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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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Is there a “correct” position for the right hand when playing guitar?

Normally when I am playing I support my right hand by putting my pinky finger below the E string, but when I try to play past a certain speed I have difficulty keeping up. I have found a couple sites ...
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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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What is this scale called?

Can someone tell me what the scale in this video is called please? I am checking out various backing tracks and some of them do not provide the scale like this. They only mention "Dm" or some such, ...
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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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How Play out what you are thinking? [closed]

Some people who play guitar learn by ear and play by ear. But it is nearly impossible for me to even play a lick by ear. Here,I saw a great YouTube video reviewing guitar by the song the persons ...
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Tips for starting with improvisation on guitar, with a focus on metal?

I want to improvise! Make solos and stuff! and maybe it will help my transcribing too yea? I know there are various other questions about this but i wanted to ask my own. I know it can sort of be a ...
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Problem with fingering

I have no idea why I am like the only one having such problems. My fingers always unwantedly muted the adjacent string to the strings I was playing. Even if it wasn't completely muted, the sound it ...
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I don't understand scale positions

I know the Maj/Min pentatonic scale positions. I need a clear explanation of why Position#1 for minor pentatonic for A starts on the fifth fret; it has something to do with octaves. How do you go ...
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Pentatonic scale with a sharpened 2nd note, any name?

I was messing with the A minor pentatonic scale and discovered that if I sharpen the 2nd note of the scale, it sounds very interesting to my ears, even more than the original scale. Does this already ...
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Altering the sound of a guitar to match a sitar

I'm interested in altering my guitar to give it a more sitar-like sound. I've stumbled upon this video below ...
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Is it okay to sit on guitar combo amplifier?

I just bought a 1x10" Marshall combo guitar amp, and I've read in articles that many guitarists sit on their amps. Is it okay to sit on it? Is there any chance of breaking it as a result?
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How should I “store” my guitars?

I have a bunch of guitars of varying quality from unplayable to quite nice. I intend to hang some (or all) of them on walls for decoration, but I'm not sure if this is good for the guitars, so perhaps ...
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Blues E scale on guitar

I am currently learning the guitar, particularly solo-ing, and teaching myself by figuring out the Blues scale in various keys. At the moment I'm looking at the key of E. The way I understand it (may ...
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Fingerstyle guitar - limited pinky finger reach

I'm struggling to play this phrase. I can reach only 4th fret using pinky finger. Although I can and play this shape two frets above. How should I approach learning in order to eventually be able to ...
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Stuck while trying to change the strings for the first time

Ok so I was able to remove all the strings but one and I am afraid the last one is stuck badly. I followed the various tutorials on replacing the strings: Removed tension-> pushed it in and tried to ...
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How to read guitar tabs more effectively and efficiently?

I am a beginner guitarist and I am currently learning to play guitar through online courses. I have so far learnt to play all the chords and understood how chords are made and scales as well and also ...
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How to determine the name of a chord from knowing the notes I am playing?

I understand basic chord construction. But I am looking at the reverse of this process, which is confusing me. Let's say I place my fingers randomly on the fretboard. Say I make this chord: --- -7- ...
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Prepared guitar (acoustic): what are some techniques? [closed]

Well, if you put some paperclips into your acoustic guitar string, you'll produce a gamelan sound. So, is there anything else except paperclip (or alligator clip) to make unique sound from the ...
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Fingertip care for guitarists

I have built up calluses enough to avoid most fingertip pain from playing guitar and bass, but I have rough and slightly cracked fingertips. My fretting hand isn’t bad, but my right hand is very rough ...
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Lack of sustain on guitar

I am playing a Gibson Les Paul Standard and a Fender Stratocaster through my pedal board into my amp. I have problems with my sustain on both guitars. I was able to have a nice sustain (for sure with ...
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How to adapt when switching between types of guitars?

I think I don't know the title yet, anyone may edit that, please? If you're playing an acoustic guitar (steel-string), with a big body, let's just say a Grand Auditorium model. You'll feel that the ...
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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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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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Barre chords kill my thumb!

I played guitar for about a year like 2 or 3 years ago, and then my guitar broke while I was moving, and I just bought a new guitar last month and started playing again. I am facing the same problem i ...
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Multi-scale fretboard: angle of bridge and nut

I'd like to understand how to draw a multi-scale fretboard. I'm aware of tools like FretFind2D, but I'd like to do the maths on my own. I thought of having the center of the bridge at point (0, 0) in ...
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Best ways to remove excess tension from fretting hand?

