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Question about practice

I wanted to ask this question for a long time now and finally doing it. Sometimes when I practice on guitar, my hands and fingers just feel odd. It feels like my fingers does not want to play, I do ...
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My amp sounds bad on overdrive channel at headphones

My combo amp overdrive channel sounds really fahrty on headphones nad low level on cabinet. Is something wrong with it? It is Crate Flexwave 15R (15W + 12 inch speaker) It hard to use it at home ...
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What is a “stunt guitarist”?

Snarky Puppy's about page (with profiles of the artists) says this about guitarist Mark Lettieri: Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer and sometimes producer residing in Fort Worth, TX. Lettieri ...
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Guitar tuning: Facing problems with High E string

This may seem like a stupid beginner question but I can't begin to understand what's the problem exactly. Usually when I tune my guitar i start from the top string (the thickest) and work down to the ...
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Does the typical headstock design of acoustic guitars negatively impact the sound or tone of the strings?

Almost all of my acoustic guitars have the tuning post arranged either in a straight line like this: Or fanned out like this: This design requires the strings to deviate dramatically from a ...
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Coated Strings—Gimmick, or worth the money?

Never used them myself, but I had a friend who used to swear by the plastic-coated strings he bought for his electric to try and help keep them cleaner. While I realize this probably does do ...
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Lowered or drop tuning interchangeability

Let's say I want to play "Master of Puppets" by Metallica but I like the heavy sound of D standard. Can I play the riffs in that tuning using the same chord fingerings as in E standard to get the ...
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Right Hand Picking Technique of Strummed Octaves

My very first time picking up a electric guitar and i am confused as to how to play with just my right hand, the first link below is the tabs i am learning from, with me confuse about the first few ...
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How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?

I have been playing the electric guitar for over ten years now, and this is an issue that has been troubling me for ages. Whenever I play hi-gain songs and have to switch fretting hand positions ...
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My guitar is tuned half step down how can I play along a standard tuned song?

I would like to play along some Deep Purple songs from time to time but my guitar is tuned to E flat and I find it unhandy to tune it to standard E tuning and then back to E flat tuning. Given I have ...
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Buzz in electric guitar recording

I use some sort of synthesizer or something that has a plug in,plug out,line in, line out. I plug my guitar into it and then into an amp so I can hear it, then I use a 3.5mm aux cord to plug into my ...
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Tune to a recording

I made a recording of some playing with friends. I now want to overdub some guitar. At the time we tuned to each other, but not concert pitch. The music is quite choppy and staccato, and I really cant ...
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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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How long to wait to play guitar again?

When playing guitar the other night, I was having some pain going on. I pushed through it because I was playing with someone else, but I had to stop because it eventually turned into a shooting pain ...
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Should guitar be de-tuned when not in use…?

I bought a GB&A guitar almost an year ago. I play guitar mostly on the weekends. Recently I noted that my guitar bridge has got lifted off the body a bit. So I took it to the Guitar Shop. The ...
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Is it possible to create an effects loop with an amp that does not have send and return, with a mixer?

I have an amp that just has a guitar input and a headphone output. I also have a mixer with send/return inputs and outputs. Is it possible to simulate a traditional effects loop (where the amp has ...
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Guitar tuning to a different key question

Just to confirm, when dropping a key on the guitar tune, would you subsequently change the chords as well? or just play the same chord?
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what type of guitar scale is this?

There is an mmorpg (game) where playing a guitar is possible, i want to know if this guitar scale or type relates anything to guitars in the real world here's how C1 sounds : ...
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Is there website to upload and share guitar loops? [closed]

Is there a website (online platform) to: search and find free (Creative Commons) guitar loops upload free (Creative Commons) guitar loops created by users
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Can I use a DI Box to practice guitar without an amp? [closed]

I normally play bass, but I dabble with guitar sometimes. I also live in a small apartment, and since I often play late at night and I like my upstairs neighbors, I practice using headphones. I have a ...
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What's the effect of playing with high action?

I have guitar, the action is really high. my question is what's the affect of learning and practicing in high action in the long term. is this an advantage or not? is high action something that'll ...
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Guitar Input Problems

I was getting no sound out of my guitar (an esp ec-401vf with active EMG 81/85 pickups). Amp is tested with another guitar and is working, but I noticed one of the wires in the output jack was frayed ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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Transposing notes from piano notation to play on guitar

I have music theory book that is piano centered and switches between bass and violin clefs. I'm wondering how to transpose notes to comfortably play it on guitar. Moving one octave up is best way? ...
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Adjusting a string saddle back, making the string longer, reduce sharpness or increase it?

