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How do I learn to sight-read standard notation chords when I'm playing guitar?

I can sight-read melodies in standard notation on the guitar. Slowly, but I can do it. I can also sight-read chords in standard notation on the keyboard. Pretty quickly, in fact. How do I learn to ...
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What does a capo really do to chords?

Practically, a capo will shift each string by a half tone per position, but what does it do to the intervals they produce with each other? My shot is that e.g. * without capo if we fret the simplest ...
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Approach to learning arpeggios for chord-tone soloing (shapes or notes)

I am looking to improve in soloing and improvisation. I have learned the CAGED patterns in diatonic scale and their corresponding pentatonic patterns. I have stuck with them for years, but I've ...
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Electric guitar is too low without a strap

I have been playing only acoustic guitar, until very recently I bought an electric (Ibanez RG350). I am finding it too low too play while practicing. With an acoustic I used to sit around and keep the ...
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How to choose a guitar pedal power supply?

I have a Boss BCB 30 pedal board with daisy chain. I have three pedals: TU2, CS3 and DD3. I was planning to pick up an universal power adapter I can use with it. I'm not that literate coming to ...
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How do you decide on a string gauge for an electric guitar?

I have been playing acoustic guitars exclusively for many years now. I generally use 12s for strings. I have been considering trying my hand at electric and was wondering if most guitarists use the ...
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How to hide a flat pick in the right hand when switching to finger picking, Warren Haynes style

Watch any Warren Haynes video on YouTube and you'll notice that he often likes to mix it up and play solos with a pick but mid-way switch to using his fingers. ...
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What's the difference between fanned frets and standard frets? [duplicate]

I've seen fanned fret acoustic guitars and basses before but I've also recently seen some fanned fret electrics (specifically, 7 and 8 string guitars that are apparently "perfect for down-tuning"). ...
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Best equalization for feedback improvement on guitar?

I know guitar feedback naturally comes with high volume while playing in front of speakers, but there are some tips to increase it, such as compression, overdrive, etc. I'd like to know if there is a ...
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Classical guitar - Cannot play by ear [duplicate]

I have been playing classical guitar for 4 years reading sheet music. Some of my friends who play acoustic guitar are mostly able to figure out songs by ear, but i fail miserably in this. While I can ...
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What is an Em chord plus the G on the high E string called?

I was thinking Emadd10 ... is this right? Wasn't sure since the third/tenth is minor in the Em chord. This would be implied since I have already specified we are talking about Em, right?
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What are these parts of a Song [closed]

When you speak about these parts of a song( Intro- Chorus- verse-Bridge ...) What do you mean?If a player plays one part in a song is that enough ? Or He/She needs to play all these parts in a song?
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how to play chords, bass and melody at the same time like Finger pickers and classical guitarists?

For a long time I have been trying to figure out how classical guitarists and finger pickers, play arpeggio, bass line and melody at the same time. Do they use chord shapes 1, 3, 5(for example) and ...
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Why do I feel like I sound really bad when I'm playing Guitar?

I'm going to try and articulate what I feel about myself when I play guitar, whether it be in front of people or by myself. I'm not sure if its a common thing for musicians to feel or if its just me. ...
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How to use a compressor to create a more singing sustain with the guitar?

I have tried to utilize a compressor to extend sustain of notes while playing lead guitar. I have used it in conjunction with various distortion and boost pedals and delays. I am trying to achieve a ...
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What are the advantages of learning to play on your own versus learning from a teacher?

Ok, as a new learner I have started by watching Learn and Master Guitar lessons, using other web tutorials, and whatever other resources I can find on internet. Do you believe that this way is OK ...
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How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
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Best process to learn a new song

I have been wondering about the best way to learn playing a new song on guitar. For example, a lot of people try to pick a small part, practice and perfect it and then repeat the procedure for the ...
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Learning songs effectively [duplicate]

I recently joined a school band after a few years of bedroom playing and I discovered an unpleasant surprise - I have trouble learning songs effectively and keeping the form (not getting lost half-way ...
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How to best play this Los Lonely Boys run?

I'm trying to perfect the run at the end of the solo of "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys which occurs at about 2:13. I think this is how the left hand is played: ...
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How to identify chord sequences in a song? [duplicate]

Many times, I have heard songs but I cannot find any tabs for the particular (for example, the bridge in Rocking in the Free World after the harmonica solo)). How would one learn to recognise chord ...
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What are the actual notes of each natural harmonic?

So I know that if you play a natural harmonic at the 12th fret, this is just the same note as fretting the 12th is. Also, when I play my electric guitar and listen to lots of metal music in ...
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Is it OK to pick over the neck pickup?

I am experimenting to get a jazz sound on my semi hollow body Ibanez. Of course it involves my hand, the amp and its settings, the pick and the strings. This topic is only about picking. I found ...
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Guitar Fingerstyle

If I want playing a song with fingerstyle(I mean is changing it from strumming to fingerstyle) this depends on different Tabs or I can change it every chord to fingerstyle? When I play a chord with ...
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What is an effective way to tune a guitar for an unpracticed ear?

