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Is it best to think of the notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic?

When playing guitar,especially improvising,is it best to think of the notes a actual lettered notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic ? Since the keys are easily movable , I'm thinking that its ...
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Scalpel technique in Guitar

What is Scalpel technique in Guitar ? I searched on internet but does not show proper results.It says "Scalpel - move only your thumb and forefinger" Can you please guide me through videos,images ...
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Why is the last string on a guitar called the first string and the first string called the sixth string?

I learned early in my guitar playing journey that what I would naturally assume would be the first string (the fattest string) is actually known in proper guitar anatomy parlance as the sixth string. ...
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Learning Bossa Nova Guitar

It's been awhile since I have played guitar but I'm trying to get back into it. I really like bossa nova music and want to learn how to play it. I have some beginner sheet music that I am learning ...
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Learning guitar and fingerpicking

What are some good methods to learn fingerpicking? Please suggest some tips or guides so can I start with fingerpicking. Thanks in advance.
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Acceptable temperatures for an electric guitar

There are plenty of subjects related to storing a guitar in various conditions, but most talk about exposure to direct sunlight or other notable sources of heat or are a bit vague. My problem is that ...
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How to play the bridges in a standard blues progression

I know how the typical I-IV-V progression works, and I know the scales (well not by heart but more or less), there's one thing that always gets me, though. How is the bridge constructed? I mean the ...
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Why do lighter picks sound “better” on acoustic guitars?

I have a small variety of Dunlop Tortex pick sizes. Normally, the 0.73mm (green) is my favorite. When I recently picked up my first acoustic in ages, I chanced to discover that the lighter 0.56mm (I ...
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Learning Guitar being left-handed [duplicate]

I'm interested in learning how to play the guitar, but can't figure out whether to start with a regular guitar or a lefty one, because I'm left-handed. I've been learning to play the piano for a ...
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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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What to have in mind when traveling by plane with my guitar?

I have to travel by plane to another country in a few months, and I want to bring my guitar with me. I have doubts with what should I do to ensure that my guitar arrives safe and in perfect condition. ...
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How do you build guitar 'muscle memory' faster?

Whenever I try to learn a new song, I always find it very long-winded and time-consuming. The issue isn't that it takes me too long to learn how to play a piece, but rather that it takes me too long ...
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How to understand chords in first inversion with notes out of order

I'm watching the below video about the C dominant 7th chord (C E G B♭) and its inversions. At approximately 0:40 he starts to show the 1st inversion: I would have ...
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Tuning Acoustic from Drop D to Standard Repeatedly

There are a few songs I play where Drop D tuning is required to get some nice, bass-heavy, open 6th string notes. It also facilitates many of the chords in the song in addition to adding a full tone. ...
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Need Help in Starting to Learn Guitars?

I am a beginning guitar player. I enjoyed playing in my childhood, but for some reason I was not able to learn. But now I want to learn guitar. I wasn't sure whether to buy an electric guitar or a ...
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Capo that won't detune my guitar?

I use a Kyser style capo. I don't know any better, but are there better capos? I'm looking for a durable capo that wont drastically put my guitar out of tune when I use it. What kind of capos won't ...
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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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Is there room for an electric guitar in Superstition (Stevie Wonder)?

Long story short, we are going to be playing an instrumental accompaniment to this song at school. I can play either a guitar or bass. I know that the lead riff is a clavinet and there is a bass line: ...
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Playing guitar with only three fingers

I started to learn to play acoustic again, and my entire left hand is fine other than my forefinger. I had an accident where the finger end was removed, meaning that I can't use that finger at all. I ...
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Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?

Songs that I hear that are piano based - ie. composed and originally performed on piano, seem to have a different feel than those composed on guitar. The flow, the movement, the chords used - are ...
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If I am playing lead in G scale, does it mean that I must start with a G note and end with a G note?

If I am playing lead for song on the spot, and I play a solo using a G major scale, can I start with a G and end with some other note (such as a D for example)? Or is it necessary to end on a G to ...
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Learning the guitar from basics

I would to like learn the guitar from basics. I don't want to hit the chords right away without understanding the basics. Can you help me with the theory I need in order to start learning guitar from ...
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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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How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?

