Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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Changing the strings: one by one, or by taking all strings off at one time?

The title says it all. Should I change strings one by one, or take them all at once? Does this matter at all? If I take all strings off, will it damage my neck in any way, because the pressure is ...
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Why are guitar strings numbered this way and not the other way around?

Considering that pitch goes up from low E to high E through all 6 strings, why is the high E called the 1st and low E the 6th string? I find it a bit confusing... just curious if there are any ...
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What electric guitar strings are the most rust-resistant?

I constantly have to return to the music store with the same problem: My strings keep rusting within a day of playing. I used Ernie Ball and the first four strings rusted on me, then I tried ...
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Guitar string produces sound between the nut and fretting finger

I recently took apart my Epiphone Les Paul electric guitar and then put it together again with some modifications. Long story short, the poor lady is now kind of breaking apart because of what I did ...
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Does anyone make nylon strings for a standard acoustic guitar (non-classical)?

This may seem crazy, but I really love the sound of nylon strings, and I DO NOT want to buy a classical guitar though. I was wondering if any manufacturer makes nylon strings for a "normal" acoustic ...
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New Guitar Strings Buzzing

I bought new D'Addario 12 gauge Strings got my Fender CD 100 Acoustic Guitar. The E,A,D Strings seem to be buzzing a lot. Is that normal for new strings?
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Why do strings break when I am not playing?

I have had a few strings (maybe 4) break on my guitars; always when I was not playing. That is, I come home in the evening (or wake up in the morning), and one of the strings is broken. I don't have a ...
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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 it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?

For a piece I am performing with a local school orchestra, a final open A is to undergo an "insane" crescendo to a Fortissississimo, which our conductor interprets as "as loud as possible." A fellow ...
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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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Why shouldn't I put electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar?

I've always found even the lightest acoustic (bronze) guitar strings to be a bit too heavy to play comfortably. Electric (nickel) guitar strings tend to be lighter. But nobody uses electric strings on ...
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How often is it recommended to change bass strings?

With the risk of being a duplicate question of How often should I replace the strings on my guitar? I'd like to ask the same thing for bass guitar. Bass strings are pricier than guitar strings, so I ...
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Stuck while trying to change the strings for the first time

Ok so I was able to remove all the strings but one and I am afraid the last one is stuck badly. I followed the various tutorials on replacing the strings: Removed tension-> pushed it in and tried to ...
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Putting steel strings on a cheap nylon guitar

I was trying to get back into playing guitar. I only took lessons for a few years with a nylon string guitar that was fairly cheap. When I pulled the guitar out of the attic it needed new strings so I ...
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Really light electric guitar strings and the blues

I just got a new Fender Strat Mini. I have super weak fingers. Is it possible to replace the strings with some lighter-weight while retaining a good sound for blues? What repercussions does using ...
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Recycling guitar strings

This one goes out to all my eco-friendly shredder pals. Does anyone know of an organization that takes guitar strings and recycles them? I run through quite a few packs per month on a heavy gigging ...
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Storing unused guitar strings

I was going to change the strings on my guitar today with older string packs that I haven't completely used and a new pack. Since the low E, A, D, and G rarely break I have an excess supply of them ...
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Do most professional guitarists use string lubricant?

New electric guitar strings seem to almost stick to the fingers, and within hours start to turn gray/black-ish in the spots I've played them most. By contrast, lubricating and cleaning the strings ...
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Why guitar sounds smoother in high frets?

When I (or you) pluck 2nd string fret 10, and pluck 1st string fret 5, which it's the same octave of the A note. Why when you pluck the 2nd string, it feels smoother than when you pluck the 1st ...
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How often should I replace the strings on my guitar?

When and why should you replace your guitar strings?
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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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Is it ok to put nickel plated strings for an electric guitar on an acoustic guitar? [duplicate]

I have Fender Nickel Plated .12-.52 strings for electric guitar - is it bad to put those on an acoustic guitar? I do not seek perfection, although I wouldn't want to hurt my instrument.
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Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?

I just bought a Fender Squire (electric guitar) I believe it has nylon strings on it now, which obviously isn't what I want. I went to buy some strings and there were so many choices, My friend has ...
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Which strings do I need to play these notes?

I have been looking into creating the sound of a rainbow, (having taken four proposed ranges for each colour band, translating Terahertz to Hertz and taking the mean average mid-points of each colour ...
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How much overtension can I put on a guitar string before it snaps?

In relation to this question Which strings do I need to play these notes? I have calculated that I will have to take the highest string upto 150% of the maximum stated Newtons (I have tried ...
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How does string gauge affect intonation?