When adjusting a string saddle and moving it back, making the string effectively longer, does that decrease the sharpness or increase it??
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Tablature vs. standard music notation? (guitar)

Under what circumstances should I write down "TAB" (tablature) or just regular music notation or both? I know how to read and write both of them, but I'm not sure which I should use for my songs when ...
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Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound?

Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound? Mine is a rockwell factory pickup and Iwant to change it. But, does it really have any effect?
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Approach to progressing with guitar?

Situation: I can play chords, barre chords, major and minor pentatonic, and diatonic scales. Have been playing for a couple of years but most of that was spent improvising on scales I already know, so ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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How to make good palm mute distortion sound?

How to make a good palm mute sound, like in heavy metal? If I palm mute my guitar, the only sound can be heard is the bass and less distortion. If I change my amplifier to a overdrive pedal, will it ...
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How can I build my finger strength when I am not practicing?

I am a beginner for guitar. And I am having a hard time playing the F barre chord. It is said that only through practice can one make a difference. But I have limited time playing guitar. Are there ...
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Does the guitar's bridge affect the tone?

Does changing my bridge affect my guitar's tone? And will it make palm mutes sound good? I want to change it to a Floyd Rose Ibanez bridge.
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Is there a tuning that gives open Maj7 chords?

A song I'm playing with (Ordinary People by John Legend) basically has a 3-chord pattern BbMaj7, EbMaj7, FMaj7. I can strum these as barre chords OK but not reliably finger-pick, and as I'd like a ...
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unable to tune the acoustic guitar

I'm a beginner and currently learning to play guitar. I have a polo acoustic guitar. when I try to tune it using a clip on electronic tuner it doesn't recognize the strings correctly. except for 6th ...
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Keyboard or piano or guitar which could be the best instrument to sturdy [closed]

I love music.I am thinking to learn or practice a music instrument in my spare time.I already have some knowledge about "organ" .But it is just an elementary level. I love piano ,keyboard and guitar.I ...
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Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?

I'm a beginner, tried many positions and this turns out to be pretty comfortable. Just wondering if it's "okay". In other words will this be a bad habit for any reason? Got my right foot resting on ...
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How to reproduce the “pumping” effect on a live drum kit

In electronic music, a "pumping" effect is often produced to accentuate the sound of the kick drum. To do this, usually a synthesizer's volume will be compressed when the kick drum is triggered. ...
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Set delay so the played notes appear to be “doubled”

I guess many of you are familiar with the dotted 8 delay, so when you play plain 8th notes, you hear 1/16 notes. Little illustration to show what I mean: 1 - - - 2 - - - 3 - - - 4 - - - ...
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Are there any specific criteria for notating guitar sheet music particular to the guitar?

I am preparing a score for guitar, piano, and cello. I have completed the piano and cello parts, but am a bit confused regarding several issues in the guitar part. Specifically, Are there any ...
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Which would benefit my band the most, learning covers or writing originals?

I've been playing guitar for nearly four years and I think I'm getting better at it.My brother plays the drums and our two cousins play guitar well. When we had all met last time, we wanted to do ...
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Better way of playing major Barre chords

I generally play barre chords by using all my 4 fingers. For example I play B-major chord in this fashion: So as you can see, I use all my 4 fingers. But recently while I was learning to play a ...
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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
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Synchronize a track with the tempo in a DAW

Where is the correct to position a track with a tempo? Below is an example from a guitar record. At chord attack? Or at the strongest volume of the chord? The goal is to add other instruments on ...
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What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards

Is there a difference that's based on feel or sound - why are they the two most widely used choices?
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What is an A minor Chord played at 3rd fret?

I am playing an Am shaped chord on guitar at 3rd fret but I dont know what this chord is called. Does anyone know the name?
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Looking for logic in Behringer X V-AMP LX-1 default presets… need help

I have owned this multieffect for a few days, and I am not able to manage all the (100) default presets. Could someone look for any logic in this list (for ex from #dd to #dd blues effect tones or ...
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Tips playing F barre chord

Any tips for a newbie in playing the F barre chord. I find it very hard to put my fingers in place. I've got a strat. I hear you can move it up and down the neck for other barre chords.
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Problem with F minor 7 guitar chord [duplicate]

I am having some problem with an E-shaped F minor 7th barre chord. No matter what I do, it seems impossible to barre 5 strings (and even if I manage somehow to do it, it's very shaky and not clean at ...
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How to practice chord changes into B major?

I am struggling to play some barre chords, especially this B major one: E --2-- B --4-- G --4-- D --4-- A --2-- E --x-- I try placing my barring finger (1) on the second fret, and then adding the ...
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how I must put my fingers for this tablature?

How should I play this bar? I'm having trouble figuring out the fingering so that I can play it easily (or as easily as possible, anyways).