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Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures

If the time signature is 8/8 or 4/4 and let's say we have 8 eighth notes in a bar the picking should just be down up down up down up, etc. But what happens if we have 7/8? Particularly in the next ...
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Controlling high frequency of heavily distorted guitar tone (metal)

I'm constantly experiment with metal guitar tone for years. If I get the amount of distortion/clarity from the ampsimulator, the next stage is much harder: controlling the high frequencies; handling ...
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Playing guitar pieces flawlessly [duplicate]

I want to improve my ability to play flawlessly in live situations. I have quite high skills in guitar yet I seem to make quite a fair amount of slip ups whilst playing for friends and in ...
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Fender guitar preamp

My son wants an acoustic-electric guitar. The one he picked out has a preamp. I know absolutely nothing about guitars, so does he need a seperate amp if this one has a preamp?
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As a beginner guitarist is it worth learning to play lead guitar early on?

I started to learn how to play guitar a month ago, but being in a busy science program in college I have limited time to practice. I would like to eventually play lead rather than rhythm. I am using ...
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Which (non dedicated) tool to use to fasten a Gibson 3-way toggle switch without marring it?

I do not have access to a dedicated tool (can't buy one in Germany) and I'm afraid to marr it with my pliers. You can see the knurled nut in this photograph from stringsdirect.co.uk
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Fret buzz present only at specific situations - how to explain?

I hear a strange fret buzz on my classical guitar, but only at a very specific situation. If I do both of the following, I hear the buzz: Hold 5th string at 8th fret (note F), but not play it Pluck ...
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How to use chords notations in the tab?

Most guitar tabs I've seen contains a chord notations(in the top of the tab), but I don't know how to use them. For example I'm reading Love Story Francis Lai, Should I play(Em,C,B7 and Am) chords ...
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Beginner replacing guitar strings

I am a beginner at playing the guitar, so I recently bought myself one and then managed to break a string whilst trying to tune it. After getting over the initial disappointment, I have ordered some ...
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Why does pedal order matter?

Why does the order in which I put my guitar/bass pedals matter? For example, why does the compressor needs to be the first one in the order?
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A machine for automatic tremolo picking

Yesterday I was at God is an Astronaut live performance and was close to the scene. One of the guitarists (Gazz Carr) performed tremolo picking. But I noticed that on a few songs he used a small ...
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What is this device strapped around the nut of an electric guitar?

What is this device strapped around the nut of the guitar in this image?
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Guitar intonation issue - still flat but screw as far as it'll go

I am having a serious issue with my guitar and looking for some help. I recently had the guitar set up in a shop and in order to get the intonation right the guitar tech had to adjust some of the ...
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G-string ring on guitar

I play an American Fender stratocaster. Whenever I play a note on the g string and take my fingers off of it, the open g rings out very loud (when playing through my amp at a loud volume). I can palm ...
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How to improve/solo over a song/backing track besides staying in key?

I recently bought an electric guitar and am looking to start soloing/playing along songs/backing tracks - I have learnt all positions of the pentatonic scale, know a handful of licks and have a basic ...
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Why is the guitar tuned E A D G B E? [duplicate]

Why is the standard tuning for the guitar E A D G B E, from the lowest string to the highest? The interval between strings is a perfect 4th, except for the interval between the G and B strings, ...
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Why some measures are marked with a roman numeral and a dashed line?

Take a look at the first of Tarrega's studies, which I'm trying to learn. In this study measures 6 and 13 are marked with a roman numeral (V and I respectively), and a dashed line above a measure. ...
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What muscles are involved when playing guitar?

Another wording for this question would be "what muscles can I work on to improve guitar playing?" A few months ago I started boxing, and I found that my guitar technique improved as my arms got ...
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How do I remove peaks with Reaper

I have recorded an audio track with reaper and set it to record guitar but before I started playing the guitar made some noise and it was recorded. How can I remove this?
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What constitutes to the grading of a guitar piece?

Let's say RockSchool for now to keep it simple. I'm aware that it's a bit more flexable than the grading scheme on piano, and I'm applying to a music college this year and looking at my options for ...
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How to be consistent in studio performance?

Every time I hear myself playing in a studio recording setup, I feel like my playing is inconsistent in terms of tempo and dynamics, regardless of the instrument (drums or guitar). I know I can ...
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Making alternate picking palm muting sound like downpicked palm muting

I was told that my alternate picking palm muting should not sound like it does, there should be little difference vs downpicking. What should I practice to remedy this? Here's an example, using ...
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Why does the C7 chord on guitar omit the G note (5th) in open position?

