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Why do thicker guitar picks result in a darker tone color?

I recently had a vendor send me extra-heavy picks rather than heavy picks. I like the sound so I think I'll keep them but each note picked with the heavier picks definitely has a darker timbre (tone ...
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Exercises to improve guitar playing while singing at the same time

I notice a big gap in the complexity of what I can play on the guitar when I'm just playing, compared to playing and singing together. I'm by no means an expert guitarist but I can learn specific ...
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What is the easiest way to get into the groove of holding the guitar neck correctly?

I've been playing guitar every since I was 9 yrs old and now I'm 14 and have found that the way i hold the guitar is giving me Tennis Elbow. What is the best way to get back to playing the guitar ...
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What are the dos and don'ts of positioning your thumb on a guitar?

What are the Dos and Don'ts of thumb position in guitar playing? Are there bad habits or just alternative techniques?
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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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Should I learn guitar, harmonica, or violin first?

I decided to begin studying and practicing one of the instruments I love, which are guitar, blues harmonica, and violin. Is one of them the easier to play? Also, my ear is not trained on recognizing ...
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Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)

I'm self-taught and I want to check that I'm not doing myself a disservice with my left hand positioning when I'm playing high up the neck (say, above fret 15). I play with my thumb behind the neck, ...
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Proper way to use a shield and ground-wire when rewiring a guitar

In an attempt to resolve some major hum problems with my son's archtop with a floating pickup, I'm about to start my 2nd rewiring attempt. This time I'm going to be using 18 gauge, stranded, shielded ...
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Ibanez Rg series lead guitar

I own a Ibanez RG lead and was wondering if I can play rhythm with it. Just not sure and don't want to damage it with the strumming.
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When tuning a guitar, should you always end with tightening the string rather than loosening it?

I used to have a guitar teacher that said you should always finish tuning each string by tightening/sharpening the string. So for example if the top E is a little sharp, you should turn the peg to ...
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Clicking sound when switching chords

Here is a demo: https://goo.gl/photos/SmJaUU3LUCvU6Mx66 Amplifier: Roland blues cube artist Guitar: Fender American deluxe plus, with N3 noiseless pickups As you can hear there is a ...
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Finger tips getting hard, calloused

I play the piano. And I am newly starting to learn guitar on a classical one. I want to play electric guitar after I improve and manage to acquire one. I wanted to play the guitar left handed, with ...
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Vocals on guitar

Okay so I asked a question earlier and I wasn't so clear. I'll try and rephrase it. I want to learn how to take a song, and then play something on the guitar that sounds like the vocals. For example: ...
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How can I make my own white dot inlays?

I have this old banjo mandoline and its dot inlays are just white stickers covering the holes. One of the stickers is missing and I actually want to replace all of the stickers by proper dot inlays. ...
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How do you switch string at the same fret after bending?

Here is a demo of switching to the string above, but it could also be the string below, of course: https://goo.gl/photos/BSDJ7DcUygNi8veC7 I find this quite awkward to do. The thing is the bended ...
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Get an electric guitar sound without an amp?

I was wondering if it is possible to get an electric guitar (used with, say an overdrive pedal) sound with an acoustic-type guitar without the use of an amp. Similar to how resonator guitars sound ...
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How to play chords like G/B

I heard that if there is a chord written like x/y then that means an x chord with y in the bass. This can be played by playing x normally, but then playing the y note on the 6th string, correct? Then ...
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Why do metal guitarists boost crunch channels on high gain amps?

It seems to me to be the most often recommended method to get a "proper metal tone". Why is that? Why pay so much for a monster and then use the crunch channel and a tubescreamer?
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Is it possible that some people can play one instrument but not another?

I took piano lessons for six-seven years, and became rather advanced despite having poor practice etiquette, even learning some of Bach's two-part inventions, but when I tried to learn guitar, I never ...
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Can you get away with playing only chords in piano? [closed]

for example, in guitar, you can just get away with playing chords. Is this true for the piano? in both you can just play melody, but it can get boring.
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Can guitar hum possibly be due to a bad pickup

I am struggling with hum on my archtop that has a Kent Armstrong HJGS-1 floating pickup. If we touch the outside plastic covering of the pickup or to the ground lug on the pickup, the hum reduces ...
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Incessant Buzzing on Third String (Classical Guitar)

I've had an ongoing issue with my classical guitar. The third string (nylon) always buzzes on first, second, and third fret. While we're at it, the sixth string (wound metal over nylon core) buzzes on ...
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is there any free tab viewer for GuitarPro files?

I just want to view not edit tabs and I think paying 60 bucks to listen/edit is too much.
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My guitar goes out of tune at a higher pitch rather than lower, is that normal?

