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How to compose an acoustic guitar chorus?

I've been playing guitar off and on for years, and every once in a while I come up with some lyrics and chords that seem to be really great for a few verses. The problem is that I can never seem to ...
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Flatpicking: how can I make my floating-pick-hand less bouncy?

Can anyone suggest how I might improve my "floating fist" style flatpicking? I'm trying to clean up my pick technique for the sake of accuracy, feel, speed, and general ease-of-playing. I use the ...
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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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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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Guitar overdubbing with headphones problem

I practise guitar at home with my headphones and using Boss micro BR 80 amp modeling device and its effects. It works ok with one guitar but when I use a looper/delay to harmonize my solos or record ...
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Is there a name for the screeching sound made when changing chords on a guitar?

When listing to the song "The Only Exception" by Paramore (see YouTube), there's a screeching sound when changing chords, which I find quite unpleasant. Question: Is there a name for the ...
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What is the best way to remove a broken bridge pin?

I decided to give my guitar a well deserved clean, but when I came to remove the low E string, the bridge pin was a bit stuck so I resorted to using pliers, which turns out to have been a very bad ...
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Guitar getting out of tune quickly

I have a Procraft guitar (made in China) that gets out of tune very quickly - especially after 2-3 minutes of strumming. Specifically, the 4th and 5th strings get out of tune more than the other ...
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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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Are there any (experimental) guitar strings whose cross-section is not a circle?

The answers to this question have led me to wonder: if you string a guitar with a differently-shaped string, would it have interestingly different sonic properties? And of course, since I can't just ...
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Can I split guitar string gauges?

I want to know if I can split guitar string gauges, ie. using 12s on the bottom and 10s on the top, both for standard and drop tunings.
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...
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How many drop tunings can I use with one set of strings?

I want to know how many drop tunings I can reasonably use with one set of strings. Ex. can I go from E standard to drop C on 11s? For a given size string, how many tunings will be useable, given that ...
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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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Is it better to practice a single lick / part exclusively until you master it, or to practice a number of things at once?

As the title states... I am currently working at least one hour a day (which is my total practice time) on a single lick, and am determined to continue doing this to the exclusion of all other ...
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Can I connect an amplifier head to the top of my existing amp?

I have a HIWATT G50MR and have thought about buying a stack, but I was wondering if I could just buy a amplifier head and connect it to the top of my existing amp. Is this possible?
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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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What are the Five Most Important Things to Learn?

I'm reading "Practice Perfect" and the author recommends using the 80/20 approach in planning one's practice. For example, if 20% of "techniques" yield 80% of the results, what would be the 20% of ...
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What is the quality of the Ryoji Matsuoka M30 Classical Guitar

I am curious about Ryoji Matsuoka classical guitars, particularly the M30 model. Is this make intended for beginners, intermediate players, or professionals? Are there any known unique qualities or ...
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Comparing aspects of the Boss GT-10 and the POD HD500

Both of them are pretty stellar for an amateur like me. I don't intend on playing in large venues and probably will not record much. Both of them have pretty good effects; although, the HD500, I've ...
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Where is a natural harmonic for the note C on guitar?

Today I found I really wanted a C harmonic to end a tune nicely. So we have E, B, G, D, A notes at 12th/5th fret. Then we get G#, C#, F#, B, D# at 4th/10th fret (I just remember them as the major ...
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How to make Electric guitar sound like a saxophone

I'm not talking about midi or synthesizers. I have a Digitech Rp 500 processor. I want to know what settings I must do to make my guitar sound (atleast in a rough way) like a sax.
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Is the following non-standard fingering for an A shaped barre chord still technically sound?

Having slowly come to grips with E shape barre chords I'm now grappling with A shaped ones. The two popular fingerings I have seen involve one finger each on the 2, 3, 4 strings or alternatively ...
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On a guitar how do you play two notes simultaneously on non-adjacent strings?

