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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 ...
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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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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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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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How to make the most of practicing guitar

I have playing guitar for a while - I have done all of the rockschool grades and am currently in two bands - and I've recently realised that I am making far less progress than my friends. My question ...
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Guitar makes a weird scratchy sound when using plectrums

I play the acoustic guitar (3 steel, 3 nylon) but whenever I use a plectrum it makes a scratchy sound, am I doing anything wrong or is it just me?
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Dull sound of concert guitar

My concert guitar sound is dull, when before it was bright and warm. It's 30 years old. I've played very little in the last 10 years and am now resuming practice. How do I get the sound back to what ...
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How do you play this part?

There's a capo on 4 but I'm still having trouble playing this part:
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Tuning Acoustic from Drop D to Standard Repeatedly

There are a few songs I play where Drop D tuning is required to get some nice, bass-heavy, open 6th string notes. It also facilitates many of the chords in the song in addition to adding a full tone. ...
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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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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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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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Choosing a guitar: left handed or right handed

When I was a kid and took a guitar for the first time my first instinct was to hold it in a left handed manner. I still feel, that it's my natural way to play. But today I watched the video "How to ...
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What is the best way of learning the notes on the fretboard.

What is the best way to learn the notes on the fretboard. Are there any good tips on how to do this?
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Vertical wall mount / Holding a guitar by the neck

Is there potential danger of damage in storing your guitar in a vertical wall mount, like the ones that guitar shops use in their showrooms? It seems like an obvious question (after all, that's the ...
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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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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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Tuning for small-size guitar?

I have a toy store, where we try to get decent kids instruments among other things. One of the guitars we stock is the Janod "Confetti" series guitar. It's 25" long, open string length is 16". I sold ...
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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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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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How to know which scale a song uses?

I have a song in my mind, and I want to play it on the guitar. I know how scales are made (full and half steps), and I can recognize whether the next note is higher or lower in a song (not ...
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Can these sounds be created with an electric guitar or do I need an acoustic one?

It's been a while since I owned my last guitar. It was an acoustic with nylon strings. I also played on acoustic guitars with steel strings. However, I haven't have a guitar for years and wanted to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fender Strat - parity between neck and middle pickups

I'm currently in the process of upgrading the pickups in my MIM Stratocaster. Since I've already purchased a neck pup and a humbucker for the bridge, I'd like to buy the middle one in isolation. I've ...
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When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg 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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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 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 do harmonics played on guitar sound lower as you move to higher frets while fretted notes sound higher?

By lightly touching a guitar string at specific nodes (most commonly at the 12, 7th and 5th fret) and releasing your finger immediately upon plucking the string - a clear ringing tone is produced. ...
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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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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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Real examples of guitar technique Wikipedia calls “polyphonic strumming”

While reading about unusual guitar techniques, I found this article on Wikipedia about something called polyphonic strumming. I had never heard of it before, and actually the name they use for it ...
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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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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 ...
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What advantages are there to learning on a guitar with no fret markings?

I recently picked up a classical guitar and am considering buy fret markings for it. But I before I do so I would like to know what advantages are there to learning on a guitar with no fret markings. ...
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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 is a jazz bass different from a normal bass guitar?

I'm trying to get a jazz bass guitar (active) and I've been looking at the Ibanez range. The only problem is that it doesn't quite say whether it is jazz bass or not for most of them. For example, how ...
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Guitar playing Nothing else matters

As a beginner guitarist, I started learning Nothing else matters, but I have a problem: I can't hit the 3rd & 4th strings on the 5th fret and the 1st string on the 2nd fret at the same time, due ...