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What is a perfect fifth?

I have gone through many documents, but don't understand what a perfect fifth is. Can somebody please explain with an example? (An example is important!) I have already found these explanations, but ...
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Cheap acoustic guitars versus more expensive models: Which materials and/or construction elements have the biggest impact on sound quality?

I am referring to guitars of the same body type equipped with identical strings. Do different materials influence sound positively by such an amount that a non-professional could see the extra value ...
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What are some interesting ways notes and chords are spelled in cultures outside of the U.S.?

I've heard that German musicians spell the seventh note of the C major scale with an "H" where an American musician would use a "B". And, for the fourth note of the F major scale, where an American ...
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How can I develop mastery of polyrhythms in playing guitar?

(I am asking this question because someone just posted a question which misused the term "polyrhythm", and subsequently, on realizing the mistake, edited the question to reflect their real question -- ...
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What physical effects cause ageing/worn guitar strings to change their tone?

Guitar strings wear out over time and are prone to oxidation due to sweat. As a result, they change their tone usually sounding more "bright" when they are new and "dull" when aged. There's been a ...
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What's the correct technique for strumming a guitar?

By correct I mean from a biomechanical perspective to minimize the risk of injury. I have seen some advice saying that strumming should be controlled by the big muscles such as the shoulder. My ...
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Guitar intonation issue - still flat but screw as far as it'll go

I am having a serious issue with my guitar and looking for some help. I recently had the guitar set up in a shop and in order to get the intonation right the guitar tech had to adjust some of the ...
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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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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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Difference between minor and major pentatonic scale boxes?

Is there a difference between minor and major pentatonic scale box shapes? Some say you can do the same pattern as a minor scale but three notes up the fretboard and some that you must change pattern ...
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Can someone explain to me how to get my guitar pickup to work on speakers?

I have a decent set of speakers for regular music from my iPod. Something like this one above Today I bought a pickup for my classical guitar that you basically tape it next to the bridge and its ...
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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 ...
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from becoming unplugged 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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Alternate tunings on a 12 string guitar

I'm wondering if you can tune the second string of a double stringed guitar to something else than the regular octave. You would have to keep the open strings to C Major I guess, so that your barre ...
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Is it important to add a noise gate/suppressor to a pedalboard chain?

I have been adding several overdrive pedals to my signal chain, and am getting a little more buzz with each one that I add. Delay and reverb definitely aren't helping either, causing more hum and buzz ...
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Guitar construction quality [closed]

Never having purchased a guitar before, I am faced with this choice: Either a Classic Garcia Guitar 1975 Grade No 3 or a Garcia 1973 Grade No 1....both exellent condition. My question: What should ...
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Transposing on a guitar

I play flutes, whistles, and the alike in sessions and have recently got myself a decent guitar to start my journey. Whistles are transposing instruments so if I am playing a whistle in the key of D, ...
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What can I do to minimize damage to my picking hand wrist as I practice guitar?

My right hand (picking hand) is showing signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, and is slowly, but surely, degrading. I continue to practice guitar, but it's beginning to be difficult to do so. What can I ...
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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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6th string root dominant 7th barre chord voicing

When I first started playing guitar quite a while back, I bought the Chords and Voicings Guitar Grimoire, and promptly put it on a shelf when I realized I had a lot more to learn then just chord ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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DIY pedal board without a hinged lid

I'm looking to make a DIY pedal board. I have all the necessary wood and tools, and I want to be able to have it closed with a cover, for protection while going to gigs. The trick is, I can't have a ...
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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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How to determine the name of a chord from knowing the notes I am playing?

I understand basic chord construction. But I am looking at the reverse of this process, which is confusing me. Let's say I place my fingers randomly on the fretboard. Say I make this chord: --- -7- ...
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Why is an amplifier's effects loop useful?

When should you plug gear into your amplifier's effects loop and not into the standard input?
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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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Room-wide humidity buffering

I'm trying to keep the humidity level up in my (small 8'x10') music room using a small table top humidifier. I have a couple of guitars and a concertina that I'd like to protect from low humidity ...
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How do you identify a good acoustic guitar?

What do you look for when going for a guitar? I own an acoustic and am looking for a better one. What should I be looking for? Wood quality, brand, strings, etc.?
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What is “Phrasing” in the context of playing a Solo?

