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What is the difference between Overdrive and Distortion?

What's the difference? They sound vaguely similar to me and I can't tell a distinct difference sound wise. What is the difference in tone, harmonics, etc.? Are they the same? Which one is better and ...
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When should I use a boost pedal in a performance?

I recently purchased a boost pedal for my pedalboard, and was wondering, when do I use it? Just during solos? Or in chorus's as well? I would like to know the correct usage of the pedal, any help is ...
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How to record my guitar on my computer

So I want to make some guitar covers and need a way to record my playing. I've set my multi-effect board and amp up so that I have the sound I want coming from the amp, I just need a way to get it on ...
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I'm having trouble with bent notes not terminating cleanly but dropping a little in pitch at end

I started asking this about string bends but decided the problem is broader - I need advice on right hand muting in general. I've been trying to pay a lot closer attention to my tone overall. One ...
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How to practice guitar in apartment with paper thin walls?

cool there is a music part of this site! anyway: i live in an apartment with paper thin walls. my bedroom shares walls with 2 other apts. both my neighbors don't care for music that isnt hiphop, ...
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Lilypond - two voices, with overlapping beams

I have the following in my measure: What would I have to write, to have those <c e>'s connected with beam instead of 1/8 rests, and those in second voice bellow also? Edit upper voice : ...
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Pentatonic Scales Question

I'm learning the notes on the fret board and I just wanted to ask something about the pentatonic scales you see, A minor pentatonic is A C D E G on the 5th fret, but when I play it on the 2nd fret its ...
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How can I understand what scale should I use?

For example, I want to play "I Chase the Devil" from Max Romeo. The chords are easy even for a newbie like me. But I want to add some flavour in the playing. Can I do this with scales? And if i can, ...
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Switching from Acoustic Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar

I have played a classical guitar for a while and bought an electric guitar very recently. Since there are some differences in the two guitars I find it somewhat difficult to adapt to the electric ...
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Learning to play what you're thinking on the guitar

I'm a beginner guitar player with a passion for the blues, jazz and funk. When I say beginner I mean that I just know a few chords, have some basic technique on how to handle the guitar (I had classes ...
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what's the difference between a gauge .011 and a gauge .012 string?

As asked in the question, also a bonus question; how does the gauge of a guitar affect the tension of the strings?
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Guitar not holding tension

I've recently come into a problem with my guitar. Simply enough, I'm having trouble keeping one of the guitar strings in tune. I've played flamenco guitar for about four years and blues guitar for a ...
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How to make nails grow faster?

I have injured the nail on my right hand thumb, so I will not be able to use it for some time. I might have to wait until it regrows about 4 mm of length. Is it possible to make nails grow faster? ...
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String gauge, scale, and tuning relationship? (Guitar in particular)

Does anyone have general guidance or a good resource on this, specifically considering scale length, string tension, string gauge, and tuning? I've found loads of anecdotal research and a even few ...
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How does one break out of a musical plateau?

I've been playing the guitar for 7 years, but i realize that my playing has not been improving by leaps and bounds; (I am under the impression that guitar playing is linear; if you would plot a graph ...
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Are there guitar strings for very high tunings?

David Gilmour used a special tuning for the rhythm guitar in the song Comfortably Numb. It was a regular EADGBE, but the lowest two strings were two octaves higher, and the middle two were one octave ...
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Tuning Up Versus Tuning Down

If I were to tune my guitar, for instance, from E standard to D standard, why is it better to tune lower than D standard and from there tune up to D standard, versus tuning straight down from E ...
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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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How can one categorize himself as a Beginner or Intermediate Guitarist?

I'm a self taught guitarist(if you don't count Rocksmith 2014) who plays rhythm guitar only as a hobby. I always get tongue tied when someone asks me "are you a beginner?" because I don't know the ...
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Chord Progressions Including Majors That Should Be Minors

I have been learning a song by John Frusciante that looks like it's in D minor (or maybe F Major, you tell me). The main changes go something like this: Amin -- Bb -- Dmin F -- C -- Gmin -- Dmin C ...
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How to chord progress from C major key to A minor key?

How do you chord progress from C major key to A relative minor key? I would do it this way: progress to the III chord (Em), change the III chord to a Dominant 7th form (E7), now the E7 chord will ...
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Learning guitar without making noise

This might sound like a stupid question but I'd like to ask if and how it is possible to learn guitar without making noise at all. I'd like to prevent making noise other people in the same flat could ...
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Resource of musical phrases good for practicing transcriptions?

One common suggestion for improving ear training is to transcribe songs. However, songs can be long and can vary in complexity. As such, I'm looking for a book or website of musical phrases that can ...
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F Dorian and Associated Chords

So I have been playing guitar for a long time, but only recently have begun to seriously dive in to music theory. I have limited knowledge, so little that I am unaware if this is a very simple ...
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Do you use a metronome for songs or just for scales and exercises?

