Questions tagged [guitar]

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What is Pat Martino's Minor Conversion Concept? [closed]

Is the basic principle of Pat Martino's Minor Conversion Concept anything more than simply altering melodic minor scales?
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How bad is this dent?

Today, I was cleaning my room, and I put a phone powerbank on a bed. I wanted to put guitar close to it, but when I stood near the bed, I blacked out (for a few secs) and accidentally dropped my ...
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How to read this guitar chord cheat sheet?

Coming from a piano background, I have decided to give a try to the guitar and I have started learning some chords. Looking for a cheat sheet on Google, I have found this: http://www.princessdesign....
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How to Barre Chords Properly?

I've played guitar for about 3 years and usually simplified barre chords to 4 strings because I had such a hard time with them, and now it's become a habit. I barred the 7th fret today on my guitar ...
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Diminished chord sounds great in the song song but terrible when I play it

I'm trying to play A Cruel Angel's Thesis on the guitar (just the chords for now) and the whole pre-chorus uses lots of 7th chords, and a Ddim7 right before the end. That chord sounds just terrible ...
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Pat Martino chord concept - Augmented Forms - Guitar Fretboard shapes

Imagine a A+ chord that Pat transfers to a Dm chord by raising the note c# to d. Pat seems to relate a A+ chord to a D-minor chord. What´s the improvisational use of that approach as A+ is not "...
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Is there any set of 2-6 notes that doesn't have a chord name?

Is there any combination of up to six notes in the chromatic scale that could not be classified and named as a chord? Can anyone give me an example and explanation if so?
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My alternate picking technique has reached a plateau

I've played guitar for over ten years, and my alternate picking really blows when it comes to fast stuff like 7 to 10 notes per second range. I sometimes wonder if I have reached my natural limits? ...
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Using IK Multimedia AXE I/O for vocals?

I have been researching upgrading audio interface. This one looks good, although I'm not sure whether I can plug a mic into it for vocals. Any help appreciated. Thanks.
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Adjust left / right angle of guitar neck?

TL;DR: Can I adjust the left / right angle of my electric guitar's neck? Not the vertical angle that most of the related questions seem to ask about. I've recently inherited an old Squier Bullet that ...
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How do you play “tenth” chords on the guitar?

I've heard of playing "tenths" on the piano. How do you play "tenths" on the guitar?
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Changing the timing of a phrase

Preface: I can't seem to create a great solo, but..... I have this phrase, it's from Stevie Ray Vaughs Texas Flood and it consists of about 15 notes. It sounds great... Next I play the same notes in ...
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How do I teach myself guitar (as a high level pianist)?

I'm pre-noting this with my background as I understand it is easy to see why this could be a repeat question and I do not want to do this. I have an extensive background in music theory, I've taught ...
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Can't bend fingertip when finger is straight

I've noticed a big reason I have trouble with some chords is that the first joint near my fingertips cannot bend much when my fingers are somewhat straight. When playing a Dm7 barre chord with the ...
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Can I really learn guitar by myself [duplicate]

My question is quite basic. Can one really learn guitar by himself? I recently bought this model and I want to start to learn the basics. My goal is to be able to perform covers
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Approach to progressing with guitar?

Situation: I can play chords, barre chords, major and minor pentatonic, and diatonic scales. Have been playing for a couple of years but most of that was spent improvising on scales I already know, so ...
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How to work out a chord on the guitar fretboard

I am doing this test on musictheory.net https://www.musictheory.net/exercises/fretboard-chord and am trying to work out the chords but I am a bit stuck as to how to actually go about doing this. Do ...
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Do vintage guitars really sound better with age? Or is this perception affected by selection bias?

Guitars are often said to sound better with age. How much of it is due to worse-sounding guitars being discarded before they reach vintage age?
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Angel Romero's guitar arrangements of Vivaldi's concerts [closed]

When I was a child my dad used to listen a lot a CD by Angel Romero and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields playing Vivaldi's concerts. Needless to say that as a guitarist I love his performance ...
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Why is my guitar's saddle at an angle?

Most acoustic guitars I've seen, including my own, have an angled saddle (the white strip holding up the strings): This makes the bass strings longer than the treble strings. Why is this? ...
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How do you construct triad superimpositions in the style of Steve Khan? [closed]

Steve Khan had a theory of triad superimposition and substitution he called Contemporary Chord Khancepts. How do you construct triad superimpositions in the style of Steve Khan?
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What are the 3 note Freddie Green jazz chords?

