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How can I get my guitar to “the next level” from intermediate to ok [closed]

I've been playing guitar for about a decade now and am respectable. I feel a little stuck in my ability to get better, mostly because of time constraints for practicing. I know to become a jazz ...
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Position of white dots in guitar fretboard

I was wondering why are the white dots in the fretboard usually placed in frets number 3,5,7,9,12,15,17,19 and 21. I know that their general purpose is for counting, but what I wonder is why are they ...
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What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?

I was always intrigued with the way Ted Nugent/Adrian Belew/Jeff Beck/Jimi Hendrix/SRV were able to control feedback and make it musical - are there guitar/amp settings and techniques that can make ...
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How do you strum an upstroke without striking an unwanted string?

It could be a silly question. I started learning guitar 2 months ago but the progress are not going very well. Apart from the previous problem, which I haven't solved yet, I have a problem with the ...
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Tuning a guitar in D# with digital tuner in iso440

When using my studio (studio one) to tune my guitar,there are 4 or 5 different tuning's,I use iso440.Anyhow,when tuning in drop D sharp D#,there are small numbers that appear next to the note,.For ...
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Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)

I'm self-taught and I want to check that I'm not doing myself a disservice with my left hand positioning when I'm playing high up the neck (say, above fret 15). I play with my thumb behind the neck, ...
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What would I need to get percussive sounds out of my acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for a while, but I don't have much experience with electronics or amplification. I have an acoustic electric guitar that I believe has an under saddle piezo pickup. I'm ...
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What are the benefits of practicing scales for a guitar player? [duplicate]

I see that scales are accepted as a great method of learning music. So I have been practicing the C major scale over 2 octaves at 7th position: ...
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How to convert notes to finger position on a guitar?

I am playing guitar for around one and a half year now, and am already able to play the most chords (except some extremely strange chords). Now I wanted to practice a bit of classical guitar on my ...
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Can't seem to find a good tutorial on theory for guitar players

After 13 years of playing the guitar (just chords)... I am just starting to investigate learning theory to be a better guitar player. Also seeing piano players pick up the guitar and soloing in no ...
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Guitar recommendation for beginner with practice information [closed]

I've decided to learn guitar, and have no idea about the first thing about guitars. I'm in search of a new guitar which would be ideal for a newbie. I thought this one at Amazon seemed okay. Also, ...
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Headset balancing sound

I am trying to create a short song but everytime i plugin in my USB headset it is balancing sound so the guitars sound goes up and down in volume everytime the basdrum kicks in or snare, I am using ...
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What does a circle before/between notes mean?

I have a score for a guitar music here, which has these strange hollow circles between notes; also before the first note: They don't look like notes, and playing them makes the music ugly, so they ...
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Why learn scales? What are they for?

I tried Googling but it seems there is no answer for this one. So the internet assumes everyone knows what scales are for? Why should I learn them? Are they important to be a good guitarist?
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Is there a good Guitar Chord building web site?

I'm looking for a chord builder web site. Is there one that shows what strings are being played and what chord it is? I'm specifically looking for the following chord, but ask for a web site so I can ...
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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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Alternate picking while palm muting

I've been practicing alternate picking and palm muting for a while now, but I have extreme difficulties when combining these two techniques together. My picking hand can't move freely when resting on ...
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Complete Classical Guitar Course-Guide?

Here's my situation: I have been playing guitar for 10 years, learning all the stuff on my own. I began with simple acoustic songs and after some time I started to play electric guitar, I studied and ...
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Is it OK to play guitar with capo on 5th fret, since I have arthritis in thumb & finger joints?

I'm an early learner, 70 yr old, have been 'practicing' for a couple of years on a steel string acoustic guitar and I have arthritis in thumb and finger joints. For instance, it's very hard to stretch ...
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How low can a normal 6 string guitar be tuned?

Let's say I have a normal 6 string guitar that is standard tuned. How low can I tune it? I'm especially interested in the tuning of the low E string of the guitar. I have seen bands that tune it ...
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How to begin learning the CAGED Method

What is the best way of approaching the CAGED Method. What are some good resources for beginning to learn this method.
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What pedals to get this effect?

What kind of pedals should I purchase to make my guitar sound like this (Slash, Nightrain): ...
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How to make your chord progression sound smoother?

I'm just going to use the song I'm teaching myself as an example. I've been learning Rylynn by Andy McKee for months now, and I'm not very far, because I'm trying to get each part perfect. ...
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How to use chords notations in the tab?

Most guitar tabs I've seen contains a chord notations(in the top of the tab), but I don't know how to use them. For example I'm reading Love Story Francis Lai, Should I play(Em,C,B7 and Am) chords ...
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Can Guitar pro 6 read files from a link?

