For questions about guitar playing in general. For questions specifically about solid-body electric guitars, see "electric-guitar". For questions specifically about acoustic guitars with or without pickup systems, see "acoustic-guitar".

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

11
votes
6answers
5k views

How can I practice rhythm awareness when singing and playing at the same time?

I play guitar for fun, and I've both played accompanying rhythm, as well as melody. I've also played rhythm for singers. Now, when I try to accompany myself on guitar for the rhythm, and then sing a ...
1
vote
0answers
113 views

Switching from bass to guitar [closed]

First of all, I have attempted to look this subject up and not much comes up here or on a general Google search. What I'm wondering, is guitar a better choice for somebody who just wants to noodle ...
2
votes
2answers
94 views

What can I do to improve my apoyando? [closed]

I'm looking for songs etudes etc that will help improve my rest stroke. I don't mind if they are just focused on rest stroke or song that contain the technique a lot I just need songs that will ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

Strumming of Guitar [closed]

When you playing Guitar (a Melody) you hit all the strings? I hit all the strings (Strumming) but it makes no good sound ...,Should I hit or strum all strings or some of them during playing a melody? ...
7
votes
3answers
16k views

Should a Floyd Rose bridge be parallel to the body of the guitar?

I've read before that a Floyd Rose bridge should be parallel to the body of the guitar. This is an image of the bridge on my guitar: You can see that the left side of the appears to be a little ...
2
votes
1answer
101 views

Guitar + tremolo = neck bent

I have put a Lyre vibrola on my 2009 Gibson SG. It went on fine and works a treat. After a while I put it in it's hardshell case and left it for some time, maybe a few months. When I came back the ...
10
votes
6answers
1k views

Electric fretless bass guitar intonation

Is there a specific way to check the intonation on a fretless bass, i.e. adjusting the string lengths at the bridge, or does it simply not matter, as we're keeping in tune by ear anyhow?
5
votes
3answers
793 views

Acoustic Guitar in the Live Mix

I play acoustic guitar in a band with drums, electric bass, and electric guitar. I'm often told that I need to switch to electric because nobody can hear my guitar However, I like the sound of ...
2
votes
4answers
173 views

I'm stuck at a fork in the road

I've been playing guitar for about 11 years now and i'm at the point where I need to start learning something new. I have a book of exercises (for building chops) which covers the major scale in every ...
1
vote
4answers
121 views

Developing speed, expectation

I have been taking lessons for three months. I practice 1 to 2 sometimes 3 hours 6 days a week. I always practice my finger exercises, pentatonic and major scales as well as the 18 chords I've ...
6
votes
4answers
3k views

Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning

I am a beginner Guitar learner and want to play guitar smoothly with all my four fingers. I searched on internet and found below useful links to stretch the fingers: ...
1
vote
3answers
55 views

guitar tablature question for song

guitar tablature question for song, the imgur is a screen shot of it. do I hammer onto the 12 then pull off to the 8. or am i not even close? http://imgur.com/5LrBPO1
3
votes
5answers
419 views

Different types of strings on the same guitar

My Epiphone SG is strung rather strangely. All but one of the strings are Elixir strings, but the G string is a Gibson string. This is because the G string broke while I was restringing, so I had to ...
3
votes
4answers
141 views

Advice for beginning guitarist for bad fingers

I'm a new guitarist. I just bought my first acoustic guitar two weeks ago, but I have some problems with my fingers. My pinky is curved, my ring fingertip and middle fingertip are separated (bones ...
4
votes
6answers
19k views

Playing a song in a different key

I trying to teach myself guitar and one song I want to perform for a friend (soon) is Akon's "Don't Matter." I can't read sheet music (but i want to learn) but i found the chord progression of the ...
3
votes
4answers
589 views

Bass effects through guitar amp

I have often heard that you should never plug a bass guitar into a standard guitar amp. Granted it's not going to sound its best but it can supposedly be detrimental to the amp or speakers. I've heard ...
0
votes
4answers
2k views

Short scale guitar tuning to A

I recently picked up a short-scale electric guitar for my son. While I am in no way a guitarist I can tune a standard guitar to standard tuning, including using the fifth fret method when I know what ...
0
votes
4answers
107 views

Changing guitar chords from the key of flat

I have a song with chords cm-fm-G7-cm-cm-fm-Bb-Eb-fm-G7-cm-Bb-Ab-fm-G-Ab-G7-cm and the chorus is fm-Bb7-Eb-cm/Eb-fm6-cm/Eb-D-G These are pretty difficult to play on guitar and i was wondering what ...
14
votes
9answers
15k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
58 views

Difference in action between pressed and unpressed strings too much?

When pressing an individual string at lower frets on the fret board, I sometimes miss the string with my pick due to its height in relation to the other strings. In other words, I feel like the ...
9
votes
3answers
1k views

Should I remove electric guitar cord daily after practice?

