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What's the effect of playing with high action?

I have guitar, the action is really high. my question is what's the affect of learning and practicing in high action in the long term. is this an advantage or not? is high action something that'll ...
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Adjusting a string saddle back, making the string longer, reduce sharpness or increase it?

When adjusting a string saddle and moving it back, making the string effectively longer, does that decrease the sharpness or increase it??
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Guitar Input Problems

I was getting no sound out of my guitar (an esp ec-401vf with active EMG 81/85 pickups). Amp is tested with another guitar and is working, but I noticed one of the wires in the output jack was frayed ...
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How long to wait to play guitar again?

When playing guitar the other night, I was having some pain going on. I pushed through it because I was playing with someone else, but I had to stop because it eventually turned into a shooting pain ...
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Does the guitar's bridge affect the tone?

Does changing my bridge affect my guitar's tone? And will it make palm mutes sound good? I want to change it to a Floyd Rose Ibanez bridge.
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Is there room for an electric guitar in Superstition (Stevie Wonder)?

Long story short, we are going to be playing an instrumental accompaniment to this song at school. I can play either a guitar or bass. I know that the lead riff is a clavinet and there is a bass line: ...
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Is there a tuning that gives open Maj7 chords?

A song I'm playing with (Ordinary People by John Legend) basically has a 3-chord pattern BbMaj7, EbMaj7, FMaj7. I can strum these as barre chords OK but not reliably finger-pick, and as I'd like a ...
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Can I use a DI Box to practice guitar without an amp? [closed]

I normally play bass, but I dabble with guitar sometimes. I also live in a small apartment, and since I often play late at night and I like my upstairs neighbors, I practice using headphones. I have a ...
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unable to tune the acoustic guitar

I'm a beginner and currently learning to play guitar. I have a polo acoustic guitar. when I try to tune it using a clip on electronic tuner it doesn't recognize the strings correctly. except for 6th ...
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Transposing notes from piano notation to play on guitar

I have music theory book that is piano centered and switches between bass and violin clefs. I'm wondering how to transpose notes to comfortably play it on guitar. Moving one octave up is best way? ...
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Keyboard or piano or guitar which could be the best instrument to sturdy [closed]

I love music.I am thinking to learn or practice a music instrument in my spare time.I already have some knowledge about "organ" .But it is just an elementary level. I love piano ,keyboard and guitar.I ...
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Please help - am I holding the guitar correctly?

I'm a beginner, tried many positions and this turns out to be pretty comfortable. Just wondering if it's "okay". In other words will this be a bad habit for any reason? Got my right foot resting on ...
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How to reproduce the “pumping” effect on a live drum kit

In electronic music, a "pumping" effect is often produced to accentuate the sound of the kick drum. To do this, usually a synthesizer's volume will be compressed when the kick drum is triggered. ...
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Set delay so the played notes appear to be “doubled”

I guess many of you are familiar with the dotted 8 delay, so when you play plain 8th notes, you hear 1/16 notes. Little illustration to show what I mean: 1 - - - 2 - - - 3 - - - 4 - - - ...
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Are there any specific criteria for notating guitar sheet music particular to the guitar?

I am preparing a score for guitar, piano, and cello. I have completed the piano and cello parts, but am a bit confused regarding several issues in the guitar part. Specifically, Are there any ...
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Synchronize a track with the tempo in a DAW

Where is the correct to position a track with a tempo? Below is an example from a guitar record. At chord attack? Or at the strongest volume of the chord? The goal is to add other instruments on ...
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What is an A minor Chord played at 3rd fret?

I am playing an Am shaped chord on guitar at 3rd fret but I dont know what this chord is called. Does anyone know the name?
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Problem with F minor 7 guitar chord [duplicate]

I am having some problem with an E-shaped F minor 7th barre chord. No matter what I do, it seems impossible to barre 5 strings (and even if I manage somehow to do it, it's very shaky and not clean at ...
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Better way of playing major Barre chords

I generally play barre chords by using all my 4 fingers. For example I play B-major chord in this fashion: So as you can see, I use all my 4 fingers. But recently while I was learning to play a ...
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How to practice music theory? [closed]

Since i'm self taught, I don't really know how to go about this. Do i memorize the notes on the fretboard, the different chords in a scale, etc?
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What does this chord/number means?

Being a complete newbie at playing guitar( Got it on last weekend), I'm trying to learn a simple christmas song. From this site: I do not know what does 7 means, is it referring to 7 string guitars ...
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how to find right chords for a riff

Right now I'm playing guitar fine and I'm coming up with various riffs and I'm quite enjoying them however simplistic they may be. But when I'm trying to get some chords to fit for my riff (well I ...
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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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Why can my guitar tuner correctly name major chords?

