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The vibrato in this case is usually to bend a note up, say, one fret, then let it relax and re-tension it a few times. You don't always have to let it back to the ordinary fretted note, it could be relaxed half a fret down, but then it only needs to be bent back to the target note. Again, with a two fret bend that is given vibrato, it may need to go to a ...


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When a guitar is built in the factory, after they install the frets into the fretboard, they should level them before the assembly is complete and the guitar is sent to the store to be sold. But sometimes a guitar with un-level frets might sneak through quality control. If you buy a new guitar and you immediately notice that the action is uneven on ...


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Isolated practice is the only way I know. Bend a string up one fret, apply slow vibrato. Relax. Bend up two frets, apply slow vibrato, relax. Repeat every day until the vibrato becomes easier and you can increase and control the vibrato speed. Most of the time there are no shortcuts.


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When steel strings come in constant contact with softer nickel frets, eventually the steel strings take their toll. Over time, depending on how often you play, how heavy handed your fretting technique is and how much bending you do, your frets will begin to exhibit signs of wear as you have probably already discovered. Two common signs that your frets may ...


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While your amp is in repair, get your house wiring checked. A working three-wire installation with a leak-current circuit breaker (which cuts the lines if the amount of current between the two live wires does not add up perfectly) will likely cut the power before you are getting fried. It's not a full guarantee against heart failure but will stop you from ...


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Adding to Todd's answer. Another problem that causes death to guitarists is a loose earth wire in the mains plug. Particularly on British type 3-pin plugs (an awful design!). Constant pulling on the flex causes the earth wire to come loose. No problem in itself, relatively. The amp still works. BUT when that earth wire flops about inside the plug, and ...


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Tim basically has answered your question but I think this deserves larger type: Your amp is trying to kill you!!! Stop using it and get it replaced or repaired This kind of problem is most common in older amps that have tube output stages. A tube output design for a guitar amp almost always requires an output transformer. The way the transformer is wired, ...


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This question reminds me of a project called the Scrub Board by Jeremy Bell. http://jeremyseanbell.com/scrubboard/rocker.html I'm not sure what state it's in, but half of the project was a home-made "rocker" to cut audio signals in and out. Made from a couple of coins and a rocking piece of foil. There are videos of him using it with his guitar (as well as ...


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A free solution to a killswitch effect is to find the sweet spot on the cable input jack where the tip of the cable touches the inner part of the jack and bump the cable back and forth on that. I've done this to great effect moderately over the years without any noticeable wear on the jack itself, however be aware the insertion and removal of the cable ...


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I would suggest building a switch box for the floor. A light-action microswitch built into a metal box, similar to a standard effects pedal. This could even be used while picking. The only limitation I can see is it can only be used as quickly as you can tap your foot...


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If your guitar has two pickups and a volume knob for each of them you can put the one pickup on 10 and the other one on 0 and use your pickup selector switch as a kill switch. That is in fact how Tom Morello used a kill switch for many years before he got his custom made guitars. EDIT: Just note that if you do this and you use your pickup selector switch ...


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just a suggestion; (1) If you are using the e-guitar with extremely hi-gain settings, then you should also logically use/practice power chord structures in this case, as using full or extended chords with this type of setting would only sound like mud (2) Use your acoustic or the e-guitar (with a classic rock / blues type of distortion) to practice the full ...


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again, some simple rules and observations for working with modes in this case;(1) your song in "C minor" is already in a mode known as C-Aeolian (the natural minor 6th mode of the C-maj. scale)(2)Ionian and Aeolian are the exception to the rule and the only 2 modes of the C-Maj., scale that can have a tonal center/key- depending on how they are used (3)If ...


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To give one more addition to Todd's excellent answer. Video tutorials are even better suited to learning about audio recording over books or other written content IMO because you can hear the techniques they are teaching in action and how it affects the sound, which you simply cannot get from written text. A youtube channel I highly recommend is The ...


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Concerning the tabs and the second video example, note that Paul Gilbert spent his whole life perfecting his picking technique, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that playing his stuff is very challenging, especially for the picking hand. For that riff to sound good you definitely need to use alternate picking (as he does), not raking/sweeping. The latter ...


