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How to hide a flat pick in the right hand when switching to finger picking, Warren Haynes style

Watch any Warren Haynes video on YouTube and you'll notice that he often likes to mix it up and play solos with a pick but mid-way switch to using his fingers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMxG90vP-...
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Fingering for fast playing notes on the same fret, but different string

Sorry, I couldn't think of a more precise title. In some songs I encounter parts where I play two single notes on the same fret but, for example, 12th fret on the b and e string in fast progression. ...
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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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Changing two or three bars an octave lower on Guitar

Is it allowed to change two or three bar notes an octave lower in a song (one tab or sheet music) for Guitar? for this reason some Guitar have 12 frets like mine and this is link (midnight express) ...
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What are the indicators of a quality electric guitar neck?

I would like to replace the rosewood neck on my Fender American Stratocaster electric guitar with a maple neck. I have difficulty finding such shops locally, and I may resort to buying one (or even ...
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Position of white dots in guitar fretboard

I was wondering why the white dots in the fretboard are usually placed in fret numbers 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 15, 17, 19, and 21. I know that their general purpose is for counting, but what I wonder is: Why ...
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'True bypass' pedal doesn't allow signal to pass through when turned off

I've never really messed with guitar pedals so I'm a little confused. I just got the Hall of Fame Reverb pedal of TC and it says true bypass on it. When the pedal is off, I don't hear anything from ...
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“one finger per fret” - is it worth following this rule?

When I first got into guitar, I was given advice to follow a "one finger per fret" rule with the left hand. Basically, to fret notes with all four fingers, and to follow a pattern such that in any ...
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Why does most “Country” Music use mostly major and minor plain simple chords?

Rock and Roll features power chords. Funk features 9th and 13th chords. Blues features 7th chords. Jazz features all kinds of strange diminished and augmented and suspended and flat 5th and other ...
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How to practice guitar in apartment with paper thin walls?

cool there is a music part of this site! anyway: i live in an apartment with paper thin walls. my bedroom shares walls with 2 other apts. both my neighbors don't care for music that isnt hiphop, ...
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Intonation problem: My 12th fret harmonic is on my 13th fret

So I've been trying to fix my guitar intonation recently because my B string is awful. However, when guides say that the 12th fret should be the same as the harmonic on that fret, it gets a bit more ...
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Guitar scale position

I know all scales have chords and its notes and every scale contains all notes entire fretbord position not (scale position) and are played on the all of the strings of guitar. But when you write a ...
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making different Guitar tabs for one song

When you make a tab or sheet music for one song how do you do it? for example :there some guitar tabs for (Fur Elise) in the net... please look at these links for that song: https://tabs.ultimate-...
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Why do guitarists re-fret their guitars?

I heard that my friend is gonna cut some tracks, and they said they want to re-fret their guitars first. Well I know that a re-fret is replacing the frets with new one. What will change if we re-fret? ...
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How do I diagnose guitar effects pedal problems?

At the last two performances, I've started hearing loud random pops when the stage gets warm and I'm running my signal chain. I've swapped out pedals and changed cables and it appears to only occur ...
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Fighting against the F Chord

Ok, first off, let me introduce myself: my name is Diego and I've been practising guitar(acoustic with metal strings) for about a month and a half, like five hours the day. Well, to the point: ...
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Hack to improve amPlug2's battery life

The amPlug 2 works great with my electric guitar, but batteries last only about 14 hours, which is just over a week of normal practice. I would try rechargeable batteries but I was wondering: has ...
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Is it possible to combine a guitar with a theremin cello in the same neck?

For reference, a theremin cello is similar to the classic thermin of 50s sci-fi sound effects fame, but packaged with a neck and played like a cello with the left hand selecting pitch along the neck, ...
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How does one learn the different scale patterns that change when you change fret?

I have just learned what a scale is and I am practicing the minor pentatonic scale on guitar. I have noticed that when you change what fret you start on, the pattern changes. For reference, I am ...
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Get an electric guitar sound without an amp?

I was wondering if it is possible to get an electric guitar (used with, say an overdrive pedal) sound with an acoustic-type guitar without the use of an amp. Similar to how resonator guitars sound ...
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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 does “moderato” in the middle of a musical score mean?

A study I am playing has these tempo hints: Slowly, Freely in the beginning Accelerando when the next section starts moderato shortly afterwards (I cut the score in the middle) What does ...
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Exercises to improve guitar playing while singing at the same time

I notice a big gap in the complexity of what I can play on the guitar when I'm just playing, compared to playing and singing together. I'm by no means an expert guitarist but I can learn specific ...
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How to identify the guitar chords of a song

What's the best technique to identify the guitar chords of a song? I know the basic chords and also how to get into the rhythm of a song! But I'll always be spending huge amount of time to identify ...
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What is the easiest way to get into the groove of holding the guitar neck correctly?

