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What are the reasons for using strumming and picking patterns?

From what i can tell so far, STRUMMING patterns are for two things, making sure the right beats are accented (because on the up strokes, youre only supposed to hit two strings) and keeping track of ...
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Why is the guitar tuned like it is?

Why is there that funny tuning kink between the G and B string on a guitar in standard tuning? I.e., the (musical) gap between the rest of the adjoining strings is 5 frets (or a perfect fourth), but ...
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Practicing all practical permutations of three-note chords on guitar

Ignoring octaves, every note in a on the guitar shows up in many different places. I'd like to practice all the achievable three note chords on the guitar so that I can move my chord progressions up ...
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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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Singing the third instead of the root/melody

I play the guitar and sing for fun. I have some understanding of music theory but not much. I've been told a couple of times that I was singing the third. I also noticed that when I play around ...
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Alternate picking vs down picking

When I see professional musicians play their songs on guitar, I see them down picking certain parts where I would prefer to alternate pick. Follow the url below to a riff that I play first using ...
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How to transpose slash chords for guitar

How do I transpose D/G, G/B etc. I want to do this in a program I'm knocking up, to display my music the way I want to see it, so an algorithmic description would be handy. If it's of any ...
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What equipment do I need to Jam to my own recorded chord progression?

I am following the Fretboard Theory book by Desi Serna. And when learning the pentatonic scale I thought it would be good if I could record some chord progression and try to play melodies in the ...
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Understanding a Chinese guitar tab

A Chinese friend of mine requested I learn her favourite guitar tune: http://www.yuesir.com/ipu/271.html However, I have big trouble undestanding the convention used is this tab. Could someone ...
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Does the C chord change based on what key it's in?

Typically, the "C" is played like this in the key of C: But when I play another song, in the key of D, is the C chord still played like this? If not, how do I play it on the guitar? Likewise, if ...
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Help me understand this progression

A friend showed me this progression: G7, F#m7b5, B7, Em7, A7, Dm7, G7, CMaj7, Cm7, Bm7, Bdim7, Am7, Ab7, Bm7, Bb7, Am7, Ab7 For the most part, I understand that at its heart it is built on a I vi ii ...
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How to determine if my Yamaha guitar is an original?

I recently purchased this guitar is original? The model is Yamaha SG510. How can I determine if my newly purchased guitar is original?
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Can I plug my amp directly into my audio interface?

Could anyone tell me, can I plug my guitar amp directly into my audio interface (with the "line out")? On some forums people say that you can't , on others people say you can... If it's possible, is ...
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How to improve right hand picking/strumming technique for electric and acoustic guitar?

How can I raise my picking (and strumming) to 16th notes at 160 beats per minute or higher? I have been trying to incorporate more forearm rotational movement into my picking (imagine turning a ...
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Why does the C7 chord on guitar omit the G note (5th) in open position?

0 C7 C7 ( 1-3-5-flat7) is suppose to contain a G as its 5th right? So how does a guitar get away with this in open position?
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Risks of adjusting a truss rod?

I know that you can break a truss rod by over-tightening it. Repair guides warn not to tighten the rod if you meet excessive resistance or hear squeaking noises. For example, from the Fender Bass ...
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What is the secret of jazz phrases?

I'm diving into Jazz, both with guitar and trumpet, and I'm looking for that typical jazzy sound when traveling from lows to highs (and opposite). How were Miles and friends achieving it? What ...
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Crap audio interface sound and I can't find out the problem

I've bought an Audio Interface (Line 6 Studio UX2) some years ago and I've always connected from my guitar to my iMac. I usually recorded metal/metalcore riff, tried different VST plugins (Guitar Rig, ...
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How can I develop mastery of polyrhythms in playing guitar?

(I am asking this question because someone just posted a question which misused the term "polyrhythm", and subsequently, on realizing the mistake, edited the question to reflect their real question -- ...
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Learning music theory and music writing around guitar

I have fun playing guitar, learning songs or licks and solos from songs is fun and all but I really don't know much about these pieces of music and why they sound good. Sometime I want to be able to ...
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Guitar strumming pattern for The Gardener by TTMOE [closed]

I'm just starting with the guitar, and, after exclusively practicing finger-picking for the past few weeks now (specifically Revelation Blues and a bit of I Won't Be Found by the Tallest Man on ...
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What's the correct way to learn tremolo?

In classical guitar, we have tremolo. But I see, most people do it not making any clean sound, they still have the sound of string muted with the right hand (the left hand is okay). What's the ...
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Should I use finger picks when playing fingerstyle guitar?

I came across fingerpicks while browsing through the web: http://www.guitarcenter.com/Alaska-Pik-Finger-Guitar-Pick-110630-i1123794.gc Is it recommended that I buy them and use them for practice? I ...
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What key is correct when guitars are half step down?

I see many charts for praise and worship songs charted in sharp keys (A#, F#) major. One song is charted F# Major. I would think the guitars are tuned a half step down and they are playing like it is ...
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How major pentatonic scale is built?

