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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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Is it necessary to learn the names of fret notes?

I know the names of the notes up to about the fifth fret on each string. I play from sheet music occasionally, but mostly from tabs - so is it necessary to learn the names of the notes for each fret ...
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Increase strength and speed of left hand for guitar tapping

Lately I've been trying to learn reapers by muse on guitar and the intro has fast tapping with fairly big stretches for the left hand and I have been struggling to play it at the right speed and ...
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Replicating chord tones

I've been engrossed in Jazz music for 8 months now. Since I've had 9 years experience on guitar, I can usually pick out and sing the melody being played. However, chord tones and their harmonic ...
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How to convert Vocals into lead Guitar

I have seen many people play the vocals of a song like leads on the guitar. There is not much guitar in my country's music so I am trying to learn how to convert the vocals of songs into guitar lead ...
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How to check an acoustic guitar is solid top or not?

How do i check that a guitar is solid top or laminated top? Are there any huge differences in the sound and appearance so that i can differentiate between them? I want to buy a solid top guitar and i ...
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What to look for in a drum machine for practicing guitar with

I want to practice guitar with a drum machine instead of a metronome. I want something that has a lot of pre set rhythms but also has some flexibility if required. What features should I be looking ...
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How to distinguish power chords from single notes?

I have been learning guitar by ear for the past few years. I was listening to a song I've been trying to learn for a while, and realized numerous notes I had thought were single notes were actually ...
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...
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Student-teacher relationship: telling a teacher about another?

I looked at these questions: Is it useful to have different teachers? This forum thread And am wondering on a similar topic. I've re-started taking guitar lessons, with the goal to be able to ...
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Notes on string high E sounds out of tune even picking them alone

I know it sounds silly, but it makes me crazy. Maybe it's my ear, or brain I've been suffering from this on all my guitars (Yamaha acoustic with D'Addario bronses) and others. I've thought it is ...
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What do the terms E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 actually mean?

I am attempting to learn guitar, and I keep coming across this notation in various apps that I've downloaded. I know that E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 are something to do with tuning, but I'm not exactly sure ...
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Beginner guitar : Ode to Joy - is it chords shown in sheet? E.g. C is shown, but not played in note [duplicate]

I am beginning guitar and still playing notes on the B and E string while learning. We have this song to play: Can I please enquire as to why e.g. the first bar says "C", while the notes are E E F ...
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When tuning a guitar, why is it only in tune for a moment?

I am still very new to learning guitar (specifically, Classical fingerstyle). While this is the first time I am doing this "seriously", I HAVE tried to learn guitar before, just very badly (and ...
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Stage monitoring for guitarists

I am a guitarist in a band and want to start using an active wedge monitor, as I sometimes struggle to hear what I am playing. I am wondering if I can just use a mic on my cabinet and run it direct ...
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Guitar Alternate vs. Economy vs. Directional Picking Styles

Paul Gilbert has this simple lick in his Intense Rock 1 video (see video). The notes are: d u d u d u e|----------12-----------| B|-12-13-15----15-13-----| G|-----------------------| ...
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Outdoor evening gigs and humidity/dew impact on gear

I was playing an outdoor gig in North Texas last Saturday evening, and about halfway thru I lost what seemed to be about 50-75% of my volume level in my amp (Marshall AS100D, playing a Jumbo Takimine ...
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How can I minimize going out of tune when using the whammy bar?

Perhaps my selection of musicians is biased, but usually when I see a whammy bar used, it's usually with a locking tremolo bridge like a Floyd Rose. Everybody else seems to take the whammy bar out and ...
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Home recording!

I have an electric Fender and I have the Zoom G3. A friend of mine is going to give his M-Audio Fast Track interface so can anyone tell me if it is possible to record my guitar by plugging my Zoom G3 ...
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How common is the little finger to fret strings in (blues) electric guitar? Why does SRV never use his little finger?

I was watching this (mindblowingly awesome) SRV video and I noticed that the guy never uses his little finger: I wonder if it's his habit or it is a legit technique ...
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Is deliberately putting your guitar out of tune a valid technique?

I remember hearing an interview about the recording of Nirvana's "Something in the Way"; apparently Kurt played the acoustic part it once on an out of tune 12-string guitar, and then refused to do it ...
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E chord with arc and dot symbol over it - What is this symbol in a guitar chord song book?

I have a book which has the lyrics and guitar chords for some songs. It shows the tab at the top of the page for each chord and each chord letter to be played above the lyrics. This seems simple ...
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Classical fingerstyle technique on a single chord [closed]

If i want to play multiple notes on a single chord, how must i do ? It seems that in the classical style, on finger is dedicated to a single chord ? Regards, Nicolas
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Breaking out of pentatonic scales for guitar riffs

I've been playing guitar for about 9 years now. From a young age, my teachers focused a lot on pentatonic scales. So that's what I'm defaulting to when improvising, soloing, writing stuff, etc. ...
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What does the modulation effect actually do?

i'm trying to study for my A levels and struggling to understand the purpose of modulation? I'm getting the idea that it is simply something that enables a effects to change the timbre of a raw ...
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Is the following non-standard fingering for an A shaped barre chord still technically sound?

