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Can I use nylon with steel string guitar?

I was wondering if it possible to put nylon strings on a steel string guitar. Is it possible? If not why?
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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

I have a cheap 6-string guitar. I want to get a new one and am considering a 12-string guitar. What are the differences between 12- and 6-string guitars? Can I use a 12-string like a 6-string? Will ...
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Electric guitar effects and amplification

I want to upgrade my sound. I have two medium combo amps for my electric guitar. I saw that there is a "combined" way to get the most out of a guitar - multi effects processors like the Axe-FX and ...
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Placement and role of thumb of fretting hand for speed and fast chord changes

As a newbie learner, I am struggling with the usage of thumb of my left hand (right handed guitar player), i.e. where and how to place the thumb, behind the fretboard. Sometimes, I feel that I am ...
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How to use chords notations in the tab?

Most guitar tabs I've seen contains a chord notations(in the top of the tab), but I don't know how to use them. For example I'm reading Love Story Francis Lai, Should I play(Em,C,B7 and Am) chords ...
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Is it necessary to learn the names of fret notes?

I know the names of the notes up to about the fifth fret on each string. I play from sheet music occasionally, but mostly from tabs - so is it necessary to learn the names of the notes for each fret ...
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Neck pickup's sound is still a bit bridge-y. Trying to get jazz guitar sound

I am trying to get my jazz guitar sound. Yes I know it should be in my finger, so I am working on it. I am also aware about my pick, my stings, my instrument, the amp, its settings etc. So this ...
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How can I strengthen my fretting hand away from my guitar?

I don't get as much time with my guitar as I'd like, and I'd like to be "in shape" for the time of day when I can play. Are there exercises I can do while I don't have my guitar that can help improve ...
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Why can my guitar tuner correctly name major chords?

Why is it that when I play a major chord on my guitar, the tuner shows the correct chord, even if the root isn't in the bass ?
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How to find what chord harmonizes with a given note in a given context?

I was playing pink Floyd's Shine on you crazy diamond. The ending note of Syd's theme (famous 4 note melody) is high E but it harmonizes with C major chord. Also how are the chords relatively higher ...
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Finale notation

I have been using Finale to perform guitar tablatures. I got stuck trying to transcript this: I just cannot find how to place the (3.2) harmonic inside parentheses. Is there someone out there who ...
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Is this old Soviet era guitar worth keeping?

I had found on my grandfather basement this old acoustic guitar (6-string) which has no brand, no attached paper to show specifications or manufacture source I mean but a tiny sticker on behind says ...
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Tone or QTX knob [duplicate]

down vote favorite http://www.ebay.com/itm/151907502121?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT Saw this on eBay and am not sure, as I've never had a guitar with a QTX knob. ...
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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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Learning Guitar and Piano in parallel [closed]

Some background: I started playing the piano since I was about 10, but never moved beyond 2nd year level playing, I can play chords and by ear. Started playing guitar without getting real lessons, ...
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How do I lower the action on my Floyd Rose guitar bridge?

I have a Floyd Rose bridge on my guitar that I bought (used) last year and I have never been able to lower the bridge. I've tried twisting the pivot screws but there's no difference. I use the ...
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What does a plus sign denote after a chord's name?

Under the Bridge features a chord called 'E7+' What does this plus sign mean and how is E7+ different to E7? Is this a dominant or augmented chord?
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Guitar amplifier speaker replacement - different connector size

I want to change the speaker on my Bugera v5 Infinium amp. The current speaker (a Turbosound) is apparently not too bad compared to the one used on the previous model of the V5, but I've found it ...
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What are the various methods of tuning the guitar?

This is not a question as much as it is a discussion. I am curious to know what are the different techniques to tune the guitar (using standard tuning) given you know that one string is in tune. I ...
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Guitar for child

My 6-year old has shown interest in playing guitar when I am playing mine. My guitar is way too big for her small hands. Are half-sized guitars useful for learning? Or should I think about something ...
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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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Best method to learn to play barre chords?

I've been trying to learn the F chord for a while now, and I am having a very hard time playing the barre chord. I've read that pulling back slightly with your finger and using the body of the guitar ...
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Valve and solid state guitar amp power comparisons?

is there a chart or general rule of thumb of how the different power levels for a valve amp compare to an equivalent volume solid state amp? for example, 5 watt valve amp similar volume to 20 watt ...
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What is the best way to remove a broken bridge pin?

I decided to give my guitar a well deserved clean, but when I came to remove the low E string, the bridge pin was a bit stuck so I resorted to using pliers, which turns out to have been a very bad ...
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Becoming a good guitar teacher

I am thinking of starting guitar teaching and, of course, I am aiming to become a good guitar teacher. I don't think it will happen in the near future, because I don't have enough skill level yet, but ...
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On a guitar, what keys correspond to different capo postions?

