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How to clean solid cedar top guitar?

I have Takamine G330S guitar with solid cedar top. What procedure should I use to clean it? I've been using it for 2 years and it has minor spots, mostly from sweat and just general use. No dirt or ...
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Help me figure out tabs for “What kind of woman is this”

I don't know if this is the right place to ask this kind of questions, sorry if it isn't. Anyway, I'm trying to learn to play "What kind of woman is this" by Buddy Guy, but I can't find good tabs for ...
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What types of plastic and manufacturing techniques are used to make guitar picks?

Like most guitarists, I'm sure, I have both preferred thicknesses and brands of guitar pick. I have always liked using Jim Dunlop Tortex picks, for instance, as I like the way the plastic wears ...
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What's the difference between alnico and ceramic pickups?

What's the difference? Is the gain on ceramic bigger or not? PS: I don't know what to say, but I only ask for those pickups difference in general.
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Changing Technique and Style in Music

I've played guitar for over 14 years and I've developed a very distinct style in my guitar playing. Some people have mentioned that my style is much in line with John Butler. I now want to ...
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Keeping fingers close to frets when playing barre chords

The problem I am faced with while playing a barre chord is that the finger i use to make the chord behind the finger that's barring has to be place very far from the fret so the sound it makes is ...
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Problem while learning guitar

I started playing a guitar a few months ago. I have an Indian Acoustic, not the easiest to play but Ι'm doing OK. The problem is that my fingers are short and stocky. I Have a hard time keeping clear ...
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Can I use bass pick as guitar pick?

First of all, I don't really know about the difference between both picks, but as far as I know, the bass pick is slightly wider. Can I use it (the bass pick) as a guitar pick (for guitar, of ...
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How widespread was the use of Aguado's “Tripodium”, and are similar devices still used today?

Dionisio Aguado (1784-1849) developed his "Tripodium" (also referred to online as a "Tripodion" or simply tripod) to aid support, positioning and clear sound projection while playing classical guitar ...
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How can I make my guitar stay in tune when it is unused?

I wonder, when I put my guitar somewhere, without anybody else drop my tuning, the tuning sometimes drop down a bit. How to make the tuning just stick on the right tune? Is there any tips or tricks? ...
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maj6 (no 5) or inverted minor triad?

An interesting three-note chord is the following on guitar (in standard tuning): ...
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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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Difficulty tuning with strobe tuner

I recently started using Peterson’s iStroboSoft strobe tuner app to tune my guitars, and I'm running into a couple of common problems, especially when tuning my Fender Standard Precision Bass. I’ll ...
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Improving my guitar

I recently came into an acoustic guitar, unknown make. It is very ordinary, and it sounds bad even to an amateur like me. Besides changing the strings, what can I possibly do to improve it? I ...
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Why do strings break when I am not playing?

I have had a few strings (maybe 4) break on my guitars; always when I was not playing. That is, I come home in the evening (or wake up in the morning), and one of the strings is broken. I don't have a ...
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the right way of learning guitar

I've been learning guitar (fingerstyle, not strumming) myself by just using sources on the internet: youtube, ultimate-guitar, etc. So far I've managed to learn and play a few songs. But somehow I ...
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Slightly tone-deaf?

I'm incredibly depressed. I have always wanted to be a musician and for the last 5 years I have learned various scales, chords in each key in various positions up and down the neck of the guitar and ...
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Recommendations for beginner chord practice

I am a beginner (learning with acoustic guitar). Started learning major chords now and this is the sequence I am planning on practicing it; A, A-A#, A-B.... A#, A#-A, A#-B.... i.e I also want to ...
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How does bracing work?

I have seen many types of bracing for guitar, for example: How do they work? What do the lines mean? Will they affect the tone?
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Why do I see different tabs for same C Major scale and which one should I use?

I was reading 10 minute guitar workout and I'm doing some exercises to understand how to create a Cmaj6 chord for example, from a C major chord. When I was reading online for tabs to understand which ...
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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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What's the correct way to do tambora on guitar?

In Francisco Tarrega's Gran Jota, there's tambora where you hit the bridge with your thumb. I've seen people play tambora just with one string instead off all string (as played on Gran Jota) Do both ...
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How can I recreate the guitar sound of Los Lonely Boys?

I am at a loss as to what type guitar + amp + effects creates this particular sound. In particular, I want to create a guitar sound similar to the lead guitar of Los Lonely Boys, or the closely ...
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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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How to interpret a MIDI file?

From a midi, I extracted this set of notes. Each row is a set of notes played together. The order is not temporal order, as I write each set only once. I want to simplify the music (I will play it ...
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Guitar Bluegrass basics

I've recently gotten interested in learning to play bluegrass and need some direction for how to use previous knowledge and experience to pick up this style as quickly as possible. A summary follows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to check an acoustic guitar is solid top or not?

How do i check that a guitar is solid top or laminated top? Are there any huge differences in the sound and appearance so that i can differentiate between them? I want to buy a solid top guitar and i ...