Having slowly come to grips with E shape barre chords I'm now grappling with A shaped ones. The two popular fingerings I have seen involve one finger each on the 2, 3, 4 strings or alternatively ...
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How can I learn timing from a guitar tab?

When playing guitar/bass from tabs, I find that I can learn the fingering easily, but the timing is often wrong when I play with a backing track. I'm fairly noobish to music notation/tablature, but I ...
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Is this an acceptable fingering of a G Chord?

I'm trying out the CAGED method, and whenever I use the G Form, either my pinky can't keep enough pressure on the High E string, or my ring finger lies so flat that it mutes the A string. By curling ...
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Help. Simple guitar tab question [duplicate]

How do you play chords that have no note in between them? Do you just pretend that it is a 0 or something? Sorry. I'm a noob on guitar.
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Properly fingering jazz chords?

I've seen these come up in a few places (Crazy Train and a couple of Jimi Hendrix songs come to mind offhand), however I've never figured how to work them in fluidly;the fingerings always seem ...
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Mystic numbers under tabs in Guitar Pro

I know that piano sheets sometimes has something similar and suggests you which fingers to use to play the note or chord. But... this is guitar, and looking into these numbers I don't believe these ...
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Tuning when changing strings

I just recently ordered a set of Cleartones Monster Drop C strings (13-70). I was wondering, as I change them, should I tune them straight to drop C or should I still bring them up to standard tuning ...
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Classical guitar pieces that were originally composed for the piano

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 ...
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Pinky And Ring Finger Independence And Dexterity

I recently discovered that my ring finger and pinky seem to have the least amount of independence with respect to the rest of my fingers when fretting the guitar, and exceptionally so. I experience ...
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How to make a song with chords and scales?

I play acoustic guitar and have been learning a bunch of chords and scales. I can play many progressions already, and I am starting to write music. I am wondering how you would bridge chord ...
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Playing certain chords sounds wrong

Teaching myself how to play guitar. unfortunately, that means I don't have hands on to help. When I play chords that have all the strings fretted (like F major) it doesn't make a note, but more like ...
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Piano Vocal Guitar sheet music?

I am buying some new sheet music online but the the music I am buying includes Piano/Vocal/Guitar. I assumed that you could play all three individually (without the others) but when I look at 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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Why do old russian guitar songs sound out of tune?

I'm not actually 100% sure these are out of tune, but they sound out of tune to me. Here are some examples on YouTube: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 It's a bit harder to tell in the third example, ...
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If F followed by Fm resolves to C, What do F# and F#m resolve to?

Firstly, apologies if I am using the wrong terminology here. I am a beginner guitarist and only know a little music theory. Considering the example of 'I will Follow you into the Dark' by Death Cab ...
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Why are there many guitarists, but only one drummer in a band?

In a band, there will be many guitarists. However, there will always be only one drummer. Why can't there be more than one drummer in a band? Are there any cultural or musical reasons behind it or ...
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name of the strumming technique

I was watching the following video: Can you please tell me the name of the strumming technique the guitarist used in the beginning of the video? I have been looking ...
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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting it just doesn't sound clean. Here's what I mean: ...
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Is this chord a Maj6 (no 5) or inverted minor triad?

An interesting three-note chord is the following on guitar (in standard tuning): ...
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How to know the size of a classic guitar?

I am a beginner and want to buy a new classic guitar from a online shop. Is there any way to determine the size of a classic guitar, for example, from the code in its name?
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Should I look at the fretboard while I play guitar?

Is it a bad thing to constantly look at the frets while playing? Sometimes I find myself curved over a body of the guitar so much that my neck starts to hurt. It seems that some experienced players ...
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Upgrading a guitar from low to high impedance pick ups?

I'm upgrading an Ibanez copy of a Gibson recording (a 2380 from 1973). I believe Ibanez went the low impedance route, but didn't include the transformer/XLR output. The pickups are certainly very ...
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Guitar fingerstyle arrangement

I have been watching a lot of videos on youtube from the past one year and I have learnt a lot about guitar theory, fingerstyle techniques andei can even play many fingerstyle songs on guitar by ...
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Everyday guitar routine

I'm learning how to play the guitar and it's been a year and a half I think. I play both acoustic and electric guitar. I would like to get my playing to the next level with an everyday guitar ...
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When I release a fretted string how do I keep it silent?

Since adding distortion when I release a string I can hear it, almost even sounding like a pull off, so now I've had to slow down and when I release I have to mute it with my fretting hand before ...