I play guitar and aspire to learn by ear. So, I've been using a metronome for scales and just strumming patterns, but I've heard it's good to play with a metronome for songs. I usually just slow the ...
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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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How do I find guitar chords to play while I sing “Frozen Heart” from disney's Frozen?

I'm a beginning guitar player, and I like playing disney songs. I've learned most of the songs from the movie Frozen, but I'm struggling with Frozen Heart. Here's the song: ...
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Where along the strings to pick?

How does picking position affect a guitar’s sound? I can make some general observations – the strings are brighter near the bridge, and they can be more percussive near the neck – but I’m not sure how ...
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How to get better sound through multi-effects processors

I wondering if sound quality is meant to reduce through multiple multieffects processors. I have a Boss GT10 as well as a Boss RC300 loop pedal running through some decent little 25 to 30 W bedroom ...
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Playing guitar with webbed fingers

I've just got myself an acoustic guitar and I'm struggling with holding down chord shapes. I have webbed 2nd and 3rd fingers on my fretting (left) hand. This causes those fingers to follow each ...
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How do I play this?

I am trying to play this on the guitar I am having difficulty understanding the 4th measure in the picture below. It looks like I have to play a G chord without the 5th (D is missing) and then, ...
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What is this finger style strumming called?

I am learning guitar from last 2-3 months and i am just curious to know what is this Bailamos (Guitar Tutorial) finger style strumming technique is called?
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What's the difference between two notes played on strings of different thickness?

I'm working on this piece of music on a sequencer, and I'm trying to emulate the effect of playing the same note on different strings of a guitar, say, an E3 on the 5th fret of the B string and an ...
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what other midi controller could I connect with YAMAHA TG55

I have a Tone Generator Yamaha TG55 Midi. I want to play music with other midi controller like a guitar or other things but I´ve been seeing that a guitar midi is an expencil solution. I see that ...
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Composing melodies for a song on finger-style guitar

I'm attempting to learn how to create finger-style guitar arrangements of songs. In finger-style arrangements it is very important to include melody, I'm just not quite sure how I should compose a ...
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Learning to play songs by ear and using a metronome

I play guitar and I'm wanting to play songs by ear. I have been told by my teacher that the metronome is the best way to learn correct timing when playing a song. I have also heard people say they ...
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Guitar: No sound from second string, but other strings sound normal

I played a Squier Stratocaster last night, well, when I plugged into amp, which it's working, my guitar's second string didn't make any sound - well, a bit actually - but the rest of the strings sound ...
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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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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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Chord Type 7th Extension and the Major Scale

I'm learning about music theory and noticed that a C7 chord is based on the following notes: C E A# C E. I imagined a C7 chord should be based off the major scale where the 7th degree is the note B, ...
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Which fret do I place a capo on, to play Eb music using C chords?

If the sound of the music is in the key of Eb and I want to play using chord shapes in the key of C, what fret do I put the capo on?
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Choosing an electro-acoustic guitar

I am an amateur guitarist and want to buy an electro-acoustic guitar. I tried a lot of them, but two just struck my heart: Fender CD-100CE and Fender CD-60CE. I am confused about the significant ...
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Music Theory on guitar chord progression

If you are playing in the Key C major, a chord progression can be as simple as C-F-G7-C or C-Am-F-G7-C. What are the principles while using chords like Am7,Am6, Cdim7,Csus4,Cdom9,C13,Bflat,Aflat etc ...
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Quality of Sound Box changing with time?

Do sound boxes of acoustic instruments (guitar,violin etc) get better with time (decade or so)? That is their overall resonance is more pronounced. Or is it just placebo effect ?
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How to read guitar pro chord strumming tabs

How should I read something that looks like this? I hear the different pattern of strumming but I don't know how should I read this tabs and play accordingly. How can I find up which of them is "up" ...
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Is there a guitar effect set up that can emulate the sound of Nashville tuning?

I really like the sound of Nashville tuning, where you typically replace the EADG (low to high) strings with lower gauage strings to get a really light sparkly sound. Is there a way of emulating this ...
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Where can I find a complete list of Freddie Green chords?

Freddie Green, the guitar player in the Count Basie Orchestra, had amazing chordal technique. I use his chords all the time but I think I'm missing some of the voicings. Where can I find a complete ...
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Is it normal for frequent guitar playing to be accompanied by wrist pain?

Is it normal for frequent guitar playing to be accompanied by wrist pain or is it something that is caused by poor posture/position and technique? I have been playing for several years now, and mostly ...
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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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Softer strings?

I have picked up ukulele and have realized that the softer strings have helped me get used to the harder guitar strings. I was wondering if they made softer strings for a normal sized acoustic guitar ...