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What should i do with scales on guitar?

So I've been playing the guitar for around a month and i'm currently practicing some chord switches. I have a lot of free time so doing chord switches every time gets really boring so i learned how to ...
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Ways of reducing noise with single coil sound hole pickups

I currently use an sound hole single-coil magnetic pickup on my acoustic guitar so that I can get both a good "acoustic" guitar sound and so that I can drive electric guitar effects pedals. In some ...
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fingering of g chord on guitar

Is it recommended to play g chords on a guitar with middle finger and index finger reversed? I find it easier to use the middle finger where the index should be, since it is longer. Or is this a bad ...
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Figuring out the difference between major and relative minor scales

We know that the notes as well as the chords in a major scale and its relative minor scale are the same.So, how does soloing in a major scale differ from soloing in its relative minor scale?
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Why do tube-based guitar amplifiers sound so good?

Is it just a cultural thing ("they've always sounded that way") or is there some basis in music theory for this?
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A triad is 3 notes, but on guitar, we strum more than 3 strings?

In music theory, I see that a triad is a chord built with three notes. Take Emaj in example; it is built with E,G#,B. But why when we strum all the six strings of the guitar does the harmony still ...
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Noise while not touching guitar strings or metal parts

I get a buzzing noise from my guitar when idle. However, when I touch the strings or touch any metal parts (strings, bridge or the metal portion near the output jack), the noise goes away completely. ...
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Black stains on my fingertips after playing a new guitar

I have a 2 week old Schecter Hellraiser Extreme with Ebony fingerboard. Came with factory Ernie Ball strings. I noticed the last few times that I've played it (it only has @ 7 total playing hours on ...
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How to remove lemon oil from guitar parts where it doesn't belong

I recently had a little mishap while cleaning the fredboard and spilled almost half a bottle of lemon oil over my guitar. Unfortunately lemon oil has the word "oil" in it, therefore it takes a lot of ...
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Young boy's first guitar [on hold]

I would like to get my four year old grandson an electric guitar that he can grow into while (hopefully) learning to play it. Do you have any suggestions on model for a starter guitar?
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Rythmic for “Ces petit rien” from Serge Gainsbourg [on hold]

I a very big fan of Serge Gainsbourg and especially "Ces petits riens": As a guitarist, I'd love to be able to play it like on the record, but I'm looking for the ...
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What is the downside of ultra-low action?

I understand that low action on a guitar makes it easier to play. (See answers to this question for more on action and truss rods). I've never understood why all guitars aren't set-up with action as ...
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Fret buzzing after set up

I've got an Admira Artista guitar, I bought an used one which was manufactures in 1980 and it looks liek a new guitar without any scratch. I played with medium tension strings and it was great, never ...
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How I study Music Theory [on hold]

It is one year less that I started to play guitar and I have learned lots of things about playing guiatr and after I could read Music notation two Octave on the Stuff...but now I don't remenber that.....
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Ohm ratings for guitar amp / extension cab

I have a guitar amp that recommends the following for connecting to an external cabinet: Only use extension cabinets with an impedance of 8 Ohms or more (e.g. 16 Ohms). NEVER use a lower impedance (e....
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Tuning a 38 inch Guitar

Should I tune a 38 inch guitar same as a standard 41 inch guitar (i.e. E A G D B E) or some other way? Another thing, I have dots on frets 5, 7, and 9 only. Is it normal? Asking since standard guitars ...
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Mic-ing up solid electric guitar

I'm trying to experiment with a technique that I believe was used by Buddy Holly and perhaps other guitarists. That is mixing the guitar signal with a microphone signal from the guitar being recorded ...
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Coated Strings—Gimmick, or worth the money?

Never used them myself, but I had a friend who used to swear by the plastic-coated strings he bought for his electric to try and help keep them cleaner. While I realize this probably does do ...
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Whole finger callous - for barre chords?

Attempting to learn barre chords and am having trouble with the G-string. What is happening is while I have sufficient pressure (at least I believe so?) the middle third of my index finger is ...
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What is the best way to learn guitar solo from someone else? [closed]

I am guitarist and when I am working in solo or practicing of some master of performance or someone else on guitar I always have some doubts if am I in the right way. Because sometimes is painful to ...
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How do I start guitar 'tapping' style?

I have been thinking of adding tapping guitar style to my fingerstyle and I was wondering if anyone has some tips or useful websites that could teach me this. If anyone has info on how to get louder ...
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Are there any important practices for fingerstyle guitar? [closed]

I have been playing fingerstyle guitar for about three years and I am now able to play okay. I was wondering if there is any challenging exercises that I could do to improve my skill? If possible ...
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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 ...
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Cannot get Guitar Rig 5 sounds recorded into Ableton Live 9

I cannot get Guitar Rig 5 sounds and patches recorded into Ableton Live 9. Ableton Live 9 only records clean sounds from my guitar.
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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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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Are fast chord changes about muscle memory or finger strength?

