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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 4/...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Classical to another style guitar

I played classical and have done Trinity Grade 4. I dont enjoy listening to classical guitar songs . I enjoy the rock/pop type music. Hence I want to change my style . In which styles will the finger ...
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Beginning a repeat with a tied note in guitar pro 6

I'm trying to tab out a song in guitar pro 6 and I have a section that repeats. The section begins with a tied note from the previous measure, then when it repeats I want the last note of the last ...
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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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Correct name and technique for 2-5 adjacent strings

I have been learning guitar for almost 1 year now. I mainly play Rocksmith (don't judge me) and Yousician. I have been nailing a lot of techniques lately e.g. fingertip muting for power chords and my ...
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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 ...
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Major scale box patterns

I have mapped out the complete A Major scale and the A Major pentatonic scale I'm having an issue to understand the box scales, and almost all info relates to the C Major scale. I'm not sure if ...
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Guitar tab reading

I Read that I must play the notes from first guitar string(e bottom)and after that notes on the B G D A and hight E string,but sometimes guitar players hit two or three strings together and at the ...
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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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Help identifying something in guitar tablature?

Hey, I'm having trouble identifying what those two arcs are. The dotted one going over and the solid one going under. I'm trying to re-create this tab in Guitar Pro 6, so that I can listen to it as ...
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Guitar chord progression and key conundrum

I have a guitar chord progression: F# sus2, C# minor, B minor, E sus2. Over this I have a nice melody played within the c# pentatonic (starting at fret9). I really like what I have so far and wish to ...
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Is using your thumb for jazz barre chords 'bad technique'?

When I play barre chords using jazz voicings such as in the following chord chart: I often wrap my thumb around the neck to fret the E string. I prefer this, rather than using my first finger, as ...
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Kahler vs Floyd Rose

This video makes it out to be that you are either a a fan of floyd or a Kahler man. Why is that so? What exactly makes them different enough that using both would be impractical?
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Open string makes unwanted sound when finger leaves it while playing a scale or lick

Recently I noticed that open strings make their unwanted sound when my finger leaves them while playing a scale or a lick. This is mainly affects the D and G string. Say I am playing a C major scale ...
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Electric guitars that can fit Firebird humbuckers with minimal effort

I love the sound of the Seymour Duncan Firebird pickups, but I can't work out what type of guitar I could fit them in without having a massive headache. I'd love to get these into an SG body, but I ...
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What is the safest way to raise and lower action and adjust intonation?

I'm worried that taking my strings of every time to check whether the action or intonation is right will make them snap. So what's the safest way to remove new strings so I can change the intonation ...
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What's the reason for having a large number of guitars?

This question is motivated by Is it a good idea to leave my guitar tuned over night?. I leave all ten of my acoustic guitars tuned all the time I'm a cellist and I just can't imagine having ...
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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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Thick fingers create problems sometimes

I have thick fingers. Whenever i try to play after 12th or 13th fret, I end up making some strings dead. Sometimes while playing some of the chords or while I have to switch chords quickly, this ...
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Sing along to connect my ear with my instrument (guitar)

I would like to learn and improve my jazz improvisation and soloing skills. Many places I am reading about the importance of singing along to improve my ear. It is completely reasonable, however I ...
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Is it a good idea to leave my guitar tuned over night?

I have an acoustic guitar and I always leave it tuned over night until someone told me that it ruins the strings and the neck of the guitar. Is that true and should I leave it tuned overnight?
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Having trouble doing multiple intervals at the same time

Ok, practicing my intervals and playing M3 and m3. If I do them one after another, and move from a low register to a high one and visa versa, I tend to cling onto the old tones and its making it very ...
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how to help pinky and ring finger connected by superficial ulnar nerve for guitar

My little finger and ring finger do not move independently. I have heard that the problem is a hand design defect by having the two fingers connected by the superficial ulnar nerve. This defect ...
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Should I now relearn my picking from mainly alternate to economy?

I was learning (jazz) guitar for 4 years. There was some pause, but now I am back in track and learning again for 6 months. I do some 0.5-1 hours/day scale and pattern practice with a metronome, then ...
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Guitar pro 5 slash line to rest

Can someone tell what is that weird note? Not the tie between the 12 and 12, afterwards there a slash line that I can't recognize and it sounds similar to a slide but not exactly. It from "The ...
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Limited finger movement and range

I would like to find out if there are particular exercises for problems with hand structure. I have been playing for 30 some years and discovered 10 or so years ago that the muscular structure of ...
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Guitar intonation issue - still sharp but screw as far as it'll go

Recently I got a brand new Ibanez AM93 Lefty. It's an hollow body so I am using jazz guitar strings. I think I did a correct setup: Action is approx 1.8 mm in high E, and approx 1.9-2.0 at low E ...
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Stretching Strings: Safe technique [duplicate]

So, I've been told that stretching guitar strings shortly after fitting them is a useful technique for keeping them in tune for longer. I've recently started doing this after some advice online to do ...
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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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How to train for faster picking speed on guitar?

I've been training on speed picking on major scale as my daily routine, following this Justin Guitar's guide on scale picking for one year since last year June, but until now my G major scale picking ...