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I daresay the easiest way to get this kind of thing up to speed is to stick to consequent alternating picking. Of course it needs practise, but... that's sometimes inevitable when you want to go fast... Another approach that's in principle more economical would be raking technique (or do guitarists call this sweeping?) – you play two notes on adjacent ...


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There are thousands of options. Here are some: Books Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior Recording Secrets for the Small Studio by Mike Senior Behind the Glass by Howard Massey Fundamentals of Musical Acoustics by Arthur Benade Handbook for Sound Engineers by Glen Ballou Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles ...


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As I understand it, a Guitar-USB interface basically is an external soundcard. I think any cheap USB-based solution will suffice and you can still choose which device (USB Vs on-board soundcard) to use for recording and playback. Certainly my iRig just shows up as a regular sound device, as does my USB mini-mixing desk.


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When I first started with using Amp Sims, I had an old core2duo circa 2005 and realtek HD on the motherboard (circa 2005) audio using the line in. I used ASIO4ALL and had about 10-15ms latency. The problem at the time was that a background process would kick in and it would cause the audio to pop occasionally. Note that I found in my case that forcing the ...


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The squeaks are nothing to worry about. As the string is tightened, it travels through the nut. It sometimes squeaks a little, just like a tennis shoe squeaks on a floor. No biggie. If it really bothers you, next time you change the strings, put some graphite in the nut. It works as a lube.


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USB-to-guitar cables and external USB sound cards are basically the same thing in terms of how they work - they are both USB audio interfaces, just in a different physical shape. The feature that guitar-specific interfaces will (or should) have in common is a high-impedance input suitable for a guitar's output level, which is necessary to get a good sound ...


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It is traditional to think that learning guitar initially involves learning lots of chord shapes. I agree that this can be a distraction, and for me, it made the guitar seem more complicated than it is. As well as (or instead of) learning lots of chords 'by rote', an alternative would be to learn a few scales, and learn how to construct chords from those ...


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Learning just a song won't get you far, there will be a point where you just won't be able to learn a song because of its difficulty. First of all you need to learn some chords, scales and study a bit of music theory. Here's one example: Lets compare a song to a poem. You can learn a poem and keep saying it, but if someone asks you the meaning of the poem, ...


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This looks like a coil-split configuration for one pickup: north, both, or south. Even though the two coils are close to each other, they can sound more different from each other than one might expect. Here is a video with a pretty good controlled comparison of configurations @ about 5:00 Of course, the pickup used and the ...


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The three position selector switch may actually be set up as: Single pickup Humbucking configuration Out of phase configuration These three sound dramatically different. The out of phase configuration cancels a lot of tones and accentuates some higher tones. Some describe it as thinner/jangly/cutting through. I use it on one of my guitars for a bit of ...


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learning how to play songs on guitar is not necessarily the same as learning how to play guitar. If your just repeating something without understanding it, your not learning. If you are one of the very few who can instinctively play, learn songs and teach yourself simply by doing- then it doesn't really matter- many (of the few) really successful musicians ...


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A "harmonic" on a guitar is a note played by gently touching a vibrating string at the node point of some overtone, and doing this mutes all the overtones you'd hear from the full length string that don't share this node. So you're asking if there's a reason why neck pickups seem to be placed under the node point of an overtone for an open string, or ...


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It is possible to degauss pickups, but it's not likely to happen by accident, i.e. accidentally touching a pole piece with a screwdriver is not likely to noticeably degauss a pickup, but sticking it to a strong rare earth magnet for example, can. The previous link describes an instance of this very thing happening, plus Chris Kinman's instructions for how ...


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A question which causes much thought and divide! Catch 22 to a degree: you can't play songs till you've learnt some chords, but just knowing some chords will mean you actually can (though you are not aware of it) play loads of songs. There is a plethora of songs out there with only three chords (some with only two!). Their differences are that the order of ...


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Ouch - I hate it when that happens. Hopefully your guitar did not suffer irreparable damage. Several things could be going on with one (or both) of your pickups. The first thing you might try - IF but only if, you have the correct sized small screwdriver (so you don't strip the screw heads) is tightening the screws on the corners of the pickup bezel. ...


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Congratulations on your decision to learn to play guitar. It is a quite versatile instrument and to learn to play at any level will allow you to derive much personal enjoyment for yourself and hopefully others that you can entertain. As you have discovered, learning to play the guitar takes a great deal of commitment, practice and time. You are teaching ...