I am wondering if guitar pro 6 can read files from a link, I mean : File/Open file Copy paste my link where the tab is (IE : http://website.com/my_uber_tabs.gp5) And bang, guitar pro downloads as ...
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When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg to ...
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Basics of stage presence for guitarists

Where do I start to develop a good stage presence as a guitarist? While guitar-specific stunts (like the guitar spin, etc) are good to know, but I'm more interested in knowing general rules for ...
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Are there any practical differences between Humbuckers and Mini Humbuckers?

Other than form factor, is there any practical difference in sound or performance between a mini/single-coil-sized humbucker and a regular sized humbucker?
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Is it ever too late to learn guitar?

I feel that I'm already past the 'critical point' for learning guitar. My friend started playing guitar when he was ten - and I felt like the nerves in his left hand were much more developed. My left ...
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Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?

Is it just a cultural thing ("they've always sounded that way") or is there some basis in music theory for this?
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How does fusion guitar playing work?

So I have seen a lot of guitar players playing fusion rock but never understood what is actually going on in the theory. When watching them play, it sounds like they're not in key and just ...
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Working out strums per second given beats per minute - using guitar tabs

Say I have a tune which has following strum pattern : DownStrum * DownStrum * DownStrum,UpStrum,DownStrum,UpStrum The * represents the end of a strum. So DownStrum,UpStrum,DownStrum,UpStrum in ...
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Remembering the Chords

I've been playing bass for almost 15 years, I have a great memory to remember songs, I can remember songs that I learned years ago and still play them quite accurately. Now I got myself a ...
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Strap button repair

One of the strap buttons on my bass is stripped. I’ve seen several methods for repairing this, all of which involved filling the hole with some bits of wood. Insert matchsticks, toothpicks, or a ...
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What are the various methods of tuning the guitar?

This is not a question as much as it is a discussion. I am curious to know what are the different techniques to tune the guitar (using standard tuning) given you know that one string is in tune. I ...
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Why does my thumb hurt when I play bar chords?

Certain chords cause my thumb to be sore. How can I play in a way to prevent this?
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What are some of the things that influence a player's “tone”?

Listen to Larry Carlton, Jeff Beck,Steve Morse, Grant Green, Freddie/BB/ King, Hound Dog Taylor, Luther Allison, Dave Gregory ect.. - love'm or hate'm they all have very distinctive tones, Why? It's ...
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Where should my thumb be gripping when playing A shape barre-chords?

I've been reading about thumb aches while playing barre-chords, and apparently my thumb applies too much pressure, which is bad. Anyway, I kind of figured out how to relax my thumb and my hand. But ...
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soloing over I-IV-V blues progression (E-A-B)

First of all I would like to say that I have absolutely no musical education whatsoever, I have been studying alone and in the past with a guitar teacher. However, I am really into blues, watching lot ...
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Legato right hand technique

What is the correct right hand technique to play legato when only the first note on each string is picked? I am most comfortable with down picking whether I go up or down the scale, but as I learned ...
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1/4 to 1/8 jack problem

I was planning to record months ago, with my electric guitar, and yesterday I got myself a guitar rig software and bought some 1/4 to 1/8 adapter jack so that I can plug in unto my laptop's mic hole. ...
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Becoming a good guitar teacher

I am thinking of starting guitar teaching and, of course, I am aiming to become a good guitar teacher. I don't think it will happen in the near future, because I don't have enough skill level yet, but ...
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Unwanted distortion from a guitar transducer

I've been using a K&K transducer in my acoustic guitar for ages. Recently I was running my clean signal through a headphone amp when I noticed that there appears to be audible distortion in the ...
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Development of electric guitar - why not put a mic in front of a acoustic guitar?

Typically, it is said that the "reason" for the development of the electric guitar is the need to play loud enough in the presence of other instruments. But why wasn't is also considered to simply put ...
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New set of strings on (bass) guitar with no adjustable intonation

When I restringed (re-strung?) my electric guitar, I had to take it back to the store because I belatedly realized that the intonation would have to be corrected. Now, I have two acoustic guitars and ...
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Learning pick and finger-picking at the same time?

I am picking up the guitar again, being now 30 and having played when I was about 9, and I'm a bit confused on what approach I should take while self-learning. I would ideally like to play things ...
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When learning a song on guitar by ear, how do you find the chord placements? [duplicate]

For instance, let's say you're learning Stairway to Heaven - how do you figure out what the chords are? Because, that whole intro for the most part are single frets being played and you wouldn't know ...
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Acoustic guitar with pickup vs. semi-acoustic guitar [duplicate]

I ordered this guitar yesterday: Cort AD810E, Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar w/Cort CE304T Ceramic pickup But due to the defect in their stock, they are offering me a Cort Ndxcq - Bk, 6 String ...
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What does this tablature notation mean?

There are two lines which have the number 0. Does that mean that I need to play two strings at once?
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Chord compatibility or something else?

Say you have a scale and you've found a chord that is rooted at degree 1 of the scale and such that every tone of the chord is in the scale as well. The chord is then said to be compatible with the ...