Why is it that when I play a major chord on my guitar, the tuner shows the correct chord, even if the root isn't in the bass ?
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Placement and role of thumb of fretting hand for speed and fast chord changes

As a newbie learner, I am struggling with the usage of thumb of my left hand (right handed guitar player), i.e. where and how to place the thumb, behind the fretboard. Sometimes, I feel that I am ...
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How to find what chord harmonizes with a given note in a given context?

I was playing pink Floyd's Shine on you crazy diamond. The ending note of Syd's theme (famous 4 note melody) is high E but it harmonizes with C major chord. Also how are the chords relatively higher ...
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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

I have a cheap 6-string guitar. I want to get a new one and am considering a 12-string guitar. What are the differences between 12- and 6-string guitars? Can I use a 12-string like a 6-string? Will ...
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Tone or QTX knob [duplicate]

down vote favorite http://www.ebay.com/itm/151907502121?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Saw this on eBay and am not sure, as I've never had a guitar with a QTX knob. ...
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Learning Guitar and Piano in parallel [closed]

Some background: I started playing the piano since I was about 10, but never moved beyond 2nd year level playing, I can play chords and by ear. Started playing guitar without getting real lessons, ...
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Guitar amplifier speaker replacement - different connector size

I want to change the speaker on my Bugera v5 Infinium amp. The current speaker (a Turbosound) is apparently not too bad compared to the one used on the previous model of the V5, but I've found it ...
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What does a plus sign denote after a chord's name?

Under the Bridge features a chord called 'E7+' What does this plus sign mean and how is E7+ different to E7? Is this a dominant or augmented chord?
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How to make good palm mute distortion sound?

How to make a good palm mute sound, like in heavy metal? If I palm mute my guitar, the only sound can be heard is the bass and less distortion. If I change my amplifier to a overdrive pedal, will it ...
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How can I learn to play the chords by listening to the song (like I do with notes)?

I have started learning to play piano (I am from a poor family and can't afford a teacher). So,I've learned some popular songs and the notes from the internet. From there I started listening to songs ...
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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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Broke my volume knob on my Yamaha Pacifica

So I was changing my volume pod on my guitar (Yamaha RGX 121 ZL) and I've so far gotten as far as taking off the volume knob knob thingy. I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was doing, so I ...
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Guitar for child

My 6-year old has shown interest in playing guitar when I am playing mine. My guitar is way too big for her small hands. Are half-sized guitars useful for learning? Or should I think about something ...
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It's really hard to press my acoustic guitar strings and I can't figure out why

I recently bought a Seagull entourage rustic, after trying it out in a store. It was really easy to play. The one I ordered (2nd hand), however, is really hard to play. I can't play a barre F chord in ...
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Basic electro guitar duets [closed]

We want to play simple guitar duets with friend: rockabilly, surf, different riffs. Just for fun. How can we start? To play nice riffs and rhythm after a week (simple) To grow as players every new ...
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Single string picking speed [duplicate]

I've been wondering how you improve the speed of picking a single string without losing a single stroke. Is there a way to improve this? Sometimes I'm doing good, yet I at least tend to lose couple of ...
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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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How to tune a guitar using harmonics? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to tune my guitar, and I don't want to use a tuning device (e.g. I don't have it) I don't want to tune by equalizing an open string with a fretted string (e.g. because I fear that ...
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Making Harmonize to a melody [closed]

Can I add some notes to (a melody) to produce harmony during a melody? Are this academically and musically allowed? are there ways for doing this?
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Is learning from an unknown guitar teacher better than just learning on my own?

I've bought a classic guitar two months ago and ever since I'm just playing that without teacher by reading tabletures online. It's very fun and I really like that. But I think it's now the time ...
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EADGBE, thin to thick

How would you tune your guitar in EADGBE where the THINNEST string is closer to your CHEST and the THICKEST is closer to your BELT? Not in a Hendrix way, that is inverted. I mean regular EADGBE, with ...
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Learning Classical Style Acoustic Guitar

I have acquired an acoustic folk guitar, for $50, what is the best next step in learning how to play the guitar, in the classical style? It currently has nylon strings, however I am in the process ...
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Meaning of sfr on sheet music

I have seen this on sheet music before But cannot find any definion of what it means. If you can tell me that would be great.
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Approach to progressing with guitar?

Situation: I can play chords, barre chords, major and minor pentatonic, and diatonic scales. Have been playing for a couple of years but most of that was spent improvising on scales I already know, so ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound?

Does the pickup really have any effect on the guitar's distortion sound? Mine is a rockwell factory pickup and Iwant to change it. But, does it really have any effect?
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Switching from bass to guitar [closed]

First of all, I have attempted to look this subject up and not much comes up here or on a general Google search. What I'm wondering, is guitar a better choice for somebody who just wants to noodle ...