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How are three input speakers wired?

I had a gig last week and played (guitar) over a shared 2x12" speaker. After plugging in my stereo amp the sound was "strange" and delayed for about half a second. The sound guy blamed my effect ...
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Standing up acoustic guitar playing position for women

It goes without saying that women typically have different body types than men and this fact often never gets addressed when guitarists are speaking on how to position a guitar when standing up. It ...
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Where do I get Classical Music scores for guitar? [duplicate]

Just found out this site while searching for music stuffs, anyway, where do you usually get classical music scores for guitar? Preferably easy ones because I'm just trying to get into classical music ...
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Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?

I am making a song composition in a scale of G. I have already used major chords G, C and D and in some places I have used Am, Em and Bm. I would like to make this composition richer with some ...
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Guitar notes on the Staff [closed]

I like to know learn about Music Theory (for any instruments)and How to know notes on the Guitar are put on the sttaf ? for everystrings and every frets? can you help me?
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When using strict alternate picking, is it OK to play a downstroke twice in order to start a new phrase on a downstroke?

There are a lot of advocates of absolutely strict alternate picking, like Chris Thile (dead YouTube clip removed). I've been practicing that for a couple of weeks now, and I'm at the point where I can ...
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How to find the best solution on the fretboard for the sequence of notes in a music?

The fretboard allows several possibilities, but how to choose them in order for the music to flow better and with good sound quality? In the pratical and correct way, of course. I see for example a ...
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Guitar tutoring software that listens to your playing?

I'm looking into learning classical guitar. I know most people will suggest getting lessons, and I'm looking into that. But I was also wondering if there are any software tutors out there that can ...
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Muscle Memory and age

When I practice a chord and /or chord changes, I can do it thousands of times (over days and weeks) and still not get my fingers in the exact same place each time. I am 50+ years old and was wondering ...
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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 ...
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Guitar training issues

I am an amateur having some issues with my guitar playing practice. I am not sure if my question is appropriate, but I can't make it shorter for now, because the issues I am talking about might ...
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Release a new album with a new band

I want to eventually release an album with my band. We have written the songs and the lyrics but where do we go from here? It could be useful to play the songs together but I'm wondering about "how ...
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Playing Over Changes and Subsitutions

Im a fairly advanced guitarist/musician and love improvising, as most of us do. However, when a progression goes out of the main key, such as borrowing or subsituting, I tend to get lost in my head. ...
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Easy to learn Augmented and Diminshed Shapes

I want to do some accompaniments on guitar and am wondering what the easiest barres are for augmented and diminished chords.
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Playing guitar with two identical strings

This is probably gonna sound a bit weird, but I'm stuck at my folks' place for the weekend with a guitar that the first two string are both B (no idea how that happened). I'd still like to play it ...
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Controlling high frequency of heavily distorted guitar tone (metal)

I'm constantly experiment with metal guitar tone for years. If I get the amount of distortion/clarity from the ampsimulator, the next stage is much harder: controlling the high frequencies; handling ...
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Is this old, possibly Musima classic guitar worth keeping?

I got a 1960-something Musima classic for 40 dollars on a flea market, I believe it is a classic (I can't find any information on the guitar anywhere, but it looks like a musima classic) but the ...
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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

About me: I'm an intermediate guitar player whose preferred style is extreme metal. I've never given lessons before. I only read tabs but I have a basic understanding of music theory. About the ...
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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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Right-handed newbie with dodgy left index finger tip (knuckle) - What to do?

I have never played guitar or had any lessons in my life, and at the ripe old age of 40, I just decided I wanted to learn how to play. So this week I just bought a Yamaha F310 as it seemed to be ...
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Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales

I am a drummer of 20+ years. I am a guitarist for only the last 5 or so (more of a guitar owner). I can play many chords, and have composed a number of songs. I learned to play drums without a ...
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Guitar intonation problem

I just felt a serious need for lowering my guitar action as I think I was unable to play faster because of higher action... Thus I lowered the string saddle a bit..and then tightened the truss rod ...
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Why some instruments have binding around the neck and/or body while some do not?

My question is simple: Do bindings around the neck or body of a guitar play any role in the sound that the instrument produces?
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What are some harmonic options for layering guitar lines while recording?