I would like to use this scale to start improvising on an acoustic guitar. I understand the shape on the neck, but I want to increase my knowledge and ask you how is it constructed. Thank you for ...
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Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?

I am going to record music with the guitar and bass guitar. However, I am still undecided between using an amp with microphone, and an amp simulator. Which of the two would be a better choice when ...
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Is it okay if I play guitar/bass with wet fretting hand?

I know to keep a guitar/bass is not to play with wet hands. But, is it okay to play just with fretting hand a bit wet? I'm thinking about the neck, will it affect the tone?
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What to call the chord G B F# A C# F#

I wrote a piece containing the following six string guitar chord (fingering shown; first finger barre; standard tuning): %3/2.2/1.4/3.2/1.2/1.2/1 What is the name of this chord?
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Complete Classical Guitar Course-Guide?

Here's my situation: I have been playing guitar for 10 years, learning all the stuff on my own. I began with simple acoustic songs and after some time I started to play electric guitar, I studied and ...
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Curved fingertips causing buzzy sound when playing guitar

I'm trying to learn to play guitar but I have a problem. My fingers touch the other strings so that I get a buzzy sound. Although my fingertips press the string perpendicular, they touch the other ...
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Where to start when learning legato?

I've been playing guitar for 5/6 years, and next year I'm hoping to play for an awesome Big Band, who are auditioning soon for the guitar spot. I've seen big band guitarists before, and in their, ...
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What do the 2 “push/pull” knobs on my guitar do?

I have a Dean electric guitar (couldn't find it on their website, sorry) with a 3 position switch, 2 knobs, and 2 double humbuckers. I know what the switch does, but am confused about the knobs. I am ...
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How to choose a tuning for a fingerstyle arrangement?

I want to learn to play fingerstyle guitar like sungha jung. I found that most of his fingerstyle arrangements are made in different tunings and not the standard tuning. How does he choose which ...
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Fingers appear glued to guitar string

So, I am playing guitar for around one year now, but I still did not find a solution for the following problem: When I'm lifting up my fingers away from the strings, sometimes they appear as if they ...
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Do power chords have some kind of function/meaning?

Every guitar player runs into these at least once (and probably way more often, too): power chords. This is a general term for chords consisting of the root note, the fifth, and an octave. In most ...
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Learning Guitar or Violin [closed]

I am fond of listening music. Both violin and guitar equally motivate me to play it by myself (although I haven't yet). So, I have decided to go for music lessons on either of these. What are the ...
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How to improve/train pinky dexterity for guitar playing (after long absence)

I played guitar since age of 12, but haven't really played for the last 5 years and would like to start again. However, when I used to play I rarely used the pinky finger because I have big hands ...
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What is a good resource to learn how to build chords from scales?

I would like to understand how chords are made (like G/F# or Bb etc.) so I can figure out what a chord is by remembering the scale. Is there a good resource for learning this? If I want to learn how ...
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Ibanez JEM 7V Fake or real? [closed]

I would like to buy a 2nd hand Ibanez JEM7V. I have found one, but I am not sure if it is real or fake. Now after reading countless of tips, I still am not sure if it's the real deal simply because it ...
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What determines how hard it is to press a guitar string?

When playing on different steel string acoustic guitars over the years, i noticed a huge difference in how hard it was to press down a string. This made me wonder why. There are two obvious factors ...
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Scales and Ascending/Descending differences

I'm learning some unique guitar scales and I'm confused with certain scales. For example, the Raga Asavari scale plays a list of notes when ascending. However when you descend, you add more notes to ...
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What's a really good downloadable guitar chord dictionary? [closed]

I'm looking for a great downloadable guitar chord dictionary and I was wondering if anyone else has tried a few programs and has one that they really love.
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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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Tips for a New Teacher

I'm an intermediate guitar player. I've been playing for a few years, mostly teaching myself with a few months of lessons in the middle. I'm not a great player, or even particularly good; but I can ...
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What are the advantages of learning to play on your own versus learning from a teacher?

Ok, as a new learner I have started by watching Learn and Master Guitar lessons, using other web tutorials, and whatever other resources I can find on internet. Do you believe that this way is OK ...
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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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What indicators enable consumers to identify counterfeit guitars?

For consumers shopping for specific name-brand guitars, such as Gibson, how may one identify counterfeit knock-offs? Can we collectively develop a check-list of tip-offs confirmed by experienced ...
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Scalpel technique in Guitar

What is Scalpel technique in Guitar ? I searched on internet but does not show proper results.It says "Scalpel - move only your thumb and forefinger" Can you please guide me through videos,images ...
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How do I lower the action on my Floyd Rose guitar bridge?

I have a Floyd Rose bridge on my guitar that I bought (used) last year and I have never been able to lower the bridge. I've tried twisting the pivot screws but there's no difference. I use the ...
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Guitar arpeggios and finger practice

I've been playing my acoustic guitar for three years now and I have been told that I play good. I composed a few instrumentals and they have been quite appreciated. But its not good enough. I can play ...