I played viola for 6-7 years and always had this problem to a degree where plucking or playing a string made me feel the pitch was wobbling in a range. I assumed I just don't have a precise ear, but ...
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Symbols “M”, “C”, “D”, and “P” in Guitar Tablature

I was reading a songbook by Richie Kotzen, and in the song "Shine" (which he played with Mr. Big), there's a rythm guitar part that goes like this: What do the symbols M, C, D and P mean? I'm ...
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Guitar tablature

When notes are arranged slid to left and slid to right on the Guitar tab which one (note) string is first played:B G D or D G B? in the these two bars? and why?
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Classical guitar pieces rating / chart? [closed]

Is there any kind of a popularity chart for classical guitar pieces (incl. etudes) or specific sheet music transcriptions? Preferably with a difficulty rating and a link to listen to an example, ...
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What key is correct when guitars are half step down?

I see many charts for praise and worship songs charted in sharp keys (A#, F#) major. One song is charted F# Major. I would think the guitars are tuned a half step down and they are playing like it is ...
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Playing guitar as naturally as singing?

Does playing guitar become natural at some level of expertise, or is that extremely uncommon? Do you always have to do mental calculations and memorize things in advance, or does a moment come when ...
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Guitar scale exercises pleasant to listen to?

Can you suggest any beginner level guitar exercises for learning scales, which are not too boring / repetitive for a casual listener? Currently the only time I can find to work on improving my guitar ...
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I don't know how to find strumming patterns [duplicate]

Basically, I want to play this song "Love Was My Alibi" by Kris Fogelmark but I can't find the strumming pattern. I have been taking guitar classes for 6 years but dropped out but I still want to play ...
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Guitar fret out of tune? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie with an inexpensive guitar. It tunes up well and holds its tune well, however, on the low E string, the further up the fingerboard I go, the more the frets seem to be out of tune. I have ...
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Melody question [duplicate]

Can I hit 4th fret on the (B and G)strings and pull of high E string on the 2 fret at the same time instead of 5th fret and pull of high E string on the 2 fret at the same time in Nothing else ...
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G, B, E strings buzzing?

While playing any chord that involves the G, B, and E strings on my acoustic I get a very noticeable buzz. Open, they're fine. I'm pressing down as hard as I can using my fingertips but nothing is ...
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What chord is formed by the open strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning?

Here is something that I have been wondering about for a while: If you strum all six strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning what chord would you play? I think it would be some variety of a ...
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Bending with the “super light” strings

I know bending technique is problematic with nylon strings. One has to pull them far to achieve the desired pitch change. Is it the same with "super light" electric guitar strings which have tension ...
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Putting steel strings on a cheap nylon guitar

I was trying to get back into playing guitar. I only took lessons for a few years with a nylon string guitar that was fairly cheap. When I pulled the guitar out of the attic it needed new strings so I ...
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Is there a way to do a tone knob like effect with an acoustic without audio effects?

I'm talking about adding or taking away treble progressively as a note rings. You can ring a string unmuted and then slowly add muting as it rings, to give the impression of the treble decaying. Is ...
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Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales

I am a drummer of 20+ years. I am a guitarist for only the last 5 or so (more of a guitar owner). I can play many chords, and have composed a number of songs. I learned to play drums without a ...
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Emulating the tone of a Rickenbacker

I am wondering whether anyone has any knowledge about getting the sound of a Rickenbacker… without actually owning one. Specifically on a Telecaster. I know that the two are completely different ...
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TuxGuitar Tuning?

I have started using TuxGuitar, and the tuning has left be confused. For example I have the option to select B1 to B9 tuning, instead of just B, is this an error or what are the difference between _1 ...
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Recycling guitar strings

This one goes out to all my eco-friendly shredder pals. Does anyone know of an organization that takes guitar strings and recycles them? I run through quite a few packs per month on a heavy gigging ...
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What to look for in an independent luthier?

I've long been considering looking for an independent luthier to build me a custom guitar. I have a pretty specific idea of what I want the guitar to be, but I don't know how to find the right ...
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Composing Music on Guitar - how do I get started? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for 3 year I have learned several songs from Green Day, Nirvana and several other artists I have learned them from YouTube. I live in a small town in India so don't have a ...
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Help with guitar tab - which line indicates which string?

I've seen some guitar tabs where the strings are E B G D A E from bottom to top, but in the others they are in the opposite direction, E A D G B E from bottom to top. Why? Are there two ways of ...
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What to do when we have back pain from playing guitar after a while?

What should I do when I start having back pain every 10min after playing? I sit down and change position but the pain continues. Every player has to support the weight of the guitar if playing ...
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A triad is 3 notes, but on guitar, we strum more than 3 strings?

In music theory, I see that a triad is a chord built with three notes. Take Emaj in example; it is built with E,G#,B. But why when we strum all the six strings of the guitar does the harmony still ...
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Guitar wiring diagram confusion

I am trying to change the pickups in a guitar I own. I've done this before with more simple circuits but am now trying to follow this diagram to get more complicated switching options. I find the ...
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Classical guitar pieces that were originally composed for the piano [closed]

I am looking for a style of Classical guitar that I'm not sure exists. Take this piece as an example, Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 No. 5. I find that this piece, although created for the piano, sounds ...