0 C7 C7 ( 1-3-5-flat7) is suppose to contain a G as its 5th right? So how does a guitar get away with this in open position?
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Cannot get rid of pedal / amp noise (Hiss) [duplicate]

I have a Marshall JVM 410H. I have the following pedals setup: For the front of the amp I have: Guitar > Compressor Sustainer > Chorus > AMP (input) In the effects loop I have: Isp decimator --> ...
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Replacement Bridge for a Jackson Stealth Ex Guitar (Jackson JT580 Bridge)

I have a Jackson Stealth Ex which I want to get fixed but it's going to need a new bridge. The bridge it comes with is a Jackson JT580 Bridge but I can't find a left handed version anywhere. Is ...
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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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Homemade ways to mute strings (eg hair scrunchie)

I've seen a ton of players using hair scrunchies, or similar soft bands to mute, or rather dampen strings. What are some of the best ways to do this? What works ...
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Setting up a Dive only Floyd Rose bridge so it Floats

I have an EVH Wolfgang Special Guitar which comes with a dive only floyd rose bridge. My problem with this is that I like to be able to do tremolo sound with it when soloing. I can only do this by ...
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Hard String Tension on a short neck (Change Gauge?)

I have an Ibanez 1570 (24 Frets) and love the tension and an EVH Wolfgang Special. I always use Gauge: 9 to 42 The wolfgang special has a shorter neck but the tension is really hard. Why? I've ...
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What is this part of the guitar called (see pic)?

What the circled wooden piece on the guitar called (pic below)? What does it do? Is it built into guitars or is an add-on?
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Finger independence exercises - quality or quantity?

I have some exercises for finger independence (for left hand); however, I cannot even start to do some of them correctly. The most difficult exercise is: Start with a hand and all fingers in a ...
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Guitar notes: rest vs tie

I'm learning to play the guitar using notes. And there is something I completely don't get (and I haven't seen explanation anywhere). What is the difference between the note and the rest of certain ...
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Guitar audio interface matching tone of my old amp, and a problem

I just finally got a decent audio interface (M-Audio MTrack) and now I'm trying to figure out how to make nice sounds with the virtual amps in Logic, and Amplitube LE. I figure now I have creative ...
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Guitar slur. Need help on understanding notations

I'm new to the guitar so I'm stumbled upon this and am confused. I think that the curve connecting the 11th fret and 10th fret means a slur? Did some research myself and found out that a slur can mean ...
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Black stains on my fingertips after playing a new guitar

I have a 2 week old Schecter Hellraiser Extreme with Ebony fingerboard. Came with factory Ernie Ball strings. I noticed the last few times that I've played it (it only has @ 7 total playing hours on ...
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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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Is this a modal song?

I just want to check, is this song, Magic Power by Triumph, an example of D Mixolydian (major, dropped 7th)? ...
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Bass Line in Frank Sinatra's Here's That Rainy Day

I am trying to figure out the bass line for the aforementioned rendition of a classic jazz standard. I would like to be able to figure out the bass line as well as the melody and incorporate it into a ...
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With a Floyd Rose bridge, how big of a difference in string gauge will require a new set-up?

I have a new Schecter Hellraiser Extreme that came with stock 10-46's. I prefer a hybrid 9-46 (only the thinnest 3 strings are different guage) -to bend a bit better.... Is that minor enough change ...
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Putting steel strings on a cheap nylon guitar

I was trying to get back into playing guitar. I only took lessons for a few years with a nylon string guitar that was fairly cheap. When I pulled the guitar out of the attic it needed new strings so I ...
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On what should i pay attention when buying a guitar? [duplicate]

I am going to learn how to play guitar but first i have to buy one. I am a complete layman in this topic so I would like to know something about it.
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Is there a way to lengthen the lifespan of my strings? [duplicate]

I have acidic fingers and my strings wear out rather quickly. I am using Elixir which is a lot better than most other brands, but after around two weeks it loses the clean sound, becomes hard (or ...
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Nailcare for guitarists?

I know that having your nails too long or short is bad, particularly for classical/fingerstyle guitarists, but what constitutes to having 'good' nails? Bonus points for pictures/external articles ...
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Note naming convention while creating scales

I am having some trouble with naming notes in a major scale. The major scale formula is 0 , 1, 1 , 1/2 , 1 , 1 , 1 , 1/2 If I use this formula to calculate notes in G# major scale, I get the notes ...
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How to identify the guitar chords of a song

What's the best technique to identify the guitar chords of a song? I know the basic chords and also how to get into the rhythm of a song! But I'll always be spending huge amount of time to identify ...
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What effects aging might have on a guitar?

I'm planning to buy a second-handed guitar from my friend, and I really don't know how many years has it being played by how many players, etc. etc. The only thing I know is that it's a Yamaha F310 ...
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How to compose a simple “introduction” to a short musical piece?

I would like to add some music to a video clip I made (it lasts about 2 minutes). The video is basically some panoramic view of nature sights, nothing fancy. I am going to play a simple Sor's etude in ...
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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: ...
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Picking using forearms vs Picking using wrist for palm muting

I have been playing for around 3 years and am mostly self taught. I have seen many people recommend the use of your forearms for picking instead of using your wrist as this might lead to Carpel ...
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Fingers to use while playing finger-style guitar

I have been playing guitar for around 3 years and am mostly self taught. I know that the recommendation is to play the D,A,and E string with your thumb and the e, B and G strings with your ring, ...