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I'm a developer for pay and a guitarist for fun.


Apr
23
answered My fingers ache after practice. What can I do about it?
Apr
18
answered How should I professionally record an acoustic guitar?
Apr
16
answered What to look for in adding a noise gate to electric guitar setup?
Apr
16
answered Is there any easy way to replace a saddle?
Apr
15
comment Why is the guitar tuned like it is?
Mandolin (and the bowed string instruments) have repeatable patterns, which lay out nicely per scale, but are crap for chords.
Apr
14
answered Pre-requisite Skills for Playing with a Slide (acoustic)
Apr
14
comment What do you do when a string breaks or you drop your pick on stage?
I understand that Steve Goodman had a similar schtick for changing strings mid-song. I wish/hope there's video on Youtube. It's cool I want to be able to do that. But it won't work like that for Steve Vai, and if you're the sideman, not the frontman, it is best that the audience not even notice it happened.
Apr
14
comment What do you do when a string breaks or you drop your pick on stage?
That's why I'm a hardtail kind of guy.
Apr
13
answered What do you do when a string breaks or you drop your pick on stage?
Apr
11
answered Can E/G# be played like this?
Apr
6
answered Why is my neck pickup quieter when playing with both pickups?
Apr
5
comment What exactly should I have to learn to understand why certain combination of chords are harmonic when played in a sequence?
Not everything follows those rules, but enough does, or at least rhymes, that this will have you covered for much of what you'd want to do. Well done, Alex.
Apr
3
answered How to embrace the metronome after years of bad habits?
Apr
2
comment Why is the G/F chord not shown?
The G chord doesn't have an F#, just G B and D. The Gmaj7 chord has the F#. And just because the composer put an F or F# in the bass, that's no reason to think that the F is wanted elsewhere in the chord.
Mar
31
comment What is the downside of ultra-low action?
Mattias IA Eklundh plays with very high action - guitarplayer.com/article/86723 - but it is easy to argue that a man who transcribed his inkjet printer is not in his right mind.
Mar
31
comment What are the repercussions of using really thick gauge strings on my electric guitar?
The more you drop, the more you have to pull the saddle back. If you go back to standard, the saddles need to go back again. You know you have it right when the note at the 12th fret is one octave above the open note. All you should need is a tuner and a screwdriver to adjust it.
Mar
31
comment Should I learn to read standard notation?
If the writing is done in the modern way, straight to tape, then writing it isn't so necessary. I'm 83% supporting Neil on this point, though.
Mar
31
comment How do I develop a good vibrato?
I'll add a variation on violin vibrato. Violin vibrato is very subtle and isn't too noticeable with high-tension metal strings, but some folks who do it on electric jump over the frets. Greg Howe is one player I can name who does that.
Mar
31
answered What is the downside of ultra-low action?
Mar
31
answered What are the repercussions of using really thick gauge strings on my electric guitar?