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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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Playing a chord with a muted string in between

This is small section of tabs for Black by Pearl Jam which I found here Intro: e|----------- B|-9--9-9-9-9 G|-9--9-9-9-9 D|-x--x-x-x-x A|-7--7-7-7-7 E|----------- What is confusing me is the muted ...
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How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?

When I'm playing (learning) difficult chords on guitar (ex: F,B7) my facial muscles (basically lips) form a weird action (I felt it and I saw it in the mirror). I feel I'll get used to it as I go and ...
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The reason behind Guitar Standard tuning [duplicate]

I am curious to know why is the guitar standard tuning EADGBE? I am trying to find a brief summary of the history on how the guitar tuning converged to this standard. I am award about the steps are ...
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What is meant by “Top-End” and “Bottom-End”?

When guitarists describe the sound of their guitars, a lot of terms are used. What does a guitarist mean when they talk about top and bottom end?
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Recording an amp using headphone out?

I got an Peavey Vypyr 30w. There is a headphone/record out. Since I do not have a mic currently, I want to utilize it for recording. What devices do I need? I know there is some electrical ...
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How does fusion guitar playing work?

So I have seen a lot of guitar players playing fusion rock but never understood what is actually going on in the theory. When watching them play, it sounds like they're not in key and just ...
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What is a perfect fifth?

I have gone through many documents, but don't understand what a perfect fifth is. Can somebody please explain with an example? (An example is important!) I have already found these explanations, but ...
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What's the name for the style of guitar on Reggae songs

I'm wondering if there's a word for the style of guitar on most Reggae songs, when they play chords on the upper strings and mute them after. I would love to know if there's a word for that, that ...
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How to read guitar pro chord strumming tabs

How should I read something that looks like this? I hear the different pattern of strumming but I don't know how should I read this tabs and play accordingly. How can I find up which of them is "up" ...
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A shape barre chord up-strum issue

I play my A shape major barre chords with a double barre where the first and the sixth string is muted. My problem is that up-strums sound quite nasty when I hit the muted first string. Sometimes ...
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Composing melodies for a song on finger-style guitar

I'm attempting to learn how to create finger-style guitar arrangements of songs. In finger-style arrangements it is very important to include melody, I'm just not quite sure how I should compose a ...
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Where to start with sight reading

I am an intermediate-advanced guitarist who has been playing for 8 years and can read TAB and sheet music fairly well, but I want to improve my sight reading. I am not the worst at it but I want it to ...
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Is it normal for frequent guitar playing to be accompanied by wrist pain?

Is it normal for frequent guitar playing to be accompanied by wrist pain or is it something that is caused by poor posture/position and technique? I have been playing for several years now, and mostly ...
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Short fat fingers

Any tips for someone with short fat fingers. I find trying to get my chords, I accidentally cover over other strings. Any tips?
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What is the difference between an amp and a head?

At the moment I currently only use a basic guitar amp, but a few of my friends have 'heads' on top of their amps. What is the purpose of these? What do they do that the amp doesn't do?
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How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)

How should I go exactly about studying how to play an etude? I know they are mostly pedagogical compositions, meant to practice on a tecnique, but I never really played a piece like this - I'm still ...
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Tips on improving rhythmic notation

I know in theory what rhythmic values are such as quarter note, half note, and whole note etc.., and I can do linear scale exercises very quickly without metronome, but I feel difficult to integrate ...
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What does this horizontal dotted line mean?

This appears in the sheet music for Luigi Legnani's 36 Caprices (for guitar). This is in Caprice no. 18. What I'm asking about is the dotted line that appears between the F notes in the third and ...
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Practice routine for intermediate to advanced guitarist [closed]

I am a guitarist who has been playing for 9 years, and I would say I am at an advanced level, but currently I am stuck with playing with everything and I feel that I am not improving. So I was ...
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Which major scale patterns to study?

So I'm very confused I found 3 different systems for the major scale which are: the caged system sweeping pattern (7 3nps patterns) conventional patterns (7 patterns) I've never heard of the ...
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Effects of keeping a guitar in the car

I have a sales job, and am on the road most days. I often find myself with free time between appointments and would like to take advantage of that free time by practicing guitar. I have a 3/4 size ...
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How do you quickly form this C7 shape on guitar?

There is a somewhat difficult chord near the beginning of Isaac Albeniz's Asturias: %8/1.10/3.8/1.9/2.8/1.12/4[C7] The chord is difficult to form in time with the tempo. Here is what I am already ...
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Are there any other common names for what I've heard called a “Crossover Guitar”

That is to say, a nylon (or gut, I guess) guitar that has certain features usually associated with a steel stringed acoustic. I'm talking about Spanish guitars with a thin neck, often with an ...
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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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How to learn the Smart Guitar of GarageBand for iPad?

