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does a 3-D printed plastic electric guitar, in comparison to a normal hardwood one, have more inferior tone, or other bad qualities?

I've started looking into 3-D designed musical instruments (yes that's apparently a thing now) and wanted to know if it's a good direction, if I want to customize my own electric guitar
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How to practice chord changes into B major?

I am struggling to play some barre chords, especially this B major one: E --2-- B --4-- G --4-- D --4-- A --2-- E --x-- I try placing my barring finger (1) on the second fret, and then adding the ...
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Where does picking speed come from? Forearm, hand, or bicep?

Where specifically on the arm/hand should rapid picking speed come from?
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What do Single brackets on notes in guitar music mean?

Anyone got any idea what these single brackets on notes mean in this guitar music?
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Can't find the mixer in the new version of TuxGuitar (v1.3.2)

I just downloaded the new version of TuxGuitar and when I went to play one of my songs the levels of each track were all off. The drums are far too loud and the guitar is barely audible. The problem ...
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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do "...
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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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Are there any fancy options for the “plain (unwound) strings”?

Guitar strings come in myriad variations of wrapping shapes and materials. But I'm always surprised to find the top ones (without windings) are just "plain steel"? Are there any other options there?
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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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Should i play left handed or right handed guitar? [duplicate]

i've been playing the guitar for about 5-6 months now. Guitar was always something i wanted to learn but always put up for something else, but finally at the age of 27 i decided i should start. The ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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Is this slide/shift slide?

I found this in a riff, but I don't know the meaning of (sl). I suspect it means slide, however, the slide symbol is / or \. g--(sl)----(sl)----7---- Could someone clarify this, please? And why ...
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Whats are some ways of visualizing notes on guitar's fret-board if you come from piano background?

I come from piano background and it's been really difficult to visualize the notes I'm playing on guitar. On piano it's simple - they follow sequentially. So, my question is - what is the best way to ...
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Differences between capos

I wanna buy the first capo for my acoustic guitar, and I'm just wondering if there are many types of capo .. I mean .. if I went to a shop, can any capo work ? Or is there a difference?
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Guitar Buzzing on Chords. Is this Guitar Problem or Mine?

I have bought a new YAMAHA F310 Guitar Yesterday, today when i played it i found that it is producing some buzzing noise around the Bridge but only when i play some chords(Open Strings are doing Fine)....
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What does a circle before/between notes mean?

I have a score for a guitar music here, which has these strange hollow circles between notes; also before the first note: They don't look like notes, and playing them makes the music ugly, so they ...
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Guitar practice - Are you able to play chords with a pick?

I find it much, much much much easier to play melodically with a pick. I started out with a pick, and never tried to learn how to finger pick. However, I find that, in trying to play chords, using my ...
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How can I prevent clipping when using a microphone with a tube amp into a PA?

This weekend I played electric guitar through a 25 watt tube amp through a PA system. This was the setup (telecaster > tube amp > microphone > PA). The sound guys asked me to turn my tube amp down to ...
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i will give up , any suggestions?

I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday last 5 months , i try and try to play but it sound terrible :'( i'm crying I really love this instrument and my dream is to be a good player , Sungha Jung ...
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How to start composing music? [closed]

I am a guitarist with enough information about music theory,little information about harmony. To expreince a music composition,I want to compose a very very simple Pop-Rock music... But i don't ...
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Buzzing sound when switching between chords

I wonder how to avoid the buzzing sound when switching between chords .
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A sound effect on the acoustic guitar

It can be heard, for example, in the intro of Ed Sheeran's "The A Team", 0:34, in the middle of the Queen's guitar solo of "Love of My Life", 2:54. What's the name of this short bright sound and ...
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Muting strings while bending

I watched a YouTube music tutorial on guitar bending exercises which stated that while bending on guitar the first finger has to be placed on the top strings for muting all those other than the ...
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My guitar gets out of tune after 1 minute

My new guitar strings sound nice, but they get out of tune after 1 minute !! Specifically, the 1st and 2nd (thinnest) strings get out of tune more than the other strings. And there was no problem of ...
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How do I choose my first guitar for self-learning?

Let's say I've never played the guitar, or I've only learned to pluck a string and play a chord but have forgotten most of it. Now, I've become interested and would like to try it out. I don't want to ...
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How should I tune a 12 string acoustic guitar?

