Questions tagged [guitar]

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Weirdly arising sound artifacts when panning (dual guitar tracks)

I can't really share the audio file (because I removed those issues by softening the sound), but here's what I'm talking about: I use a lexan pick, which sounds great, adds some highs (compared to ...
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How to Play any Major Scale on Guitar

I am new to guitar and started learning Major Scales, so to go by the definition, A major scale is a diatonic scale. The sequence of intervals between the notes of a major scale is: whole, whole, ...
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Using an expression pedal with a PC?

Currently I'm using my guitar through a Ubisoft Rocksmith adapter, and I'm thinking of buying an expression pedal with a 6.3 mm jack output, but I don't know how could I connect it to my PC so I could ...
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Is this an original Yamaha guitar? [on hold]

I want to buy a new Yamaha Guitar named APX-8S. When I search the model number in Yamaha website, I can't find it. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? I have attached the pics ...
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Classical Guitar Exercises for Proper Tab Fingering?

Related: Figuring the Classical Fingering from Sheet Music Are there any classical guitar exercises, (for classical music), that also include the Tab as well as proper frettting-hand fingering ...
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how change key while solo/improvisation on guitar?

I'm playing a song with the chord progression: Am7-Am7 Gm7-C7 F-F When the song starts I am in the key of A, but in wich key am I when the Gm7 or the F chord is playing? And how am I supposed to ...
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Note durations in instruments [on hold]

I am so confused about note durations in guitar. I know what note duration is. In guitar, if i play the low E string, it vibrates for a long time(sustain). I have no problem with the fretted notes ...
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Guitar beginner - What does this card show?

I am a beginner (just had 4 hours with a teacher) and I bought something where I can read the notes for the fretboard to better learn them. Also there was a card included with the following prints: ...
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Electric shock from pedals and guitar. Jacks too long?

Since I bought a multipack of cheap patch cables for use between pedals I've been getting some small electric shocks from the guitar strings and pedals themselves, as well as no sound from the amp. ...
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How do I play this harmonic? (Guitar)

I've recently started learning to read sheet music for guitar. Something from a version of Capricho Arabe confused me. The tuning is in drop D. The first bar is a harmonic on the 7th fret with notes ...
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Distortion kills some notes while playing

Maybe there are solutions of this question like lowering the gain level on a virtual amplifier or something. Right off the bat I want to point out: doing that does not remove those problems, it just ...
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New Guitar Learning Flamenco Techniques [duplicate]

I planing to buy Alvarez AD60CE Dreadnought Electro Acoustic Guitar - Pau Ferro/Indian Laurel Fretboard for learning finger style playing techniques, will this guitar will serve my purpose ?
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How could it be that the capo isn't changing the pitch?

I know the title sounds crazy, so hear me out. I'm beginning to look at how I would play The Wolves and the Ravens by Rogue Valley. Here are three key links: The album recording of the song. The ...
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First guitar effects pedal [closed]

I'm planning to buy my first guitar effects pedal for an upcoming gig as I'll be soloing and need variations in tone and volume mid-song. I hope to buy a second-hand pedal on eBay (or elsewhere, if ...
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How do i play a quaver and semi quaver together?

I Wanted to know how a semi quaver and quaver notes are played in same beat?
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How to connect XTONE Pro to guitar amp

I checked some XTONE Pro interface video online, and it seems people all connect it to speaker via audio interface. There is no successful example connecting it to guitar amp. I tried to connect its ...
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Finger dexterity issues

I have some weird issues with my left fret playing hand. I’m a brand new guitar player and the way my fingers automatically react when spreading, especially when trying to spread them in a claw, is ...
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Why use guitar scale patterns when we can just use CAGED?

I've seen various techniques on scale patterns. Such as memorizing 5-7 different scale patterns, 3NPS, etc. But why do all that when we can just use CAGED? If you see the picture I have in this link,...
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Why is the pentatonic scale important?

Most songs in major use the major scale, but I keep seeing guitarists play the pentatonic scale in many vids. It's just a subset of the major scale. So why is it so important and what is it used for?
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Is there a preference for the key of G major on the guitar? [closed]

Kind of like how the piano is biased towards C major. I'm wondering if the guitar makes G major and its associated chords easy to play. In a Spotify research article they found that G is the most ...
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Why might one *not* want to use a capo?

Apparently some guitarists use a capo in certain circumstances, while some others use one never or rarely. This question is for those who use it reluctantly or never. Why? Why are some people ...
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Is fingers pointing towards each other a problem when fretting a guitar

I've been practicing the guitar for a few months now and am currently learning a song that requires me to slide from the 10th and 12th fret on the A and B string down to the third and fifth frets, ...
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Beginner Metal gear

I am a total guitar beginner trying to learn metal riffs and songs like Slipknot. I have a Squier Strat starter pack that has an SSS pickup config. Will it sound more metal if I get a different ...
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How can I memorize all the notes in each usable key?

Basically, I want to have all the notes in every usable key memorized so that I can instantly just call them to my memory and play them. By usable I mean any key that has 7 or less flats/7 or less ...
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Should open strings on guitar be tuned to the key of the song played?

As an example, the key of G is played alot due to the guitar’s default tuning of EADGBE. In the context of fingerstyle/chord-melody guitar it’s nice to be able to drone on open strings that are in the ...
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Beginner to guitar playing with left-hand mobility issues - where should I begin?