I've long had this question. I know some music theory, but I can only get a vague idea as to the progression of keys when moving the capo down a guitar's neck. I'm fairly certain that the guitar is in ...
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Broke my volume knob on my Yamaha Pacifica

So I was changing my volume pod on my guitar (Yamaha RGX 121 ZL) and I've so far gotten as far as taking off the volume knob knob thingy. I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was doing, so I ...
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How to determine the strumming pattern for a song

My son was trying to devise a strumming pattern for a song but gave up. How would someone go about developing a strumming pattern for song like Chiquitita by ABBA on an acoustic guitar?
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It's really hard to press my acoustic guitar strings and I can't figure out why

I recently bought a Seagull entourage rustic, after trying it out in a store. It was really easy to play. The one I ordered (2nd hand), however, is really hard to play. I can't play a barre F chord in ...
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How do I stop breaking strings so fast?

I have a Squire Fender Telecaster. I play punk rock and usually keep the guitar in E♭ tuning. I broke a string on my Peavey Raptor recently, but it lasted longer. D'Adarrio 10's and Slinky ...
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Basic electro guitar duets [closed]

We want to play simple guitar duets with friend: rockabilly, surf, different riffs. Just for fun. How can we start? To play nice riffs and rhythm after a week (simple) To grow as players every new ...
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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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Single string picking speed [duplicate]

I've been wondering how you improve the speed of picking a single string without losing a single stroke. Is there a way to improve this? Sometimes I'm doing good, yet I at least tend to lose couple of ...
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Playing a Coltrane polychord and the limits of space

As I was the reading sheet music for John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, I noticed a chord I had never seen before. It looks like this: I'm familiar with slash chords, but never had to practically ...
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Is learning from an unknown guitar teacher better than just learning on my own?

I've bought a classic guitar two months ago and ever since I'm just playing that without teacher by reading tabletures online. It's very fun and I really like that. But I think it's now the time ...
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Is it possible for a left hander to learn guitar right handed?

I am looking to get a guitar for my step son. He is largely left handed, but currently he plays the drums right handed without any difficulty. Would the same apply with learning guitar from scratch? ...
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How to find a rock sound on a mini amplifier for my guitar?

So I recently got my first electric guitar with a mini amp: Rockburn ST Style, Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp. So on the guitar there are two knobs which are simply labelled 'tone' and the ...
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Learning Guitar being left-handed [duplicate]

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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How to tune a guitar using harmonics? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to tune my guitar, and I don't want to use a tuning device (e.g. I don't have it) I don't want to tune by equalizing an open string with a fretted string (e.g. because I fear that ...
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Making Harmonize to a melody [closed]

Can I add some notes to (a melody) to produce harmony during a melody? Are this academically and musically allowed? are there ways for doing this?
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Guitar chords high on the neck

Apologies, this is an incredibly vague question, but any help would be appreciated. When watching skilled acoustic guitar players, I regularly see them playing chords high on the guitar neck (ie ...
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EADGBE, thin to thick

How would you tune your guitar in EADGBE where the THINNEST string is closer to your CHEST and the THICKEST is closer to your BELT? Not in a Hendrix way, that is inverted. I mean regular EADGBE, with ...
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Learning Classical Style Acoustic Guitar

I have acquired an acoustic folk guitar, for $50, what is the best next step in learning how to play the guitar, in the classical style? It currently has nylon strings, however I am in the process ...
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technique(s) for developing ninth chord voicings on guitar

Recently, I have added more rigor to my personal guitar chord library with the addition of inversions. I developed the "drop 2", "drop 3", and "drop 2 and 4" voicings for all seventh chords. For ...
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Auto-bass accompaniment

Is there any kind of software or a DIY-hack, that can give one the effect of having a bassist, without actually having one. Of course, I do not expect it to be half as good as a real bassist, but ...
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Developing Stage Presence as Guitarists

Where do I start to develop a good stage presence as a guitarist? While guitar-specific stunts (like the guitar spin, etc) are good to know, but I'm more interested in knowing general rules for ...
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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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Best ways to remove excess tension from fretting hand?

I'm recovering from tendonitis in my left (fretting) wrist. I think it was due to trying to build speed with poor technique. Part of it was too much bending of the wrist, but the other part is likely ...
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Meaning of sfr on sheet music

I have seen this on sheet music before But cannot find any definion of what it means. If you can tell me that would be great.
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As a beginner guitarist is it worth learning to play lead guitar early on?

I started to learn how to play guitar a month ago, but being in a busy science program in college I have limited time to practice. I would like to eventually play lead rather than rhythm. I am using ...