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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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Guitar Phrasing instruction

Are there any good resources on the web for learning guitar phrasing , especially as it pertains to blues guitar. i have been listening to the blues for a really long time, but have just recently ...
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Can I connect my semi-acoustic guitar to my computer and get output from its speakers?

I know the proper thing to do is to buy an amplifier for this purpose. But can I connect to my computer and get the output from the speakers? Works fine with recording, but not direct output. Is there ...
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2 guitar progression [closed]

These are progression from a song that I was playing with a friend but we don't understand it at all. Can somebody please explain conceptually why they sound good when played together i.e first ...
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Why do classical guitarists recommend putting the left thumb between the index and middle finger?

In most of the literature that I have seen, the recommendation is for the left thumb to be roughly in line with the index finger, running parallel to the frets. I find that, especially toward the ...
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What types of guitars are used for spanish music?

I am fascinated by Spanish guitar music, and I have started exploring it. I have heard classical music like Gypsy Kings, Taranta, Romance, etc. Does anyone here know what types of guitars are used in ...
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How can I move beyond learning songs?

I can competently learn and play chord progressions and simple runs on the guitar but I do not feel like I understand the instrument. My playing progresses by memorizing songs. However, I know that ...
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How do I know what size guitar strings I need?

I'm about to buy strings and begin playing my acoustic guitar, but I don't know if there are different sizes of strings.
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Is there any alternative to using capo?

I don't have/want to use capo for my guitar. Can a specific tuning be applied as an alternative to capo?
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What's the most useful alternate tuning and why? [closed]

Whenever a guitarist wants to learn an alternate tuning, the practical details are easily addressed (string-guage, using a tuner). But the strategic aspect cannot be gained without many Saturday ...
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How to find the best solution on the fretboard for the sequence of notes in a music?

The fretboard allows several possibilities, but how to choose them in order for the music to flow better and with good sound quality? In the pratical and correct way, of course. I see for example a ...
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What is the best way to work on my fret hand finger independence?

As a beginner, I find my fingers going everywhere but the places I want them! This is especially true when I'm attempting scales/licks that use my 4th finger a lot or requires quick interchanging ...
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Are there any benefits of using a Capo?

What is the benefit of using a Capo versus just playing in a different key without one?
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Guitar practice - general techniques

I was delighted to come across this site. I'm a self-taught guitarist (largely electric guitar) and am continually looking to improve my playing and practice techniques. The change of running my ...
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What harmonic devices are common for jazz-rock fusion guitar?

If I want to compose a fusion piece (or improvise over one), what harmonic tools I can use to sound right in this genre? Every genre has a specific chords, progressions, scales, techniques etc. which ...
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Which electric guitar strings have the least (pitch) bend

When playing my electric guitar, the pitch of notes varies depending upon how exactly the strings are fretted; this is particularly a problem with strings that are barred by the first finger, since ...
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Should a Floyd Rose bridge be parallel to the body of the guitar?

I've read before that a Floyd Rose bridge should be parallel to the body of the guitar. This is an image of the bridge on my guitar: You can see that the left side of the appears to be a little ...
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What guitar tunings allow many chords without fretting between “live” strings

When playing the guitar, I find it difficult to fret a string without touching the string on either side and ruining the sound. Open tunings make it very easy to play one type of chord by barring ...
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How can you tell if the sound of an electroacustic nylon guitar is going to be good?

How can you predict whether an electroacoustic nylon guitar is going to have a rich/deep sound by looking at its technical specifications?
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Best process to learn a new song

I have been wondering about the best way to learn playing a new song on guitar. For example, a lot of people try to pick a small part, practice and perfect it and then repeat the procedure for the ...
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Learning tablature with tutoring software that shows me what to do in real-time [closed]

I want to practice playing songs off of tablature, but I think it would be easier for me if I saw the actual notes displayed on a virtual fretboard while the song is playing. Guitar Guru does ...
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How can I easily manage different tunings?

This is probably appropriate for a range of instruments, and I have seen mentioned in other questions that professional musicians can cope easily with transpositions, different instruments that play ...
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Has anyone encountered G-D-d-f-g#-b tuning (guitar) [closed]

For many months, I've been playing my guitar tuned G-D-d-f-g#-b: | G (+3 above standard) | D (-5 below standard) | d (standard pitch) | f (-2 below standard) | g# (-3 below ...
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Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck

Is there potential danger of damage in storing your guitar in a vertical wall mount, like the ones that guitar shops use in their showrooms? It seems like an obvious question (after all, that's the ...
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How to devise a strumming pattern for a song

My son was trying to devise a strumming pattern for a song but gave up. How would someone go about developing a strumming pattern for song like Chiquitita (ABBA) on an acoustic guitar.
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What's the correct technique for strumming a guitar?

By correct I mean from a biomechanical perspective to minimize the risk of injury. I have seen some advice saying that strumming should be controlled by the big muscles such as the shoulder. My ...
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“one finger per fret” - is it worth following this rule?

