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Two finger vs Three finger Power chords on guitar

What are the pros and cons of the two finger and three finger power chords on guitar? Is one faster? What I think I know is that the three finger power chords are more pronounced and powerful than the ...
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Beginner difficulty in barre on higher frets on guitar

I'm trying to play this song and the capo on 9th, 8th, 6th fret is killing me. I have to press so hard in irder to get clean good sound. Of course I'm not an advanced guitar player, but it seems to ...
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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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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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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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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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Rhythmn part of solo guitar arrangements

I have read some tips on solo guitar arrangement that suggest to find melody part, then bass part, then fill in the middle of those 2 parts. I can manage the melody and bass part, but I have no idea ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Binding on Guitar Neck Cracking/Peeling/Splitting

I bought a guitar about 6 months ago from a guy in Chicago, getting it shipped all the way to Australia. When it arrived (Epiphone Sheraton II) i noticed that there was somewhat of a crack on the neck ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who should use “super low tension” guitar strings for classical guitar?

I see "super low tension strings" on sale here. Which kind of players (or which kind of music) normally uses them? Do I assume correctly that such strings may be good for beginners as should bite ...
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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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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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Tips on getting the notes of a song through earing (guitar) [duplicate]

The question is clear, i find quite hard to reproduce/find a songs guitar note. Sometimes it doesnt resemble the music note. I play mostly by tabs. This applies to eletric guitar and fingerstyle ...
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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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Slide Guitar Scratch

Does anybody have any advice on how to remove this scratchy noise I hear whenever I play slide guitar? I'll be playing a song, and constantly have this scratchy noise coming through. It's not a lot ...
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How should I practice when I have limited time available?

So I've been playing guitar for nearly 13 years, but I don't feel like I'm at the place I should be with my playing. For the past couple of years, focus has coming away from playing and practicing as ...
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How to dampen an amp's volume for recording?

Unfortunately I live in a block of flats and strangely enough not everyone appreciates loud guitar music.. However, I'm of the opinion that recording an amp with a mic will pretty much always sound ...
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Do I need to replace very old strings of my guitar if I just start learning?

I found an old acoustic guitar and am thinking of starting to learn it (as a complete beginner). The guitar still has steel strings on it. These must be very old, I think, twelve years at least if not ...
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Music Theory, Circle of Fifth, Chords that fit, Exceptions and example song “Sultans of Swing”

I am playing guitar for some years now, mostly self-taught. I had never studied that much of music theory, but now as I want to improve my improvisation skill and want to get a broader view I started ...
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What's the caged system good for?

So I see a lot of people talking about how the caged system us good because It connects scales with chords, what I don't understand is that If I'm playing A major scale Caged system helps me find all ...
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Guitar intonations sounds a bit off?

So I've got this Les Paul Custom a couple of weeks ago and it feels and plays great. I intonated it perfectly when I first got it too. So today I wanted to test how is intonation holding up and did ...
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Cheap audio interface for recording electric guitar

So, I own an electric guitar, and I would like to record it using my laptop. I live in a place where I can't possibly play without headphones, so I can't mic the amp. My idea was to buy a cheap USB ...
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Should I connect my multi-effects pedal to PA or Amp?

Here's the situation. I bought the Line 6 Firehawk FX, it's a multi-effects pedal which also has amp-modelling in it. So it can process the signal as if it runs through many pedals and then some ...
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Are chord progressions based off of one chord used?

I was fiddling around with chords on the guitar and "variations" of the D chord. After a bit I noticed the following progression was pretty good: D - Dsus2 - D6 - Dsus4 In tabs it is: D ...
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Tempo when recording a guitar amp by microphone?

As my external soundcard does not perform good when I record two guitars simultaneous, I want to take a shot at miking my amp. Is it possible listen to a metronome or drum pattern without ruining the ...
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My new Fender is difficult to tune

I used a cheap Epiphone Les Paul for my first 10 months of learning guitar, however I received a new Fender Stratocaster as a birthday gift recently. When I tuned my first guitar, it only took one ...
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Singing while playing guitar [duplicate]

I want to sing while I am playing guitar. either I miss the strum or I miss the tempo of my voice. How can I combine these two?
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Hendrix/John Lee Hooker style Blues trill technique?

Here is an example. He trills on the third string second fret to open a lot, but other stuff too. What I can't work out is if he's either: a) Hammering a specific number of times per beat. It's ...
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How to use a metronome for guitar

I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and do not understand how to use a metronome. I have two different types that I have purchased over the years, one is electronic with audible beeps and ...
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How to identify the ideal guitar type, given constraints (usually budget)?

Not looking for a brand recommendation, only objective guidance. Is there a general understanding, rule-of-thumb, trick-of-the-trade that matches a certain type of guitar, type and number of pickup ...
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Sound not coming through amp

I was playing my guitar earlier today, everything working fine; sound coming through the amp and all. I bought new strings strings and changed them out today and moved the guitar and amp into to a ...
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Why is it difficult to switch over from acoustic to electric guitar?

I have been playing the acoustic guitar for a couple of years now. I started off with guitar because of metal but I went into other genres along the way. I can play considerably good leads on the ...
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Fret hand muting for a less messy, more “single note” sound?

I'm a fairly novice self taught player. I'm having a lot of difficulty eliminating things like unwanted strings resonating, clattering in to other strings when bending, accidental pull offs, etc - in ...
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new at electric guitar need help

Which pedal should I put first, overdrive pedal or chorus pedal? Can they be on at same time ? I don't want to burn them out. I was wondering if an overdrive pedal would make a chorus pedal function ...
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Struggling with strumming patterns

After practicing some elementary strumming patterns, I still can't get to develop any muscle-memory for it. I seem to be able to play short duration of rhythm that appeals to my mind, and perhaps ...