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Can fingerpicks be used with long nails?

I have played classical and electric guitar for 20 years or so. I use nails for classical (and occasionally for electric, but usually a pick). I don't play a lot of steel-string acoustic, and when I ...
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Building hand strength for when tapping on the guitar

I've been practicing on my tapping ability. An example of what I mean by tapping can be viewed here, notice how the right hand hits the strings. I'm currently using all four fingers excluding the ...
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What to do when we have back pain from playing guitar after a while?

What should I do when I start having back pain every 10min after playing? I sit down and change position but the pain continues. Every player has to support the weight of the guitar if playing ...
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Understanding scales

I am a beginner with guitars. I watched the video lessons from Coursera - Introduction to Guitar In that, the instructor explains about the fundamentals of guitars like strumming, position playing, ...
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Approach to learning arpeggios for chord-tone soloing

I am looking to improve in soloing and improvisation. I have learned the CAGED patterns in diatonic scale and their corresponding pentatonic patterns. I have stuck with them for years, but I've ...
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how to play avenged sevenfold so far away on guitar [closed]

I looked up this song on ultimate guitar.com and it didnt sound right.Most songs on this site are wrong. and I even looked on diffrent websites and they diddnt work either.So im wandering how to play ...
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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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Difference between These Two Styles of Playing Guitar

I see some people playing every note in a song on the guitar such as: ...
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What is the best way to learn scales in order to improve improvisation/writing of lead guitar parts?

Where I'm at skill-wise Played guitar on-and-off for about 5 years Up until a year ago had only really learned by playing from tabs Have been undertaking bi-weekly guitar lessons for just over a ...
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How do you play barre chords which are at an angle?

I read about the concept of an angled/oblique barre chord, where you use your index finger to play 2 different frets across different strings like so: -4- 3rd -2- 1st -3- 1st -4- 2nd --- -4- 4th (I ...
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Setting up Distortion on an Amp

I'm new. I've been trying to play the song 'I Stand Alone'. I can read tabs and I can get my guitar in drop C, I am just not getting the heavy distortion noise. I'm wondering how I should adjust my ...
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X or Y guitarist doesn't know music theory - how true is this statement?

We've all heard a statement similar to the following: X didn't / doesn't know any music theory and is one of the all time greats replacing X with a famous guitarist. Being a novice, I am ...
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Looking for advice on my self-taught music education

Until a year ago, I had absolutely no music education, and I decided to change that around this period, well more exactly I picked up on (acoustic) guitar as a hobby and from there gained interest in ...
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Playing a song in a different key

I trying to teach myself guitar and one song I want to perform for a friend (soon) is Akon's "Don't Matter." I can't read sheet music (but i want to learn) but i found the chord progression of the ...
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How to start learning FingerStyle guitar?

How do I start learning fingerstyle guitar? I am lookin for a good book with CD, or any video series that will help me to get started. Basically, I want have some direction about how to play like ...
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music theory on a minor chord and how long to hold each chord when creating a song. [closed]

i know that for a major chord the ones that sound best are the 1st 4th n 5th though what bout for a minor chord. Does that rule still apply. I would also like to humbly ask for a simplified way to ...
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Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations? [closed]

I attempted to get into guitar years ago and quickly burned out. I never properly learned theory and was never able to play what I heard (either in my head, or by listening to music). Playing ...
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Question about using a Cut Capo

I am considering getting one. I like to know the way the cut capo is used on electric or acoustic guitar. What are some tunings that are used? Can I use a combination of capos?
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Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?

I just recently built a Les Paul style guitar, and, for some reason, when I touch the pickups and selector switch the guitar stops buzzing. Why?
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Ten Minute Practice Techniques For Guitar?

Unfortunately I can't play everyday. However, I am trying to grab at least 5-10 minutes here and there. What are some good theory or scale techniques/practice methods I should have ready to pull out ...
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Can I reach this level of technical proficiency?

Is it possible for me to reach a level of technical proficiency enough to play the lead guitar part of this, or something like Flight of the Bumblebee at the original tempo? Let me make myself clear ...
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How to use diminished scale over I IV V changes in blues

I want to spice up my solos over a Blues progression. I already can play a variety of scales but the Diminished scale is something I would like to add because of the particular sounds it creates. In ...
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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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Finger picking styles used in garage band app

Can anyone provide me with some help on how to play finger picking styles used in Garage Band application in "smart guitar" mode. I would like to learn to play this on real guitar. Update: I've ...
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Chord compatibility or something else?

