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How to start learning FingerStyle guitar?

How do I start learning fingerstyle guitar? I am lookin for a good book with CD, or any video series that will help me to get started. Basically, I want have some direction about how to play like ...
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music theory on a minor chord and how long to hold each chord when creating a song. [closed]

i know that for a major chord the ones that sound best are the 1st 4th n 5th though what bout for a minor chord. Does that rule still apply. I would also like to humbly ask for a simplified way to ...
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Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations? [closed]

I attempted to get into guitar years ago and quickly burned out. I never properly learned theory and was never able to play what I heard (either in my head, or by listening to music). Playing ...
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Question about using a Cut Capo

I am considering getting one. I like to know the way the cut capo is used on electric or acoustic guitar. What are some tunings that are used? Can I use a combination of capos?
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Pickups and selector switch stop buzzing when touched?

I just recently built a Les Paul style guitar, and, for some reason, when I touch the pickups and selector switch the guitar stops buzzing. Why?
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Ten Minute Practice Techniques For Guitar?

Unfortunately I can't play everyday. However, I am trying to grab at least 5-10 minutes here and there. What are some good theory or scale techniques/practice methods I should have ready to pull out ...
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Can I reach this level of technical proficiency?

Is it possible for me to reach a level of technical proficiency enough to play the lead guitar part of this, or something like Flight of the Bumblebee at the original tempo? Let me make myself clear ...
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How to use diminished scale over I IV V changes in blues

I want to spice up my solos over a Blues progression. I already can play a variety of scales but the Diminished scale is something I would like to add because of the particular sounds it creates. In ...
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Finger picking styles used in garage band app

Can anyone provide me with some help on how to play finger picking styles used in Garage Band application in "smart guitar" mode. I would like to learn to play this on real guitar. Update: I've ...
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Chord compatibility or something else?

Say you have a scale and you've found a chord that is rooted at degree 1 of the scale and such that every tone of the chord is in the scale as well. The chord is then said to be compatible with the ...
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Guitar Grimoire & Chord Compatibility question

There's a guitar reference book called Guitar Grimoire scales and modes. A chord is said to be compatible with a scale if all of its tones already are present in the scale. The Bebop Major scale, ...
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Does a guitarist need to know staff notation?

There is a notation called Tablature for guitar. Most of the keyboardists I have seen, use the staff notation. Is staff notation useful for guitarists? Will it help the guitarist in learning ...
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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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Black stains on my fingertips after playing a new guitar

I have a 2 week old Schecter Hellraiser Extreme with Ebony fingerboard. Came with factory Ernie Ball strings. I noticed the last few times that I've played it (it only has @ 7 total playing hours on ...
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Without any education in music how do I learn to play an instrument? [closed]

I don't know anything about music. Age: 31 years Location: India Music classes here are VERY expensive so I won't be having any access to any teacher. I can spend 1 hour practicing every ...
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How to respectfully learn “eastern” music for guitar

I've always loved classical Indian / eastern / modal sounds on guitar, but I met a man whom I admire that believed that merely copying some of the outward tonalities and calling it "eastern" was ...
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What are the types of Guitar available and what are the pros and cons of each? [closed]

What are the types of Guitar available and what are the pros and cons of each?
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Tricks and techniques for memorising songs

I've been googling and, unfortunately, coming up short in search of techniques, methods, systems or just simple tricks for how to memorise songs. I'm currently on a writing spree (I play the guitar ...
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from comming unpluged when I move?

My guitar/bass cable will sometimes accidentally unplug from my guitar/bass when I am playing at a practice or at a gig. It usually happens when I move around or step on my cable. Is there a way to ...
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Training muscle memory without focusing. Is it necessarily bad?

Many people claim that you must focus completely on what you are doing. If not, the end results will be far inferior to what you would achieve if you give it "everything". However, muscle memory and ...
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One finger per fret and stretching

So lots of people have asked about OFPF (One Finger Per Fret) on lots of forums, but I find that the discussion always ends up being about pinkies. I have no problem using my pinky. It can man up and ...
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Fingerpicking with my pinky finger

For the past couple of years, I've adopted the following approach for fingerpicking folk rock/alternative music... E - pinky finger B - ring finger G - middle finger D - index finger A - thumb E ...
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Investing in a second guitar. Epiphone or PRS? [closed]

I really wonder if I this question is fit to be asked in this forum. But I don't know where else to ask. I own an Ibanez GRG150 Dio, which is a beginners' guitar. I've been playing it for the last 7 ...
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Guitar - How to play two-string mini-barre chords?

How chords that require two-string barre should be fretted to avoid constraining other fingers in terms of general practice tips? See example below. My 2nd finger tends to block the D string. It is ...
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Learning Bossa Nova Guitar

It's been awhile since I have played guitar but I'm trying to get back into it. I really like bossa nova music and want to learn how to play it. I have some beginner sheet music that I am learning ...
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Why do electric guitars have narrow necks?

