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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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Finding scale from notes

I am self learning guitar and I've learned to play scales all over fretboard by finding root position but it isnt working in practice (as expected) e.g. I start by finding notes and right pitch of a ...
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Can I become a good guitarist by just playing other's arrangements?

It's been a whole year since I bought my first acoustic guitar and I've only learned a couple of chords, how to read a simple tab and some easy fingerstyle songs. So I'm just wondering whether it's a ...
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Do I need to learn to read music in order to be a songwriter?

I never learn how to read partitures. I'm starting being a songwriter so I think that I have to know how to read partitures. I play the guitar. By partitures I mean music written out for my ...
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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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Pinky snapping into a “depressed” position

quick question here: I started playing guitar a few weeks ago, and I keep struggling to play some chords, such as G Major, because of my pinky finger. Every time I press the high e string it ...
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Villa-Lobos étude diamond shaped note

In the first étude from the 12 études for guitar by Villa-Lobos, what are these diamond shaped notes? Additionally, what are these circled notes (G, B and E) below those diamond notes?
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What's the regular strumming pattern of a song called?

I'm a beginner at a guitar so I'm not too familiar with the terminologies. I know that a riff is the structural part of the song, the one that makes it recognisable. But what do you call the strumming ...
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In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is…?

In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is to memorize entire pattern of one scale in the neck like this or just memorize one shape ...
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What are ways to “decorate” a chord progression played on guitar?

I picked up the guitar half a year ago. Much of my playing is me playing a song's chord progression and a friend singing over it. Some ways that I've been experimenting with to "decorate" my playing ...
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Staff with 15 lines

Why does this staff contain 15 lines and how could I play this on a guitar?
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Would my 12 string guitar break if i added pairs of strings instead of octaves and removed the last low-E string?

I've heard of lots of famous musicians doing this, for example Ariel Camacho. And their guitars never break. I'm wondering if I added pairs of strings and removed the last low-E string, would it break?...
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Upper and lower frets buzzing on guitar?

Beginner guitar player here. Sometimes when I try to play even simple chords (such as a C chord), I am constantly getting buzzing from either the string above or below it. I understand this happening ...
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Is it more proper to pull arm away from the fret to barre or use thumb to supply pressure to barre?

I feel that when I barre I tend to use thumb to supply the pressure, however that sometimes cause strain in certain position, is this something I have to work through or is it more proper to supply ...
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In which key these chords go? [duplicate]

I was recently playing my guitar, suddenly I found that C, D and E chords sound good together in a progression, but I was not able to find a key in which these chords go together, so I wondered what ...
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Harmonising over strummed chord, has this technique got a name?

Today I was writing a song and I came up with some embellishments over the verse that I really liked. I was alternating over D and Am7 (open shape, usual x02010), then I slid the fretting fingers up ...
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Shipping a C.F. Martin guitar bought in US to India in personal cargo

I want to buy a C.F.Martin Dreadnaught Junior guitar on Sweetwater, which would be shipped to Arlington, Texas. My sister would carry it in her personal baggage on her next flight to India. What ...
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Seagull S6 acoustic guitar feels very hard to play

I am beginner guitar player. I had a cheap $150 guitar for slightly more than 1 year. I started learning guitar with that. It’s a 3/4 size guitar. I had no problem with it other than the sound bit low....
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What's the purpose of the dual saddle on my 12-string guitar?

I have an old 12-string Harmony H1230 which has an unusual (?) double saddle: More photos at http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H1230/39.htm. The Harmony catalog description, at that site, says "......
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Is it safe to use velcro Command strips on the inside of the body of an acoustic guitar?

I recently purchased a used Taylor 214ce-SB DLX. Since Taylor guitars do not come with an on-board tuner, I’m looking for a way to discreetly place a tuner somewhere on the guitar, and a potential ...
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Ideal action and string gauge for acoustic fingerstyle

I've been playing more and more percussive fingerstyle, and one thing I have trouble with is getting volume when hitting strings with only my left hand, for example like Jon Gomm and others. ...
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How to identify correctly between 3/4 and 4/4 strumming patterns?

I am new to guitar and confused between strumming patterns. I know that 4/4 have 4 beats in it and 3/4 have 3 beats in it. I can't differentiate between them, e.g : 3/4 : D DUDU D DUDU 4/4 : D D UUDUD ...
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Are electric guitars more prone to fret buzz than acoustics?

I'm mostly an acoustic player, but I recently picked up an electric. Seems like there's fret buzz everywhere! I checked the setup by measuring the action and the neck relief, and it seems to be ...
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Cheap guitar - steel strings

I recently pulled out this really cheap guitar and tuned it up to start playing. My friend who is a guitarist recommended that I replace the cheap plastic strings with steel strings for a better sound....
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Can i use guitar(yamaha f310) clip on directly with speakers without using amplifiers

I have yamaha f310 ....how can i use clip on directly with speakers for stage performance without using amplifier.
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How can I measure humidity for my guitar's health and welfare?

