Questions tagged [guitar]

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Classical Guitar: Can someone reference this piece of music allegedly by Carulli

In my classical guitar book "Klassiker der Gitarre", edited by Martin Rätz, there is a piece which is attributed to Fernando Carulli. It has the title "Sonate" (Sonata) and the ...
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Unconventional approaches for learning to play scales? [closed]

I'm a guitar player who started learning theory a bit later down the road, and there is a practical issue that I can't figure out how exactly to tackle. That would be scales, more precisely, the ...
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Harmony Archtop Guitar - Model and date [closed]

I picked up a Harmony archtop guitar I'd like to identify. It has ivory top binding, appears to have a molded spruce top, and a wooden tailpiece. I bought it as an H1215, but I'm thinking that's not ...
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Why does Tim Henson look so cool? (technically) [closed]

A more formal way to phrase this would be, "what makes Tim's playing so aesthetically pleasing?". Him: Some covers: ...
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How should I do slides on guitar without hurting my fingers?

I've been playing guitar for two years but I still can't slide without really hurting my fingers, plus, the strings live shorter when I practice slides compared to when I don't do any slides. Like, am ...
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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 to fix a cramped up left hand when playing guitar?

My left hand keeps getting tired and cramped up when playing guitar. Especially when playing a lot of barre chords. It's very frustrating because I always have to stop mid song because it hurts too ...
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How do you develop the ability to express yourself via your instrument (e.g. guitar for my case) [duplicate]

I understand this question may be very broad and the answer may be very complex or allusive in nature. I hope I can get a little guidance from true musicians like you. Last night I watched Ralph ...
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Why do guitarists specialize on particular techniques?

I don't play the guitar and have only a casual knowledge. (I was defeated by the barre F chord.) I have the impression, though, that guitarists tend to specialize -- or at least favor -- specific ...
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Harmonizing in fingerstyle with a bass line

I would like to learn some music theory relevant to harmonizing melodies for the fingerstyle guitar. The discussions of harmonization that I have seen focus foremost on the chord progression. This ...
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Is it possible to do hammer-ons and pull-offs on a lap steel guitar without only using open strings?

Is there a practical way to do hammer-ons and pull-offs on a lap steel without only using open strings? As a lap steel has no frets and the strings are too high to push it to the fretboard. I've tried ...
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Dimensions of Ovation roundback guitars?

Ovation makes its roundback style guitars in a few different sizes, corresponding to the depth of the bowl: Super Shallow Shallow Mid-Depth Deep I have one such guitar and am looking for a case for ...
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How do I read bars with only one or two notes?

In this sheet there are some bars that only have one or two notes, instead of four. How do I read them? Do they last 1 unit of time as well? In the case of the bars with only one note, does that note ...
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I want to be able to cover and loop any song I want [closed]

Justice Der is a guitarist on YouTube that inspired me to starting playing. He does these loop covers of hip-hop/r&b songs. The loops usually have the following layers: percussion -> chords -&...
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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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Guitar chords - which song? [closed]

Anyone know the song these guitar chords add up to? (Please se attached image)
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What is the name of that widespread blues lick and how to play it? [closed]

I would like to improve my guitar solos and to add a lick to them. The one I'm thinking off is used in many blues songs, but also rock'n'roll, punk rock, etc. One example that I can find is the whole ...
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How do I notate this rhythm? [closed]

I've written this riff and cannot for the life of me figure out how to notate the rhythm. I need to know the subdivisions to set up DAW and write drum track for it. Here's the riff, played twice: ...
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What makes a chord a sus chord?

In light of some recent answers to questions I have asked on Stack Exchange with regards to naming chords, I have decided to refine things a little further, focusing on sus chords. If a chord contains ...
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Why is Eric Clapton playing up on the neck?

In this video, at 15 seconds he picks the strings somewhere up on the neck. I don't understand what he's doing. Why not just pick down below?
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Is there a method to know which string and fret to play on guitar when reading sheet music without tabs?

Is there a way to find out which fret position would be optimal? Or is it a matter of personal choice? (When no additional info is given in the sheet music)
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On classical guitar, I press one string and it affects the adjacent open string that is needed for the chord or apreggio [duplicate]

I want to fret one string and use the adjacent string as an open string, but there is no way on earth that my finger can NOT touch the open string. I think I'm a pretty normal adult. I've seen people ...
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Electric guitar neck crack. Worth repairing?

Recently I noticed a crack on the neck of my 20 years old Ibanez RG. I'm not sure how it happened, I never knocked it over and never messed with the truss rod. Days ago I was switching strings for a ...
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How to barre this chord without muting adjacent string?

