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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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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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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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Guitar Buzzing on Chords. Is this Guitar Problem or Mine?

I have bought a new YAMAHA F310 Guitar Yesterday, today when i played it i found that it is producing some buzzing noise around the Bridge but only when i play some chords(Open Strings are doing Fine)....
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'+1' sign in guitar tab

What does the '+1' sign mean here?
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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 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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Why does most “Country” Music use mostly major and minor plain simple chords?

Rock and Roll features power chords. Funk features 9th and 13th chords. Blues features 7th chords. Jazz features all kinds of strange diminished and augmented and suspended and flat 5th and other ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How are three input speakers wired?

I had a gig last week and played (guitar) over a shared 2x12" speaker. After plugging in my stereo amp the sound was "strange" and delayed for about half a second. The sound guy blamed my effect board,...
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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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Where do I get Classical Music scores for guitar? [duplicate]

Just found out this site while searching for music stuffs, anyway, where do you usually get classical music scores for guitar? Preferably easy ones because I'm just trying to get into classical music ...
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I have a Guitar with bridge without Pins. How can I change strings?

Strings need to be changed on Guitar with Bridge without pins
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Guitar notes on the Staff [closed]

I like to know learn about Music Theory (for any instruments)and How to know notes on the Guitar are put on the sttaf ? for everystrings and every frets? can you help me?
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Muscle Memory and age

When I practice a chord and /or chord changes, I can do it thousands of times (over days and weeks) and still not get my fingers in the exact same place each time. I am 50+ years old and was wondering ...
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Guitar training issues

I am an amateur having some issues with my guitar playing practice. I am not sure if my question is appropriate, but I can't make it shorter for now, because the issues I am talking about might ...
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Playing Over Changes and Subsitutions

Im a fairly advanced guitarist/musician and love improvising, as most of us do. However, when a progression goes out of the main key, such as borrowing or subsituting, I tend to get lost in my head. ...
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Easy to learn Augmented and Diminshed Shapes

I want to do some accompaniments on guitar and am wondering what the easiest barres are for augmented and diminished chords.
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Playing guitar with two identical strings

This is probably gonna sound a bit weird, but I'm stuck at my folks' place for the weekend with a guitar that the first two string are both B (no idea how that happened). I'd still like to play it ...
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Guitar intonation problem

I just felt a serious need for lowering my guitar action as I think I was unable to play faster because of higher action... Thus I lowered the string saddle a bit..and then tightened the truss rod ...
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Why some instruments have binding around the neck and/or body while some do not?

My question is simple: Do bindings around the neck or body of a guitar play any role in the sound that the instrument produces?
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Standing up acoustic guitar playing position for women

It goes without saying that women typically have different body types than men and this fact often never gets addressed when guitarists are speaking on how to position a guitar when standing up. It ...
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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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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

About me: I'm an intermediate guitar player whose preferred style is extreme metal. I've never given lessons before. I only read tabs but I have a basic understanding of music theory. About the ...
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Right-handed newbie with dodgy left index finger tip (knuckle) - What to do?

I have never played guitar or had any lessons in my life, and at the ripe old age of 40, I just decided I wanted to learn how to play. So this week I just bought a Yamaha F310 as it seemed to be ...
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How I create fingerpicking arrangements from songs?

I want to ask you a question how I create fingerpicking arrangements from songs? for example (for any songs)if change somebody's me by Enrique from strumming to fingerpicking or single notes?
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Numbering notes instead of giving them letter names

I wonder why they called notes by names like A..G. Wouldn't it be better to give them numbers? Could this be troublesome or better? E.g., I have numbered notes on my guitar neck in standard tuning as ...
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Why do these chords use the first fret if there is a capo on the second fret?

I'd like to play Eagles - Hotel California, so I looked into the sheet music, but there is something I don't understand: It says: guitar 1 is a 12-string acoustic played with capo behind 2nd fret....
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Finger strengthening Exercises

I have been trying for months but still not able to get my pinky perpendicular or to apply significant pressure with it. I've tried a few basic exercises, repeated hammer ons, etc. Does anyone have ...
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Switching Handedness on Guitar

Long story short, a few years back my dad had a Black Sabbath-style accident with a car door that took off one of the digits on the ring finger of his fretting hand. He occasionally picks up my ...
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Why do Open Tunings work? [closed]

Anyone have any idea why open tunings with the A and E low strings in unison and changing the rest of the strings based on tonality works for playing (where you are only fretting with one finger or ...
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Beginnging Music Theory - What are scales and why should I learn them? [duplicate]

Background I'm looking for help with respect to where I could start learning music in general as a guitarist. I can play some simple songs and melodies I taught myself, understand what notes map to ...
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Is there such a thing as an electric-ONLY acoustic guitar?

I am a total noob to guitar (nay, music) in my adult years. I find that I play a lot at night when the rest of the house wants to sleep or at the very least not hear my terrible guitar playing. I play ...
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Is a guitar cover the music of the song combined with the notes of the singer singing?

I wanted to ask you about Covers of songs played on guitar.I don't quite understand them.So is a cover the music of the song combined with the notes of the singer singing?
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Is this a C chord or an Em chord?

A nice little progression on acoustic guitar is to play a regular C chord (omit/mute the bottom E string), then slide your 3rd finger (A string) from the 3rd fret (C) to the 2nd (B), then play Am7 (...
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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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Is this old, possibly Musima classic guitar worth keeping?

I got a 1960-something Musima classic for 40 dollars on a flea market, I believe it is a classic (I can't find any information on the guitar anywhere, but it looks like a musima classic) but the ...
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How to play a Bbmaj13(#11) guitar chord?

Sometimes funky music requires knowing very atypical chords, in comparison to rock or pop music. A celebre Stevie Wonder song (Superstition), as an examples, contains (if you want to play it in a ...
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Using pedal switch in Ableton

I have the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 sound card and Orange FS-1 foot switch from my Orange amp. I use Ableton Live for recording my guitar. My question is, can I connect the pedal to the other input on ...
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Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...
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When to level/replace frets on an electric guitar?

When is it necessary to level frets on an electric guitar? What are signs that frets need leveling? What are signs that frets need to be replaced?
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What is a D/A Chord?

It seems like you were to play an A5, except the 5th note in the scale you actually played a major chord on top of it, instead of just the consonant note. Is this common? It seems like it could be a ...
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Is it more difficult to learn to play mandolin after learning guitar than if starting from scratch since the tuning is opposite?

My main instrument is guitar. I have played electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar and 12 string guitar and the patterns and fingering is pretty much the same. I have tried playing a 4 ...
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Playing barre chords without E strings - does it have a name?

Many rock bands play barre chords without the E strings. Is there a name for that? For example, the F chord at 1:27. A normal F chord normally contains more notes. The last string is muted. I heard ...
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does changing my bridge affect my guitar tone? [duplicate]

does changing my bridge affect my guitar tone? I want to change it into floyd rose bridge
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Why does rock music use higher fret alternatives on guitar?

A recurring pattern that I see in rock music is that it will often opt for higher frets while lower frets are available. For example, in this tutorial for Alice in Chains - Them Bones, the guitarist ...