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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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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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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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What qualities of a guitar should I seek for an 8 year old?

We are looking for a guitar for my son, and have seen cheap ones at Toys R Us, et al. He is just starting out, and we are trying to gauge his interest before spending too much. Would it be worth ...
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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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How does string gauge affect a guitar's sound and playability?

Guitar strings are available in a variety of gauges. What effect does my choice of string gauge have on the sound of my guitar? What effect does it have on playability?
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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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Does Acoustic Blues Guitar Require Use of a Thumb Pick?

I've recently started going through some acoustic blues lessons at jamplay.com. The instructor plays with a thumb pick. I had gone through the first 8 lessons using a standard pick but the latest ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible for a left hander to learn guitar right handed?

I am looking to get a guitar for my step son. He is largely left handed, but currently he plays the drums right handed without any difficulty. Would the same apply with learning guitar from scratch? ...
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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 does a grid with dots above the staves mean in a piano sheet music?

First I thought it was for some other musical instrument (guitar?) but both the title and the shopkeeper told me that the music sheet was for piano.
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Tabbing Triplets With Large Intervals

I have been trying to find a way to tab the song Questa Notte by Ludovico Einaudi for quite a while - everything is very much "tab-able" and playable until the triplets part. I've sought helped on ...
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How can I tab by ear a song played on another instrument to guitar?

Is it theoretically possible to tab any song/piece from another instrument to the guitar? For example, this song I want to tab("A Kiss From An Old Flame" by Mercury Rev) uses 'flamenco', I think. I ...
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what type of jazz guitar is this, and how can I learn it?

I really love this type ...
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How not to touch neighbouring strings?

When playing guitar, my fingers often touch other strings on the guitar. I found that my fingertips are too broad for the strings. When I press one string by my middle finger, the meat of the ...
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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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How can I build my finger strength when I am not practicing?

I am a beginner for guitar. And I am having a hard time playing the F barre chord. It is said that only through practice can one make a difference. But I have limited time playing guitar. Are there ...
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Guitar for super-small hands?

I've been playing piano for past 5-6 years and I can't reach further than an octave (Even some chords within the octave are not reachable, or it's hard/borderline impossible to play them with ...
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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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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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Replacing a humbucker with a P-90

I have an Epiphone Special Les Paul Junior, and I've been thinking about replacing the one humbucker that came on it with a P-90. Any reasons why this is a bad idea? Any recommendations about what I ...
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How can one minimise the percussive strumming sound on acoustic guitar and maximise the notes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to prevent the noise my guitar pick makes? When we are rehearsing with the band it seems that the main thing that one can hear of our singer's acoustic guitar is 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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Why learn scales? What are they for?

I tried Googling but it seems there is no answer for this one. So the internet assumes everyone knows what scales are for? Why should I learn them? Are they important to be a good guitarist?
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What do I need to learn before I can alternate tune my guitar?

What do I need to learn before I can alternate tune my guitar? See, I was taught by my friend how to tune my guitar in standard(EADBGE), and it goes like this: "How To Tune The Guitar To Standard" ...
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Why tune the guitar other than standard?

I have a question. How does tuning come into play in guitar songs? See, I can find the tab of a song in the guitar by ear and I was taught that in tuning standard the fifth fret of the low e string is ...
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How do you express the key of a song in tablature?

I can play open chords, barre chords on the guitar. Also I can find the key of a song, and from that can find the chords. But when it comes to tabbing the song, I get stuck. If a song is say in C ...
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What are some resources for applying my computer skills to augmenting my musical performance?

I'm a professional software developer and a perpetual novice guitar player. I've also recently started to learn to play (piano) keyboard. I enjoy my playing, but even after years of torturing my ...
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Is there a name for this guitar technique for Paganini's Capriccio #6?

