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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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How to play upstrokes with our hand when playing an acoustic guitar?

I have seen a lot of guitar videos and read a lot of guitar books but one thing they all have in common is that while teaching strumming they tell you to "loosen up", "keep going up and down" etc. Or ...
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melody within a chord progression

Ive searched for such a simple question though all i get is the worst of answers. how do I add voice melody in a guitar chord progression. By voice melody i mean the singing you are doing throughout ...
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How to translate rock guitar style to keyboards?

The particular property of the guitar, at least to my ear, is that it can easily "fill the room", as it were, even when playing simple chords or patterns. The keyboard seems to want... more ...
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How can I play with an amp simulator through cubase?

I recently bought an Alesis iO2 Express recording.. thingy. It came with Cubase 5. I downloaded and installed some amp simulators into the software. Currently I can only figure out how to apply the ...
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Guitar left hand fingering - how play this phrase?

I stumbled upon this phrase, not knowing how to play it. I'm trying to get comfortable with this middle finger barre (it's hard to keep all strings pressed, especially D), which seems the only way not ...
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What notes relate to the EQ on a guitar amp?

On a standard guitar amp, there are three EQs lows, mids, and highs. I know the lows affect the low frequencies, the mids affect the middle frequencies and the highs effect the high frequency. What I ...
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Learn guitar chords?

I like to play guitar and I'm quite good playing tabs. However, I don't know the chords and I would like to learn them and to play them easily. Any tips on where to learn them on internet or tips to ...
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How does string gauge affect a guitar's sound and playability?

Guitar strings are available in a variety of gauges. What effect does my choice of string gauge have on the sound of my guitar? What effect does it have on playability?
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Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?

I've read that some people boil their strings from time to time to make them sound again like they were new (and save some money). Is this really worthwhile, or are there any disadvantages to this?
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Hammer on and pull off

Check out these tabs. It includes hammer on's and pull off's but I see a lot of covers for that song on youtube that don't use 'em. They just pick. Plus I don't know if the original song uses 'em ...
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How do you build guitar 'muscle memory' faster?

Whenever I try to learn a new song, I always find it very long-winded and time-consuming. The issue isn't that it takes me too long to learn how to play a piece, but rather that it takes me too long ...
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Why does my Stratocaster guitar sound worse with new strings?

My 4-month-old strings sounded much better than the new set that I just put on. I am using the same brand of strings that I used before. My guitar sounds like crap now. What's wrong? Should I stretch ...
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How can I build my finger strength when I am not practicing?

I am a beginner for guitar. And I am having a hard time playing the F barre chord. It is said that only through practice can one make a difference. But I have limited time playing guitar. Are there ...
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Getting stuck on an up stroke

Check out these tabs. It's for the song From The Sky by Gojira. The intro (0-0-0-0-0-0-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2, etc) are down/up down/up strokes. And it's pretty fast(for a beginner like ...
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Are there alternatives to developing calluses when learning guitar?

As a musician, I come from a mostly vocal and piano background, but I was gifted a decent acoustic guitar many years ago and haven't really gotten into learning it due to practicing being rather ...
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Buzz from inside the body of a new acoustic guitar when playing a specific note

I bought an electro-acoustic guitar last week and i've been playing quite a bit. Today I noticed there was a slight buzz on the 5th String 3rd fret (C) and the 6th String 8th fret (C) ...
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On guitar, which Major scale patterns should I learn solely?

There is the maximized length pattern called the extended Major scale pattern. And there are 7 of them just like the common form patterns (shorter w.r.t length of fretboard). I prefer learning the ...
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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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Why do I get more tired when I play on stage?

When I practice guitar on my own at home or with my band, I can play for ~1.5 to 2 hours without getting really tired. When I am on a stage and we play a gig, I get really tired on the first half ...
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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting, it just doesn't sound clean. Any suggestions? Here's what I ...
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How to play guitar chord melody while keeping bass note on high fret?

To demonstrate: E|----------- B|--8---6---- G|--8----8--- D|-----7----- A|----------- E|--8-------- Which fretting hand fingering Should I use? Should I maintain bass note using thumb or 3rd ...
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Learn Rhythm and Leads on the First Four Frets

I started playing guitar 10 years ago at age 62, I now play rhythm in a small country band. I would like to know all the things I can do on the first four frets to embellish my chords, ie., inserting ...
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Fingerstyle fingering economy - should I use pinky barre to avoid finger motion?

What would be optimal fingering for fretting hand while playing phrases like this one? Am I doing it correctly? 4 1 4 3 3 3 2 3 4 1 E|--9-----7--------------7-- ...
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How should I practice before going into the recording studio?

I've heard that one of the best ways to save money in the studio is to spend a significant amount of time woodshedding before the actual studio date, which will help keep the amount of mistakes to a ...
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How to achieve strumming effect while playing fingerstyle with bass notes, in a guitar?