I've been playing guitar for about a few months now, and i've "mastered" the CAGED chords and theirs minor relatives. Meaning i can switch between them pretty quickly but I'm not a pro or anything. I'...
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What guitar effects (pedals) are common for Blues and Jazz guitarists? [closed]

Nowadays which effects (pedals) sounds good to play Blues or Jazz on guitar? A friend told me that overdrive is used to transform the solo to a more aggressive sound. Chorus effect could help on ...
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What are Guitar Scale Patterns?

I am trying to understand, what is a guitar scale pattern ? For example, following shows "C Major Scale Pattern." What exactly is the purpose of a scale pattern ?
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Would learning scales and notes on the guitar help me perform new solos or arpeggios quickly?

I'm a beginner but I can play some basic chords well and I have even tried things like the Slash - Godfather solo and the Metallica - Nothing else Matters solo. However, while practicing I feel like ...
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Why are there only five diatonic scale forms if there are 7 modes? not including hypo- modes

I"m learning diatonics on guitar finally, and there are just some theory based confusions I'm having with these things, if anyone could explain it'd be as huge help Thank you
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tips for switching from g chord to c chord on guitar

So I've been playing for about a month following Justin guitar's beginners course and i could do some basic chord changes quite fine but i find myself really struggling when i'm trying to change from ...
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How do I properly stretch my newly strung strings?

I came across this string stretcher device. It's called The Stretcha. It claims to properly and evenly stretch new strings and maintain tuning. I never really made a point to properly stretch ...
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Tablature vs. standard music notation? (guitar)

Under what circumstances should I write down "TAB" (tablature) or just regular music notation or both? I know how to read and write both of them, but I'm not sure which I should use for my songs when ...
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weird intonation problem on the highest string

i just changed my strings for the first time in about 8 months (really long time. i know) and the highest string is not intonating properly. at the 12th fret the string is flat but at the 24th the ...
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Do Scale Shapes change with different tunings?

All the scale diagrams I've seen are shown in E standard tuning. Would the scale shape change in another tuning, like Drop D for example? Alternatively, do I just keep the same scale shape ...
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Is there a name for the points on the body of electric guitars?

I was trying to describe a part of the guitar to a friend a I could not come up with the proper name for it. I was try to refer to the two points on the body of an electric guitar where typically part ...
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How can I learn to play the chords by listening to the song (like I do with notes)?

I have started learning to play piano (I am from a poor family and can't afford a teacher). So,I've learned some popular songs and the notes from the internet. From there I started listening to songs ...
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What's the proper right arm position for an electric guitar?

With my classical guitar arm positioning has never been an issue. I just rest my arm naturally on the body at the crook of the elbow: My wrist stays pretty flat: I feel like I could sit like ...
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Setting up Distortion on an Amp

I'm new. I've been trying to play the song 'I Stand Alone'. I can read tabs and I can get my guitar in drop C, I am just not getting the heavy distortion noise. I'm wondering how I should adjust my ...
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How to arrange a song in fingerstyle? [closed]

I have some questions about arranging a song in fingerstyle: I know these: Get the melody. Get the chords. Combine melody and chords rhythmically. My questions are: The melody is high single ...
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Jazz chords: left hand fingerings

I'm an amateur guitarist, I like jazz and I decided to try to learn the basics from the beginning (self-teaching at the moment). I started reading Mickey Backer's "Complete Course in Jazz Guitar" ...
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Soloing on Scales

I've been playing guitar for about 5 years now. When I improvise solos, I tend to do it only in major and minor pentatonic scales. Therefore, my solos are quite restricted. Could someone enlighten me ...
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What music is this? [migrated]

I just want to know the album and artist of the background music used in C.E.S L.I.N.G.O.N +15 prototype trainer. You can download it from the link given below... Link to the trainer My sincere ...
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Finger positions when playing guitar by ear

May be a multipart (beginner) question. Context: not taking lessons. Reading a bunch of books but nothing really focuses on improvising/playing by ear. When I try to play along with stuff on TV or ...
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Is olive oil good for oiling a guitar fretboard?

I need to oil and clean my guitar fretboard and was wondering if a damp cloth and olive oil is good for this?
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Guitar Tab Book

I know that I should probably just use the music notation Moleskin and write out in music notation. However, sometimes I come up with chord and modal note combinations that I think sound cool, and ...
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My smile is a rifle [closed]

Well. I'm not as well on english speaking as I'm on my native language, I'm trying to do my best. The fact is that I would like to play My Smile is a Rifle the way John plays it on that video. He ...
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What does the pre shape, and EQ In/Out buttons do on my guitar?

I just bought a second hand ovation celebrity and I was wondering what some of its buttons do. Do they change the sound (distortion/loudness)? If not what do they do?
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Should I change my guitar strings?

I received my guitar a few years ago and haven't changed the strings. I don't know when the previous owner had last changed the strings, but it seemed as though it had just been sitting around for a ...