Could someone tell me how to get the pinch harmonics sound during solos? Specifically on the "Wanted Dead or Alive" solo by Bon Jovi? Is it an amp setting? Is it something I do with my left or right ...
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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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Thick fingers create problems sometimes

I have thick fingers. Whenever i try to play after 12th or 13th fret, I end up making some strings dead. Sometimes while playing some of the chords or while I have to switch chords quickly, this ...
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Can I use strings for bridge pins on a non-bridge pin guitar? [duplicate]

Very new to the guitar. I borrowed an Oscar Schmidt OC11 nylon-string classical guitar, without an E-6th string and I bought a heap load of different weighted strings so I could try different types. ...
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Incessant Buzzing on Third String (Classical Guitar)

I've had an ongoing issue with my classical guitar. The third string (nylon) always buzzes on first, second, and third fret. While we're at it, the sixth string (wound metal over nylon core) buzzes on ...
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Why does my Stratocaster guitar sound worse with new strings?

My 4-month-old strings sounded much better than the new set that I just put on. I am using the same brand of strings that I used before. My guitar sounds like crap now. What's wrong? Should I stretch ...
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Acoustic Guitar in the Live Mix

I play acoustic guitar in a band with drums, electric bass, and electric guitar. I'm often told that I need to switch to electric because nobody can hear my guitar However, I like the sound of ...
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Should I focus on scales or chords?

As a guitar beginner, what should I need to concentrate on? Chords or scales? I see that chords and getting into the rhythm of songs is easier and more comfortable than learning scales. Any ...
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How to transpose slash chords for guitar

How do I transpose D/G, G/B etc. I want to do this in a program I'm knocking up, to display my music the way I want to see it, so an algorithmic description would be handy. If it's of any ...
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When I play the C chord, why does the electronic tuner indicate that it is a G chord?

I am playing the guitar, and I would like to make sure the chord I am playing is correct, I downloaded the chord from the Internet, and I played it. When I play the C Chord, the tuner shows me it is ...
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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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what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?

As asked in the question, also a bonus question; how does the gauge of a guitar affect the tension of the strings?
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Stripped strap pin screw

You may have seen my question a while back about how to handle a faulty strap pin. I found another pair in my 'accessory kit' that are of much better quality. The dilemma now is removing the strap pin ...
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Is it a bad idea to attach my strap just above the nut?

This question is mainly for my banjo but it seems to apply to my guitar as well. For me it is most comfortable to have the left end of the strap attached to just above the nut on the neck. Is this a ...
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How to approximate bowed sound on guitar

Not sure this is the right SE site, so please point out if there's a better one. It's also not quite the same as this question. My son the violist has found a string quartet piece that he would like ...
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How do I read guitar tabs written in this format?

I need some help learning how to read some Chinese guitar tabs I found online. They seem completely different to the standard Western format: I don't even know where to start with these, I suppose ...
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Standard guitar string gauge?

I was reading this article: http://www.epiphone.com/news-features/features/2013/care-and-maintenance-of-your-epiphone.aspx And partway down, it states: An intonation adjustment is usually only ...
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Is deliberately putting your guitar out of tune a valid technique?

I remember hearing an interview about the recording of Nirvana's "Something in the Way"; apparently Kurt played the acoustic part it once on an out of tune 12-string guitar, and then refused to do it ...
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Why is Hendrix's tuning at Woodstock in between Eb and E?

I have the album Live at Woodstock in digital format. I noticed that everyone in Hendrix's band is (seemingly) tuned to some pitch between Eb and E. I've heard some various, uncited sources that ...
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Associating chords with scales

In the following video, at 34:30, Joe Pass suggests practicing scales by choosing a high note, playing a chord below that note, then play "the scale" from the root of the chord to the chosen note: ...
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Strap button screw length for acoustic guitar

I have a Taylor Baby and I'd like to replace the strap buttons with locking ones, but on looking around they seem to have varying length screws, and I don't want to damage the guitar. I contacted ...
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Should I play licks/solos with a metronome

Praticing scales using a metronome is pretty straightforward, but most solos that I tried so far use an uneven tempo. I mean, the solo is a mixture of quarter notes, 8th notes and 16th notes, as such, ...
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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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How to make a song with chords and scales?

I play acoustic guitar and have been learning a bunch of chords and scales. I can play many progressions already, and I am starting to write music. I am wondering how you would bridge chord ...
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Why do I wear out the frets on my guitar faster than most other folks? Do I need a lighter touch?

I know all about the fact that the unwound strings on my acoustic guitars are steel and the frets are nickel. And I understand that fret wear - especially under the plain steel un-coated strings is ...
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String skip in tablature

How do I play this tab ? I confused since no fret number is written on the 3rd string, and I guess it's not an open string either. Do I pick those two (2 and 4) strings only? What I did is just to ...
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Strap button repair

One of the strap buttons on my bass is stripped. I’ve seen several methods for repairing this, all of which involved filling the hole with some bits of wood. Insert matchsticks, toothpicks, or a ...