It seems that electric guitars (and possibly also acoustic steel-string) have narrower necks than nylon-string ones. The strings are more close together (not sure whether this is the cause or a ...
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What numbers (on my tuner) to tune my guitar to

Like on my electronic tuner I Have C3 C4 C5 E3 E4 etc so what numbers on notes am I supposed to tune my guitar too, I keep breaking,and loosening my strings ._.
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Why does the quality of the sound of guitar strings decay over time?

Particularly, on classical guitars, strings 4, 5 and 6. At the beginning, the sound is very metallic. After a few weeks, it's like playing on coton.
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Is there diference between black and white nylon in guitar strings?

Is there difference between black and white nylon?
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Learning guitar and fingerpicking

What are some good methods to learn fingerpicking? Please suggest some tips or guides so can I start with fingerpicking. Thanks in advance.
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What is the Difference between Maple and Rosewood Fretboards

Is there a difference that's based on feel or sound - why are they the two most widely used choices?
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Ways to get out of a scalar rut?

I'm a well versed and experienced guitarist. I have a decent sense for rhythm and melody, but I have a VERY hard time with soloing. I know you've heard it all before.. I'm one of those guys that got ...
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Is the sound of a semi-hollowbody guitar significantly different from that of an equivalent solid body?

I'm wondering if the sound of a semi-hollowbody electric guitar (i.e. one that looks hollow but in fact has a solid central block) really differs that much from an equivalent solid-body guitar with ...
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Maximizing Practice Time

I play both guitar and sing(I'm a much better guitarist than singer) and have been devoting around 4 hours a day to both instruments. I'm noticing that I'm having trouble covering all the things I ...
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how to convert a Hawaiian guitar(lap string guitar) to a classical (acoustic guitar)

How do I convert it ? I do not like playing the Hawaiian guitar, so I want to change instruments. I have a standard bengali Hawaiian guitar with all its accessories and I want to play acoustic ...
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Mental approach to improvisation

Improvisation for guitar is a fairly well-covered topic, with good resources to be found within multiple contexts (Web, traditional literature, etc). However, most of what I've read is basically ...
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What exactly is the act of playing behind the beat?

I am a guitarist trying to improve my rhythmic feel and have been told to play a little more behind the beat. This is in a studio setting. How should I approach this to be more consistant in playing ...
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What Type Of Acoustic Guitar Is This? And Is It Worth Buying? [closed]

A seller from my school wants to sell me this acoustic guitar for $100. He said it's a Yamaha guitar and it comes with a case and a few picks. He got it about 5 months ago. Is it a good deal? I ...
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Guitar fretboard diagram generators

I am looking for simple ways to communicate to people note patterns on the guitar. It seems like modern technology like computer generated diagrams would be an appropriate way to accomplish that. ...
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What do these numbers at the start of the music score mean

At the start of a guitar or drum score , there are always these 2 numbers which I don't understand What do the 2 numbers circled in red mean ??
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Learning Guitar being left-handed

I'm interested in learning how to play the guitar, but can't figure out whether to start with a regular guitar or a lefty one, because I'm left-handed. I've been learning to play the piano for a ...
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Do SIT (stay-in-tune) brand strings really stay-in-tune better than any others?

Do SIT (stay-in-tune) brand strings really stay-in-tune better than other brands of strings? I have bought them on occasion and did not really notice any length of time in-tune difference from the ...
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learning a new rhythm

I'm primarily a folk musician, been playing many years. Recently, aged 55 started classical guitar got to grade 5. Hence I think I can learn some stuff with some level of precision. Now I'm trying to ...
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Guitar picking hand motion when playing pull-offs

Which of strumming patterns below is best to use most of the time when playing pull-offs? I learned using second one, suits me fine with regards to technique (it is more economical), but since ...
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How to bend and release without flicking the other strings?

I'm trying to bend up then back down on the G string (so it plays both notes, I'm not muting the bend back down to G) but I always catch my fingernail on the D string. So when I let the bend back ...
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Severe pain in hand during/after playing (guitar/bass/double bass & piano)

I'm an experienced guitarist/pianist and am having a bit of a problem with my left hand. When I'm playing guitar I seem to suddenly get a pain between my index finger and thumb fairly deep, almost as ...
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Planning for intensive guitar practice

Many musicians are known for having periods of intense practice (over 10 hours daily). I tried this method few times, probably got a lot better (assuming third person perspective), but I'm never ...
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Guitar audio interface matching tone of my old amp, and a problem

I just finally got a decent audio interface (M-Audio MTrack) and now I'm trying to figure out how to make nice sounds with the virtual amps in Logic, and Amplitube LE. I figure now I have creative ...
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how to lower latency in cubase with asio io2? [closed]

I'm having a very difficult time lowering latency for cubase 5 through my asio io2 express audio interface. I have only been able to lower the buffer size to 512 samples but that is still too high as ...
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Stopping high E string from muting by palm when using thumb to frett

After seeing many people recommending, I started following the book "Beginning Fingerstyle Blues". I was following the book perfectly till now but with the following piece I got a problem. The author ...