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Is it important to add a noise gate/suppressor to a pedalboard chain?

I have been adding several overdrive pedals to my signal chain, and am getting a little more buzz with each one that I add. Delay and reverb definitely aren't helping either, causing more hum and buzz ...
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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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6th string root dominant 7th barre chord voicing

When I first started playing guitar quite a while back, I bought the Chords and Voicings Guitar Grimoire, and promptly put it on a shelf when I realized I had a lot more to learn then just chord ...
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DIY pedal board without a hinged lid

I'm looking to make a DIY pedal board. I have all the necessary wood and tools, and I want to be able to have it closed with a cover, for protection while going to gigs. The trick is, I can't have a ...
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Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?

When should you plug gear into your amplifier's effects loop and not into the standard input?
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Room-wide humidity buffering

I'm trying to keep the humidity level up in my (small 8'x10') music room using a small table top humidifier. I have a couple of guitars and a concertina that I'd like to protect from low humidity ...
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What is “Phrasing” in the context of playing a Solo?

What is meant when a listener says"His phrasing was spot on"- specifically when talking about solo's but sometimes when referring to a pianist "comping". What does it mean when referring to a ...
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Replacing steel strings with nylon strings

I bought a guitar which has a classical guitar bridge but a steel guitar tuning pegs and strung with steel strings. I'm wondering if I could replace the steel strings with nylon strings.
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What are these small numbers, and squiggly lines on this guitar sheet music

I'm trying to learn the Twilight at the Zocalo, and I found some odd notation I havent seen before. I'm asking for what these symbols are: The squiggly line between 2 notes The small numbers next to ...
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When looking at tablature for guitar how do you figure out what chords to use?

A lot of the times I can figure out the chords to use, but other times I cannot. I've never seen a piece of tablature list the notes as they're being changed, so, how do you figure out what chords to ...
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Arthritis In Hands (Playing With Pain In Hands) - Are There Recommended Approaches?

I have been playing guitar for 12 years now and I'm 28. I am under treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.) and was wondering if anyone who has R.A., or other pain in their hands, has any approaches ...
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For fingerstyle guitar, is anchoring your pinky on the guitar bad?

I'm only asking, because I believe I read somewhere that doing that is bad - I personally don't have a habit of doing it, I actually use my pinky a lot of the time when plucking away, but the reason I'...
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Learning Appropriate Finger Picking Styles with Alternating Tunings

I play with alternate tunings on my guitar. I've noticed several things. No matter how I play it, the key of the song will be whatever my tuning is. Open C tuning leads to the song being in the key ...
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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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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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What approach should I take to learn Jazz/blues guitar?

I played a bit of piano when I was younger, and a little guitar, but I lost most of it. I can still read sheet music, and taught myself the pentatonic scale, and I'm working on learning to recognize ...
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What is the meaning of “4/2 ₵ II?”

I'm trying to learn a classical guitar piece, Valse by Napoleon Coste, and the score specifies that I am to play a partial capo at the beginning of the piece. I'm unsure what the 4/2 means in front of ...
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Is playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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why major chords only have 1-3-5 notes why not other notes? [duplicate]

I have gone through this question The chord formula for the Major Chord is 1- 3 - 5. What do the numbers represent? I haven't understand that and I have also read many document. Please can any ...
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How can I connect speakers to my POD 2.0 and get a good sound?

I like to practice at home with my electric guitar, but I have to keep the volume low, so I usually use headphones connected to my P.O.D. 2.0 guitar direct box. But sometimes I'd prefer to use ...
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Is there some software tool that analyzes audio to produce pitch information?

Such a tool would be extremely useful to me. What I want it to do is, given a sound file be able to get the pitch every time it changes. I don't know how this could be done, or even if it's possible. ...
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Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing

I really need your help and opinion. I've been playing guitar for about two years now. I started in high school, and now I'm in colledge, and because of that I dont have that much time to practice, ...
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What actually changes in related scales?

I'm a guitar newbie, and I've only been taking lessons for about 2 months now. My goal is to rock out on an electric guitar - for the time being, I have a cheap classical one. Thus far I've been ...
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Protecting signed acoustic guitar?

This isn’t strictly a music question but I think it’ll fare better here than on the DIY / Home Improvement exchange, so hopefully that’s okay! My wife and I got all our guests to sign and draw on an ...
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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 ...
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Why is dropped D tuning used so often?

Many metal/rock songs use dropped D tuning. What reasons are there for it?
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How to start self learning to play guitar?

I didn't see any post of where I can find a site that have good program for free to learn how to play a guitar. i have seen only those: How do I choose my first guitar for self-learning? How to ...
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Is guitar action affected by tuning?