I have a problem with intonation adjustment on my g-string on my Epiphone Les Paul. It's correct now but the bridge saddle cannot be adjusted any farther in range. I need to change strings but I ...
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Why does the quality of the sound of guitar strings decay over time?

Particularly, on classical guitars, strings 4, 5 and 6. At the beginning, the sound is very metallic. After a few weeks, it's like playing on coton.
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Is there diference between black and white nylon in guitar strings?

Is there difference between black and white nylon?
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Which strings should be used for smoother guitar chord formation?

I am playing guitar for a year and half and till now I am not able to play barre chords smoothly as i can not form it with proper pressure and my hand starts to pain in 2 mins. What kind of acoustic ...
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Do SIT (stay-in-tune) brand strings really stay-in-tune better than any others?

Do SIT (stay-in-tune) brand strings really stay-in-tune better than other brands of strings? I have bought them on occasion and did not really notice any length of time in-tune difference from the ...
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What are the optimal string gauges for drop C tuning on electric guitar?

What are the optimal gauges of strings for Drop C tuning (C G C F A D) for electric guitar? Since this involves lowering the pitch of all the strings, heavier string gauges would be helpful; I need to ...
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Violin strings breaking in fingerboard area

My violin's strings have been breaking every 3 to 4 weeks. I only practice about 10 hours a week. It is not normal for strings to be breaking constantly and though the problem could be an incorrect ...
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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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Bow hold and broken thumb? Suggestions?

So it feels like I'm fighting the bow due to the angle of my thumb, it's not impossible but I could use a few pointers or suggestions. The standard bow hold is mildly ineffective for me.
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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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How do you identify string gauge?

A friend broke a string on her bowed psaltery (a small zither-like instrument) and needs to replace it. Problem: what gauge? The source of the instrument is unknown and it didn't come with spare ...
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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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Can a 24-year-old learn to play violin/viola proficiently?

I've seen a few of these questions asked, but it seems like most of the students to be where just starting out in music. They didn't have limber fingers, couldn't read notes. That's not a bad thing ...
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Why does a string instrument get out of tune when a string breaks?

Usually, when a string breaks on my guitar/bass, the remaining strings get out tune. Why does that happen?
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Mathieu Crickboom “The violin” method

My teacher insist on teaching Mathieu Crickboom's The violin books. The violin has 5 volumes. it usually take 5 years for 5 volumes. I don't know is it good method? what's the most famous method ...
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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 do different strings (of the same gauge) affect the tone?

Something I've been wondering quite long, but never had the time to really try it out myself: Let's say I buy two sets of strings, both with the same gauge, a cheap one and an expensive one. What are ...
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Banjolele: retune GDAE -> GCEA

I've bought a tenor banjo-uke (GDAE) as a present for person, who is playing on ukulele. Problem is that I've found there is a different tunning (ukulele is GCEA) and he would have to learn from ...
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What strings for classical guitar you advise to beginer?

Recently, I found an old classical guitar(1989) in my cupboard and now I want to tune it up! But I need to change the strings. Which parameter of tension is better for beginners? Does the brand of ...
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Beginner replacing guitar strings

I am a beginner at playing the guitar, so I recently bought myself one and then managed to break a string whilst trying to tune it. After getting over the initial disappointment, I have ordered some ...
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My high E string broke after one week of replacing my guitar strings. Could that be an installation issue?

I'm not sure if it's even possible for the string to break based on how it was installed. The only reason I can think of is that it was installed on a loose tuning peg, which it wasn't (I made sure to ...
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Playing Classical Guitar Pieces on a Steel-String Guitar

I'm an acoustic guitar player but have recently developed an interest in classical guitar. I'm not quite at liberty to buy a classical guitar (with nylon strings and what not) and the stool thingy, ...
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Is there a way to lengthen the lifespan of my strings? [duplicate]

I have acidic fingers and my strings wear out rather quickly. I am using Elixir which is a lot better than most other brands, but after around two weeks it loses the clean sound, becomes hard (or ...
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What are the types of strings for an acoustic guitar, and which one is more appropriate for a beginner?

I've recently decided to start playing guitar as a self-learner and I want to change the strings of an acoustic guitar I have. I've started to get into it and I discovered that there are various ...
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Thicker or thinner gauge for frequently snapping harp strings?

I have a kora (West-African harp) on which the highest two strings only seem to last about a week before snapping. The two strings are tuned to A (880Hz) and G (784Hz) respectively and are stretched ...