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When to use a dot or a tie in music notation?

Let's say I have the following piece in 4/4, Should it be notated as: or Are there any specific rules? From my previous experience, I believe the second one is the correct notation since it ...
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Scraping my index finger on frets

When I shift from chord to chord I end up scraping the inside of the bottom joint of my left index finger as I move it up and down the neck. It's getting pretty raw. A coworker says I should file ...
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Causes of sharp pain in a fretting finger after playing guitar or bass?

I have been playing guitar and bass for about 20 years now and I have noticed that sometimes, particularly in the last five years, I will do something with my fretting hand that causes a sharp pain in ...
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Wrist problems when using the first fret

One perennial problem I've had for as long as I can remember is that any time I play a song that uses the first fret a lot (e.g. the verses for Metallica's "Jump in the Fire" come to mind) I end up ...
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Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?

I am making a song composition in a scale of G. I have already used major chords G, C and D and in some places I have used Am, Em and Bm. I would like to make this composition richer with some ...
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How do I play Do Re Mi Fa etc using just one string?

I'm training my voice and need a point of reference.
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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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How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)

How should I go exactly about studying how to play an etude? I know they are mostly pedagogical compositions, meant to practice on a tecnique, but I never really played a piece like this - I'm still ...
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Learning Guitar Licks [closed]

I would like to be able to learn how to play chord filler licks or maybe do some solo playing when someone else is playing a chord progression. Where can I start to actually learn how to do this??? ...
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Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?

I am a programmer and I do this for living. As a programmer, I've noticed how much difference it makes to learn another language - the quality of your work improves greatly, just because you know how ...
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Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?

Due to a birth defect, I have 2 malformed fingers on both hands (fingers 1,2). (The picture is from the web just to illustrate the fingers i'm talking about.) I've seen GuiGui Zheng videos, it is ...
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How much difference does the guitar make when recording with a modeler?

I am learning and experimenting with Maschine Mk2, a MIDI Keyboard, and Komplete 9 for my pursuit of making music, a very EDM/DAW approach. When I got Komplete, although it came with Guitar Rig 5 and ...
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Is there a name for the screeching sound made when changing chords on a guitar?

When listing to the song "The Only Exception" by Paramore (see YouTube), there's a screeching sound when changing chords, which I find quite unpleasant. Question: Is there a name for the ...
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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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I have some lyrics with a melody and a chord progression. How do I go about adding music to it?

I wrote some lyrics and added a melody and chord progression. I would like to add more music to it. From what I know, I would have to add a bass track and add a beginning riff, a solo, drums etc.. I ...
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Fender guitar preamp

My son wants an acoustic-electric guitar. The one he picked out has a preamp. I know absolutely nothing about guitars, so does he need a seperate amp if this one has a preamp?
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Will learning guitar tabs help me improve at learning other tabs/playing melodies?

I want to know if by learning a song from a tab I'll somehow get better at learning a different song. I have this feeling that by learning a song from a tab I'll only succeed at learning that one ...
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Meaning of diamond-shape notes on guitar staff

I am playing a piece for the guitar on the piano and everything sounds fine until I reach the last few notes in the score: all the notes marked with a '19' above the staff and represented with ...
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Transposing on a guitar

I play flutes, whistles, and the alike in sessions and have recently got myself a decent guitar to start my journey. Whistles are transposing instruments so if I am playing a whistle in the key of D, ...
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Are there any nice ways to play B diminished chord (B triad from C Major scale) on standard tuned guitar?

I apologise I forget the proper name for the triad B-D-F - I think it's VIIdim but I'm not 100% sure if this is a half or fully diminished chord or how it's represented in symbols (is it the ...
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Guitar rig: the switch from beginner to intermediate

A couple of years ago, I brought a cheap Yamaha electric guitar (a pacifica 112j). The guitar is a pretty solid beginner level budget guitar, and was a very good start. Unfortunately, I had to run it ...
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How do C1, C2, C3 relate to C and CSus4 on guitar?

I wanted to check some chords for ‘A Team’ by Ed Sheeran and came across this version which includes C1, C2, C3. Then this video is called ‘How to play a C4’ but is actually how to play a CSus4 So I ...
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Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?

I've always found even the lightest acoustic (bronze) guitar strings to be a bit too heavy to play comfortably. Electric (nickel) guitar strings tend to be lighter. But nobody uses electric strings on ...
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Guitar scales further up the fret board.

I'm hoping someone can help me, i've been playing guitar for a while and mostly kept myself confined to chords/rythm, but now I want to explore some lead styles to add to my skills. So I began with ...
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Melody within a chord progression

How do I add vocal melody in a guitar chord progression? Are there any rules I must follow such as only using certain notes in the melody for each chord throughout the chord progression?If so how do I ...
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Guitar less resonant than when new; humidity problem?