A friend of mine suggested that I leave the cord plugged into the guitar. Removing and inserting the cord daily for practice may damage it and reduce its life. Is it okay that I leave my guitar ...
5
votes
1answer
5k views

How to improve right hand picking/strumming technique for electric and acoustic guitar?

How can I raise my picking (and strumming) to 16th notes at 160 beats per minute or higher? I have been trying to incorporate more forearm rotational movement into my picking (imagine turning a ...
1
vote
1answer
938 views

Making electric guitar sound like semi acoustic

I've recently bought an electric guitar and I'm wondering can I make my electric guitar sound like a semi acoustic one... What should my amp settings be. Any help is much appreciated :)
0
votes
1answer
185 views

Yamaha GX 1 guitar [closed]

I am looking for information. I have 2 Yamaha GX1 guitars. Can anyone tell me something about them ? They are in excellent condition.
2
votes
2answers
810 views

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 ...
18
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
99 views

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 ...
8
votes
7answers
2k views

Should I practise chords as a beginner?

I've been playing guitar for two months now. I'm able to play some basic chords, a couple of simple songs, etc. A little bit of everything, really (or nothing). My goal is to play lead guitar and ...
3
votes
3answers
158 views

Is there an equivalent of Ted Greene's “Chord Chemistry” that uses scale degrees? [closed]

I love Ted Greene's "Chord Chemistry" but the problem with his fretboard diagrams is that they show dots instead of the scale degrees for each note in the chord. If I see the scale degrees, it would ...
2
votes
4answers
210 views

What does a capo really do to chords?

Practically, a capo will shift each string by a half tone per position, but what does it do to the intervals they produce with each other? My shot is that e.g. * without capo if we fret the simplest ...
4
votes
5answers
4k views

Approach to learning arpeggios for chord-tone soloing (shapes or notes)

I am looking to improve in soloing and improvisation. I have learned the CAGED patterns in diatonic scale and their corresponding pentatonic patterns. I have stuck with them for years, but I've ...
2
votes
2answers
104 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
355 views

How to choose a guitar pedal power supply?

I have a Boss BCB 30 pedal board with daisy chain. I have three pedals: TU2, CS3 and DD3. I was planning to pick up an universal power adapter I can use with it. I'm not that literate coming to ...
7
votes
7answers
290 views

How do you decide on a string gauge for an electric guitar?

I have been playing acoustic guitars exclusively for many years now. I generally use 12s for strings. I have been considering trying my hand at electric and was wondering if most guitarists use the ...
18
votes
7answers
9k views

How to hide a flat pick in the right hand when switching to finger picking, Warren Haynes style

Watch any Warren Haynes video on YouTube and you'll notice that he often likes to mix it up and play solos with a pick but mid-way switch to using his fingers. ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

What's the difference between fanned frets and standard frets? [duplicate]

I've seen fanned fret acoustic guitars and basses before but I've also recently seen some fanned fret electrics (specifically, 7 and 8 string guitars that are apparently "perfect for down-tuning"). ...
0
votes
2answers
57 views

Best equalization for feedback improvement on guitar?

I know guitar feedback naturally comes with high volume while playing in front of speakers, but there are some tips to increase it, such as compression, overdrive, etc. I'd like to know if there is a ...
0
votes
2answers
58 views

Classical guitar - Cannot play by ear [duplicate]

I have been playing classical guitar for 4 years reading sheet music. Some of my friends who play acoustic guitar are mostly able to figure out songs by ear, but i fail miserably in this. While I can ...
1
vote
2answers
132 views

What is an Em chord plus the G on the high E string called?

I was thinking Emadd10 ... is this right? Wasn't sure since the third/tenth is minor in the Em chord. This would be implied since I have already specified we are talking about Em, right?
0
votes
1answer
86 views

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?
3
votes
3answers
454 views

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
190 views

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 ...
19
votes
12answers
2k views

What are the advantages of learning to play on your own versus learning from a teacher?

Ok, as a new learner I have started by watching Learn and Master Guitar lessons, using other web tutorials, and whatever other resources I can find on internet. Do you believe that this way is OK ...
11
votes
3answers
326 views

How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
2
votes
3answers
436 views

Best process to learn a new song

I have been wondering about the best way to learn playing a new song on guitar. For example, a lot of people try to pick a small part, practice and perfect it and then repeat the procedure for the ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

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: ...
0
votes
0answers
19 views

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 ...
10
votes
3answers
11k views

What are the actual notes of each natural harmonic?

So I know that if you play a natural harmonic at the 12th fret, this is just the same note as fretting the 12th is. Also, when I play my electric guitar and listen to lots of metal music in ...
4
votes
4answers
482 views

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 ...