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Jun
7
comment Is it really necessary to have your thumb on the back of the guitar neck?
Two examples of guitarists using the thumb for the bass string: ( youtube.com/watch?v=GXcMk6OG1Xc and youtube.com/watch?v=N-TOiT9Gwa0 ). I believe John McLaughlin (mahavishnu orchestra) had training on proper hand technique. I am doubtful Hendrix did.
May
27
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May
26
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May
10
comment Guitar tutoring software that listens to your playing?
I dropped my daughter's Disney Sing-It microphone for the Wii into the hole of an acoustic and play the singing parts while she plays the drums or guitar in Beatles Rock Band...
Apr
29
answered humbucker vs two single-coils
Apr
29
comment humbucker vs two single-coils
humbuckers tend to a more gravelly sound, which is definitely not the case with the Strat S-S-S style n+m and m+b selector stops.
Apr
28
comment How can I practice in an apartment without annoying the neighbours?
When I lived in an apartment building, bedroom volume meant you could hear whatever they were doing in the bedroom down the hall.
Apr
28
comment What to look for in a budget guitar for home recording?
The hum can come from the cables, the amplifier, ambient em-fields etc, so this can be difficult to be sure of. However, by using the same everything else, and multiple guitars, you will have a baseline.
Apr
20
comment What kind of effects make this Korn sound?
I don't have a strict answer, but the ripping sound is surely an interaction of heavy distortion or gain interacting with aggressive noise cancellation or compression and crazy decay/attack settings . Hard to find an example, but perhaps ( see: youtube.com/watch?v=o4wX0Z1f5Gk @ approximately 5:40 mark )
Apr
19
comment How can I get a less directional sound from an amp
Also (as I understand it) high frequency sounds are more directional than low frequency sounds by their nature, which is a phenomenon independent of speaker/mic beaming.
Apr
14
comment Switching my strings from 10's to 9's - am I in for more fret buzz?
Right, my guitar doesn't buzz.
Apr
8
comment Stripped strap pin screw
You use a drill bit that is about the same size as the head of the screw, you use a slow drill speed, and you stop when the majority of the screw head material is removed, you then pull off the strap pin, and the remainder of the screw will be protruding from the guitar by at least 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Then you simply grasp the screw with pliers and unscrew it. Any scratches (there won't be any) will be hidden by the replacement strap pin, and if that bothers you, apply some masking tape to the painted surface. Typing this comment took longer than it will take to actually complete this job.
Mar
29
comment Acoustic guitar - how to wind strings on the tuning posts
For what it is worth: I wind around maybe 3 times, and then pass through the peg. Bring up the tension and then clip the excess. When I first learned to change strings, I did what the Taylor Way video shows (peg first, then wind) and the high E string snapped under tension every time...
Mar
29
answered How to achieve a glassy, edgy solo tone?
Mar
18
comment Ways to get out of a scalar rut?
The part about transcribing other instruments is great advice. Their ruts are completely different.
Mar
18
answered What is this technique called?
Mar
10
comment Does anyone make nylon strings for a standard acoustic guitar (non-classical)?
as an anecdote: I have a brazillian-made classical guitar bought second hand for my brother in 1974 which had steel strings on it (the same set!) for about 15 years until I got my hands on it. Still have it, with nylons, and it did not break. The nut and bridge were squashed and destroyed and the machine pegs disintegrated from the pressure, but the neck is fine, the bridge is attached and top is still intact.
Mar
10
comment Muting technique and exercises
More on the funk style: it is quite common to use both hands for this as well. I certainly do. The idea is to introduce two rhythm patterns and let them interweave.
Mar
2
comment Tips for buying a first guitar?
Also: avoid electric ones: you are a beginner and don't need to amplify. Let the money go into the guitar not the electronics. Walk around the store without picking them up and strum every single one including the 2000$ models. Listen for the best tone, figure out what you like best, and then narrow down the field based on that. As a beginner, action is tough to judge and your fingers WILL hurt.
Feb
25
comment Lowering the action on a bass guitar
I agree: READ UP on the subject a little first. The above link I gave was just a basic intro.