I'm recovering from tendonitis in my left (fretting) wrist. I think it was due to trying to build speed with poor technique. Part of it was too much bending of the wrist, but the other part is likely ...
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MIDI Input from Guitar and Digitech RP 250 to LMMS under Ubuntu [closed]

As mentioned in the topic i tried to hook up my Digitech RP 250 to LMMS as a MIDI controller. I already used my keyboard successfully (without the RP 250 obviously), so there shouldn´t be too much ...
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Finding guitar technicians

I’ve often seen advice to locate a good guitar technician or luthier to perform setups and routine maintenance. For example, Ali Maxwell advises, in “How do I set up an electric guitar?”: The ...
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Is my Yamaha guitar counterfeit?

I bought a new Yamaha Guitar and When you look inside the guitar hole it looks like the model number is written by hand. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? The number written on ...
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What are the objective differences between the guitar and the piano?

The guitar and the piano are two of the most popular instruments which allow multiple notes to be played simultaneously. The acoustic quality of the two instruments are, of course, different, but ...
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What does strum direction have to do with beats?

Somebody who teaches guitar told me that 1234 means down down down down, and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and means down up down up. But why? What do these numbers represent?
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advice for guitar music theory? [closed]

I have recently started learning theory. I have been playing guitar for about a year though . I need help on how to go about theory ... I mean where should I start from ? like by learning all the ...
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Should I be learning groove skills if I am not yet good at chords [closed]

What are grooves? On guitar, what is a strumming pattern? Is it the same for any song? Also, what are beats? What is one and two, two and four and one two?
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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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How can I practice rhythm awareness when singing and playing at the same time?

I play guitar for fun, and I've both played accompanying rhythm, as well as melody. I've also played rhythm for singers. Now, when I try to accompany myself on guitar for the rhythm, and then sing a ...
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Guitars playing in harmony

I wonder if guitars playing in harmony is as simple as this: Let's say you want to play a solo part in Am with the minor scale. If you would play the 3 notes on each of the 3 highest strings (G, B ...
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Predicting the rate at which intensity diminishes as frequency/note increases

I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, so feel free to move this or delete it. I'm working on this application and I've run into a little roadblock. I noticed that as I play higher ...
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How do I mute the guitar in a song so I can play with the backing track?

I am tired of Karaoke style backing tracks and want to replace the guitar in a song that I already have. Can I do this with software?
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What is the quality of the Ryoji Matsuoka M30 Classical Guitar

I am curious about Ryoji Matsuoka classical guitars, particularly the M30 model. Is this make intended for beginners, intermediate players, or professionals? Are there any known unique qualities or ...
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Is it necessary to learn a new scale to improvise over it?

I'm a beginning guitar theory learner and I'm confused about certain things when improvising/soloing/figuring songs out. I've just started learning, and certain things seem hard to imagine. Let's say ...
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Are there any books or videos out there that teach you SLOWLY and do not focus on learning TABS?

Are there any books or videos courses that just teach you how to practice acoustic guitar and its not complicated either? I know that there are lots of video course, books, youtube videos out there ...
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Recycling guitar strings

This one goes out to all my eco-friendly shredder pals. Does anyone know of an organization that takes guitar strings and recycles them? I run through quite a few packs per month on a heavy gigging ...
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How to notate two identical notes ringing together?

In a melody I am composing, there are 4 E notes in a row, like this: ----------------- ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- ----------------- (the length of the ...
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How do you identify a good 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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How not to touch neighbouring strings?

When playing guitar, my fingers often touch other strings on the guitar. I found that my fingertips are too broad for the strings. When I press one string by my middle finger, the meat of the ...
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Which scales are used by Tom Morello?

In Rage Against The Machine's first album (Rage Against The Machine) I frequently hear Tom Morello play with several "weird" scales. A few examples: Take The Power Back, Settle For Nothing, ... I ...
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Storing unused guitar strings

I was going to change the strings on my guitar today with older string packs that I haven't completely used and a new pack. Since the low E, A, D, and G rarely break I have an excess supply of them ...
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Do most professional guitarists use string lubricant?

New electric guitar strings seem to almost stick to the fingers, and within hours start to turn gray/black-ish in the spots I've played them most. By contrast, lubricating and cleaning the strings ...
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What is a good source for learning playing all shapes of a chord?

I want to be able to play rhythm guitar without learning how to play each chord used in a song when I am learning the song. The best I am hoping for is a free website which provides a list of ...