How to play upper strings to sound like strumming while keeping bass note? E|----6-- B|---6--- G|--6---- D|------- A|------- E|--6---- Like quick strumming, there should be ...
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What is the difference between upstrokes and downstrokes while strumming a guitar?

One of the most basic guitar skills are strumming up and down freely. And I have noticed in songs that there usually appears to be a difference in sounds between the two strokes. But when I'm ...
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How can I play that crazy sound in Koko Taylor's “Wang Dang Doodle”?

In Koko Taylor's Wang Dang Doodle, there's some kind of ringing arpeggio lead that almost makes you forget that the whole song has only one chord. How do you play that crazy lead? Edit: This isn't ...
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What is the most classically correct way to play this fast run?

I am trying to figure out the best way to play the first run in Francesco Tarrega's Caprice Arabe. This run is meant to be played really really really fast. First way: p i p i ...
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Replacement Bridge for a Jackson Stealth Ex Guitar (Jackson JT580 Bridge)

I have a Jackson Stealth Ex which I want to get fixed but it's going to need a new bridge. The bridge it comes with is a Jackson JT580 Bridge but I can't find a left handed version anywhere. Is ...
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Worth it to restore an old electric guitar?

During a recent trip to visit my wife's family, she pointed out an old an electric guitar she'd saved up for as a teenager. It was a Hamer Slammer Diablo (this is not a picture of it; hers was in much ...
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How to play bass note louder in a chord while keep the treble note soft?

How to play the bass note louder in the given example while keep the treble note in the same chord still soft as the other successive notes? I play it on guitar. I always make the notes in one chord ...
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Am/C guitar chord help

On this site http://jguitar.com/chordsearch?chordsearch=Am%2FC is said Am/C to be played like this: X O ------ ||||O| ||OO|| |O|||| |||||| but in another tutorial site I saw this X X O ------ ...
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Help me to find a way not to bar A-shape guitar chords with my ring finger

A have a small nevus on one side of my ring finger tip. Not going to remove it because I heard of the people that died year(s) after removing it. I can play pretty much anything without it getting in ...
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Power chord: Can the lower fifth be used?

Normally a C power chord is played by using C and the G in the same octave (that is, 3rd fret of 5th string and 5th fret of 4th string). But a friend says the C power chord can be played just by ...
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Electric guitar trapezoid inlay protruding from fretboard

I have a Gibson SG Standard that I've had for about 8 years. The trapezoid inlay in the third fret is starting to protrude from the fretboard. I felt it when I fretted a note on the third fret one ...
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What chord is formed by the open strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning?

Here is something that I have been wondering about for a while: If you strum all six strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning what chord would you play? I think it would be some variety of a ...
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Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?

Due to a birth defect, I have 2 malformed fingers on both hands (fingers 1,2). (The picture is from the web just to illustrate the fingers i'm talking about.) I've seen GuiGui Zheng videos, it is ...
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How can I toughen up my fingertips?

Recently I played my acoustic guitar after a couple months of only playing my classical guitar. My fingers have softened considerably compared to when I was playing the acoustic regularly, and it was ...
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Which outputs to use on my mixer

I'm looking at doing some simple recording at home, and I'm looking to buy a Behringer 1202 12 mixer, or something of similar price or quality. The devices I'll need to record are as follows: A ...
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How to identify the guitar chords of a song

What's the best technique to identify the guitar chords of a song? I know the basic chords and also how to get into the rhythm of a song! But I'll always be spending huge amount of time to identify ...
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External Soundcard for recording/making music

Using Apple Logic X and IMac, I want to record my guitar tracks and put some keyboards and drums on it. I already have a guitar Effects&Amp simulator which also acts like an audio interface so I ...
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Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?

I am a programmer and I do this for living. As a programmer, I've noticed how much difference it makes to learn another language - the quality of your work improves greatly, just because you know how ...
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Why do frets get closer as the notes get higher?

Why do spaces between guitar frets get smaller as the notes get higher?
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Will steel strings wear out my nickel frets ?

I have bought some coated strings because I wanted to try that out. After my purchase I noticed that the package says the uncoated strings are stainless steel. Since my frets are made out of nickel ...
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How does the Buzz Feiten tuning system work?

I understand the general idea of compensated nuts to produce more variance in the string lengths, and thus better intonation over a wider range of fretting positions, but the Buzz Feiten system I see ...
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what is causing this buzzing sound on my A string

On my acoustic guitar, whenever I strum my high E string my A string starts vibrating. This only happens with my high E string. When my A string vibrates it creates an echoing sound that won't stop ...
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When using strict alternate picking, is it OK to play a downstroke twice in order to start a new phrase on a downstroke?

There are a lot of advocates of absolutely strict alternate picking, like Chris Thile. I've been practicing that for a couple of weeks now, and I'm at the point where I can play just about anything ...
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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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Correct fingering for playing staccatto fourths on guitar

How should I play this phrase? It needs to be played at a fast tempo, so changing strings on 6th fret using 3rd finger does not seem economical. Should I practice this way (fingerings on top of each ...