I would like to layer multiple guitar lines for a section of a song that I'm working on. What are some harmonic variations that I would be able to use?
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Recording a Guitar through Cubase and BIAS

I have an Alesis Core 1 as my audio interface. It is set up fine. I am using Cubase as my Daw and BIAS as a VST plugin so I can use amp simulators. However, I can't get any noise to come out. I am ...
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How I create fingerpicking arrangements from songs?

I want to ask you a question how I create fingerpicking arrangements from songs? for example (for any songs)if change somebody's me by Enrique from strumming to fingerpicking or single notes?
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Why learn scales? What are they for?

I tried Googling but it seems there is no answer for this one. So the internet assumes everyone knows what scales are for? Why should I learn them? Are they important to be a good guitarist?
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Numbering notes instead of giving them letter names

I wonder why they called notes by names like A..G. Wouldn't it be better to give them numbers? Could this be troublesome or better? E.g., I have numbered notes on my guitar neck in standard tuning as ...
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Why do these chords use the first fret if there is a capo on the second fret?

I'd like to play Eagles - Hotel California, so I looked into the sheet music, but there is something I don't understand: It says: guitar 1 is a 12-string acoustic played with capo behind 2nd ...
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Finger strengthening Exercises

I have been trying for months but still not able to get my pinky perpendicular or to apply significant pressure with it. I've tried a few basic exercises, repeated hammer ons, etc. Does anyone have ...
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What is the best way to work on my fret hand finger independence?

As a beginner, I find my fingers going everywhere but the places I want them! This is especially true when I'm attempting scales/licks that use my 4th finger a lot or requires quick interchanging ...
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Strength / speed exercises for rasgueado

I'm trying to learn the rasgueado strumming technique, but I just can't get my fingers to "snap" out with enough power to get an effective sound; is this just something that comes with practice or are ...
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Is it possible to learn Flamenco guitar on a steel-string guitar? Will it sound right?

I have been learning guitar (using a pick) for 4 years, I play only a few chords and a minor scale. I have a metal string guitar, but I'd like to play Flamenco style. Is it possible for me learn ...
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Why do Open Tunings work? [closed]

Anyone have any idea why open tunings with the A and E low strings in unison and changing the rest of the strings based on tonality works for playing (where you are only fretting with one finger or ...
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Switching Handedness on Guitar

Long story short, a few years back my dad had a Black Sabbath-style accident with a car door that took off one of the digits on the ring finger of his fretting hand. He occasionally picks up my ...
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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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name of the strumming technique

I was watching the following video: Can you please tell me the name of the strumming technique the guitarist used in the beginning of the video? I have been looking ...
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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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Which would benefit my band the most, learning covers or writing originals?

I've been playing guitar for nearly four years and I think I'm getting better at it.My brother plays the drums and our two cousins play guitar well. When we had all met last time, we wanted to do ...
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Making alternate picking palm muting sound like downpicked palm muting

I was told that my alternate picking palm muting should not sound like it does, there should be little difference vs downpicking. What should I practice to remedy this? Here's an example, using ...
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Beginnging Music Theory - What are scales and why should I learn them? [duplicate]

Background I'm looking for help with respect to where I could start learning music in general as a guitarist. I can play some simple songs and melodies I taught myself, understand what notes map to ...
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Buzz from inside the body of a new acoustic guitar when playing a specific note

I bought an electro-acoustic guitar last week and i've been playing quite a bit. Today I noticed there was a slight buzz on the 5th String 3rd fret (C) and the 6th String 8th fret (C) ...
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My amp sounds bad on overdrive channel at headphones

My combo amp overdrive channel sounds really fahrty on headphones nad low level on cabinet. Is something wrong with it? It is Crate Flexwave 15R (15W + 12 inch speaker) It hard to use it at home ...
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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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Is this a C chord or an Em chord?

A nice little progression on acoustic guitar is to play a regular C chord (omit/mute the bottom E string), then slide your 3rd finger (A string) from the 3rd fret (C) to the 2nd (B), then play Am7 ...
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Is a guitar cover the music of the song combined with the notes of the singer singing?

I wanted to ask you about Covers of songs played on guitar.I don't quite understand them.So is a cover the music of the song combined with the notes of the singer singing?
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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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Factors in choosing a replacement saddle for an acoustic guitar.

I saw this in the comments section on the question "Do acoustic or classical guitars need to be set up?" The saddle material makes a difference in the sound of an acoustic too. I have a bit of a ...
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Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...