I would like to find a device to measure humidity levels where I keep my guitars, but I don't even know what to look for. Is there such a device and if so, what is it called?
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How to adjust finger picks

I started thinking I might get some more work if I developed my finger-picking abilities, so I bought some plastic and some metal finger picks. I can bend and shape the metal picks , but the plastic ...
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Does playing your instrument cause it to improve its tonal characteristics?

I have eight guitars but I only play three of them on a regular basis, so some of them just hang on the wall for extended periods of time. After some time I'll feel like changing things so I'll begin ...
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Does an acoustic guitar pickup still benefit from overtones provided by wood types?

When I was buying an acoustic guitar, I was told there were different types of wood and construction principles that gave guitars different flavors. You choose this wood for a softer and rounder tone, ...
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What is this metal thing on my guitar?

I am trying to figure out what the metal piece is at the end of the soundboard. I am just learning to play. Can someone please explain what that piece is and what it is supposed to do?
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Does leaving the excess string uncut, affect the guitar's tone?

I mean negatively or positively. I have seen lots of people do that. And I saw on one place that it's just that they want to look rebely or something like that. But, I asked this from a music teacher ...
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How big a handicap is lack of “cutaway” in guitars?

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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Fixable? Or decor?

Is it possible to repair this guitar or just a waste of time. Either way I'm going to try. Just wanted opinion from somewhere else.
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I think my guitar strings are wound too tight and I can't play barre chords

I'm a beginning guitar player, with a secondhand Yamaha FG-180J I got as a gift. The strings were already wound when I got it. Upon playing it, I had a lot of trouble playing barre chords. The strings ...
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Which string is which!

I am just starting acoustic guitar lessons. I keep picking the wrong string. My left hand has a finger holding down a string against a fret but I keep striking the wrong string with my pick. My ...
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Suggestions to Break away from Tabs

I've been playing acoustic guitar for three years now and have purchased a great deal of Hal-Leonard Easy Guitar with Notes & Tabs. I enjoy simple traditional melodies and can only play by reading ...
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Solid cedar acoustic - is damage near sound hole of concern?

I am considering buying a particular solid cedar top acoustic, but it has some damage near the sound hole (Otherwise, I don't think there is any concern I have). Is that too much damage (particularly ...
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Guitar: Left-handed or Right-handed? [duplicate]

I have just started learning guitar... I am a lefty, I play harmonium with my right hand... I don't know with which hand should I play guitar now... Which hand is considered as the main hand in guitar?...
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What sort of setup do I need to record reasonable quality singing and guitar playing?

I would like to start recording myself singing on audacity and I know I need a better hardware setup to get reasonable quality recordings, how ever I have no idea where to begin to do this. I am ...
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What are the typical specifications of a typical guitar? [closed]

I want to make an actual guitar. I have acoustic guitar strings and a lot of tools. I don't know what the specifications are. I also don't how the length or spacing between frets or depth of the ...
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Which diagram is correct?

I have the following two diagrams that represent the notes on every fret of a guitar This is the E major chord on the guitar: First, there are 7 notes (E, F♯, G♯, A, B, C♯, and D♯) in the E chord ...
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How to get lower in scale from A minor scale?

I am practicing on a song which is on A minor key.. The chords for song are Am, G, F, E.. But it feels difficult for me to sing on that scale as it goes further high even over my upper limits. So, I ...
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How to start now Guitar and Music Theory Or Guitar Theory

I have been practicing the guitar for nearly a year on my own. I know you will say that I should hire a guitar teacher but I can't do this at the moment. I know some basic chords and I can play them ...
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How to accurately drop-tune an acoustic guitar?

I like to play in drop-D, for a variety of reasons mostly involving the use of a low drone string, simplicity of fingering certain chord-shapes quickly, and I like some of the interesting ...
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Low temperatures and humidity when playing outdoors?

I'm really in desperate need of advice as I've asked countless of people and no one seems to give me a direct answer. I live in northern Europe and temperatures are typically around -5 to 10 C during ...
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How to arrange a song's fingerstyle version? [closed]

What are the key objectives when arranging a regular song in fingerstyle?
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The bridge of guitar getting detached from the body

I recently got my yamaha F310 acoustic guitar replaced because the part of the body to which the bridge was attached started swelling and it seemed that the bridge was about to detach from the body as ...
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Guitar, tapping one handed Chord Shapes

I have been trying to learn one hand tapping on guitar for a while now but am having some trouble. Lately I have just been tapping out a E major or A major barre chord shape slowly and trying to get ...
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Fingers don't feel thinnest strings well

I learn to play acoustic guitar without a teacher, started a month ago. I started with classic guitar and then switched to dreadnought with metallic strings. After I developed calluses, I almost don'...
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When my Breedlove is plugged into amp the A string hums

When I have my acoustic guitar plugged into my amp it starts this loud feed back hum. I thought it was the guitar but then I realized that if I touch only the A string it would stop. Also if I de-tune ...
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What kind of glue to attach a pickguard to the face of an acoustic guitar?

Years ago I had a luthier make me a custom pickguard for my acoustic guitar. The glue has aged and the pickguard is separating from the face of the guitar. What kind of glue should I use to reattach ...