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


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comment How does a metronome help me play music better?
@KyleStrand, he explained it at a live event at Sweetwater Sound. Took some searching, but I found him explaining it here. youtube.com/watch?v=9X1fhVLVF_4
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comment How does a metronome help me play music better?
1) standard rock guitar method: play a part at a tempo where you can play it without error and without tension. Speed it up. Practice until you can play the part without tension and error at the new tempo. This is for better speed. 2) Victor Wooten's suggestion: play a part at a tempo where you can play it without error and without tension. Drop the tempo by half and practice with the beats as 1 and 3, or 2 and 4. Drop by half again and have it be the 1. Then 2, etc. Then, from 1-and-2-and-3-and-4, put the beat on an "and". This is for a better sense of time.
Mar
26
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
If it's more than an occasional try with drop tuning, you'll need to work on the nut slot, widening it so it doesn't bind. But, if you're just giving it a shot, don't worry.
Mar
25
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Honestly, though, I think detuning and drop-D is more intermediate guitar than the poster is looking for.
Mar
25
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Some have heavy low strings and light high strings, so that you can drop the low strings. They have different names, but if the low string on a medium set is .042, you could buy a .046 or .048 single string to swap out the low string so it isn't too floppy.
Mar
24
comment Guitar solo techniques
possible duplicate of What is the best way to learn scales in order to improve improvisation/writing of lead guitar parts?
Mar
20
comment Best strings for heavy metal (I love distortion)?
Yeah, that is a reason.
Feb
9
comment Convert these to guitar tabs?
As a convention, I see capital letters meaning major and lower-case meaning minor.
Jan
19
comment What is the proper way to play this chord?
That's not a fifth chord. That's a note and it's octave.
Dec
9
comment Why do frets get closer as the notes get higher?
The over-arching rule for fret size is the Rule of 18, which states that a fret is placed 1/18th of the distance from the nut/previous fret to the bridge. Actually, 1/17.817. And that's not quite right in every case, as the G on the low E will tend to be sharp because of the string bending implicit in fretting and the width of the string. You can't really tune a guitar, but you can get closer...
Nov
5
comment What do you do when a string breaks or you drop your pick on stage?
Addendum: I've taken Billy Gibbons' position and gone down to .008s on my #1 guitar. I tend to play light, so I haven't had breakage issues.
Nov
5
comment Beginner replacing guitar strings
@KeithS: light strings are a reasonable choice for acoustic. I still suggest mediums, but I won't argue strongly against lights.
Nov
5
comment Beginner replacing guitar strings
@KeithS In another question, I cover breaking a string on stage. In general, I agree, but you might not be able to switch guitars before the song ends. Or, you might just have one, so you tune up and carry on.
Nov
4
comment Why is the guitar tuned like it is?
My further recollection is that it was Bob Brozman where I found that theory, but I can't recall if I read it or heard it.
Nov
4
comment Beginner replacing guitar strings
Well, sure, @Shevliaskovic, but if I write as to cover all bases, that'll mean that more people can use my answer.
Oct
23
comment Why is the guitar tuned E A D G B E?
Already asked and answered music.stackexchange.com/questions/1723/…
Oct
21
comment Two electric guitars on one amp
There's ABY pedals. I used a friend's Morley, but really only as A/B. My worry would be that you'll have headroom problems, but I've not played with this, so I don't know.
Oct
3
comment Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted
I'm given to understand Robert Trujillo is custodian of Jaco Pastorius' Bass of Doom for the Pastorius Family and sometimes plays it out. Good for him and the family. Another name on the fretless rock bassist list.
Oct
2
comment Should I get my guitar re-set up when changing string brands, but not gauges?
I just hit the up, but the core of a setup is setting the intonation, and you can do that (more than likely) with a long phillips-head screwdriver and an electronic tuner. The action shouldn't be too different, so you don't need to adjust saddle height or the truss rod, much less change the nut.
Oct
1
comment How to know if it's a mode or scale?
I'm thinking that there's nothing guitar-specific about this question, so "guitar" should be tossed off as a tag.