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Acoustic guitar's bridge had come off while tuning

I was trying to tune(standard tuning) my acoustic guitar with a digital tuner that captures the playing through a microphone and shows the note/frequency played on its LED screen. I was completely ...
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How do I stop breaking strings so fast?

I have a Squire Fender Telecaster. I play punk rock and usually keep the guitar in E flat tuning. I broke a string on my Peavey Raptor recently but it lasted longer. D'Adarrio 10's and Slinky Cobalt ...
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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 learning guitar good without knowing how to sing?

I'm interested in learning guitar, but I doubt it would be useful to play guitar without singing. Is it necessary to learn to sing in order to play guitar?
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Is it necessary to learn a new scale to improvise over it?

I'm a beginning guitar theory learner and I'm confused about certain things when improvising/soloing/figuring songs out. I've just started learning, and certain things seem hard to imagine. Let's say ...
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Is the sound of a semi-hollowbody guitar significantly different from that of an equivalent solid body?

I'm wondering if the sound of a semi-hollowbody electric guitar (i.e. one that looks hollow but in fact has a solid central block) really differs that much from an equivalent solid-body guitar with ...
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How does the Improvise for Real method compare to others?

What is the Improvise For Real approach to learning how to improvise and how does it compare to other methods? I would also love to hear about experiences with learning from the resources. One thing ...
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How to interpret this ASCII tab?

I'm a begginer guitar player and I was trying to play this tab. but I don't understand it. which strings to bar? why the name of strings are not as normal ? and what that 3/2 means ? thanks in ...
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What is the best way to learn scales in order to improve improvisation/writing of lead guitar parts?

Where I'm at skill-wise Played guitar on-and-off for about 5 years Up until a year ago had only really learned by playing from tabs Have been undertaking bi-weekly guitar lessons for just over a ...
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What is the best way to develop a theoretical approach to practical harmony for guitar?

I am playing guitar approximately ten years but I know only basic harmony and rhythm guitar. I want to develop theoretical and practical harmony. What can I do for this?
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What's the proper right arm position for an electric guitar?

With my classical guitar arm positioning has never been an issue. I just rest my arm naturally on the body at the crook of the elbow: My wrist stays pretty flat: I feel like I could sit like ...
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Music Theory on guitar chord progression

If you are playing in the Key C major, a chord progression can be as simple as C-F-G7-C or C-Am-F-G7-C. What are the principles while using chords like Am7,Am6, Cdim7,Csus4,Cdom9,C13,Bflat,Aflat etc ...
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How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?

I love learning new songs. A fairly easy, energetic rock piece is sometimes everything that I need to keep playing for hours. However, some pieces are harder, some solos require more patience and all ...
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How do you build guitar 'muscle memory' faster?

Whenever I try to learn a new song, I always find it very long-winded and time-consuming. The issue isn't that it takes me too long to learn how to play a piece, but rather that it takes me too long ...
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Taylor Big Baby vs Koa Limited Edition Taylor 324ce-k-FLTD

What are the differences between an extremely expensive guitar such as the 324ce-K and a very cheap / affordable acoustic like the Big Baby? Could somebody enlighten me as to why one is worth so much ...
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What are the limitations for a guitarist with arthritis in his hands?

I have found that arthritis (or general hand problems/pains) is very common and a big problem among guitar players. I am currently suffering from osteoarthritis, more seriously in my left hand and I ...
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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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Why can a C major chord be played C-E-G-C-E instead of just C-E-G?

C major chord should be (C E G), But some play (C E G C E). How does this comply with the theoretical definition of the C major chord, which is (C E G) ? What is the concept behind playing 4,5 or 6 ...
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Guitar fretboard diagram generators

I am looking for simple ways to communicate to people note patterns on the guitar. It seems like modern technology like computer generated diagrams would be an appropriate way to accomplish that. ...
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guitar buzz or humming (grounding problem) [duplicate]

I recently bought a fender Sq vintage mod jaguar and have had trouble with buzz or humming when not touching ant metal part on the guitar ... Is it worth returning my guitar and getting a new one or ...
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Effects of keeping a guitar in the car

I have a sales job, and am on the road most days. I often find myself with free time between appointments and would like to take advantage of that free time by practicing guitar. I have a 3/4 size ...
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Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?

I've read that some people boil their strings from time to time to make them sound again like they were new (and save some money). Is this really worthwhile, or are there any disadvantages to this?
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What exactly is the act of playing behind the beat?

I am a guitarist trying to improve my rhythmic feel and have been told to play a little more behind the beat. This is in a studio setting. How should I approach this to be more consistant in playing ...
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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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X or Y guitarist doesn't know music theory - how true is this statement?

