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Apr
29
comment Glossary of Guitar Effects
I would argue against "The main disadvantage is the quality is not as good as the original". I think some of the current advanced units such as AxeFX II and Kemper Profiling Amp can sound essentially and practically indistinguishable from their source amp and may offer subjective improvements.
Apr
29
comment Should i buy guitar effects even If I'm a beginner?
Effects can inspire you with new creative ideas, or just help you sound like your musical inspirations, go for it. I would urge you to consider a multi-effects unit like a Digitech RP series, or Line6 PodHD series. They can provide you with many options to try before you figure out exactly what you want. Many units can be had pretty cheap used, and as a bonus, most will act as a usb interface, and let you record your playing (for better or worse) to computer.
Apr
24
comment Arthritis In Hands (Playing With Pain In Hands) - Are There Recommended Approaches?
I've talked to my instructor about this because my dad is a guitar player with arthritis. His advice, which seems sound is to play almost every day. It will help keep your joints moving. But also, don't over do it on any given day. Practice often but easy. Also Motrin/Ibuprofen reduces swelling in addition to pain relief. Good luck!
Apr
10
comment Distortion effects pedal to amp
You're welcome. Did you go from your guitar to the pedal to the effects loop? If so you were bypassing your pre-amp (btw, this is one way to use a multi-fx pedal with amp emulation). Otherwise I don't know why the amp controls wouldn't work.
Feb
21
comment Why does the minor pentatonic scale sounds “oriental” to me?
Weird, the Major pentatonic sounds more foreign to me.
Feb
20
comment Does Acoustic Blues Guitar Require Use of a Thumb Pick?
In the movie "M for Mississippi", a street musician uses a spoon for a slide. I don't think there are any rules.
Feb
19
comment How to decide whether my guitar is really bad
I'm not personally familiar with that model, but from doing a little research it does not seem to be bad for a beginner guitar. It's not going to compete with more expensive guitars, but it should be good enough for where you are at. Of course every guitar is different and your guitar might have some specific issues, but unless you are having a problem playing it, I wouldn't worry.
Feb
18
comment How to decide whether my guitar is really bad
What is the make and model of your guitar?
Jan
28
comment How to extract musical notes(tabs) from chords?
I think this question may be better rephrased by saying "How do I read chord charts?"
Jan
9
comment How do I fix a stripped pickguard screw?
Should I just fill the hole with toothpicks and re-drill a pilot, or is that overkill?
Jan
9
comment What's the proper right arm position for an electric guitar?
The only real answer is whatever is most comfortable to you. Your arm length and sitting/standing/strap position are all factors, but whatever lets you play comfortably. There are some great players out there with some goofy arm positions (check out Marty Friedmans's wrist position sometime).
Jan
9
comment Breaking out of pentatonic scales for guitar riffs
Consider that pentatonic scales are basically just the major/minor scales with the questionable notes removed. The notes that are left in the pentatonic scales are the ones that almost always sound good no matter how you play them. With that in mind, think of the left-out tones as color notes or passing tones. You don't want to linger on them, but they can be used to spice up an otherwise standard lick.
Jan
9
comment Is there a name for the screeching sound made when changing chords on a guitar?
It's definitely one of those things that's hard to "un-hear" if it bothers you. Try DR coated strings (or similar) if it's your own playing that's bothering you.
Jan
9
comment New Guitar Setup at Time of Purchase
A good local shop should due an initial setup to your taste when buying a new guitar from them.
Jan
9
comment How to Make Kim Thayil of Soundgarden (Outshined) Sound
From what I heard, the Guild S100 is his go-to around that time. I think the S100 is mostly a Gibson SG clone, so any suitably Gibson sounding guitar should do.
Jan
9
comment How to train playing sheet music on guitar?
Honestly, this is something that will come in time with practice. I wouldn't stress about it.
Jan
9
comment How do I make my fingerpicking patterns interesting?
I would add that most performers will rarely pick the same exact pattern twice in different performances.
Jan
9
comment What factors affect a guitar's ability to sustain a note?
Also, scarf angles are not only used by Gison clones or Epiphones, Gibson uses them often in their own construction as it makes for a much stronger angled neck joint (the design of which is inherently fragile). I have a Gibson Flying V with a visible scarf joint.
Jan
9
comment What factors affect a guitar's ability to sustain a note?
I believe there is some misinformation in this post. Set necks having more sustain is a long standing myth, one that is busted many times over. Strats with floating tremelos are not the only popular guitar (or even Strat) Fender makes (see Telecaster). And string trees are just a different way of doing the same thing as a angled head - controlling the string break angle. The bottom line is there are many factors that go into overall sustain including setup, amps, and even technique. Dividing the argument by brand (or general construction) is disingenuous, or at the very least, misleading.
Dec
11
comment Playing tabs on a guitar tuned down to C#
You could also add a capo if you need to use open strings.