Questions tagged [acoustic-guitar]

An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only acoustic methods to project the sound produced by its strings, as opposed to one that requires an amplifier.

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Songs Memorization [closed]

How do I improve my song memory? I've realized that I'm poor in cramming songs. I only sing one or two lines in most of the songs and it hinders making fun as I play.
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Suggestions on fitting an Em and an A together

Verse: Em and A Chorus: Em G D A Seemed like with everything starting on Em, it might be the tonic but that would suggest an Am which doesn't sound right for me. So the other options would be: D ...
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How do they get guitars to sound so great on tv?

When playing acoustic guitar sometimes it is very difficult to hear certain notes or certain slaps or chords. With shows like American Idol or America's Got Talent, for instance this video: ...
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How can I ground my body when playing a nylon-string guitar with a piezo pickup?

I have recently had a piezo pickup added to a nylon string guitar. There is no onboard preamp, just an undersaddle piezo running to a 1/4 jack in the bottom of the guitar body. I noticed a problem ...
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Should I lift my hand from the frets?

I'm new, working on learning hey there delilah, I was wondering if it's bad to slide my finger down and up the string since it's fast or if I should pick it up? Possibly a silly question, but I'm new ...
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Develop Singing and playing skills

I've reached a point where I need to sing so I can enjoy my guitar journey. My problem is I feel my voice isn't good enough and to coordinate both singing and playing is still an issue unless I'm ...
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Which tuning should be used for Gymnopedie 1 on steel string guitar [closed]

I am trying to tune my steel string acoustic to sound like the interpretation performed by Brandon J. Acker, although his guitar is gut strung. I tried E major and D major but it doesn't sound like ...
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What do you call this type of guitar?

Does anybody mind mentioning to me what this type of guitar is called? A pedal lap steel guitar maybe? ...
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Piano and Guitar playing different Tonic chord in a song

Please bear with me as my music theory knowledge is scrappy! After listening and watching live performances of this song by Maltese band "The Travellers", I've deduced that the piano and ...
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Truss rod moved

My truss rod has moved. What I mean by that is, your basic allen key is shaped like the letter L, and the small part of the letter L goes in the sound hole and makes contact with the truss rod. That’s ...
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Is there a way to prevent a wooden guitar from picking up ambient smells?

I played a show last night with my acoustic guitar in an environment that was thick with the smell of fried food, and as a result this morning my guitar smelled like fryer oil. This certainly isn't a ...
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Why does my guitar tuner alternate between high and low for the high e string?

When tuning my guitar, the tuner kept alternating between too tight and too loose for the high e string- I hope that's correctish terminology. Although it was getting the correct string. Although most ...
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What does the numbers mean in this guitar tab if they already gave the chords to play?

I understand E A D G B e And the meaning of the letters above. Which I can play like the c chord and em . But I don’t understand the numbers. Is it for the fret. Like where I should be playing on the ...
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Why is acoustic string measured in tension while electric string in gauges?

Is there a reason you can have different tensions strings with the same gauge on a classic guitar but electric strings only ever seem to differ on gauge? It would seem an interesting proposal to have ...
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Would mixing 80/20 Bronze with Phosphor Bronze guitar strings be a good way to alter the tonal balance of a particular acoustic guitar?

It’s generally agreed that different woods used in the body of an acoustic guitar will accentuate different tones and emphasize different parts of the tonal spectrum. Some woods will emphasize the ...
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Which instrument is used in beginning of Make you mine (by Public) [closed]

In the very beginning of sound I hear piano and hi hat probably, but there is still a 3rd humming kind of sound which follows the chords I think what is it? I'm trying to make cover for the song and I ...
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[Guitar][Newbie][Build Issues] My bridge might be cracking?

I finally got some time to pick up on my guitar skills, but after cleaning it and then proceeding to change the strings, , and almost like that they could break if the strings were too tight. Are ...
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How do I make a percussive backbeat and pluck another three string simultaneously?

I am trying to learn the fingerstyle version of "take me to church" by Hozier. Tab is from Hozier – Take Me To Church Tab by Kaminari | Songsterr Tabs with Rhythm. But how do I make a ...
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Do any acoustic guitar string companies make 'lopsided' sets?

Do any acoustic guitar string companies make 'lopsided' sets where the bass stings are disproportionally heavier than the treble strings? For example the strings I presently use are: .012 .016 .024w ....
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correct thumb position?

I have been playing guitar for 1.5 year.. and I have practiced long hours and I can switch between chords smoothly in 1 1/3 second 5 or 6 of them. unfortunately at some point in my learning process I ...
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How to choose a Direct Box for plug my Acoustic guitar to the level line of my Audio Interface

I have a Scarlett 4i4 Audio interface and I would like to plug my Acoustic guitar in one of the two back side lines (and keep free the two in front for two mics), I have understood that I need first ...
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Record condenser mic and acoustic guitar in the same time?

I am wondering if with Audio interfaces such as the Scarlett 4i4 is it possible to plug a mic with +48V phantom power in line 1 and plug a guitar into line 2? I mean, if I activate the +48V power, I ...
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My brand new acoustic guitar's bridge has crack?

Alright So today I received my Kadence Frontier Series which I had ordered online. The guitar's sound is really cool and everything else was good until I found a thin crack at the bridge. What should ...
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Musical notes for single string lead acoustic guitar [closed]

Question Edited I wrote the guitar strumming notes of a song on a music street on one staff, now I am trying to write the lead notes on another staff. The lead part consists of single string notes. I ...
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How should guitar strumming patterns be represented in music notation?

