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Questions tagged [guitar]

For questions about guitar playing in general. For questions specifically about electric guitars, see "electric-guitar". For questions specifically about acoustic guitars with or without pickup systems, see "acoustic-guitar".

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Strange hum when I touch a wire inside pickup cavity

I am trying to diagnose some shoddy wiring of some active pickups. All the wiring is done and appears to work. However I get: some buzz from neck pickup when a note is played. Bridge pickup is fine ...
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should I buy a compressor?

My equipment is: Boss bd2, Vox wah, Behringer um300 my amp is a roland cube, not the best but decent. I want to get more boost when I play solos, by turning on one of the pedals, but I don't know ...
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Why won’t two guitar strings tune?

New to guitar. Recently I took my electric model to Guitar Center for a tune up. They said it was restrung and intonated. But when I got it back, I found that my E strong does not tune “continuously”,...
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Clip on guitar tuner

I have been using a clip on guitar tuner for a few years now but I still don't know what the switch at the side is for - it has an option for a flat symbol of a sharp symbol. Can anyone help?
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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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I can learn guitar fast, but I haven't got the nerve to sit and practice for hours, how to practice for long sessions?

I've been playing an acoustic guitar for 5 months or so. I noticed a little problem on my way to success. I feel as if I'm not getting to my potential of playing. I'm not impatient - I know it takes ...
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Okay so I'm using a guitar app and I'm having trouble [on hold]

When I use this crappy app, It never tells me what Fret I need a capo on for each key and IT'S TERRIFYING!!!! So I just need to know what fret I need my capo on for the key of D.
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Learning guitar for absolute beginners

I suddenly have the urge to start learning guitar as a hobby and ended up buying a classical guitar, but I'm not where to start! My goal is to adopt a fingerstyle similar to Sungha Jung and Andrew Foy,...
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What scale shape does Enter Sandman intro use?

I am learning Enter Sandman. I know it's in E minor key. But How do I find out what scale shape does it use? Does it apply to the CAGED system? None of the online videos talks about that. They just ...
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What does Harm. mean in guitar tabs

In the Nothing Else Matters tab by Metallica on Songsterr.com, found here, I came across some notation that I haven't seen before: What does Harm. mean in the picture above?
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Guitar: How to mute bend release sound?

Take this tab for example, it is specifically required that there should be no release sound after bending. I tried many ways but just cant get rid of the release sound. My first attempt was to mute ...
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Where do the natural harmonics fall on the bass guitar?

Do harmonics work the same on bass guitar as is the case with a regular guitar (Natural harmonics at the 7th and 12th frets) or is it different on the bass?
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Stop listening to songs once I learn how to play them [on hold]

I am playing the guitar, and noticed a strange phenomenon: once I learn how to play/ sing a certain song, I no longer want to listen to it. Has anyone encountered such an issue? Usually the process ...
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Alternate picking speed

I've been using large triangular pick for a long time, and I'm used to it. Now, learning shredding, I once thought: "Does a regular pick have any advantages over a triangular in terms of speed?". ...
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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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Did anyone in the band slayer ever play a audition hollow body [migrated]

I have a 1960s audition hollow body with the name slayer engraved into the side of the body but I don’t know if anyone in that band ever played a guitar like this and I was wandering if anyone knew ...
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Guitar: How to properly pull-off with open string?

Take the tab below for example: Because the string tension maybe a bit loose, when I pull-off on those notes (e.g. -19-0-), it has a slight "bending" when my finger leaves from note to open. That "...
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What model is my audition guitar and why is the name slayer engraved into the side

I bought this guitar and neither me nor the guy I bought it from knew anything about it I was hoping someone else might
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How to avoid following the rhythm while soloing or improvising melodies?

I'm enjoying improvising melodies over simple chord progressions. I record a simple strumming pattern and bass line with my loop station and just play. However, no matter how creative I find my notes, ...
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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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How to avoid being pianocentric in my compositions?

I have heard of 1 thing to do to make your music less pianocentric. That is to play other instruments. Thing is my commitment to guitar has always been on and off and while with an acoustic I don't ...
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Mini electric guitar tuning

To make it short, I am in the military and I try to take a guitar every time I am deployed. The thing is I can't take much with me so I need a very (very very) small guitar. I have a LAG guitalele (...
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What guitar brand/model is this? [closed]

So I have always seen this broken guitar and didn't notice since it was broken and all and recently I looked at it and wondered what guitar it might be. I tried searching the guitar for any hints ...
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How to improvise and play chords across the guitar neck?

I want to start playing melodies and chords across the whole neck and escape the prison that is the first 4-5 frets, but I don't know a systematic way of learning how to do that. I thought of learning ...
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Can I share Beatles Guitar Tunings and Keys Here? [migrated]

I would like to share a list of Beatles Guitar Tunings, Keys, and Intonation parameters to see if other people agree. Here's an overview of how I see it (where I have adjusted the guitar intonation to ...
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What key is this progression? Amaj7- Gmaj7- Fmaj7- Cmaj7

I have been building chords in maj7 and stringing them together in what sounds good to me. I like the sound of this progression and am curious as to how to determine what key it is, if any. I am very ...
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What does [2 whole steps down & b flat down] mean for the guitar?

