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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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Do archtop guitars need special strings different from flat top guitars?

It has dawned on me that I might possibly improve the acoustic sound of my Epiphone Emperor archtop if I used different strings. It has a floating humbucker and sounds really nice when I play it ...
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Strumming pattern confusion

I am not sure how to interpret strumming pattern in the picture. I understand that for eights it should be following DUDUDUDU structure but the picture looks like it doesn't make a sense because of U ...
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Recording guitar & voice simultaneously: which microphone type(s)? [on hold]

I wanna record some songs, which I sing and play on the acoustic guitar (+ some harmonica here and there). I wanna get two microphones: one for the guitar and one for my voice/harmonica, in order to ...
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steel-stringed acoustic guitar hurts my fingering hand; what are my choices?

I've been practicing guitar casually for a few months, without a tutor or teacher. I'm starting to be able to play chord progressions slowly, but after ten or fifteen minutes, I feel pain in my ...
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Are there any guitar fingerstyle picking patterns which sound cool even with no chords? [closed]

I play fingerstyle guitar (beginner-intermediate level, I don't really know any music theory), and often times I find that I'm browsing my email or something with one hand, and the other is free to ...
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Why is a zero fret so uncommon on guitars in spite of all the advantages?

Given the many advantages of using a zero fret on a guitar (as cited in this excellent answer Advantages of a zero fret) and given that with a zero fret it is easier to play chords that call for ...
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Isolation of acoustic body size with respect to volume and sustain?

Let's say we have two identical acoustic guitars with the only difference being the body size. How will the body size effect sound volume when considering a string plucked with the exact same amount ...
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High action on higher fret on my steel acoustic guitar

It's been 2 years since the last time I played guitar. I tried to play again this morning and something feels off. I felt sore on my wrist when trying to play barre chords for just a few strums. I don'...
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Acoustic guitar for harsh climate changes

I live in the mountains in a desert area (not US) in a one room apartment. In winter, the temperatures here vary from 4-10 celcius, with over 70% humudity. In summer, the temperatures are between 30-...
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How can I find simple guitar chords to fit a melody line?

I worked out that the melody line to "Joy to the world" is basically just up and down the D major scale. In fact the first line "joy to the world, the lord is come" is literally the descending melody ...
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How to stop a 5-string capo blocking my fretting of the bottom E string?

I want to play a fingerstyle guitar based on open-voiced chords in the key of D, capoed to be in D, Eb or E for performance. I'd love to have the low D from a drop-D tuning but this messes up some ...
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How to set pre-amp to avoid noise?

I have got a Taylor 312ce 12-fret. Since I could not find any acoustic multi-effect processor which has no pre-amp integrated in it (which is also something I do not get), I now got a Trace Elliot ...
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guitar cabinet: why not just use a PA speaker cabinet?

I've been thinking about building myself a rackmount rig to replace an old 12" combo amp, and was wondering if it really makes any difference to use a something that's marketed as a "guitar" speaker ...
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Is it okay to leave a guitar without strings for a long period?

I had to leave my acoustic guitar at home. I had decreased the tension in the strings completely before leaving home...it has been 5 months...did I make a mistake? Will my guitar still sound okay when ...
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Music theory. Extended Chords and barre chords

The Cadd9 chord is played on the 3rd,2nd and 3rd fret of the A D and B string respectively. What would be the resulting chord if I were to barre the first fret with my index finger? Or for that ...
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How come John Mayer is not compared with other great guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton? [closed]

I am confused as to why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton, etc. when he can and produces so difficult songs to play even for advanced level guitarists ...
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Lower E and A string resonates with high frequency when playing the higher E string on my acoustic guitar

this is a new acoustic classic guitar I have just bought. It has strange sound. when I play the high E string (open) and then immediately touch the string to mute it the guitar keeps playing a similar ...
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Some acoustic guitars are easy to play but some aren't. What affects playability?

I was comparing a fender and an epiphone acoustic guitar and noticed that fender was easier for my left hand. Both guitars have the same dimensions and seemed to have same string gauge. I thought ...
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How to notate a time signature that alternates every few measures?

I was playing an original song in 4/4 but noticed if I instead played the first 3 bars as 3/4 and kept the last 4 chords one per beat in a bar of 4/4, it seemed more interesting. How would this time ...
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Why does it sound muted when I play a bar chord?

I have occasionally played guitar and the first bar chord I came across was Bb major. If I remember right, it is a bar chord across the first fret. I tried and I got like a muted staccato sound even ...
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Is it common to get cuts when playing the guitar?

Is it common to get cuts on your fingertips when playing the acoustic guitar?
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Does the cold affect Acoustic guitar strings?

We had snow the other night and I forgot to grab a box of stings I had just purchased out of the truck of my car. Do you think the cold could hurt the strings ?
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Acoustic Guitar tuning key

My acoustic guitar's one of tuning keys gear teeth got broken while tuning (G string).Here's a image. What can I do t fix it?
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Recommended first steps for 5 year old new to guitar and keyboard

My son is 5 and has asked for a guitar and keyboard which we've bought but I'm not sure whether to enrol him in lessons straight away or let him 'play' with them to gain an interest!? My husband and ...
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Which steel strings are more suitable for fingerpicking on acoustic guitar?