I am new to sheet music and I am basically a programmer. I am trying to blend technology with music and display the tabs on the screen like so for my son's YouTube channel. Now I want to integrate ...
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Why do classical guitars necks meet the body at fret 12th and steel strings at fret 14th?

Is there a reason for this? What exactly is the reasoning behind it?
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When recording acoustic guitar with a pickup, minor mistakes become notable. Solutions?

The mistakes are that I can hear the sound of sliding the finger quickly when removing it properly (I don't really slide it between notes, it's a minor slide while removing the finger) and the sound ...
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What do I need to do to make a left-handed guitar right-handed?

I know the title probably sounds psychotic. My brother (leftie) got a left handed guitar around a year and a half ago from a family friend. He decided it wasn't for him and switched the strings to ...
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Making an acoustic guitar sound like an electric guitar or vice versa

I'd like to get electric and acoustic sounds from one guitar. The Fender Acoustasonic is too expensive...$2k. Does one get better results turning an acoustic into an electric or vice versa? Do the ...
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Should an alternating bass line move in the direction of the next chord's root note?

When alternate picking on the guitar (i.e. playing a bass line) from the I to the V or iii, I have noticed that it seems a standard practice for some musicians to choose the note nearest the root of ...
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Need help identifying a guitar [closed]

I really like the sound and look of this classical acoustic. Can anyone help me identify it? Thank you!
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

Somewhat inspired by my other question about the pipa I believe the Mandolin's unique sound comes from the tremolo made possible by double coursing. Is it possible in principle to get a similar sound ...
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Trouble with barre

I am having trouble playing pieces that require barre technique. I am currently playing Francisco Tarrega's "Gran Vals". In that piece, for example, if I try and barre the second fret only ...
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When to use open note or closed note for solo on acoustic guitar for the same pitch?

Suppose you want to hit E5 (which is 0 fret on 1st string) in a passage of your solo, what are the reasons you'd pick the open note or the closed note on 5th fret 2nd string? In general for electric ...
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Should guitar strings be evenly spaced?

I decided to learn how to play the guitar so I bought one which arrived yesterday. At first it seemed okay although it did take a while to tune. However, it constantly sounds a bit off compared to ...
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Best type/way of scale to start practicing and how to move on? [duplicate]

Learning for past 8 months.. chords are coming up well.. trying now to learn scales (after knowing those are the foundation)... Started with E chromatic scale (2 octaves across first 4 frets) with ...
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Recommendations for dobro instruction books [closed]

I’m a mostly self taught, intermediate guitar player. I recently started playing dobro in open G tuning and love it. I’m looking for recommendations for instruction books. I want to learn harmonized ...
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Acoustic Guitar: Remove gloss coating from an inexpensive acoustic

I have just bought an inexpensive acoustic guitar. The guitar has a gloss coat on over the wood like most higher end ones, and I'm not the biggest fan of the shine. If this was a higher end guitar I'd ...
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How to fix dissonant legato scale technique hammer-ons on acoustic guitar?

I was trying to do the technique described in this video on my acoustic guitar. My hammer-ons sounded really dissonant once I got to around the 12th fret and above: ...
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Doing big stretch with pinky on guitar

I was wondering about how some guitarists can reach some pretty big stretch between their ring finger and their pinky finger. We can clearly see they have a big gap between their ring and their pinky ...
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Are these type of "Horizonal" wall mounts safe for hanging a guitar with a gigbag

I did read this thread Storing guitar in a gig bag and hanging from a wall hook. It concluded with a "don't hang with a gigbag, it becomes a big barrier between playing the guitar often and ...
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Learning to play Guitar, but how can I find the right size for me?

I've already bought a basic Acoustic Guitar off Amazon, but it's uncomfortable to play. I know the correct positioning to hold the Guitar, its just instead of my right shoulder resting down in the ...
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how to play an open Bm on the 7th fret of the guitar

I am trying to work out what the chords are to a song by the band Oasis which uses an open string Bm chord up on the 7th fret but I can't figure out the fingering. I know how to play a Bm chord as a ...
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Fingers touching adjacent strings while playing guitar

Need advise, bought guitar last week and gone throught 100s of vids on youtube for biginners, how to hold, tune,chords all that but one thing that is discouraging me is my fingers touching the other ...
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How do I tune my guitar like a bajo sexto

I was just wondering how to tune my guitar to sound like a bajo sexto. I watched a video on YouTube, but it was confusing.
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What is the point of 12 string electric guitars?

As I understand the concept of a 12 string acoustic is that the doubling of strings gives the acoustic instrument a greater sonority, more volume, and a very nice full, rounded sound. So I was just ...
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Acoustic Steel: B String is E at 6th fret

Picked up my acoustic steel string after a bit and noticed that whilst it was in tune the B string's E was up at the 6th fret. It's annoying the heck out of me. I've restrung it and same. Open B is ...
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Different types of string in one guitar

2 months ago, I bought D'Addario strings with specification: 80/20 bronze EJ10 Extra light gauge 0.010-0.047 And then my G-string broke and I bought a new set Phosphor bronze EJ16 Light gauge 0.012-...
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How do you stop gunk from building up on guitar strings?

On a steel-string acoustic guitar, how do you prevent gunk from building up on the strings? Every time I play, the strings, particularly the B and E strings, will literally (okay maybe not literally) ...
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How should the percussion on an Acoustic guitar be played in the song "Californication"?

I've seen this arrangement for "Californication" (guitar fingerstyle). I'm don't know how to thumb slap well, but I'd like to understand how the slap works here. For example, look at the ...
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