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Resource of musical phrases good for practicing transcriptions?

One common suggestion for improving ear training is to transcribe songs. However, songs can be long and can vary in complexity. As such, I'm looking for a book or website of musical phrases that can ...
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Musically Interesting Guitar Exercises

I'm bored to tears of the usual exercises - scales, chords, finger independence, arpeggios, etc. Most of my boredom stems from these exercises being musically boring and uninspiring. Any suggestions ...
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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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Can any guitar be tuned in Drop D

I have 10+ (years) guitar with new steel strings and I was just playing around trying to tune it to Drop D however the 6th string snapped while in the process. I'm a newbie in guitars so I was just ...
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Help for electro-acoustic pickup? (Element Active System)

A couple of years back I bought a classical guitar (Admira Avila), and had an acoustic pickup called the Element Active System put in. I was wondering what amps people would recommend for this ...
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String bending on an acoustic? [duplicate]

my exercise book had me trying to bend strings up two half steps. I have to use all my strength to even do one half step, and to do this I have to push the string all the way to the adjacent string. ...
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Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session

I can write decent original guitar / keys melodies in my own time. But when I'm with other musicians I'm lost in a jam session (unrehearsed). I have a handful of times been lucky enough to produce ...
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How to memorize a long, seemingly random, sequence of two notes at a time?

When memorizing music, I typically use existing patterns. These are often a scale (sequence of notes) or a chord sequence (sequence of finger positions, giving 3 or 4 notes at a time). It's probably a ...
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Where to start when learning legato?

I've been playing guitar for 5/6 years, and next year I'm hoping to play for an awesome Big Band, who are auditioning soon for the guitar spot. I've seen big band guitarists before, and in their, ...
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Guitar learning path for beginners

I am an intermediate level guitarist who has been playing for 4-5 years. I started learning by myself off the internet and have had a few dodgy teachers along the way before settling on an ...
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Too much string on the tuning peg?

I just finished changing the strings for my classical guitar. This is the first time so it wasn't absolutely smooth. Now, tuning my E string (the highest) I noticed that it gets quite tense and all. ...
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Left hand Finger Technique

Say, I want to play note G on 1st string 3rd Fret ,i would play as below ( With my Index,Middle and Pinky close to the Fret and not as far away as shown in the pic) But, while tuning my Guitar i ...
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Slightly tone-deaf?

I'm incredibly depressed. I have always wanted to be a musician and for the last 5 years I have learned various scales, chords in each key in various positions up and down the neck of the guitar and ...
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What is the (Practical) theory behind applying chords for a Song?

I love playing Guitar. I can play the lead for any song by listening to it. But often in our prayer meeting people sing different songs in different keys. I can track the major they sing, but I am ...
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When learning a guitar part/song by ear, how do you determine where to put the capo?

For instance several artists like Andy McKee or Don Ross use capos on the majority of their songs. When trying to learn their songs by ear how would you determine where to put the capo and what tuning ...
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My fingers ache after practice. What can I do about it?

I have played the guitar since 2006 and I had no trouble all that time. Recently I noticed that my fingers ache after practice. What can I do with that?
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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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Where to start from?

I'm a good jazz pianist that is good in music theory , can figure out harmony of songs alone. AND I can play chords and scales on the guitar technically and musically well. and today I was introduced ...
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How do I reduce treble from an electric guitar without the use of an equalizer ?

How do I reduce treble from an electric guitar without the use of an equalizer? My patches sound very sharp. I edited them and deliberately increased "low" and reduced "high". Unfortunately, the ...
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What is intonation and how can I find out if my guitar has correct intonation?

What is intonation? What is the best way to check my intonation and fix it if necessary?
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Problem with low tunings on my guitar

So I have a problem when I tune my guitar down to say D standard. Say if I'm putting my E to D I will go to the A and it will be a little closer to the A# then I left it and if I tune that down G the ...
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What to look for in a $1000 archtop guitar?

I'm thinking about getting a new guitar and for years and years I've wanted an archtop with the pretty f-holes and a tailpiece. I've got about $1000 to spend and I'm looking for just the guitar: no ...
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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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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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Is my 1951 “Nocaster” worth restoring?