I am looking at purchasing a nice second hand steel string acoustic guitar in a local music shop. One of the aspects that I really like about the guitar is the string action. When I was trying the ...
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How do I play notes in a scale/key freely up and down the neck without getting caught in boxes and shapes?

I would like to know which approach to learning the scales/shapes is better. As in, is learning the shapes for major seperately and minor seperately benefitial? Or is it good to just learn the 5-major ...
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Guitar tuning problems

I have this guitar for a year already maybe little bit more and like 6 months ago it started doing weird things. I always tuned guitar from high E to low E. But since something happened, when I tune ...
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How important are chord inversions as an intermediate guitar player and what are their applications?

I've been on a run to get a lot of theory down after realizing how amazing music theory is. As a guitar player going through a intermediate-advanced theory journey, I would like to know where 'Chord-...
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Moving to guitar from piano

I play the piano, and also the guitar. My piano playing is free and loose, and I can effortlessly string together melodies and harmonies, melting chords and melody lines into a polyphonic piece of ...
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How does a tab guitar player learn sheet music?

I have been playing guitar for about a decade. I began by playing chords and quickly moved to tabs. I am quite skilled and have no problem improvising. Recently, I decided to give a try to an acoustic ...
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How to know if my guitar's neck is bent or not?

When I go to my guitar tech, he said that my guitar's neck is already bent. How to know it or what are the methods to see if it's already bent or not? Well, my guitar don't really have a truss-rod. ...
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How to get better sound through multi-effects processors

I wondering if sound quality is meant to reduce through multiple multieffects processors. I have a Boss GT10 as well as a Boss RC300 loop pedal running through some decent little 25 to 30 W bedroom ...
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Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Is it possible to be neither?

Is True Bypass better than Buffered Bypass? Which one is better? I have heard mixed opinions about this topic, and am not sure which side is correct? I have one true bypass pedal and it sounds just ...
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What guitar effects pedals are important to get according to genre?

I was wondering what guitar effects pedals are important to get. What are the typical pedals that one might need in order to get started? What is the bare minimum and what would be the ultimate ideal ...
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Adjust left / right angle of guitar neck?

TL;DR: Can I adjust the left / right angle of my electric guitar's neck? Not the vertical angle that most of the related questions seem to ask about. I've recently inherited an old Squier Bullet that ...
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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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Open D5 tuning for guitars

Will experimenting with tunings (specifically tuning my guitar to open D5) have any affect on my guitar or the strings? I've read a few comments that claimed it would. I tried searching on the ...
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Electric Guitar: is a good practice or bad habit that I tap the strings with my picking hand when there is a rest

When I was learning to play electric guitar, it was very difficult for me to keep up with the beats when there comes rests(I don't know if it is called "rest", I mean the beats which you need to mute ...
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How can I toughen up my fingertips?

Recently I played my acoustic guitar after a couple months of only playing my classical guitar. My fingers have softened considerably compared to when I was playing the acoustic regularly, and it was ...
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Lack of sustain on guitar

I am playing a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Fender Stratocaster through my pedal board into my amp. I have problems with my sustain on both guitars. I was able to have a nice sustain (for sure with ...
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How the body vibration on a semi-hollowbody guitar affect the sound through the pickups?

Are this kind of pickups precisely "magnetic pickups"? If so, the pickups are supposed to be producing sound from the (metallic) string vibration, then how does the body vibration on a semi-...
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Electric Guitar: when playing seated, is it a bad habit that the neck is not locked at a fixed position?

When seated and without a strap, I found that the neck of my guitar shakes back and forth when I'm freting, is this a bad thing? Also I found it quite hard to lock the guitar at a fixed position, is ...
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Why does the following chord progression sound good?

Dmaj Emaj and Bmaj I have looked up the chord progressions of all major and minor scale keys and these three don't fit in any of them?
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What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?

I was always intrigued with the way Ted Nugent/Adrian Belew/Jeff Beck/Jimi Hendrix/SRV were able to control feedback and make it musical - are there guitar/amp settings and techniques that can make ...
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Tuning a guitar in D# with digital tuner in iso440

When using my studio (studio one) to tune my guitar,there are 4 or 5 different tuning's,I use iso440.Anyhow,when tuning in drop D sharp D#,there are small numbers that appear next to the note,.For ...
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What would I need to get percussive sounds out of my acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for a while, but I don't have much experience with electronics or amplification. I have an acoustic electric guitar that I believe has an under saddle piezo pickup. I'm ...
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How to convert notes to finger position on a guitar?

I am playing guitar for around one and a half year now, and am already able to play the most chords (except some extremely strange chords). Now I wanted to practice a bit of classical guitar on my ...