I found this online. How do you barre with the third(ring) finger without it touching and muting the G string? Anatomically speaking it's really hard for my ring finger to not touch the G string while ...
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My pick gets stuck and I'm trying to fix it with downward pickslanting. ( ~ 8 months of playing )

I've been playing for 8 months and I think that this is a common newbie problem: my pick gets stuck. I started to analyze my picking motion/hand and I realised that the pick is too flat ( ...
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Why won't the top three strings change pitch

I ended up breaking the high E string because using an electronic tuner and my ear, it clearly wasn't changing at all. Kept tightening the string and eventually it broke behind the nut. To look into ...
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How to repeat passages in Falk's №1?

I'm trying to play R. Falk's №1. I don't understand how repetition works here with multiple coda signs/brackets. Could someone give me a hint? The music goes like this:
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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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Octaves start on C with guitar?

I am learning scientific pitch in order to understand the guitar fretboard better, in terms of absolute pitch. What I was taught, was that A to G, and then back to A up an octave. When I look at the ...
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How much is this guitar worth? [closed]

I'm looking for an estimate of the value of a guitar. It is a Fender Stratocaster, serial number: H037097. This website (https://www.guitarinsite.nl/serienummers-fender_eng.php) gives the following ...
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A major on all 6 strings of the guitar

I know that the A major chord is commonly played by fretting strings 2, 3, and 4, then playing only strings 1 - 5, giving the notes A, E, A, C♯, and E, notes in the A major triad. If I also add the ...
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Why does F# minor chord fit A minor key

Playing the guitar I noticed a really cool sounding, kind of mysterious progression, which looks like this A minor -> C major -> F# minor -> F major The F# minor creates some tension which ...
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Guitar pitch changes with pressure applied to neck

I have an Epiphone Les Paul Standard PlusTop Pro I purchased in 2016. I think it has a glued in neck as opposed to a bolt-on but is not a guitar made from a single piece of wood. Whenever I'm tuning ...
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Can a stustain pedal be modified for alternative uses?

Is it possible to modify a MIDI sustain pedal to for example, a guitar pedal? If so, would this be practical at all? If not, what could be an alternative use of such pedal?
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26 inch scale length good enough for Drop tuning guitar?

I've recently been trying to drop tune to Drop G. I've read that a 27 inch scale length would be good but I was wondering if 26 would be okay. Thanks!
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Should you pick strings up and down in a straight line? Does it matter?

It may sound dumb but let's say we play A minor scale. When I change strings do I have to hit the next string in the exact same spot? Each time I change strings I keep picking closer to the bridge. ...
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How does one know which F (or other note) to play?

I am trying to learn how to read sheet music for my guitar. I am starting with this beginner exercise, but I am confused on how I am supposed to know, for example, which F note to play when it comes ...
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How does changing a guitar string's tuning affect its timbre?

I'm not a guitar player, but have been reading some posts about alternative tunings. There are several mentions of how tuning a string up or down can change its timbre, but I haven't found anything ...
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How to tell if a song is tuned a half-step down?

This song, for example: I've tried the notes in the intro on both standard tuning and half-step down, and they both match pretty closely. (How) Can one determine by ...
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Magnetic part of pickup sticks out

I got my guitar set up and the luthier did an amazing job. However, I want to know if the magnetic part of one of the pickups sticking out is normal. Beneath the A and D strings, these parts stick out ...
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Is there such thing as a guitar string database? [closed]

I'm completely new to guitars and guitar accessories. I read several articles on (everything, but this question pertains to) strings, and it strikes me that one might want to try a set of strings with ...
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How can I achieve the ability of playing the music's melody right after listening to it? [duplicate]

Recently I bought a new guitar for myself. After having a basic course, I can play some simple songs like Auld Lang Syne, and I've started wondering this question: If I had such ability, I may learn a ...
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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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How to know what guitar to buy for a C F C F A# D G tuning?

For some months I've been quite obsessed with the sound of some djent metal groups. Bought a 7-string guitar with the largest scale length I could afford along with an 8 string pack, the thickest one ...
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I play with P rested on the 6th string when doing high tempo pieces. Is this a bad habit?

I've been trying to play classical pieces recently and I found it easier to play the very fast parts of a song (take fur elise's 2nd movement and the second part of the third movement) by resting P on ...
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Intervals in Guitar

I am a beginner guitar player trying to learn the basics. Currently I struggling with INTERVALS. I somewhere read the below section, but was not able to understand it properly. In Guitar, every string ...
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Smaller scripts on guitar tablature

Above picture there are some notes are written smaller does it mean play slightly more silent?
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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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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?

I have this Epiphone Les Paul 100 that I got probably 7-8 years ago now and it's still got its stock pickups. I was thinking maybe it's time to upgrade and wanted to get a new guitar, but I was ...
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String Buzz and Dead Notes on Squier Strat

I am new to guitar and bought a new Squier Strat as my first guitar. I changed the strings myself to 008's a couple months in, and I think that may have caused some of the problems that followed ...

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