I've spent several years working up Paganini's Capriccio #6 for the violin on the guitar and I wonder if the idea already exists and has a name. For the violin, the piece is a coninuous double-stop ...
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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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Any tips on learning bar chords for guitar-playing? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I best learn to play barre chords? I am trying to practice songs with bar chords every now and then, but was wondering if anyone had any tips to learn to play ...
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What is the best way to learn finger-picking on an acoustic guitar?

So far I know some chords, and a handful of ways to strum. But I was wondering what is the best way to learn finger-picking on a guitar? Also, would you recommend using your guitar pick?
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How often should I use my guitar humidifier?

I have a Martin acoustic guitar and it's usually kept in its case. I use it about three times a week. The area I live in can get pretty humid, but winter gets a bit dry. It's kept in my apartment - ...
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Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?

Due to a birth defect, I have 2 malformed fingers on both hands (fingers 1,2). (The picture is from the web just to illustrate the fingers i'm talking about.) I've seen GuiGui Zheng videos, it is ...
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How to play “Slides from Thoughtless Time” by Franco Morone

I'm trying to learn the song "Slides from Thoughtless Time" by Franco Morone. The song is relatively easy to play. But there is one thing I'm not sure about. My songbook says the tuning is DADF#AD. ...
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How to write guitar tremolo with Sibelius software?

I'm trying to create the music sheet of "Recuerdos de La Alhambra" with Sibelius music notation software. How to create tremolos in Sibelius?
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Logical way to learn movable scales on guitar?

After learning the CAGED 'open string' scales, what scales to do next? In what order or what way? When I learn a new scale, it seems to have the effect of displacing my ability to play other scales ...
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Help me understand this progression

A friend showed me this progression: G7, F#m7b5, B7, Em7, A7, Dm7, G7, CMaj7, Cm7, Bm7, Bdim7, Am7, Ab7, Bm7, Bb7, Am7, Ab7 For the most part, I understand that at its heart it is built on a I vi ii ...
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Learning guitar, start at low end or high end?

Just starting to learn guitar and I have access to a good number of beginner material. In almost every single one they start with various chords at the low end - typically frets 1, 2 and 3. Also, they ...
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Should I mute “unwanted” strings or not when playing power chords?

I've been playing guitar for a while but haven't yet actually learned to play any songs featuring hard power chords. Now I'm trying to learn some songs by Metallica and AC/DC, and I don't have to tell ...
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Is there a good Guitar Chord building web site?

I'm looking for a chord builder web site. Is there one that shows what strings are being played and what chord it is? I'm specifically looking for the following chord, but ask for a web site so I can ...
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Is it possible for the unwound strings wear faster than the wound strings on a Guitar?

I have had my guitar for about 7 months or so now (this is my first) and i just learned a few weeks ago that you are supposed to change the strings every so often. well a couple of weeks before that i ...
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Should I learn or know guitar in order to learn to play the banjo?

Someone once told me I should know guitar first. Are these instruments different enough that learning banjo is independent of knowing guitar?
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What is a harmonic note and how do you play it?

While I was browsing here I came across an interesting question so I decided to see what the answer was and well, I had some difficulties understanding it. I'll quote a short part of the answer. ...
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What is the proper action height when your guitar is tuned in standard C?

I've been using 0.0013-gauge string for my guitar (Epiphone Dot) and I tune it to standard C. however I noticed that the notes on the first string all sounded the same and kind of flat after the 12th ...
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What makes an amp sound heavy?

What I want to know is what makes some amps sound the way they sound like the Sunn Model T/Sunn Scepter or the Ampeg VT22. What are the components inside the amps which give it a round, fat , heavy, ...
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Can there be more than one barre in a guitar chord?

I'm making a computer program that graphically represents a chord from text like this (chord name = "F") (barre = "Fret 1 strings EB finger 1") oE--- oB--- oG-2- oD--3 ...
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Can a 7/8 scale guitar be detrimental to my playing ability?

I was at the guitar shop today, and fell in love with one of their acoustic guitars (Steelstring, Parlour, with Cutaway). For some reason, I like small guitars. However, I found out that it only has ...