Questions tagged [guitar]

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Why do many classical guitarists move the fingers for vibrato like a violin?

I have seen many videos where it looks like the guitarist is doing some vibrato and they make a rolling motion like in a violin, cello... How can this work in a fretted instrument? As an amateur in ...
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How do I change which pickup a specific Guitar Pro 7.5 track uses?

I have a guitar part which uses the neck pickup. How do I switch the track to neck pickup so that it sounds more like the original track?
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Claw-like gloves to simulate pick when playing fingerstyle?

I am wondering if clawed gloves would be able to reproduce the sound of a pick when playing fingerstlye.
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What does the bracket spanning a chord on a guitar score mean?

I came across this notation in a guitar solo collection book, but I don't know what it means. It's a bracket spanning a chord (The Asus4, A/C# and G chords in the image below.) My first guess is that ...
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Transcribing The Right Octave

I have started to begin to transcribe and can transcribe the right note flawlessly, but not the right octave. I have been doing a transcribing course that uses an electric guitar and have been ...
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How to define the note frequency from spectrogram?

because when I press for example on a piano key, that I trace the spectrum of the sound, I have this (amplitudes in function of frequencies) Question: how to define the fundamental frequency of the ...
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How do I play these notes from “Zelda's Lullaby”?

How do I play the notes shown in the below image? Here's a link of the video if you want to see It's on minute 02:33
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Guitar Strings have no magnetic properties

I stumbled into Fender copycat electric guitar strings in ebay. (They had Fender packing and print)The price was 1€ per set.Great! I found the most peculiar reason in my life for that price. Three ...
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How to interpret this “hammer on” in this guitar tab?

Does anyone know how I would interpret this hammer on in the guitar tab seen in the image? I would usually read this as "play the third string on the fourth fret, hammer on 5, hammer on 4" ...
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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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Is it wise to bifurcate guitar mastery into a procedural component and a creative component?

In math education, there are two (not necessarily dichotomous) camps: (a) people who advocate drill and kill (which is a form of rote learning) (b) people who advocate constructive learning Now, I see ...
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Calluses - are they really a necessity for guitarists?

Quite a few times I read on this site about calluses. How they are an important part of being a guitarist. How they help one's playing, how they really can't be avoided. Fair enough, when I started ...
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I want to write a chordal rhythmn guitar part to my melodic rhythmn part of my song but i cant figure out how [closed]

I have written a melodic lead part to my J-Rock-style song in single notes. I just had the melody and wrote around it. Now to want a rocky rhythm part but I cant figure that out. How can I compose the ...
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What gives a Chinese Pipa its unique timbre in comparison with a guitar?

Similar to this broader question How do East Asian instruments (Shamisen, pipa, etc.) get their unique sound? Though they a similar in many ways a guitar and a pipa sound very different. Could you ...
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How important is brand name and type of string to the overall sound of a guitar?

I'm aware of many different brands, gauges, and alloys used in manufactured guitar strings. Is it necessary for me to try each type and brand to optimize the sound of my guitar, or do the type and ...
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Why is my pinky rotated towards the ring finger when it is on the fretboard?

As you can see the pinky is twisted towards the ring finger causing it to mute strings. Is there a way to fix this?
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Why is my pinky always rotating towards the ring finger on the fretboard? [closed]

My pinky finger is always rotated towards the ring finger, causing it to mute strings because it's flat on the side How can I make it straight?
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non understandable key switches in jazz [closed]

I am trying to learn jazz. I got a handbook with some jazz standards. Given a jazz tab, is there a dominant key ? like in classical music. I don't understand the structure of the music. For instance, ...
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Nerve damage in middle finger fretting hand? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for 20 years and up until a month ago played regularly every day. A month ago I noticed that I was getting an intermittent burning sensation in the underside of my left ...
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Is my guitar's neck too soft? How do I keep open string notes from wobbling when playing chords on lower frets?

You know how some guitarists shake or bend the neck of their guitar when playing a chord or note in order to add vibrato in a subtle way? Well my guitar does that when I am not intending to do it, ...
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A synthesia-like program for guitar [closed]

Is there a program that works like Synthesia, but for guitar? Or at least a "guitar hero-like" game that I can play with a real electric guitar, not just by tapping buttons (even if you play ...
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How can i add 5 grace notes before a note, when only one grace note can fit in? (GuitarPRO)

Here's a part (measure 3) of "Tango En Skaï" (Roland Dyens) I am trying to write out. You can see there are 5 grace notes before the A, how would I add this in GuitarPRO? Here what it ...
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With which instrument will I find it easier to join a band? Keyboard or guitar? [closed]

I like indie music, pop rock, and j-rock. Would I find it easier to join a band of these genres playing the keyboard or guitar?
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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

I've noticed that to play good, consistent sounding tremolo, especially on short, thick strings, you can't just move the pick back and forth because the sound is inconsistent - the string doesn't ...
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What causes a guitar's notes to decay/sound out of tune when played together? they sound fine individually, just not when strummed together [closed]

Recently bought this electric guitar, it's great, but I've noticed that when I play chords / strum them all together, the notes on the b and e strings don't resonate in sync with the rest of the ...
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When i play lead guitar solos, the other singer in the band tends to vocalize over what i am playing. I find it highly disrespectful. Anyone else? [closed]

I just need to know what the general consensus is on this issue. I feel disrespected to the point i want to quit this band. I have asked the singer not to do this but she claims artistic expression. ...
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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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What is “Young's modulus”, and how does it relate to guitar?