Several months ago I purchased a folk-size acoustic guitar. It's not top-of-the-line but it had quite a nice sound up until a few weeks ago. Previously, it had a rich, resonant tone and was capable ...
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Should a new guitarist practice on 1 instrument or vary it?

I'm a very new student to the guitar. I'm interested in pretty much the whole spectrum of acoustic. I was wondering, should I learn and practice exclusively on my steel string regular acoustic ...
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How can one restore a very old guitar?

Today I was at grandparents' house and I found a really old guitar. It's kinda small and I don't know why, but it also has 7 strings; one strange thing for me which I have never seen - nut is wooden ...
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Simple looper pedal that can switch between at least 4 (layered) samples

I am looking for recommendations for a looper pedal. The pedal should be as simple as possible. Yet, it should be able to store at least 4 distinctive loops. Switching between the loops should be ...
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Cheap acoustic guitars versus more expensive models: Which materials and/or construction elements have the biggest impact on sound quality?

I am referring to guitars of the same body type equipped with identical strings. Do different materials influence sound positively by such an amount that a non-professional could see the extra value ...
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What are some interesting ways notes and chords are spelled in cultures outside of the U.S.?

I've heard that German musicians spell the seventh note of the C major scale with an "H" where an American musician would use a "B". And, for the fourth note of the F major scale, where an American ...
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How can I develop mastery of polyrhythms in playing guitar?

(I am asking this question because someone just posted a question which misused the term "polyrhythm", and subsequently, on realizing the mistake, edited the question to reflect their real question -- ...
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What physical effects cause ageing/worn guitar strings to change their tone?

Guitar strings wear out over time and are prone to oxidation due to sweat. As a result, they change their tone usually sounding more "bright" when they are new and "dull" when aged. There's been a ...
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What's the correct technique for strumming a guitar?

By correct I mean from a biomechanical perspective to minimize the risk of injury. I have seen some advice saying that strumming should be controlled by the big muscles such as the shoulder. My ...
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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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Ways to get out of a scalar rut?

I'm a well versed and experienced guitarist. I have a decent sense for rhythm and melody, but I have a VERY hard time with soloing. I know you've heard it all before I'm one of those guys that got ...
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Short scale guitar tuning to A

I recently picked up a short-scale electric guitar for my son. While I am in no way a guitarist I can tune a standard guitar to standard tuning, including using the fifth fret method when I know what ...
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from becoming unplugged when I move?

My guitar/bass cable will sometimes accidentally unplug from my guitar/bass when I am playing at a practice or at a gig. It usually happens when I move around or step on my cable. Is there a way to ...
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Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar

I'm wondering if you can tune the second string of a double stringed guitar to something else than the regular octave. You would have to keep the open strings to C Major I guess, so that your barre ...
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Is it important to add a noise gate/suppressor to a pedalboard chain?

I have been adding several overdrive pedals to my signal chain, and am getting a little more buzz with each one that I add. Delay and reverb definitely aren't helping either, causing more hum and buzz ...
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What can I do to minimize damage to my picking hand wrist as I practice guitar?

My right hand (picking hand) is showing signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, and is slowly, but surely, degrading. I continue to practice guitar, but it's beginning to be difficult to do so. What can I ...
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6th string root dominant 7th barre chord voicing

When I first started playing guitar quite a while back, I bought the Chords and Voicings Guitar Grimoire, and promptly put it on a shelf when I realized I had a lot more to learn then just chord ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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DIY pedal board without a hinged lid

I'm looking to make a DIY pedal board. I have all the necessary wood and tools, and I want to be able to have it closed with a cover, for protection while going to gigs. The trick is, I can't have a ...
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What is the proper humidity range for an acoustic guitar?

What is the range of relative humidity, in percentage, that is optimal for storing a guitar, cello, violin or the like in its case? I live in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, which is a humid environment ...
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Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?

When should you plug gear into your amplifier's effects loop and not into the standard input?
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Room-wide humidity buffering

I'm trying to keep the humidity level up in my (small 8'x10') music room using a small table top humidifier. I have a couple of guitars and a concertina that I'd like to protect from low humidity ...
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How do you identify a good acoustic guitar?

What do you look for when going for a guitar? I own an acoustic and am looking for a better one. What should I be looking for? Wood quality, brand, strings, etc.?
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What is “Phrasing” in the context of playing a Solo?

What is meant when a listener says"His phrasing was spot on"- specifically when talking about solo's but sometimes when referring to a pianist "comping". What does it mean when referring to a ...