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How to replicate Joe Satriani technique in “Searching”

What is Joe Satriani doing at 0:55 onwards in "Searching" from "Is There Love In Space" in order to achieve the sounds he is making? My first instinct is that it sounds like a synth with a glissando ...
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What are good examples of advanced technical exercise books for pick-style guitar?

For technique studies, saxophonists have Klose, pianists have Hannon, finger-style guitarists have Shearer, and guitar beginners have Mel Bay. What are some Klose/Hannon equivalents for pick-style ...
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How do I maintain flamenco guitar fingernails?

Any flamenco guitarists out there? How do you keep the fingernails in such great shape? Is the difference that much better with the strumming hand's fingernails being longer?
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What techniques and styles do I use when I play electric guitar behind an acoustic guitar?

I play in my church, and for the Wednesday service, it can be variable. Sometimes it's a full band, with guitar, bass, drums and singer on guitar or keys, but sometimes it's just a singer and me. I ...
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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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How to play given notes on the guitar

I'm sorry, if my question is not too generic, but I'm having trouble playing instrumental acoustic peace and would appreciate if you could help me out. Here are the notes I have (sorry for scan ...
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Does using an EVH D-Tuna limit the range of a Floyd Rose type floating bridge?

Background: D-Tuna is a device developed by Eddie Van Halen that sits on the screw of your 6th string that drops one step in the tuning of that string quickly (according to a few videos I've seen on ...
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Which strings should I use for DADGAD tuning on my acoustic guitar?

I have recently switched to DADGAD tuning, before that I was using light tension strings ( 12 16 24 32 42 53 ). But because of DADGAD, to compensate for the lack of tension on the neck, I wanted to ...
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Valve and solid state guitar amp power comparisons?

is there a chart or general rule of thumb of how the different power levels for a valve amp compare to an equivalent volume solid state amp? for example, 5 watt valve amp similar volume to 20 watt ...
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What harmonic devices are common for jazz-rock fusion guitar?

If I want to compose a fusion piece (or improvise over one), what harmonic tools I can use to sound right in this genre? Every genre has a specific chords, progressions, scales, techniques etc. which ...
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How to learn guitar without physical lessons?

I have an acoustic guitar that I've tried to learn to play many times. I'd like to learn to play by ear... I'm an accomplished musician on several other instruments but those are all woodwinds and ...
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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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Causes of sharp pain in a fretting finger after playing guitar or bass?

I have been playing guitar and bass for about 20 years now and I have noticed that sometimes, particularly in the last five years, I will do something with my fretting hand that causes a sharp pain in ...
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Does hand perspiration prevent you from becoming a good guitarist?

My hands have a lot of perspiration (not enough to drop, but enough to become wet). I want to play guitar, but a friend of mine told me that I can't, since my hands are wet. I don't know is it true of ...
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Audio jack has fallen inside the body of semi-acoustic guitar, how to get it out and reattach it?

The nut on the outside was a bit loose, then when I took the cable out and put the guitar away, the jack fell inside the body. Not sure how I can get it out and reattach it to the hole without ...
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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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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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Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?

As a non-professional, intermediate-level guitarist interested in playing jazz, I wonder how important it is for me to be able to sight read music (and I mean standard music notation, not guitar ...
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Are there alternatives to developing calluses when learning guitar?

As a musician, I come from a mostly vocal and piano background, but I was gifted a decent acoustic guitar many years ago and haven't really gotten into learning it due to practicing being rather ...
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Choosing a guitar cabinet

I have settled on the amplifier head to buy for my guitar, but I am not sure of the cabinet yet. I know that there are open-back vs closed-back options, and I assume that the quality of the speaker ...
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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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Guitar chords for samba

I'd like to learn some standard samba chords for guitar. I understand the usual involves jazzy chords like 9/11/13 and few others. Now, I can construct these chords myself, but problem number one: ...
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Guitar Amplifier (Head versus Combo versus None)

I'm in the process of getting my first electric guitar and am trying to figure out amplifiers. I currently have a stereo amplifier and pre amplifier and a pair floor standing speakers. My living space ...
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Guitar scales further up the fret board.

I'm hoping someone can help me, i've been playing guitar for a while and mostly kept myself confined to chords/rythm, but now I want to explore some lead styles to add to my skills. So I began with ...
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Bolt 100 watt amp making a phaser noise

My Bolt amp is making this wierd noise. Sounds like a flanger or phaser when pushed hard with my OD pedals. I have never heard this noise before in any amp. Could it be the Phase Inverter tube? The ...
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Any way to practice using the very tip of your pinky?