I've come across some posts that mention "Young's modulus" in relation to guitar. Young's modulus is discussed on physics.SE (Young's Modulus and Vibrating String Harmonics), but I'm looking ...
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Are these indentations on the frets of my Acoustic for intonation? Can I apply this to the frets of my Electric?

The questions are in the title, picture is below, but here are the (TL/DR) details. About 9 months ago, I bought an electric guitar "kit" and assembled it (fun, highly recommended). This ...
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What can I do to identify the bass note that's not on guitar?

I am practicing finding the chord of songs by my ears and I only play guitar. However, I see some pop songs(where uses pianos) have low C chords which the guitar doesn't have (The guitar can't go as ...
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Touching muted strings with picking hand

When I move across strings quickly (e.g. on arpeggios), I can feel bumping lightly into muted strings. For example when I inside-pick E and A, I will start with an upstroke on E and then slightly ...
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Why are “scales” mentioned less to singers and more to guitar players?

Scales are still confusing to me. When I sing I don't know anything about scales. Nobody suggests me to sing in mixolydian, phrygian or anything like that. But, when I play guitar, it is very ...
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What is the correct string gauge for an Alvarez LJ2E acoustic guitar?

I am going to change the strings on this guitar for the first time. A google search brings up one website that says that it uses 13-56 strings, but this is not mentioned on the official Alvarez ...
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Does Steve Vai's circular vibrato actually make the note go flat?

Steve Vai does vibrato by circling his finger around the note like he's giving it a massage.. He says that this somehow makes the note go flat as well as sharp. I can't hear it. I try to do it on my ...
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Instrument or line level for recording amplifier through headphone jack?

I just got a digital combo amplifier and the only outputs it has are USB and a headphone jack. I am trying to record it by using a 3.5 mm to dual 1/4 inch adapter and plugging it into my interface. ...
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Are Fmaj7 and C major chord the same in Guitar?

Are Fmaj7 and C major chord the same in Guitar ? I have some confusion in these two chord
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Transposing to a different key in Guitar [closed]

I am a beginner guitar player. I found a youtube tutorial to play a song. So the chords I was playing for the song were: Dm, Gm, A7, F, E7 . I was asked by someone to transpose the key to C# instead ...
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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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How Do Guitarists Sight Read? [duplicate]

This is such a basic question but an answer to this would solve a lot of mysteries for me. Basically, how the heck do guitarists sight read? I have experience in woodwind instruments where there is ...
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Application for finding ( and playing ) a guitar chord [closed]

I will frequently be playing guitar and end up playing a sound that I am unsure of the technically defined chord type. I have a very basic level of understanding when it comes to guitar theory in ...
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What does the apostrophe mean in Falk's №1?

See the picture from the guitar composition: What does the apostrophe mean and how does it affect playing ?
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How to properly record electric guitar?

I want to record my electric guitar for the sake of making covers as well as my own music, however I'm having trouble getting a good tone. I have 3 possible approaches (one of which has worked fairly ...
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I have a problem with the strummer in Ample Guitar M (used in Reaper)

When I create a riff using the plugin and drag it in the timeline (as a midi file), it's played with no legatos or really anything I set up in the riffer. It sound terrible, all the chords are played ...
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Confusion with inversion and descending, example with guitar shape

Hi, I'd like to understand why the second shape is considered to be a P5 ? When I play it I hear a descending P4 or reversed P4 if you will. I try to forget about theory, nine rules, calculation but ...
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E7 chord at 5th fret missing a B note

the E7 chord includes E G# B D. If we play E7 on the 5th fret, it is missing a B note. Could anyone please explain that?
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I need help in guitar tuning: tuner says I'm off by fourths

I'm having a bit of trouble in tuning. I've tried tuning apps and even bought a tuner. However, when I pick the E string, it says it's the B string; when I pick the G string it says it's the D string. ...
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Why does guitar have so much more shape/tone variety than all other instruments?

For acoustic guitars, we have dreadnaught, auditorium, classical, jumbo, mini, grand concert, arch top, parlor (then there are new shapes coming from Taylor) Even if I count the whole orchestra family ...
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Need tips for getting a specific kind of guitar feedback

I have this way of thinking about two different kinds of guitar feedback: -Gain based feedback -Volume based feedback Gain based feedback can happen at any volume, and requires distortion, adds ...
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Why does pentatonic + diatonic embellishments sound so much better than just using the diatonic for guitar solos?

I've learned both diatonic and pentatonic scales across the fretboard but when I go to solo, it sounds so much better to me if I use the pentatonic as a base and then pepper in some of the diatonic ...
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Improvising with modes and over “advanced” chords

Say I'm playing along to a jam track in C major. From my understanding, this means that C Ionian, D Dorian, E Phrygian etc. would work. My question is: How do I bring out the flavor/characteristic of ...

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