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You might well argue that Paul Reed Smith is simply encouraging people to purchase really expensive Private Stock models, but the same cannot be said for Rob Chapman who deliberately produced a quality, affordable guitar. The website for Carvin guitars gives lists of available body and top woods for their custom-built guitars, together with a detailed ...


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You are correct that the songs will not be "broken" in the sense that they won't sound totally different. Every single note will sound lower, but the relationships between the notes will be preserved - because every note will be lowered by the same amount. As you note, that will make the overall song sound a little different. It will make each song sound ...


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Flatwound strings It's an extreme option to be sure, but flatwound strings have drastically reduced scraping noises compared to roundwound. It's in their very design. Rather than a rippled profile like with roundwound, the edge of flatwound strings is nearly flat, with tiny gaps between the windings. When very new, they may have a slight very high pitched ...


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I play acoustic guitar primarily but I do use a great deal of sliding on strings to emulate bends that I would do on an electric guitar - and I like to keep the string noise toned down a bit. Most of the string noise I get comes from the lateral movement of my fingers down the strings which can sound like sawing wood on the wound strings as my fingers run ...


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How often do you play loud volume/high gain? This is definitely a skill that is "picked up" over time, and playing in that kind of environment will help you out. One definitely needs to "learn" to play loud. If that makes sense. It can be tackled a few thousand different ways, as I'm sure we'll see in the answers here but what has worked for me is ...


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At issue are many factors. In broad strokes these include Intonation, String quality, Tuner Quality (Thanks @CarlWitthoft). Intonation: Intonation, in this context, is the fixed tuning of the instrument. This can be adjusted on electric guitars at the bridge. Guitar repair shops will do this setup on electric guitars for a price. Shops around me call it a ...


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Tuning a guitar properly after new strings are installed (even if at the factory) works best if you follow the process I will outline below. First, be sure the strings are installed properly. Each string should wrap around the tuning post at least four times and not overlap. Otherwise the string is more likely to slip on the tuning post. Here is a ...


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I'm not sure how well I can turn this into an answer, but… If the entire guitar starts off flat & you tune from high E down to low E, lifting each string to pitch as you go, then by the time you've reached low E, the entire tension across the guitar has increased, which will pull the neck forwards slightly & also any tremolo system you may have - ...


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The first notes is something I would call octave chord or something like this, sorry, I don't know the correct english name for it. You play it like a normal powerchord, which means you put your index finger at the 7th string of the a string and the ring finger on the 9th string on the g string. But as shown in the tabs, you don't wan't to play the d string ...


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Wow - that is a fairly complicated song for someone picking up an electric guitar for the first time! I admire your penchant for a challenge! But I think you might want to start with some easier songs to play and work your way up to that one. It is likely that the guitarist in the video is muting the unplayed strings by lightly touching them with one of ...


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What to do while you're not playing I agree with the other answers that you should probably rest your hands for at least 2 weeks, then take it slow. 15 min first day, 30 min second day, no more than an hour for the first week or so of playing. If there's no pain, then you can relax these restraints. But this doesn't mean you should stop practicing! Now is ...


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Depending on the style/construction of the baritone and the seven string; they would sound pretty different. You're right in thinking that the thicker strings (slight difference) and different scale length (also a slight difference, but noticeable none-the-less) will make it sound different. However the pickups, I think you'll find, will make the most ...


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A noise gate cannot reduce the noise of your amp. Basically the theoretical best you can manage is getting to the noise level with nothing plugged in (strictly speaking, the noise level when plugging in a plug that has been short-circuited, but that should usually be similar). If it's the amp producing the noise, anything that you put before the amp will ...


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Just speaking in terms of what I'd do, but - honestly I'd just get a small combo amp and plug the headphones into it. I had a nice Marshall guitar amp that sells for about $400 new. It was everything a full blown half stack is, but just in a smaller, apartment friendly package (so, i.e., it had one speaker, instead of four, and less watts...BUT..it had all ...


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Sounds like the headphone socket switch has been wired wrong: it usually is responsible for switching the amplified sound off when the headphone is plugged in. However, that sounds like something that cannot happen without intention, or at least without the one soldering the headphone socket in noticing. So are you sure this is a headphone socket? Is it ...



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