I'm right-handed but have had severe mobility issues with my left hand. I desperately want to learn the guitar. Should I buy a left-handed guitar? And if so, what should I start out with? i have had ...
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How to Choose the Best Alternate Tuning

This is essentially a generalized version of this question for fingerstyle guitar, and I'm surprised I can't find it on this website: how do I find the most optimal alternate tuning for a guitar/bass(/...
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Why is the interval from the D string to the A string a P5, but a P4 interval from the A string to the D string?

I'm trying to look at the fret board in distance vs notes, I know that going up from the low E string to the A string is a perfect 4th, but going from the A string to the low E string is a perfect 5th....
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Why do tabs show individual notes being played where the song seems to contain strumming?

I'm new to guitar, and as an early project I've been trying to learn the classic Good Riddance by Green Day. Have a look at this tab, which matches most/all tabs I've found for this song: e|----------...
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Mic Placement for Live Percussive Guitar

Like the title says: Does anyone have tips for mic placement that will help pick up and project percussion (generally through a PA system). I'm beginning to get more into the "live performance" scene ...
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How can I improve my technique on acoustic guitar while teaching the basics everyday?

I'm a guitar teacher that teaches beginners and intermediates almost 5 times a week. I've been teaching for 2 years now, mostly using a nylon strings guitar (I'm Brazilian, it's used in popular music ...
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Why don't sharp and flat root note chords seem to be present in much guitar music?

Since I've been perusing guitar tabs in the two weeks since I started learning, I can't help but notice that most popular songs don't seem to involve sharped/flatted notes as the root of their chords. ...
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awkward stretchy fingering

In bar 4 http://jonaslefvert.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Piano-The-Heart-Asks-Pleasure-First.pdf there is a chord arpeggiated across these frets x35503 (capo on 5) here is a video of Jonas ...
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Flamenco guitar strings

Before the invention of nylon, from what material were strings made for use by flamenco players? I have tried different search engines and forae but found no answer or similar question.
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Are there reliable, formulaic ways to form chords on the guitar?

I'm new to guitar, but am an experienced pianist, which is relevant. On the piano, a root form Cmaj triad of C-E-G can be made minor by simply shifting the E a semitone down. This is true for all ...
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How to write guitar solos from a keyboardist perspective?

I'm a keyboardist and sole composer in a band, and usually I write organ/keyboard solos, but I wanted to write a guitar solo for one of the songs. I would let the guitarist make his solo, but he is a ...
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Best practices for setting Stratocaster pickup height?

I recently bought my first stratocaster and after messing around with the heights of the pickups I've been having problems getting all three pickups to have the same volume. I'm having trouble ...
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How do you stop your hands from tensing when performing solo acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for around 12 years or so, but never played in front of others while learning (minus family members or friends on occasion). Recently, I convinced myself to finally start ...
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How to form an A chord on higher frets?

I can play an A chord okay, as seen here: However, I tried putting a capo on the 10th fret and playing it from there and couldn't do it at all. I have thin fingers and it was still impossible to ...
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Guitar chord notation with numbers

I play moderate level guitar in church. In relation to the numbering system for musical notes, I have seen in songs showing the chord changes, there would be an E2 or an A2 chord along with an E or A ...
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Why does the standard fingering / strumming for a D maj chord leave out the 5th string?

See below the chord diagram for a D Maj chord on guitar in standard tuning. Notice how the 5th string is X'd-- not to be played. But the 5th string is A when played open, which is part of a D Maj ...
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How are you supposed to know the strumming pattern for a song from the “chord sheet music”?

I was looking at a book of Beatles chords earlier today and it occurred to me that from looking at the music, I still wouldn't know how to play the song without also listening to the song. It tells ...
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1-2-#2-3 progression; why does this work?

In Don't Get Around Much Anymore, the opening chord progression is CM7 Dm7 D#dim7 Em7. Is that #2 a substitution or inversion or something? How does it fit in the C major chord progression? Is it ...
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Physics of Guitar frets and sound

I understand how Guitar works. Pitch/Frequency of sound produced depends on length of vibrating string. So we have different frets to product different notes. Fine. However I am curious to understand ...
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Electric guitar out of tune (intonation)

I have an Epiphone SG400, and today when I played I heard that the B string is out of tune when I press on higher frets (8-12 frets). I tried to change the action and intonation, but now the all of ...
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How to record guitar or harp for building a sample suite

I would like to produce a suite of guitar or harp sounds to make a set of primitive samples. The lowest level samples or components you would need to be able to write music with a keyboard using these ...
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Why don't the open notes matter in guitar chords? [duplicate]

I've just started learning guitar, having only ever played piano, and this really confuses me. On a piano, to play a C major triad chord I simply hit C, E, and G...I don't hit any other notes or it's ...
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How to get clean sound when playing guitar

I have been practicing guitar (classic, electric) for years. But I cannot get a clean sound when playing melodies or chords. Often notes do not sound at all. To get a clean sound I have to press so ...
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Would the notes used in this chord make up just a plain G chord?

I am transcribing "Bell Bottom Blues" on the guitar. In the intro picking I think they're using this chord that just uses the notes in this order: G, D, B, G. Would this be called a G chord? The ...
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Guitar to Piano: Getting Started

I've played guitar for most of my life, but recently I've bought an electric piano and am looking to build at least some proficiency in the instrument. I'm particularly interested in all the possible ...