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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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Changing songs' chords to Arpeggios

I want to know how I change chords to Arpeggios in a song? For example how do you change (Somebody's me) by Enrique from chords to Arpeggios or single notes? Can you show me this or another example as ...
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Dropping the 5th degree and counting a C♯Dom7

I'm currently writing out (into a chord diagram book) all the different voicing/finger positions for the seventh chords. Some voicings are difficult to play and I so my initial thought was "oh, the ...
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How should I “store” my guitars?

I have a bunch of guitars of varying quality from unplayable to quite nice. I intend to hang some (or all) of them on walls for decoration, but I'm not sure if this is good for the guitars, so perhaps ...
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Difference between minor and major pentatonic scale boxes?

Is there a difference between minor and major pentatonic scale box shapes? Some say you can do the same pattern as a minor scale but three notes up the fretboard and some that you must change pattern ...
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Why is the last string on a guitar called the first string and the first string called the sixth string?

I learned early in my guitar playing journey that what I would naturally assume would be the first string (the fattest string) is actually known in proper guitar anatomy parlance as the sixth string. ...
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How to approximate bowed sound on guitar

Not sure this is the right SE site, so please point out if there's a better one. It's also not quite the same as this question. My son the violist has found a string quartet piece that he would like ...
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Running out of fretboard

I was wondering, how often does it happen to "run out of fretboard" like Tommy Emmanuel (almost) does in this video around 0:30 ? Do you ever feel limited by the range of the guitar while improvising ?...
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What does a grid with dots above the staves mean in a piano sheet music?

First I thought it was for some other musical instrument (guitar?) but both the title and the shopkeeper told me that the music sheet was for piano.
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Chord with no match to the tones in the song

Does it make sense to have a chord which has no match to any tone sung during the chord? I quite doubt about the chord F# in Limon y Sal song (song here, chords here), for the words "tal y como": B ...
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In what key is the song with the following chords [C#] [F#] [A#m] [E]? [duplicate]

I already know of the question How to know which scale a song uses?. I made a guitar song with the following chords [C#] [F#] [A#m] [E]. However, if I sing it instead of my friend, then the chords ...
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Why do I feel like I sound really bad when I'm playing Guitar?

I'm going to try and articulate what I feel about myself when I play guitar, whether it be in front of people or by myself. I'm not sure if its a common thing for musicians to feel or if its just me. ...
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Electric guitar trapezoid inlay protruding from fretboard

I have a Gibson SG Standard that I've had for about 8 years. The trapezoid inlay in the third fret is starting to protrude from the fretboard. I felt it when I fretted a note on the third fret one day....
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How do you figure out a chords name?

first of all I understand how triad chord names are made through the major scale 1-3-5 and then you alter or add certain degrees for the names of different chords. What I dont understand is how I can ...
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Best guitar alternate tuning to start with when playing one's own music

Let's say (or at least pretend) I am learning guitar for the first time and only want to play my own music, the music I have in my head. What kind of tuning should I use to start with? Is there a ...
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Problem playing things that I come up with

So basically I come up with some really good and progressive stuff in my head, but when it comes to play those things I cannot find the right notes on the guitar. Mainly because those malodies are too ...
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Playing guitar with only three fingers

I started to learn to play acoustic again, and my entire left hand is fine other than my forefinger. I had an accident where the finger end was removed, meaning that I can't use that finger at all. I ...
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What is this guitar trick of partially touching the strings called?

I tried to recreate it but could not. What is this trick called? He seems to be semi-touching the strings to make this strange cool string sound. What is the name of this trick? How exactly is it ...
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What is this technique called? Holding finger on string above 12th fret

In this video, scroll to around 1:24. Andy McKee puts his right hand on 12th fret (Not sure) and pulls out his left hand from 3rd or 4th fret producing a peculiar sound. What is this technique called?...
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What does a preamplifier pedal do?

I've seen a lot of people using a preamplifier pedal. What does that pedal do? Do I need one on my pedalboard?
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Amp modeller that exists in a computer program?

So I used to be into amp modelling but I wonder if you can do that with a computer program. Like get a sample recording from another guitar and then fix that to your guitar input into the computer so ...
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How to recreate the intro guitar sound of Rhythm of Love - Plain White T's?

Youtube link I'm not sure, but is that palm muting? At 0:09-0:13, it doesn't look like he was palm muting. If it is palm muting, is it just practice I'm lacking why I can't seem to reproduce it ...
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Emulating the tone of a Rickenbacker

I am wondering whether anyone has any knowledge about getting the sound of a Rickenbacker… without actually owning one. Specifically on a Telecaster. I know that the two are completely different ...
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How do I learn to sight-read standard notation chords when I'm playing guitar?

