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Can I split guitar string gauges?

I want to know if I can split guitar string gauges, ie. using 12s on the bottom and 10s on the top, both for standard and drop tunings.
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What are some resources for applying my computer skills to augmenting my musical performance?

I'm a professional software developer and a perpetual novice guitar player. I've also recently started to learn to play (piano) keyboard. I enjoy my playing, but even after years of torturing my ...
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What is this chord called that looks similar to power chords?

While watching to some guitar covers I found this chord that looks similar to a power chord. In the cover the guitarist played it on the second and fourth fret. It looks like this: Images ...
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Should I get my guitar re-set up when changing string brands, but not gauges?

So I've recently purchased an electric guitar, and I've been playing contentedly with it. However, I decided the factory strings were due for a change, so I had the guitar set up with strings of a ...
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How does the angle of strings above the headstock affect tone and stability?

The situation: I'm about to widen the slots in a new nut for a 12-string guitar. I'm using .015 strings (up from .011 or so), and tuning the guitar down significantly; my test-run with .014 strings ...
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How do I know what size guitar strings I need?

I'm about to buy strings and begin playing my acoustic guitar, but I don't know if there are different sizes of strings.
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Correct process for replacing guitar strings

The steps I follow whenever I'm replacing guitar strings come from a diverse set of advices that I got in person, online or whatever, and I never asked any professional about them. I do it like this: ...
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How to choose a tuning for a fingerstyle arrangement?

I want to learn to play fingerstyle guitar like sungha jung. I found that most of his fingerstyle arrangements are made in different tunings and not the standard tuning. How does he choose which ...
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What is the minimum break angle for strings on a guitar?

If I am correct, the reason for string trees on certain guitars are because the strings must be at a certain angle (the break angle) to the nut/saddle. Does anyone know what this exact angle is? And ...
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What is the best way to learn finger-picking on an acoustic guitar?

So far I know some chords, and a handful of ways to strum. But I was wondering what is the best way to learn finger-picking on a guitar? Also, would you recommend using your guitar pick?
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Mark Knopfler picking finger patterns — Sultans of Swing intro

I know Mark Knopfler plays fingerstyle, but What combination of finger/thumb picking patterns does he use when playing lead? Here is an example from the Sultans of Swing intro (from here): ...
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Softer strings?

I have picked up ukulele and have realized that the softer strings have helped me get used to the harder guitar strings. I was wondering if they made softer strings for a normal sized acoustic guitar ...
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Essential strumming patterns/techniques? and the theory behind it? [duplicate]

I used to play silly led zeppelin and velvet underground covers. i knew all the vu strumming just because i knew the records by heart. i've started to get more into classic folk and country and nick ...
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What is the difference between Overdrive and Distortion?

What's the difference? They sound vaguely similar to me and I can't tell a distinct difference sound wise. What is the difference in tone, harmonics, etc.? Are they the same? Which one is better and ...
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“Dull” sound when recording dry audio from an Ibanez S series, not caused by old strings?

I'm using my trusty Ibanez S5470 (wonderful guitar, if a little weak in sustain due to its scant weight) to record some dry audio inputs to use for re-amping later, directly into my Focusrite Saffire ...
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When should I use a boost pedal in a performance?

I recently purchased a boost pedal for my pedalboard, and was wondering, when do I use it? Just during solos? Or in chorus's as well? I would like to know the correct usage of the pedal, any help is ...
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Restringing a 12-string guitar with heavier strings - is it possible?

I'm considering using a 12-string guitar I don't play all that much as a testbed: Is it possible to restring an acoustic guitar as a baritone guitar, or even just string it so I can tune it down a few ...
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How to record my guitar on my computer

So I want to make some guitar covers and need a way to record my playing. I've set my multi-effect board and amp up so that I have the sound I want coming from the amp, I just need a way to get it on ...
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I'm having trouble with bent notes not terminating cleanly but dropping a little in pitch at end

I started asking this about string bends but decided the problem is broader - I need advice on right hand muting in general. I've been trying to pay a lot closer attention to my tone overall. One ...
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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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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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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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Guitar chords high on the neck

Apologies, this is an incredibly vague question, but any help would be appreciated. When watching skilled acoustic guitar players, I regularly see them playing chords high on the guitar neck (ie ...
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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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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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Is it a bad idea to attach my strap just above the nut?

This question is mainly for my banjo but it seems to apply to my guitar as well. For me it is most comfortable to have the left end of the strap attached to just above the nut on the neck. Is this a ...
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Lilypond - two voices, with overlapping beams

I have the following in my measure: What would I have to write, to have those <c e>'s connected with beam instead of 1/8 rests, and those in second voice bellow also? Edit upper voice : ...
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How can I understand what scale should I use?