I want to ask acoustic guitar experts, what strings can be suitable for fingerstyle playing on steel string acoustic if I play with my fingers - no nails or fingerpicks. Currently I'm using GHS ...
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How can I lower a plastic acoustic guitar saddle?

I got an acoustic steel-string guitar, the nut's height is perfect. Now I want to lower my saddle. It's made of plastic – a bone synthetic for making sure – which I think it's a bit hard to get it ...
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Acoustic Guitar Body Types - Main Differences (Suggested Genres) [closed]

I would like you input on the differences between each body type of acoustic guitars and what genre each type is ideal for.
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What should I look for in a beginner guitar?

I'm currently looking into buying an affordable and decent quality guitar, but I'm wondering what to look for? I noticed that there are 6-string guitars and 12-string guitars, which is best for a ...
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Why does this guitar chord progression work?

I’m writing my first song. I came up with this chord progression and baseline. The progression is B A dm em played on the 5th and 7th frets. The bassline I came up with turned out to be part of the ...
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Left hand injury

My fiance has no feeling in his thumb, index & half of his middle finger on his left hand due to a wrist injury. He was in an accident where a mirror broke and slit through his left wrist down to ...
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How to record guitar and voice in laptop?

I want to record guitar (using line cable) and my voice(using earphone's microphone) on my Dell laptop(which has only jack) both at same time. Is there any way to do it in the cheapest way? Thanks in ...
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What's the easiest way to add bass notes to a melody on guitar? [closed]

I want to play a song on guitar, but I can't find its tab, so I'm transcribing the melody from piano notes. Now I want to add bass notes to certain parts of the melody to make it sound better. What's ...
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What thickness pick should I get for lead guitar? [closed]

(I read like a batty child, so please understand that as you go through this message) Sure, I've been playing acoustic and rhythm guitar for over 8 years. Yeah, I got strumming up and down mastered. ...
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Is the guitar a dead end for me?

I'm getting sort of proficient with the guitar but there is one thing stopping me from learning a song I wanna learn. Bar chords. I have short fingers so I can't use a classical guitar but my fingers ...
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Does capo quality make any difference?

I feel I was fooled by a music store. They made me buy a really expensive capo saying that it gives a better tone than normal cheap one. However, I recently bought a cheap wooden capo and I could not ...
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How much is nut-width and neck-width a worry for finger-style playing?

As a mid-life learner of Acoustic Guitar, my collection is extremely humble and comprises of 2 beginner-level (i.e. laminated, entry-level range) steel-string acoustic guitars - both of which are cut-...
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Is it safe to plug guitar directly to portable (battery powered rechargeable) speaker

This is more of a technical questions but it relates to music practice, still, feel free to comment if you think it doesn’t belong here. I bought a 6.3mm female 3.5mm male jack adapter and did the ...
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Memorizing notes on guitar fretboard

I have 2 questions, which are somehow interrelated. Learning which-note-corresponds-to-which-fret-position was told to me as an extremely important task for any guitarist who want to get better at it....
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Does learning the ukulele first help in making the learning of the guitar easier in the future? [duplicate]

If we learn and master the ukulele first, will the knowledge help in learning the guitar easier in the future?
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Difference between steel string and nylon string

What is the difference between steel string and nylon string used for acoustic guitars? Which is better?
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imitate snare sound

How does he get the snare drum sound at about 1:51 when he starts imitating drums? I think he hits the high silver strings with his nails, but my guitar just rings out when I do that. Hitting the ...
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Can I put acoustic strings on an electric guitar?

I've been playing guitar for a little bit and I want to upgrade my acoustic guitar, however I've found some semi hollow electric guitars that I really like. My question is, could this be used as an ...
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How do I play chords silently with a plectrum?

I've been playing acustic guitar fingerstyle and kind-of-"nail-strumming" all year long. Using my fingers, I can play chords in whatever loudness I desire. Now that I've started to use picks, ...
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How do I change the string on this guitar?

I can't seem to find any pins on the bridge. Although I do believe it has something to do with those things below the bridge.
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Factors in choosing a replacement saddle for an acoustic guitar.

I saw this in the comments section on the question "Do acoustic or classical guitars need to be set up?" The saddle material makes a difference in the sound of an acoustic too. I have a bit of a ...
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Plectrum Guitar music-sheet

The Roman numeral at the top is fret number and the number written next to the grace notes is the finger number which is 1 (index) should I be sliding from 5th fret to 7th using my index which would ...
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Non standard guitar strings for old guitar

I have a old jazz guitar Framus 5/50 or 5/51(I really do not know the difference) I bought standard D'Addario strings but they are too short. All parts on guitar are at the right place and they are ...
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How to determine in what key I'm playing by moving capo to 3rd fret? [duplicate]

If I put capo on the 3rd fret of my guitar, what would be the key that I'm playing in? What would be a chord progression in that key?
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Is it an advantage for the headstock geometry to minimize the string deflection between slot and tuning peg?

Almost all of my guitars have the tuning post arranged either in a straight line like this: Or fanned out like this: This design requires the strings to deviate dramatically from a straight line ...