I'm practicing a lot of scales as mentioned in my earlier question. When I stretch my pinky to reach for a distant fret, I almost always "land" on the side of my pinky. Is this ok? If not are there ...
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Is it acceptable to move hand position while practicing scales on guitar?

I was reading through the answers posted here, and I liked the idea of playing with the "finger per fret" method, but it's not always applicable. For instance I was practicing the Fmaj scale last ...
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What should I look for when determining the quality of guitar and pedal cables?

I've read many postings about how important quality cables are for eliminating noise and preserving tone. What should I look for to make sure I'm buying a quality cable? I have a very good 10' main ...
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I'm a Flamenco guitar player, how to start playing Blues?

I'm an amateur Flamenco guitar player (and a little bit classical guitar) and I want to learn how to play some Blues. What do I need to start playing Blues? what do I need to know? I checked this ...
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What are the various methods of tuning the guitar?

This is not a question as much as it is a discussion. I am curious to know what are the different techniques to tune the guitar (using standard tuning) given you know that one string is in tune. I ...
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As a guitarist, how can I learn to sight-read music?

I'm learning guitar right now, mostly from Justin Sandercoe's free online lessons, starting from the beginner's course. He has a lot of good tips for how to practice and drill chords, and scales, but ...
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Is it really necessary to have your thumb on the back of the guitar neck?

I've seen lots of artists playing with their thumb resting on the top of the neck, but my guitar teacher says it's a must to place the thumb on the back of the neck. Opinions?
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Beginning sweep picking exercises

What are some recommended easy exercises to start developing the sweep picking technique in guitar? And what advice would you give to someone who's just starting with this technique? I mean, what is ...
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Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?

I was wondering if it possible to put nylon strings on a steel string guitar. Is it possible? If not why?
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Flat-wound vs round-wound strings

What difference can you expect when playing with flat-wound vs round-wound strings on an electric bass/guitar? I know that they feel different - I am asking explicitly in terms of sound.
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Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?

I've read that some people boil their strings from time to time to make them sound again like they were new (and save some money). Is this really worthwhile, or are there any disadvantages to this?
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What defines the loudness of an acoustic guitar?

I would like a loud sound without any amplification (purely acoustic sound). Which guitar traits affect it? Do you recommend any particular styles or brands of guitar? I assume that guitars with ...
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How do I find the accompaigning low-pitch note when playing fingerstyle?

If you're trying to learn a song by ear for example, how do you find the backing note to go along whith what you are playing? For example, when playing canon in D, you first start with the D string ...
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What types of guitars are used for spanish music?

I am fascinated by Spanish guitar music, and I have started exploring it. I have heard classical music like Gypsy Kings, Taranta, Romance, etc. Does anyone here know what types of guitars are used in ...
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How can I learn Soukous guitar?

I really like the sound of Soukous guitar playing, and would like to learn a bit of that. What would be good ways of doing this? I'm not great at picking at all, I'm a happy amateur chord strummer, so ...
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Tuning a Strat a whole step down

I'd like to tune a Strat a whole step down, and I was wondering what gauge of strings I should use to get the same tension that I get in normal tuning with .010 strings. Cheers
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When tuning a guitar, how should I strike the strings?

When tuning a guitar, what is the best way to strike a string to get it as close to pitch as possible? I'd like to get it as close to the right pitch as I possibly can. I've noticed with my tuner ...
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Best method to clean guitar?

After a month or two of playing, the strings will often have grime and skin oil stuck to the underside, and the frets will eventually start building up dirt. Add to that all the dust that accumulates ...
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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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Basics of stage presence for guitarists

Where do I start to develop a good stage presence as a guitarist? While guitar-specific stunts (like the guitar spin, etc) are good to know, but I'm more interested in knowing general rules for ...
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Please recommend a book with excercises for guitar duet

Me and my friend play acoustic guitar. We are looking for a book, that will provide us with excercises to play together. I've searched on the net, but couldn't find anything, though I am sure those ...
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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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Does using a whammy bar detune your guitar?

Will regular use of a whammy bar cause your guitar strings to come out of tune significantly faster than normal?
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Is grease good or bad for guitar strings?

I was once told that playing a guitar with greasy fingers was actually good for the strings. However, this seems a bit counter-intuitive. Is there any truth behind this claim?
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How to layout left hand fingers correctly?

I practice Flamenco guitar. Basically all music sheets that I read indicates the left hand fingers (1, 2, 3 and 4). This is amazingly helpful because you can complicate a lot of things if you are ...