For example here is a snippet from moonlight sonata. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12337149/gap.png There are two open strings here with a pretty big gap in between them. How should this be played?
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Electric fretless bass guitar intonation

Is there a specific way to check the intonation on a fretless bass, i.e. adjusting the string lengths at the bridge, or does it simply not matter, as we're keeping in tune by ear anyhow?
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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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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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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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Right way of resting a guitar

While not using or after using, what is the right way of resting a guitar. If I lean it towards a wall, is it right to lean it with the strings facing the walls or otherwise? Is it fine to hang the ...
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How can I stop my left arm from fatiguing while playing guitar in the classical position?

If I let my left arm naturally hang and just reach for the fretboard by bending at the elbow, I find I can access up to the fifth fret. However for access to say the first fret, I need to lift my arm ...
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What are the correct mechanics for a guitar F barre chord

I have been having trouble with the F barre chord and have a question about mechanics. As an experiment I've tried moving the body very far to the right so that my eyes are somewhere over the seventh ...
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Determining modes in a minor Key

Speaking of Functional harmony; If a song is in key C, then we call the C major scale from E to E is a Phyrigan mode. Good, what if a song is in key Am, which is actually relative of C and also Am ...
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Godin Multiac Nylon : how well is that guitar adapted to classical guitar players?

I would like to know if that guitar is totally replication the string length, distance and feel of a classical guitar. And also get any opinion you may have on it.
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How to go learn through a book

This is not your average "which book to learn from" question. I'll post my research and background in as much detail as possible (since this could potentially help others with similar question). I've ...
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Driving a Novation UltraNova synth via a Yahama synth guitar (G10 ?)

Would it be possible to play on a Yahama syntheziser guitar, and get the sounds and instruments to actually come out of the sound bank of the Novation UltraNovation synthesizer ? (please feel free to ...
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One at a time or all at once?

I'm relearning guitar after several years -- well, several decades -- away. I'm actually finding that not only is it coming back to me easily, but I'm learning more than I ever knew before due to all ...
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How to keep guitar strings from breaking so quickly?

I have a takamine g350 acoustic-electric guitar (not that it really matters for this quesiton), and my strings tend to break every two or three weeks. I do like to experiment with different tunings, ...
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Acoustic guitar damaged by impact. How to repair?

Introduction My acoustic guitar has suffered damage at four locations. It still sounds very good, and it is more than twenty years old. The damage done The different damage locations are pictured ...
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How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?

When I'm playing (learning) difficult chords on guitar (ex: F,B7) my facial muscles (basically lips) form a weird action (I felt it and I saw it in the mirror). I feel I'll get used to it as I go and ...
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What is the effect/technique used to make the slide in 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins?

In the song 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins, there is a re-occurring downward slide when the guitar changes chords at the end of the first bar (from 7x9 / 2x4): $5.6.$4.x.$3.8 $5.6.$4.x.$3.8 ...
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Annoying hot humbucker pick harmonics

I have a weird "problem" I recently bought an ESP ltd les paul style guitar with a Duncan JB pickup on bridge. Yesterday while i was practising with my headphones and with full hi gain distortion i ...
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Where to start when learning guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need Help in Starting to Learn Guitars? What's the best way to start learning and progress at guitar? Should I start with scales, basic chord progressions or simple ...
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Mute other side of String When Tapping (2-hand tapping style)

I couldn't seem to find this existing question, although it may be somewhere boiled into a two-hand tapping question somewhere else. I come from electric bass and the Victor Wooten style of two-hand ...
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Will changing the colour of my Stratocaster reduce its value?

I have a Highway One Fender Strat (American), which I'm told has a poor quality satin finish. This has started to "melt" on the bottom of the guitar. I paid about £800 for it in 2005/2006. It has a ...
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What are some interesting ways notes and chords are spelled in cultures outside of the U.S.?

I've heard that German musicians spell the seventh note of the C major scale with an "H" where an American musician would use a "B". And, for the fourth note of the F major scale, where an American ...
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How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
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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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How to develop soloing vocabulary

Background: My first guitar teacher used to show me small licks or note patterns that had that special quality of arousing interest during a solo improvisation. They were essentially "tools" in my ...
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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 to Make Kim Thayil of Soundgarden (Outshined) Sound

Listen to this song: ...