I have a 1951 Nocaster that has been refinished and has had the pick guard replaced (among other things). I plan on selling it and was wondering if it would be worth it to have it professionally ...
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Low E buzz troubleshooting

I've got low E string buzz on both my acoustic guitars (Washburn and small bodied Hohner). I'm using light gauge strings mostly in standard but occasionally open tunings. The buzz is mostly ...
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What kind of acoustic guitars are good for rhythm playing?

I have a Takamine EG260C guitar. It is fundamentally a steel string acoustic optimized for fingerstyle playing (as I gather from Takamine's official site). The strings that I have put on is D'Addario ...
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String bending on acoustic

Any tips on bending notes on an acoustic? Its really hard to do and my string loses it sound really fast. Should I even try it? Bending 1 semitone is easy, after that its quite hard... edit: By ...
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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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Alternative treatment for Intention tremors in my left pinky and ring finger

I'm a guitarist, and have been playing well over 40 years. I'm going on 61 FYI. Over the course of the last 15 years or so, I've begun to have what are apparently called "intention tremors", just in ...
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How to improve/train pinky dexterity for guitar playing (after long absence)

I played guitar since age of 12, but haven't really played for the last 5 years and would like to start again. However, when I used to play I rarely used the pinky finger because I have big hands ...
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Difficulty tuning in Drop D

I went to a guitar shop yesterday to buy a new set of strings and had them replace my old ones. The guitar sounds fine like the usual eadgbe sound but when I tried tuning it to drop D using a guitar ...
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What is a good for system for learning theory through improvisation?

I have been playing the guitar for many years yet I find music theory elusive. Consequently, my musical vocabulary is limited. But I still love to improvise and, through trial-and-error, compose ...
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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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Changing amp tubes

I currently have a custom built amp which have 6V6 tubes. I think the sound is sooooo sweet that every time I plug in my Strat, my body starts to shiver :). However, recently, I bought an Ibanez JEM7V ...
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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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Understanding a digital tuner

I've the exact same tuner from this video only the brand name changes. I am new to guitars, I am trying to tune(standard tuning) an ESP M-50 with it(can I?). I plug the guitar cable to the tuner input ...
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Tips for beginner guitar technique

I just started learning the guitar and given that I'm the ultimate beginner my instructor thought its best to start with tabs solo and only for the first 4 frets. Now I've been doing this for the past ...
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What is the correct way to play/mute strings with the thumb?

Generally you should not touch the guitar neck with anything than the top of your fingers and the pad of your thumb. I heard this is especially important for new guitar players to build up strength. ...
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Is the action of my guitar really high?

Okay, so I bought an acoustic a few months ago and now I have calluses on my fingertips, but I still get deep trenches in my fingertips if I play for like an hour or so. Right now I'm trying to learn ...
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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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Guitar practice: more often but less time or once in a few days but for a few hours?

As many people, who have lots of every day responsibilities, like going to work, family and etc. I find myself struggling for the time to practice. Some days I just feel to tired to pick up a guitar ...
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What string gauge should I use for my 7th string on a guitar

As per this question, I bought myself a very nice Ibanez 7 string which I have tuned as A-D-A-D-G-B-E (giving a very nice fat sound which works with the kind of music the band plays) I didn't think ...
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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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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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What is this chord called that looks similar to power chords?

While watching to some guitar covers I found this chord that looks similar to a power chord. In the cover the guitarist played it on the second and fourth fret. It looks like this: Images ...
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Should I get my guitar re-set up when changing string brands, but not gauges?

So I've recently purchased an electric guitar, and I've been playing contentedly with it. However, I decided the factory strings were due for a change, so I had the guitar set up with strings of a ...
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How does the angle of strings above the headstock affect tone and stability?

The situation: I'm about to widen the slots in a new nut for a 12-string guitar. I'm using .015 strings (up from .011 or so), and tuning the guitar down significantly; my test-run with .014 strings ...
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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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Correct process for replacing guitar strings

The steps I follow whenever I'm replacing guitar strings come from a diverse set of advices that I got in person, online or whatever, and I never asked any professional about them. I do it like this: ...