I've been playing guitar every since I was 9 yrs old and now I'm 14 and have found that the way i hold the guitar is giving me Tennis Elbow. What is the best way to get back to playing the guitar ...
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What are the dos and don'ts of positioning your thumb on a guitar?

What are the Dos and Don'ts of thumb position in guitar playing? Are there bad habits or just alternative techniques?
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Guitar intonation issue - still flat but screw as far as it'll go

I am having a serious issue with my guitar and looking for some help. I recently had the guitar set up in a shop and in order to get the intonation right the guitar tech had to adjust some of the ...
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Should I learn guitar, harmonica, or violin first?

I decided to begin studying and practicing one of the instruments I love, which are guitar, blues harmonica, and violin. Is one of them the easier to play? Also, my ear is not trained on recognizing ...
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Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)

I'm self-taught and I want to check that I'm not doing myself a disservice with my left hand positioning when I'm playing high up the neck (say, above fret 15). I play with my thumb behind the neck, ...
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Proper way to use a shield and ground-wire when rewiring a guitar

In an attempt to resolve some major hum problems with my son's archtop with a floating pickup, I'm about to start my 2nd rewiring attempt. This time I'm going to be using 18 gauge, stranded, shielded ...
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Ibanez Rg series lead guitar

I own a Ibanez RG lead and was wondering if I can play rhythm with it. Just not sure and don't want to damage it with the strumming.
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When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg to ...
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Clicking sound when switching chords

Here is a demo: https://goo.gl/photos/SmJaUU3LUCvU6Mx66 Amplifier: Roland blues cube artist Guitar: Fender American deluxe plus, with N3 noiseless pickups As you can hear there is a clicking/...
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Finger tips getting hard, calloused

I play the piano. And I am newly starting to learn guitar on a classical one. I want to play electric guitar after I improve and manage to acquire one. I wanted to play the guitar left handed, with ...
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Vocals on guitar

Okay so I asked a question earlier and I wasn't so clear. I'll try and rephrase it. I want to learn how to take a song, and then play something on the guitar that sounds like the vocals. For example: ...
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How can I make my own white dot inlays?

I have this old banjo mandoline and its dot inlays are just white stickers covering the holes. One of the stickers is missing and I actually want to replace all of the stickers by proper dot inlays. ...
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How do you switch string at the same fret after bending?

Here is a demo of switching to the string above, but it could also be the string below, of course: https://goo.gl/photos/BSDJ7DcUygNi8veC7 I find this quite awkward to do. The thing is the bended ...
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How to play chords like G/B

I heard that if there is a chord written like x/y then that means an x chord with y in the bass. This can be played by playing x normally, but then playing the y note on the 6th string, correct? Then ...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

It seems to me to be the most often recommended method to get a "proper metal tone". Why is that? Why pay so much for a monster and then use the crunch channel and a tubescreamer?
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Is it possible that some people can play one instrument but not another?

I took piano lessons for six-seven years, and became rather advanced despite having poor practice etiquette, even learning some of Bach's two-part inventions, but when I tried to learn guitar, I never ...
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Can guitar hum possibly be due to a bad pickup

I am struggling with hum on my archtop that has a Kent Armstrong HJGS-1 floating pickup. If we touch the outside plastic covering of the pickup or to the ground lug on the pickup, the hum reduces ...
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Incessant Buzzing on Third String (Classical Guitar)

I've had an ongoing issue with my classical guitar. The third string (nylon) always buzzes on first, second, and third fret. While we're at it, the sixth string (wound metal over nylon core) buzzes on ...
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is there any free tab viewer for GuitarPro files?

I just want to view not edit tabs and I think paying 60 bucks to listen/edit is too much.
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My guitar goes out of tune at a higher pitch rather than lower, is that normal?

It is my understanding that strings, over time, stretch and are unable to maintain their tension, so they go out of tune at a lower pitch. When I pick up my guitar and I tune it with my electronic ...
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Performance: Better low end of eight string guitar

I'm wondering how to get better, clearer low end tone from an active-pickup eight-string guitar? It's being played through a Vox AC30, used specifically for clean and layered loops in an ambient ...
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What equipment do i need to play and record live?

i am beginner and i would like to know what equipment do i need to connect Ableton Push, Akai APC40, guitar + pedals, vocal processor and mic to play and record live? Do i need a preamp? Thanks.
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How do I read guitar tabs written in this format?

I need some help learning how to read some Chinese guitar tabs I found online. They seem completely different to the standard Western format: I don't even know where to start with these, I suppose ...
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Is Yamaha Pacifica 112v worth upgrading? [closed]

I've got a strat (american deluxe) a few days a ago and now I don't know what to do with this entry level Pacifica, can't bear with the sound it produces any more. I am thinking maybe I can breath a ...
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Is doubling the root when converting guitar chords to piano wrong?

If you take guitar chords and put them into sheet music for piano, should you double the root (CEGC) or not (CEG)? And if you do is it wrong because you'd have parallel octaves? I mean I know ...