Anybody know what's the best way to learn the Smart Guitar feature of GarageBand for non-guitarist? Specifically in these areas: What note does each string play? (a screen reference that says "tap ...
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Extended chords in keys

I understand the most popular & first-learnt chords & how to associate them with the keys they belong to. I'm looking at other chord types now such as Am6. I believe that Am6 can only go ...
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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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Electric Guitar - Metronome - How to play 16th notes

I have recently started practing with a metronome. So far i have kinda nailed quarter and 8th notes but i am having a problem with 16th notes. It appears that i cannot count the beats of the ...
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How to create guitar tabs with similar notation to Japanese Band Scores?

In Japan, so called バンドスコア (Band Scores) are widely available, showing multiple parts for vocals, guitar, bass and drums. An example can be found in the image on this question. As you can see in this ...
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How to play guitar and sing at the same time?

I would like to sing while playing the guitar, but do not know how to keep with the rhythm. How many strums are needed before someone must sing? I am confused, how i can try it?
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What do the numbers on a guitar tab mean?

Are the numbers on the strings of guitar on the tab to be applied for fret strings and the chords at the same time? For example how I read this tab and to know G chord at the first bar: G ...
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How can I transcribe chord charts into guitar tablature?

Is there any way to extract tabs from the chord? I am a guitar player and i want to play some songs on my guitar. I found the chords for these songs on the internet but there are no tabs available. I ...
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What are guitar dynamics?

Good evening folks! I have a question this time about dynamics. Now I know that volume is considered part of 'dynamics'. But I'm wondering what else the term "dynamics" encompasses. Does guitar ...
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playing rhythms on Guitar [closed]

Iam confused abaut rhythms when you say a whole nots is 4 beats... what do you mean? you mean is I must strum 4 beats:DDUD?. please tell me how I should play whole,half and quater notes(with the ...
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What would (theoretically) cause ESP LTD strats with Floyd Roses to play easier than an MIM Strat?

Well, my beliefs are being challenged again about guitars' ease of playing. I once thought my strat was as good as it got, but no. Amazingly enough, a $250 LTD guitar (along with other similar models, ...
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What is that for a huge bridge on a Les Paul?

I am really interested into the bridge of this Les Paul. So far I have not seen such a bridge. Unfortunately I could not find the name of the guitarist. The music video can be found here. Click on ...
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What is a chord consisting of Root, 9th and 11th called?

I'm playing the following progression: Bm chord, with these notes: from low -bass- to high: B D F# in which: B: Root D: minor 3rd F#: 5th Bm11 chord, with these notes: from low -bass- to high: B ...
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Can I practice playing or singing more emotional?

A few years ago I started playing the guitar, but after two years my guitar teacher told me something which made me aware of a hidden plateu that eventually made me quit. He said that my play was ...
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Buzz from inside the body of a new acoustic guitar when playing a specific note

I bought an electro-acoustic guitar last week and i've been playing quite a bit. Today I noticed there was a slight buzz on the 5th String 3rd fret (C) and the 6th String 8th fret (C) ...
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How to learn to play the guitar while I have musical education?

A year ago I finished music college as a piano player. I thought what to do next and decided to learn electric guitar. For some reasons I decided not to take teacher and learn by materials/videos ...
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Should a guitar be de-tuned when not in use for long periods? [duplicate]

Should a guitar be de-tuned when not in use for long periods? What are the possible damages could de-tuning do to my guitar?
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Will putting decals/stickers on my acoustic guitar affect the sound, and if so, how much?

I can't seem to find a definitive answer to my question. I have a Yamaha F335 acoustic guitar and I want to put a sticker that says "Supreme" (here it is on Amazon). But people have been telling me ...
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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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How I do memorize guitar notes?

Should I learn chords by fret name strings or by symbol notes? For example: an A major chord is on the second fret and I must put my left fingers on the D, G and B strings...this is first way.second ...
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Approach to learning arpeggios for chord-tone soloing (shapes or notes)

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 keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
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How do you identify a good acoustic guitar?

What do you look for when going for a guitar? I own an acoustic and am looking for a better one. What should I be looking for? Wood quality, brand, strings, etc.?
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What's causing this buzzing sound on the high e string?

My Takamine acoustic has a tendency to buzz when I play the high e string fretted around frets 2 and 3. I figure it's something to do with the neck and tension rod. Are there any other parts of a ...
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With guitar, how long should I give my fingers to strengthen / callous?

I'm picking up guitar and would like to know generally how long I should give my fingers to strengthen and callous if I practice 15-20 minutes 5 or 6 times a week. My concern is that the guitar is ...