I know two steps down is C tuning, but what does the "b flat down" mean?
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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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Floyd Rose Question: Should it sit flat with the body of the guitar?

I have a EVH Fender Striped Series guitar with a non-floating floyd rose Bridge. I've had it for about a year now. Recently I looked at it and saw that it was like the bridge was being pulled forwards ...
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How/What to Practice to Get Better at Shifting Between Bar Chords on Different Frets?

How/what can I practice to get better at playing a bar chord on the 4th fret, then a bar chord on 9th fret, for example, without it sounding like there's a 'gap' between them? I've been practicing by ...
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What is the expected orientation for Gibson guitar headstock stampings?

Recently I saw a (reverse) headstock photo of a Gibson guitar where the serial number was stamped in the traditional "horizontal" style, but the "Made in USA" was stamped "vertically". I've never seen ...
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Is my nut pocket cut uneven?

The left side of the pocket is cut flat while the right side has a bump to the far right. I measured from the bottom of the pocket to the top of the fingerboard and the right side sits 1/64" to 2/64" ...
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Suggestion for a scale run

I can't get an F major scale run without screwing it up at the moment where I slide to F note on 10th fret of G string. First run is E Mixolydian – goes just fine. Second – F Ionian – can't get it. ...
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What's the use case for a thickness measurement tool in a guitar toolkit?

I purchased a toolkit specifically designed for guitars, and beside the tools I expected, it contained this: The description lists it as a thickness measurement tool. What thickness would one measure ...
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Does octave not matter when tuning?

Why does it not matter what octave you're tuning to? If you wind a string to two different octaves of the same note, surely it's going to have a big effect on the sound, no?
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Guitar options for beginners to learn [duplicate]

I would like to learn to play guitar and I am reviewing the choice of being an autodidact but I want to know the path of the very beginner, to know the type of guitar I should get to start learning, ...
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Does leaving on nut locks hurt strings?

I just got a guitar with a Floyd-Rose bridge, complete with a nut built for nut locks. Should I leave the nut locks on until I need to change strings, or possibly need to retune with the knobs? Or ...
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Where can I use 9th Chords in a chord progression?

In terms of a major scale, I heard that the I and IV chords can be maj7, the V chord is dom7 and the ii, iii, and vi chords can be min7. Would the same logic apply for 9th chords?
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Is it normal for beginner guitarist to break strings often?

I'm playing an acoustic for 4-5 months now and i've broken 3 strings in the process.. Is this normal or should i be a lot more careful with strings?
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Equalizer: choosing frequencies

I'm dealing with computer-based sound treatments (building "guitar-pedals" with computer). Most of it is fine, but I want to include various EQ possibilities. So far I can create LowPassFilter, ...
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How do I know whether I need to adjust my truss rod?

Say I put on a heavier gauge of string on and It doesn't feel right, the action is too high, Fret buzz and isn't intonated etc how would I know whether to adjust the truss rod or whether it needs the ...
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Sometimes when i focus my attention to strumming i struggle with proper fingering speed and precision

I'm fairly new to guitar and i need some help. First off, i'm playing an acoustic guitar. I'm not a beginner yet not a master. I've been playing for a few months, i know a few scales, a dozen of ...
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Where in the guitar fretboard do you play the composition

I am relearning guitar by myself with the help of the web. I have studied music theory and started to sight read. When I have easy sheet music for the guitar (Ode to Joy for example), I tend to play ...
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What are your steps for setting up a guitar?

I'm just wondering what the ideal steps are to set up a guitar. For instance, it needs a complete setup, you're changing the string gauge, setting the action, getting it intonated. I'm not asking ...
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Guitar: difference between Folk and Ragtime strumming

First, please excuse me in advance for I am not a pro musician. Playing music is only a hobby for me. I'm learning how to play the acoustic guitar like Mark Knopfler in his solo career. In this ...
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Preventing unwanted noise while changing from string to string while playing

I often face this problem: Let's say I'm on the 12th fret of the G string with my index finger placed on it. Now I want to move on to 12th fret of the B string, so basically just below the one I was ...
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Good guitar to buy for blues style? [closed]

I love this sound, but don't want to buy a shovel :) I am an absolute newbie when it comes to music but I would like to purchase an electric guitar to practise some ...
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How to add extra notes to the original music sheet

I am learning guitar by myself. I see that the tab composer usually adds more notes that are not in the original sheet to make song more impressive. Please look at the notes in the circles in my ...
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How can I practice guitar when I don't have my instrument?

Brass players can practice using just their mouthpieces, and drummers can practice with just sticks. What can a guitar (or similar instrument) player do to practice when they can't bring along their ...
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Chord construction on guitar

I know that a major chord is built using the root, a third, and a fifth and that the root note is always the note with the lowest frequency. So in a guitar, a C major chord would have the notes C(3rd ...