For example, I want to play "I Chase the Devil" from Max Romeo. The chords are easy even for a newbie like me. But I want to add some flavour in the playing. Can I do this with scales? And if i can, ...
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Switching from Acoustic Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar

I have played a classical guitar for a while and bought an electric guitar very recently. Since there are some differences in the two guitars I find it somewhat difficult to adapt to the electric ...
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Learning to play what you're thinking on the guitar

I'm a beginner guitar player with a passion for the blues, jazz and funk. When I say beginner I mean that I just know a few chords, have some basic technique on how to handle the guitar (I had classes ...
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Why do I get more tired when I play on stage?

When I practice guitar on my own at home or with my band, I can play for ~1.5 to 2 hours without getting really tired. When I am on a stage and we play a gig, I get really tired on the first half ...
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what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?

As asked in the question, also a bonus question; how does the gauge of a guitar affect the tension of the strings?
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what other midi controller could I connect with YAMAHA TG55

I have a Tone Generator Yamaha TG55 Midi. I want to play music with other midi controller like a guitar or other things but I´ve been seeing that a guitar midi is an expencil solution. I see that ...
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How can one categorize himself as a Beginner or Intermediate Guitarist?

I'm a self taught guitarist(if you don't count Rocksmith 2014) who plays rhythm guitar only as a hobby. I always get tongue tied when someone asks me "are you a beginner?" because I don't know the ...
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How to make nails grow faster?

I have injured the nail on my right hand thumb, so I will not be able to use it for some time. I might have to wait until it regrows about 4 mm of length. Is it possible to make nails grow faster? ...
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Learning a guitarist's style through his music

I'm wanting to learn Estas Tonne's guitar style. He is a mix of gypsy, classical, and flamenco guitar. I've listened to quite a bit of his music but am having hard time finding any tabs on his music ...
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Guitar not holding tension

I've recently come into a problem with my guitar. Simply enough, I'm having trouble keeping one of the guitar strings in tune. I've played flamenco guitar for about four years and blues guitar for a ...
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String gauge, scale, and tuning relationship? (Guitar in particular)

Does anyone have general guidance or a good resource on this, specifically considering scale length, string tension, string gauge, and tuning? I've found loads of anecdotal research and a even few ...
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How does one break out of a musical plateau?

I've been playing the guitar for 7 years, but i realize that my playing has not been improving by leaps and bounds; (I am under the impression that guitar playing is linear; if you would plot a graph ...
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Are there guitar strings for very high tunings?

David Gilmour used a special tuning for the rhythm guitar in the song Comfortably Numb. It was a regular EADGBE, but the lowest two strings were two octaves higher, and the middle two were one octave ...
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Tuning Up Versus Tuning Down

If I were to tune my guitar, for instance, from E standard to D standard, why is it better to tune lower than D standard and from there tune up to D standard, versus tuning straight down from E ...
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Do guitar strings wear when not used?

Do strings wear because of the pressure applied to them or any other factor, or do they stay in quite the same shape as long as you don't use them?
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How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?

I understand the general idea of compensated nuts to produce more variance in the string lengths, and thus better intonation over a wider range of fretting positions, but the Buzz Feiten system I see ...
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What's the right way to hold a pick?

It there any difference between holding a pick in a fist like this and with your fingers sticking out like this: I've found that most online guitar lessons teach it the first way, but I've ...
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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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How to chord progress from C major key to A minor key?

How do you chord progress from C major key to A relative minor key? I would do it this way: progress to the III chord (Em), change the III chord to a Dominant 7th form (E7), now the E7 chord will ...
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Learning guitar without making noise

This might sound like a stupid question but I'd like to ask if and how it is possible to learn guitar without making noise at all. I'd like to prevent making noise other people in the same flat could ...
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Do you use a metronome for songs or just for scales and exercises?

I play guitar and aspire to learn by ear. So, I've been using a metronome for scales and just strumming patterns, but I've heard it's good to play with a metronome for songs. I usually just slow the ...
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F Dorian and Associated Chords

So I have been playing guitar for a long time, but only recently have begun to seriously dive in to music theory. I have limited knowledge, so little that I am unaware if this is a very simple ...
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How do I find guitar chords to play while I sing “Frozen Heart” from disney's Frozen?

I'm a beginning guitar player, and I like playing disney songs. I've learned most of the songs from the movie Frozen, but I'm struggling with Frozen Heart. Here's the song: ...