good string on an old guitar? I know it really depends on the ...
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Using white spot(markings) on fret board while memorizing notes

I am learning different scales and notes on the fret board using the white dots(marker) that's placed on 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 12th and so on, on my guitar. Now when exercising I am locating a note ...
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Can I play a regular guitar as a Lap Steel by replacing its strings with steel strings?

Is there any significant difference other then strings between "regular acoustic guitar" and an "acoustic lap steel guitar"? Is replacing the strings with steel strings enough?
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Free exercise books

I've asked a question here: What is a string skipping exercise?. A follow up question: Are there some good free exercise books available on-line for the post-beginner stage? A link to a good ...
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How to glue a crack in the front panel of a classical guitar?

It was probably caused by dryness or bad storage. The crack goes all the way from the sounding board hole to the bottom edge of the guitar (assuming it's standing).
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Any exercise to extend my finger flexibility?

When playing guitar, the fingers need to be extended flexibly in order to hit the right part of a string. Is there any exercise to make them more flexible when I am not playing guitar?
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What should be the tension for 0.010 inch strings for guitar

0.009 inch(diameter) strings are tuned as E3, A3, D4, B4, G4, E5. Question is, does 0.010 inch diameter strings should be tuned in this tension? When I try to set these like 0.009 inch ones, the ...
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What is the best way to start learning to play guitar by ear

I've been using TAB for a while but I want to transition to picking things up by ear. What is an effective way to do that? Please give answers about methods you have experience with and explain how ...
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The Danelectro DC-59 12 : Any good?

I am looking into buying a twelve string electric to help me improve and further my style and sound. The best option for me, at the moment, seems to be the Danelectro DC-59 12. From reviews, I have ...
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What is the minimum break angle for strings on a guitar?

If I am correct, the reason for string trees on certain guitars are because the strings must be at a certain angle (the break angle) to the nut/saddle. Does anyone know what this exact angle is? And ...