What is meant when a listener says"His phrasing was spot on"- specifically when talking about solo's but sometimes when referring to a pianist "comping". What does it mean when referring to a ...
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Replacing steel strings with nylon strings

I bought a guitar which has a classical guitar bridge but a steel guitar tuning pegs and strung with steel strings. I'm wondering if I could replace the steel strings with nylon strings.
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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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What are these small numbers, and squiggly lines on this guitar sheet music

I'm trying to learn the Twilight at the Zocalo, and I found some odd notation I havent seen before. I'm asking for what these symbols are: The squiggly line between 2 notes The small numbers next to ...
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Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales

I am a drummer of 20+ years. I am a guitarist for only the last 5 or so (more of a guitar owner). I can play many chords, and have composed a number of songs. I learned to play drums without a ...
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When looking at tablature for guitar how do you figure out what chords to use?

A lot of the times I can figure out the chords to use, but other times I cannot. I've never seen a piece of tablature list the notes as they're being changed, so, how do you figure out what chords to ...
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Arthritis In Hands (Playing With Pain In Hands) - Are There Recommended Approaches?

I have been playing guitar for 12 years now and I'm 28. I am under treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.) and was wondering if anyone who has R.A., or other pain in their hands, has any approaches ...
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For fingerstyle guitar, is anchoring your pinky on the guitar bad?

I'm only asking, because I believe I read somewhere that doing that is bad - I personally don't have a habit of doing it, I actually use my pinky a lot of the time when plucking away, but the reason ...
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Learning Appropriate Finger Picking Styles with Alternating Tunings

I play with alternate tunings on my guitar. I've noticed several things. No matter how I play it, the key of the song will be whatever my tuning is. Open C tuning leads to the song being in the key ...
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Strap button screw length for acoustic guitar

I have a Taylor Baby and I'd like to replace the strap buttons with locking ones, but on looking around they seem to have varying length screws, and I don't want to damage the guitar. I contacted ...
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How can I learn timing from a guitar tab?

When playing guitar/bass from tabs, I find that I can learn the fingering easily, but the timing is often wrong when I play with a backing track. I'm fairly noobish to music notation/tablature, but I ...
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Quality Loss when recording with amp simulators

I've been working and recording with the Line 6 Pod HD Desktop for a while. I noticed that the sound I'm monitoring directly over the output of the Pod, with studio monitors or headphones, sounds ...
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What approach should I take to learn Jazz/blues guitar?

I played a bit of piano when I was younger, and a little guitar, but I lost most of it. I can still read sheet music, and taught myself the pentatonic scale, and I'm working on learning to recognize ...
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What is the meaning of “4/2 ₵ II?”

I'm trying to learn a classical guitar piece, Valse by Napoleon Coste, and the score specifies that I am to play a partial capo at the beginning of the piece. I'm unsure what the 4/2 means in front of ...
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Is playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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why major chords only have 1-3-5 notes why not other notes? [duplicate]

I have gone through this question The chord formula for the Major Chord is 1- 3 - 5. What do the numbers represent? I haven't understand that and I have also read many document. Please can any ...
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How can I connect speakers to my POD 2.0 and get a good sound?

I like to practice at home with my electric guitar, but I have to keep the volume low, so I usually use headphones connected to my P.O.D. 2.0 guitar direct box. But sometimes I'd prefer to use ...
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Is there some software tool that analyzes audio to produce pitch information?

Such a tool would be extremely useful to me. What I want it to do is, given a sound file be able to get the pitch every time it changes. I don't know how this could be done, or even if it's possible. ...
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Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing

I really need your help and opinion. I've been playing guitar for about two years now. I started in high school, and now I'm in colledge, and because of that I dont have that much time to practice, ...
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What actually changes in related scales?

I'm a guitar newbie, and I've only been taking lessons for about 2 months now. My goal is to rock out on an electric guitar - for the time being, I have a cheap classical one. Thus far I've been ...
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Is it necessary to tune a guitar to some standard pitch? [closed]

If I tuned my guitar to the pitch of a song which I daily used to play and is similar to standard pitch which is used to tune guitars, then is the tuning of guitar correct in both ways?