We've all heard a statement similar to the following: X didn't / doesn't know any music theory and is one of the all time greats replacing X with a famous guitarist. Being a novice, I am ...
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Will leaving the G string off an acoustic guitar for a few days hurt the guitar?

I was playing my acoustic guitar when the string popped right off - it was time for a string changing anyways. However, I won't be able to get strings for another two days. Will this hurt the guitar ...
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How to use diminished scale over I IV V changes in blues

I want to spice up my solos over a Blues progression. I already can play a variety of scales but the Diminished scale is something I would like to add because of the particular sounds it creates. In ...
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Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
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Is it best to think of the notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic?

When playing guitar,especially improvising,is it best to think of the notes a actual lettered notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic ? Since the keys are easily movable , I'm thinking that its ...
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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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How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?

This chord diagram is from the GarageBand chord trainer (I'm a beginner). How is it possible to put a barre down on the third fret without also muting the top E string?
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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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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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Can I easily defret a normal guitar to play it as a fretless guitar, or do I need to alter it further?

After enjoying this wonderful video of a Vigier fretless guitar with a metal neck I have decided to defret one of my cheaper Les Paul copies to see what it feels like, but I have a couple of queries, ...
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Electric fretless bass guitar intonation

Is there a specific way to check the intonation on a fretless bass, i.e. adjusting the string lengths at the bridge, or does it simply not matter, as we're keeping in tune by ear anyhow?
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High pitched ringing noise on single coil pickups

My guitar has split coil pickups, and I've started to have more problems with noise on the single coil setting since I changed my recording setup. I used to use a laptop to record into and if I had ...
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Is this old Soviet era guitar worth keeping?

I had found on my grandfather basement this old acoustic guitar (6-string) which has no brand, no attached paper to show specifications or manufacture source I mean but a tiny sticker on behind says ...
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How do I write good tablature?

Often, I hear a song that I would like to learn to play, but I can't find good tablature on the Internet. How do I write up my own tab quickly, so I can use it for reference in the future?
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With respect to right hand guitar technique, what does it mean to not scoop?

Scooping comes up in in this answer: Move your hand in parallel with the strings (i.e. don't scoop) What exactly does that mean? I've only seen it in reference to tone.
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Guitar amp distorts after being cranked

I have a single channel combo amp. By turning the "volume" (preamp stage) up to about 5, I used to have a great clean tone with just a touch of distortion on the peaks. One night at a show, somebody ...
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How does Guitar Pro work out fret numbers/strings?

If one imports say a C Major scale in Guitar Pro, it auto calculates the fret numbers/strings. Does anyone know by what logic it does this (since there are many possible ways to play a C major scale ...
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Choosing the right harmonica to fit with guitar part transposed using an alternative tuning

I play a song in standard tuning on the guitar. The song requires a 'G' harmonica. I tune the guitar down to D-G-C-F-A-D. What key of harmonica would I need for the same song in this tuning?
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Valve and solid state guitar amp power comparisons?

is there a chart or general rule of thumb of how the different power levels for a valve amp compare to an equivalent volume solid state amp? for example, 5 watt valve amp similar volume to 20 watt ...
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What kind of a guitar can I play without thumbs?

Because of arthritis, the thumb joints on both hands are gone, after playing acoustic guitar with a pic for 40 years in Church folk groups. I can't squeeze the neck with my left hand and can't hold ...
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Barre chords kill my thumb!

I played guitar for about a year like 2 or 3 years ago, and then my guitar broke while I was moving, and I just bought a new guitar last month and started playing again. I am facing the same problem i ...
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Why is Hendrix's tuning at Woodstock in between Eb and E?

I have the album Live at Woodstock in digital format. I noticed that everyone in Hendrix's band is (seemingly) tuned to some pitch between Eb and E. I've heard some various, uncited sources that ...
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What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards

Is there a difference that's based on feel or sound - why are they the two most widely used choices?
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Fender Strat - parity between neck and middle pickups

I'm currently in the process of upgrading the pickups in my MIM Stratocaster. Since I've already purchased a neck pup and a humbucker for the bridge, I'd like to buy the middle one in isolation. I've ...
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Is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music?

Generally speaking is there a preferred string gauge for different styles of music? E.g. Will the fingerpicking folk player choose one gauge and the rock lead guitarist another gauge, how about the ...
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What guitar tunings allow many chords without fretting between “live” strings

When playing the guitar, I find it difficult to fret a string without touching the string on either side and ruining the sound. Open tunings make it very easy to play one type of chord by barring ...