It is my understanding that strings, over time, stretch and are unable to maintain their tension, so they go out of tune at a lower pitch. When I pick up my guitar and I tune it with my electronic ...
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Performance: Better low end of eight string guitar

I'm wondering how to get better, clearer low end tone from an active-pickup eight-string guitar? It's being played through a Vox AC30, used specifically for clean and layered loops in an ambient ...
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What equipment do i need to play and record live?

i am beginner and i would like to know what equipment do i need to connect Ableton Push, Akai APC40, guitar + pedals, vocal processor and mic to play and record live? Do i need a preamp? Thanks.
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How do I read guitar tabs written in this format?

I need some help learning how to read some Chinese guitar tabs I found online. They seem completely different to the standard Western format: I don't even know where to start with these, I suppose ...
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Is Yamaha Pacifica 112v worth upgrading? [closed]

I've got a strat (american deluxe) a few days a ago and now I don't know what to do with this entry level Pacifica, can't bear with the sound it produces any more. I am thinking maybe I can breath a ...
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Is doubling the root when converting guitar chords to piano wrong?

If you take guitar chords and put them into sheet music for piano, should you double the root (CEGC) or not (CEG)? And if you do is it wrong because you'd have parallel octaves? I mean I know ...
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What are some methods of identifying old, cheap guitars?

I have a very old Craftsman guitar (at least 30 years old) which my dad bought second hand when he was in his early twenties. I love this guitar to bits and have done loads of work on it to try and ...
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How to bend and release without flicking the other strings?

I'm trying to bend up then back down on the G string (so it plays both notes, I'm not muting the bend back down to G) but I always catch my fingernail on the D string. So when I let the bend back ...
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Left hand training for right handed guitar players - to improve coordination.

Ok, this question will probably be opinion based, but I try my best to write it, so it can be answered. My problem: When playing guitar (I am right handed) I lack some speed and coordination in my ...
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Can the guitar be a “non-C” transposing instrument?

I do know that the guitar with standard tuning is a transposing instrument sounding an octave below written pitch. But what about a guitar with transposed standard tuning, can it be considered as a ...
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does a 3-D printed plastic electric guitar, in comparison to a normal hardwood one, have more inferior tone, or other bad qualities?

I've started looking into 3-D designed musical instruments (yes that's apparently a thing now) and wanted to know if it's a good direction, if I want to customize my own electric guitar
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How to practice chord changes into B major?

I am struggling to play some barre chords, especially this B major one: E --2-- B --4-- G --4-- D --4-- A --2-- E --x-- I try placing my barring finger (1) on the second fret, and then adding the ...
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Where does picking speed come from? Forearm, hand, or bicep?

Where specifically on the arm/hand should rapid picking speed come from?
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What do Single brackets on notes in guitar music mean?

Anyone got any idea what these single brackets on notes mean in this guitar music?
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Can't find the mixer in the new version of TuxGuitar (v1.3.2)

I just downloaded the new version of TuxGuitar and when I went to play one of my songs the levels of each track were all off. The drums are far too loud and the guitar is barely audible. The problem ...
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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do ...
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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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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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Tremolo picking, anchor palm or not?

I'm learning tremolo picking and until now I've been resting my palm just above E string and anchoring with my pinky. I noticed that when picking 2 strings at the same time I also mute the first of ...
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Are there any fancy options for the “plain (unwound) strings”?

Guitar strings come in myriad variations of wrapping shapes and materials. But I'm always surprised to find the top ones (without windings) are just "plain steel"? Are there any other options there?
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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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Should i play left handed or right handed guitar? [duplicate]

i've been playing the guitar for about 5-6 months now. Guitar was always something i wanted to learn but always put up for something else, but finally at the age of 27 i decided i should start. The ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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Is this slide/shift slide?

I found this in a riff, but I don't know the meaning of (sl). I suspect it means slide, however, the slide symbol is / or \. g--(sl)----(sl)----7---- Could someone clarify this, please? And why ...
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Whats are some ways of visualizing notes on guitar's fret-board if you come from piano background?

I come from piano background and it's been really difficult to visualize the notes I'm playing on guitar. On piano it's simple - they follow sequentially. So, my question is - what is the best way to ...
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Differences between capos

I wanna buy the first capo for my acoustic guitar, and I'm just wondering if there are many types of capo .. I mean .. if I went to a shop, can any capo work ? Or is there a difference?
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Guitar Buzzing on Chords. Is this Guitar Problem or Mine?

I have bought a new YAMAHA F310 Guitar Yesterday, today when i played it i found that it is producing some buzzing noise around the Bridge but only when i play some chords(Open Strings are doing ...