When I first got into guitar, I was given advice to follow a "one finger per fret" rule with the left hand. Basically, to fret notes with all four fingers, and to follow a pattern such that in any ...
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On the guitar, if I play a song which is in the key of D, where should I put the capo?

How can I determine where to position a capo based on the key of the music I am playing? I current can only play songs in the key of C with no capo. Is there any rule to follow?
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Does using a whammy bar detune your guitar?

Will regular use of a whammy bar cause your guitar strings to come out of tune significantly faster than normal?
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How do you mic a guitar amp?

How do you go about mic'ing a guitar amp for live performance? Would you do anything different if you were mic'ing the amp for studio recording? Is there anything specific I should look for in a ...
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What left hand technique is being used to create this percussive chord transition sound?

There is a strange chord transition that I cannot figure out how to play near the beginning of this acoustic guitar song: ...
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How do I fix a stripped pickguard screw?

I have a Gibson Faded Flying V (Mahogany) and recently the guitar cable was yanked, pulling and stripping a screw from the pickguard. Is there a good way for me to fix this?
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Is there a technique to help you memorize the notes on the guitar?

The title says it all. Is there no escaping memorizing the neck note by note, or is there a nice technique for this?
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Inconsistent Right Hand Technique - Mixing economy and double picking

I am coming back to the guitar after almost 10 years away. I have been around the instrument as a jazz player for almost 25 years. The biggest challenge coming back is what, I believe, drove me ...
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Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat

I'm a pretty good guitarist, and I can play some tricky rhythms (weird time signatures, syncopation, some of the easier djent stuff) but I've always had trouble when my drummer starts to play anything ...
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Why do some artists tune their guitars half a step or whole step down?

Is there a reason some guitarists tune down half or whole steps, other than preference or style? It bugs me sometimes when I would like to play along with a song only to find that it's played down ...
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How do I make my fingerpicking patterns interesting?

I'm pretty used to picking through patterns in 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 8/8 and 12/8 over arbitrary chords, but the novelty of this skill has worn off. How do I create patterns that doesn't get repetetive ...
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Guitar buzzing after replacing bridge pickup

I replaced my humbucker bridge pickup with a different one (humbucker as well) and now I have this buzzing when I'm not touching any metal part on my guitar (string or pots). I wired the pup exactly ...
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Valve (tube) amps and clean tone

Is there any difference in clean tone sound between a valve/tube amp and a solid state amp? i.e., does having a valve in an amp affect the clean channel, or only the distorted channel? Apologies for ...
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How do I play this ornament/slur? (Guitar Tab)

(As I have 2 questions about this specific tab and as they're both (probably) easy to answer, I figured I'd just ask them at the same time) How do I play the ... ? Ornament (Green) I guess the ...
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How does a “Talk-Box” differ from a Vocoder?

Both the Talk-Box and Vocoder combine instrumental sounds with vocal sounds to create a Singing Instrument (or a more precisely-controlled Singer). How are they different, beyond "One's for guitar and ...
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Is it good/bad to play guitar with low tension string?

When I started playing my acoustic(at an early age) I tuned the guitar just by matching notes. Like, matching the note of 5th fret of 6th string to open fret of 5th string and so on. I didn't used ...
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What are the most popular types or styles of pickups, and what is the genre of music most associated with them?

I see humbuckers, single coil, active pickups, etc. I see P90's, PAFS, etc. Which are basically for jazz, blues, metal?
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How to train playing sheet music on guitar?

I am a beginning guitar player, and I struggle to play sheet music. If I remember the piece I want to play by heart, it goes pretty fine. However, when I look at the sheet (if I forget a few notes, ...
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Breaking out of pentatonic scales for guitar riffs

I've been playing guitar for about 9 years now. From a young age, my teachers focused a lot on pentatonic scales. So that's what I'm defaulting to when improvising, soloing, writing stuff, etc. ...
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Is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music?

Generally speaking is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music? E.g. Will the fingerpicking folk player choose one gauge and the rock lead guitarist another gauge, how about the ...
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Should guitar be de-tuned when not in use…?

I bought a GB&A guitar almost an year ago. I play guitar mostly on the weekends. Recently I noted that my guitar bridge has got lifted off the body a bit. So I took it to the Guitar Shop. The ...
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Which note or chord is this [closed]

I try to play guitar with this song. But i come to this chord so i dont know how to play like this. ...
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New Guitar Setup at Time of Purchase

Looking at buying a new guitar in the near future. The guitar will likely be an acoustic Martin or Taylor in the 1500-2000 price range. Should I explicitly ask for the shop to make sure it is setup ...
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Is it necessary to learn the names of fret notes?

I know the names of the notes up to about the fifth fret on each string. I play from sheet music occasionally, but mostly from tabs - so is it necessary to learn the names of the notes for each fret ...