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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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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What's the difference between rectified nylon strings and regular nylon strings?

Many nylon string manufacturers offer rectified nylon options, but what's the difference? Is there a difference in tone, feel, durability, or intonation? If there isn't, which other differences can ...
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Can a bridge pin on a guitar effect the tuning up the neck

I had to replace a new bridge pin for my acoustic guitar, and the one I purchased is not quite the same as the other pins. Now that particular string is way out of tune up the neck (i.e. the harmonic ...
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Why are tuning pegs (aka machine heads) different on different types of guitars?

I know that tuners are one of the features that distinguish a classical guitar from an acoustic one. But why are the tuners the way they are? And are they still this way in this day and age because ...
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What is the right way to play A major chord on guitar?

I am learning and I have already seen three ways of playing A major chord. The 2-3-4 and then 1-2-3 and then 2-1-3 (I found this one to be easy). I am willing to do the hard miles and learn the right ...
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Is it normal for an acoustic guitar advertised as a solid top to have runout?

The guitar I bought is claimed to be a solid top and it looks like the right guitar on the link.
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How do I know if this acoustic electric guitar works?

I was given an acoustic electric guitar, but I've never used one before. After changing the battery I tried plugging it into a portable speaker and a consumer stereo/receiver just to see if it gave ...
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Guitar strings too high off the fretboard

I have an issue whis this Yamaha acoustic guitar that i bought a year ago. The higher frets are really high up the frets as you can see in the picture which makes them really hard to press. Also as ...
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Do I have to learn chords?

I've only had a guitar for 4 days now. I have been playing it for 3 to 3-and-a-half hours a day because I'm having a lot of fun. I know nothing about music theory but I'm just following tabs. As for ...
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Tuning vs truss rod

I've been going back and forth between standard, open E, and D tuning on some songs I play. A lot of the time strings will break even when I'm tuning down. Is this because of the truss rod? Are there ...
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Plugging in a piezo pickup into a laptop

I've recently installed a Luvay Piezo Acoustic Pickup on my guitar, and I don't have an amp at home. Is there any way I can plug it in to my laptop?
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Broken string fixed but it still sounds off

My fourth string broke a few days back, and fortunately (?) the breakage was near the bridge so I was able to fix it without having to buy a new one. The thing is it's been almost a week and even ...
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What’s the difference between a G7 and a G major seven chord?

What is the difference between a G7 and a G major seven chord? I assumed that a G chord with a seven behind it would be a G major seven. Could somebody explain to me the difference and how they are ...
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Fingerstyle: what's the angle I should use for plucking?

Do I pluck with 45 or 90 (strictly across the string) degree angle? I'm talking about plucking, not placement. Google shows various results of 45 and 90 and not all of them are strictly plucking, some ...
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Washburn EA15 — Laminate top?

Guitar Center says "Laminated flamed maple top," but everywhere else, including Washburn's website just say "Flame Maple Top." Anyone know the validity of this?
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Difference between mini-jumbo and grand auditorium? Specifically, on the Washburn EA15ATB compared to Taylor's GA?

According to Guitar Center, there doesn't appear to be any difference compared to Taylor's standard of GA, but Taylor doesn't provide any more dimensions past the length, width, and depth.
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how to play capo and non-capo chords in the same song?

I've read through many forums and tutorials and am still very confused. I'll give an example to make this easier to understand: I'm trying to learn "Across the Universe" by Fiona Apple (...
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Does adding a cardioid microphone to an iPhone improve recording of classical guitar?

I have recorded myself a few times playing classical guitar by using both the iPhone X selfie camera and the voice recording app with surprisingly descent results. I have been thinking to look for ...
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Having trouble playing guitar without Chordify accompaniment

I’ve been playing acoustic guitar for about a year and a half. About 6 months ago, I was struggling a lot with strumming and so switched to Chordify and started playing along with music. My playing ...
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Guitar Standing Position

I am facing a problem to have a steady standing position. While playing guitar in standing position I want my guitar to be still: it shouldn't move much. Currently when I play guitar in standing ...
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What characteristics would a 12-string guitar without the double strings have compared to conventional 6-strings guitars?

If you remove a the octave strings on a 12 string acoustic how would the guitar then compare to conventional 6-string, acoustic guitars? 12 strings have bigger bodies, would they then be analogous to ...

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