I've bought an Ibanez 12 string acoustic brand new online. Do I tune the 12 string guitar like all the 6 string guitars I have.
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Guitar Amp head or separate preamp and power amp? [closed]

I have seen metal musicians use amp heads or separate preamp and power amp. Which is better and why? Thank you.
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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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Ring finger stability when playing barred A chord on Guitar

I have been playing the following bar chord quite a bit and I am noticing that my ring finger is losing stability and getting weaker and might be damaging to my ring finger in the long run. I ...
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Simple looper pedal that can switch between at least 4 (layered) samples [closed]

I am looking for recommendations for a looper pedal. The pedal should be as simple as possible. Yet, it should be able to store at least 4 distinctive loops. Switching between the loops should be ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Changing Violin tab to Guitar tab

I want you to tell me how I change Violin tab to Guitar tab? can you show me an example? there are a lot of Violin tabs(songs) in my country but I can't to use them for Guitar because guitar is a new ...
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How is this electric guitar tuned?

The song in question is "Pet Carrot" by Palehound. You can hear the guitar right at the beginning of this video: I thought it was a bass at first. Anyone know the ...
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How to approach learning another guitarists solo?

I'm an intermediate guitar player looking for tips on how to best approach learning another musician's guitar solo. I've got a good grasp of the major/minor scales and modes, but I am missing ...
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Scale Shapes NOT Patterns

Ok, Allow me to take this a step further. My "Book" shows me "5" shapes for Minor Pentatonic, 5 shapes for Major Pentonic, 5 shapes for Minor Blues, 5 shapes for Major Blues & etc. Each shape is ...
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“Adaptive band” type software to accompany solo practice and jam sessions

I'm not 100% if this is the right place to post the question. It's connected primarily with music, so I feel like it's OK, but... well... In case it isn't, please direct me to a better suited location ...
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Can someone please tell me why there are 5 different patterns to Penatonic scales

I mean if you can move them, why do you need more than one? All are movable up and down the fretboard? Right? So why does each need 5 patterns and how do you know which one to use? This has really ...
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What kind of a guitar can I play without thumbs?

Because of arthritis, the thumb joints on both hands are gone, after playing acoustic guitar with a pic for 40 years in Church folk groups. I can't squeeze the neck with my left hand and can't hold ...
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Changing Violin notation to Guitar notation or tab [duplicate]

Why don't understand me... Iam writing simply... I mean is:Can I use a Violin notation for Guitar exactly? Arranging song notation for Violin and playing this exactly on the Guitar is this possible or ...
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Guitar Tablature: “bis” meaning

I've looked, but Google keeps interpreting "bis" as German(?) Example: |----------------|-------|-----------------------|-------| |-------7-----7--|-------|--------------7-----7--|-------| |----...
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Fret buzz when guitar is in certain positions

There is fret buzz on the open string g and lower e and also on some other frets. However, I realised that when I lay the guitar flat down horizontally and play the same note, it doesn't buzz. What ...
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How to determine the tuning of a song? [closed]

I am trying to transcribe a part of the Tears in Heaven duet by Tommy Emmanuel and Igor Presnyakov that's found here. Specifically, I am trying to figure out the notes played by Tommy starting at 1:03 ...
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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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Stretching for a guitar intro

I'm having a really hard time trying to play the intro to Ballroom Blitz by Sweet on guitar. The intro riff looks like this: D 9 11 12 11 9 A 7 7 7 7 7 While I can definitely hit 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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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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Is it possible to tune guitar down an octave?(or to f#?)

As the time goes, I see new bands using lower and lower tuning. For example if my memory serves me right, Torsof*ck uses octave down, band called Batushka uses f# tuning. How are they doing this? Don'...
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Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?

Songs that I hear that are piano based - ie. composed and originally performed on piano, seem to have a different feel than those composed on guitar. The flow, the movement, the chords used - are ...
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connect audio interface to amp's power amp

so I wanna try to use amp sims on logic pro with a real cab. I have a laptop with an apogee one audio interface. My idea was to plug the guitar to apogee, then apogee to logic and finally, connect the ...
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How does the guitar demonstrate volume?

I am doing a project in music where we have to make our own instrument and i have chosen to make a guitar. One of the questions we have to answer is; Explain how your instrument demonstrates the ...