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What are the benefits of practicing standing up (guitar)?

I can see how practicing standing up would be better for performing guitarists, but I am wondering if there are any other advantages to practicing standing up vs. sitting down for any guitarist?
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How can you find the key of a song by ear?

If you don't have the music notation available, how can you determine what key a song is in by just listening? Must one have perfect pitch to do this or is there an easy way or a trick that can help ...
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Associating chords with scales

In the following video, at 34:30, Joe Pass suggests practicing scales by choosing a high note, playing a chord below that note, then play "the scale" from the root of the chord to the chosen note: ...
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Playing with a pick with less pick-sound

I have two types of guitars, electric and acoustic and have been playing for over a year. How does one learn to or adjust their strum so that there's not so much sound of hitting the strings (as ...
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How is scale knowledge typically tested in music schools/colleges?

This is a follow-up question to a previous question of mine: What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)? What does a college-level (or music-school-level) ...
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How to tune a guitar/bass without a tuner?

When I'm trying to tune my guitar/bass without a tuner, if a single string is in tune, I can tune the rest of the strings based on the tuned one, using the harmonics over the 5th and 7th frets. But ...
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Is it normal to have a guitar's single coil neck pickup louder than the bridge humbucker?

Recently I found out that my single coil at the neck has much louder sound than the humbucker at the bridge. The middle single coil is the same as the neck one. Is this normal? Do I need to make the ...
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How to efficiently play two consecutive notes on the same fret?

If you have to play two consecutive notes on the same fret, especially with two adjacent strings, as in the example below: |--7--6-------------------------------------7--- ...
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How is he hiding his pick?

I've noticed that he's using his thumb to mute, so he's probably not holding his pick in between his index and thumb, which would suggest it's in his palm. Does ...
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Jazz guitar vocabulary

After studying loads of scales and arpeggios, I realized that they're simply frameworks and note options to draw and connect non-sistematic melodic phrases. Now I am looking forward to build a jazz ...
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Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?

Songs that I hear that are piano based - ie. composed and originally performed on piano, seem to have a different feel than those composed on guitar. The flow, the movement, the chords used - are ...
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Learning to play guitar songs using on-line tabs - how to get strum patterns?

I am a relatively new guitarist and have been using online tabs such as this one: http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/beatles/let_it_be_crd.htm to learn how to play new songs. While those tabs ...
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What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?

I am trying to re-learn many scales I kind of knew, but want to get better at. The question is, at which point do you know you mastered the scale (at least in terms of knowing enough to move on to ...
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Tablature vs. standard music notation? (guitar)

Under what circumstances should I write down "TAB" (tablature) or just regular music notation or both? I know how to read and write both of them, but I'm not sure which I should use for my songs when ...
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Traveling or moving neck bow

This is very strange. I have a Godin Icon which I love. This month I have noticed a neck bow that I can't straighten itch the truss rod. The problem is that this bow seems to move up and down the ...
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Is it OK to keep guitars in a glass or plywood rack?

I have a question about storage. I'm planning to build a rack like thing made out of plywood or glass to store my guitars. Yet, I'm curious to know whether my guitars will have an affect with the ...
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Why picking direction indicators in music?

In music notation specifically for the guitar, there are often picking symbols meaning to pick up or down. What is the purpose of these picking indicators (sorry, don't know the real term for them)? ...
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Using a Capo to transpose from Eb to G

If I have a song in the key of Eb and I want to play it in the key of G, where would I put the capo? Also, would I then use the fignering for the G chord? So I have to transpose to the key of G, ...
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What is the best way to develop a theoretical approach to practical harmony for guitar?

I am playing guitar approximately ten years but I know only basic harmony and rhythm guitar. I want to develop theoretical and practical harmony. What can I do for this?
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How to correctly classify different guitar tunings?

How would you correctly classify say - ECDGAD? Like, how people will say "E Minor 9th Tuning" or something like that, if you understand what I'm saying - what would you call ECDGAD and how would you ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Why do I wear out the frets on my guitar faster than most other folks? Do I need a lighter touch?

I know all about the fact that the unwound strings on my acoustic guitars are steel and the frets are nickel. And I understand that fret wear - especially under the plain steel un-coated strings is ...
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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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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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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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When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?

I mainly play guitar but sometimes play piano. Occasionally I aspire to improve my skills by practicing - which for me - usually consists of trying to learn to play a more complex passage in a ...
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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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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?

I have been playing guitar for 3-4 months and I use online tuning websites to tune my guitar. But last week, I broke a string while tuning the guitar. Then I went to shop and got new one. When I was ...
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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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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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Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
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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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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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If I am playing lead in G scale, does it mean that I must start with a G note and end with a G note?

If I am playing lead for song on the spot, and I play a solo using a G major scale, can I start with a G and end with some other note (such as a D for example)? Or is it necessary to end on a G to ...
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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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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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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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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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Fret buzz when guitar is in certain positions

There is fret buzz on the open string g and lower e and also on some other frets. However, I realised that when I lay the guitar flat down horizontally and play the same note, it doesn't buzz. What ...
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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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How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?

This chord diagram is from the GarageBand chord trainer (I'm a beginner). How is it possible to put a barre down on the third fret without also muting the top E string?
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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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Can someone explain to me how to get my guitar pickup to work on speakers?

I have a decent set of speakers for regular music from my iPod. Something like this one above Today I bought a pickup for my classical guitar that you basically tape it next to the bridge and its ...
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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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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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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 ...