I can sight-read melodies in standard notation on the guitar. Slowly, but I can do it. I can also sight-read chords in standard notation on the keyboard. Pretty quickly, in fact. How do I learn to ...
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How can I produce any melody on my guitar as effortlessly as I do with my voice?

When I improvise on the guitar, I rely too much in theory and muscle memory. However, I can do creative vocal improvisations. I want to be able to let my inner ear command my guitar playing as well. ...
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Fluidity exercises for beginning guitar

I've been playing guitar for close to two years now, and still at quite a novice level. I play on a nylon string classical and I want to get better at moving up the fret board with my fingers and ...
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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
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How not to touch neighbouring strings?

When playing guitar, my fingers often touch other strings on the guitar. I found that my fingertips are too broad for the strings. When I press one string by my middle finger, the meat of the ...
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What note should I start singing with if I'm in a certain key? [closed]

So, I'm pretty confused. If the song I'm singing is in the key of C, and this first Chord played is C major, what note should my voice start with? My friend kinda told me that I should start to sing ...
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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 and am wondering how dangerous this would be to my ...
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Changing a song's key vs. changing chord voicings

My question relates to playing a song with chords. Why would I want to shift a key up or down when I can just play a song in its original key with higher or lower sounding chord voicings? I also ...
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how to add chords for a melody i have composed? [duplicate]

i am intermediate level guitar player and have learned to play melody by ear rather than the conventional way of learning first chords on guitar.I have now learned chords also.I compose many new ...
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how does one use or apply lemon oil to a classical guitar?

I have bought a classic guitar for my nephew who is starting classes. The vendor gave me as a gift a little vial of "lemon oil" (translated from the french) saying just quickly something like "it ...
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Slide guitar tuning

What open tuning for slide guitar would cause the least tension on my old guitar? I got a really cool parlour guitar from the 1930's. I realize it is old and bridge is fragile. I am reinforcing some ...
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What do you use to remove a potent allergen from a classical guitar?

As anyone who gets poison ivy will know, it usually takes a day or two after contact with the plant for an allergic reaction to appear. Long story short, I got poison ivy without knowing, and ...
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Connecting guitar to Amplitube

I have a problem with my ASUS r553l. There's only one jack input for mic/headphones. I tried to plug my guitar via a jack adapter to it but it seems to not be recognized by the computer. I have ...
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Why do these two guitar notes create a warble sound?

On a standard tuned guitar, if you play the 12th fret on the top E string and the 16th fret of the B string at the same time, you get a rather impressive warbling sound. It seems similar to if you "...
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How does the choice of strings impact sound and playability?

I recently bought a classic series '50s Fender Telecaster. Beautiful guitar with 2 peculiar vintage-style pickups and vintage-style machine heads. It's best when I play classic rock songs, with clean ...
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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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Guitar chords for samba

I'd like to learn some standard samba chords for guitar. I understand this usually involves jazz chords like 9, 11, 13 and a few others. I can construct these chords myself, but: It's tedious. Most ...
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Is my Yamaha guitar counterfeit?

I bought a new Yamaha Guitar and When you look inside the guitar hole it looks like the model number is written by hand. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? The number written on ...
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What first to put in effect chain (order from guitar cable input) — distortion or effect processor?

What first to put in effect chain (order from guitar cable input) -- distortion or effect processor?
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How to understand chords in first inversion with notes out of order

I'm watching the below video about the C dominant 7th chord (C E G B♭) and its inversions. At approximately 0:40 he starts to show the 1st inversion: I would have ...
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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 ...
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How does scale length affect my playing?

This one's a bit rudimentary, but scale length is a bit of a mystery to me. I understand what it is, but I don't understand what it does. I own guitars with different scale lengths (Telecaster vs ...
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Why does my guitar tuner say second string is G, not B?

I'm in the process of learning to read music and play guitar. I have a book telling me if I play my second string open that it makes a B. Can anyone explain to me why it shows as a G on my tuner? And ...
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English name for 3-tone chords that have the bass tone different from the root

I've been studying Croatian music theory with durs and mols and H-s and not English so I don't know English names. I'm encountering one problem while writing the 63 chord in jazz harmony for to play ...
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For a guitar player, does jazz music demand more technical skills than blues one? [closed]

Jazz guitar players are generally considered gifted by higher technical skills than others, maybe because of their aptitude to the improvisation and fast soloing. Often, they are also provided with a ...