Say you have a scale and you've found a chord that is rooted at degree 1 of the scale and such that every tone of the chord is in the scale as well. The chord is then said to be compatible with the ...
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Guitar Grimoire & Chord Compatibility question

There's a guitar reference book called Guitar Grimoire scales and modes. A chord is said to be compatible with a scale if all of its tones already are present in the scale. The Bebop Major scale, ...
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Does a guitarist need to know staff notation?

There is a notation called Tablature for guitar. Most of the keyboardists I have seen, use the staff notation. Is staff notation useful for guitarists? Will it help the guitarist in learning ...
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How to know which scale a song uses?

I have a song in my mind, and I want to play it on the guitar. I know how scales are made (full and half steps), and I can recognize whether the next note is higher or lower in a song (not ...
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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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Without any education in music how do I learn to play an instrument? [closed]

I don't know anything about music. Age: 31 years Location: India Music classes here are VERY expensive so I won't be having any access to any teacher. I can spend 1 hour practicing every ...
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How to respectfully learn “eastern” music for guitar

I've always loved classical Indian / eastern / modal sounds on guitar, but I met a man whom I admire that believed that merely copying some of the outward tonalities and calling it "eastern" was ...
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What are the types of Guitar available and what are the pros and cons of each? [closed]

What are the types of Guitar available and what are the pros and cons of each?
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Tricks and techniques for memorising songs

I've been googling and, unfortunately, coming up short in search of techniques, methods, systems or just simple tricks for how to memorise songs. I'm currently on a writing spree (I play the guitar ...
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from comming unpluged when I move?

My guitar/bass cable will sometimes accidentally unplug from my guitar/bass when I am playing at a practice or at a gig. It usually happens when I move around or step on my cable. Is there a way to ...
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Training muscle memory without focusing. Is it necessarily bad?

Many people claim that you must focus completely on what you are doing. If not, the end results will be far inferior to what you would achieve if you give it "everything". However, muscle memory and ...
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One finger per fret and stretching

So lots of people have asked about OFPF (One Finger Per Fret) on lots of forums, but I find that the discussion always ends up being about pinkies. I have no problem using my pinky. It can man up and ...
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Fingerpicking with my pinky finger

For the past couple of years, I've adopted the following approach for fingerpicking folk rock/alternative music... E - pinky finger B - ring finger G - middle finger D - index finger A - thumb E ...
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Investing in a second guitar. Epiphone or PRS? [closed]

I really wonder if I this question is fit to be asked in this forum. But I don't know where else to ask. I own an Ibanez GRG150 Dio, which is a beginners' guitar. I've been playing it for the last 7 ...
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Guitar - How to play two-string mini-barre chords?

How chords that require two-string barre should be fretted to avoid constraining other fingers in terms of general practice tips? See example below. My 2nd finger tends to block the D string. It is ...
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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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Why do electric guitars have narrow necks?

It seems that electric guitars (and possibly also acoustic steel-string) have narrower necks than nylon-string ones. The strings are more close together (not sure whether this is the cause or a ...
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What numbers (on my tuner) to tune my guitar to

Like on my electronic tuner I Have C3 C4 C5 E3 E4 etc so what numbers on notes am I supposed to tune my guitar too, I keep breaking,and loosening my strings ._.
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Why does the quality of the sound of guitar strings decay over time?

Particularly, on classical guitars, strings 4, 5 and 6. At the beginning, the sound is very metallic. After a few weeks, it's like playing on coton.
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Is there diference between black and white nylon in guitar strings?

Is there difference between black and white nylon?
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Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?

I've always found even the lightest acoustic (bronze) guitar strings to be a bit too heavy to play comfortably. Electric (nickel) guitar strings tend to be lighter. But nobody uses electric strings on ...
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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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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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Ways to get out of a scalar rut?

I'm a well versed and experienced guitarist. I have a decent sense for rhythm and melody, but I have a VERY hard time with soloing. I know you've heard it all before.. I'm one of those guys that got ...
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Best method to learn to play barre chords?

I've been trying to learn the F chord for a while now, and I am having a very hard time playing the barre chord. I've read that pulling back slightly with your finger and using the body of the guitar ...
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Is the sound of a semi-hollowbody guitar significantly different from that of an equivalent solid body?

I'm wondering if the sound of a semi-hollowbody electric guitar (i.e. one that looks hollow but in fact has a solid central block) really differs that much from an equivalent solid-body guitar with ...