Freddie Green, the guitar player in the Count Basie Orchestra, had amazing chordal technique. I use his chords all the time but I think I'm missing some of the voicings. Where can I find a complete ...
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What is Pat Martino's Diminished Concept? [closed]

What is the basic principle of Pat Martino's Diminished Concept for chord construction? Is there anything more to it than simply altering diminished chords?
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Switching from a C#m to a B major on guitar without error? [closed]

I would like to know how can I switch from a C#m chord to a B major chord on a guitar without any error close to the nut? It just seems I can't get it right. Any tips in getting it right would be ...
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How does Pat Martino's Minor Concept relate to his Diminished Concept?

How does Pat Martino's Minor Concept relate to his Diminished Concept? Are they completely unrelated or are melodic minor scales and diminished chords related in some way?
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What are “Benson Chords”?

George Benson was a jazz guitarist well before he became known as mainly an R&B vocalist and guitarist. His guitar playing style incorporates distinctive chords sometimes called "Benson Chords" ...
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Tablature vs. standard music notation? (guitar)

Under what circumstances should I write down "TAB" (tablature) or just regular music notation or both? I know how to read and write both of them, but I'm not sure which I should use for my songs when ...
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Is using your thumb for jazz barre chords 'bad technique'?

When I play barre chords using jazz voicings such as in the following chord chart: I often wrap my thumb around the neck to fret the E string. I prefer this, rather than using my first finger, as it ...
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How do I fix frets rattling on new Floyd Rose guitar?

I got a new electric guitar today, I love everything about it except there is some fret rattle on most of the frets of the bass strings. The I got it from at Guitar Center tuned it for me, and I didn'...
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Should I look at the fretboard while I play guitar?

Is it a bad thing to constantly look at the frets while playing? Sometimes I find myself curved over a body of the guitar so much that my neck starts to hurt. It seems that some experienced players ...
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Is there a name for chord shape 322450 on guitar?

This shape is playing an Em (322450), but I'm not used to see it and it doesn't match the common E and A movable shapes I see all the time. Is this common with some specific styles? Edit: I should ...
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Why do guitarists wave their guitars?

I'm currently learning to play the guitar and watch a lot of tutorials. I noticed that on long playing chords they often wave their guitars (slowly move neck up and down). What is the reason? Does ...
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Crack on guitar neck. Possible solution?

Recently I've noticed that my guitar (classic) has some crack on the top of the neck, precisely where the neck connects to the head. I've doing some research and it seems that it's not a big deal, and ...
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Barring the second string on fifth-string bar chords

I'm having some trouble with the second string when playing sus2 chords on the fifth string, e.g. Bbsus2: x13311. Most of the time, I don't manage to push the 2 on the second/B string down properly ...
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Major Mediant of F Major Scale [duplicate]

I'm writing a solo over a progression in F Major. However, the progression uses a major mediant instead of the usual minor. Therefore, my progression in F major is IV-III-vi-ii-I (Bbmaj-Amaj-Dmin-Gmin-...
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I've recently had a power cut, now all my guitar and bass amps are making a humming/buzzing noise?

I recently had a power cut in my area this Monday just gone, power was restored quickly, in about 5 seconds. However now whenever I go to plug in and turn on any of my amplifiers in my studio or ...
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What can I add to a pop group as one of two guitar players?

I'm new to playing in a band and have mostly played by myself or with one other jam mate. Now I've found myself in a little amateur band with drums, bass, singer, another guitar player an myself. ...
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Different pedals/effects for low strings/notes than high

I'd like to put different effects on my low strings and high strings (or low notes and high notes), e.g. an octavizer and delay on the bass notes and vibrato and reverb on the treble. Is there a ...
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What is the signal chain for a rackmount guitar interface, audio interface, and a power conditioner?

I have been thinking about upgrading my audio equipment to a rack system. It is going to be nothing crazy, just a Audio Interface Guitar Interface (multi-FX processor) Power Conditioner Here are ...
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How to play this kind of “growly” sound in the guitar?

This is a snippet from "Ride across the river", from Dire Straits. Notice the distorted guitar sound at the beginning; is that sound a result of two close notes (e.g. a semi-tone or tone apart) played ...
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Question about sharps flats major and minor [closed]

I know that minor scale is just a semitone lower than the major scale I also know that a sharp is a semitone higher than the scale your on. and a flat is a semitone lower than the scale you on. then i ...
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Tips for a New Teacher

I'm an intermediate guitar player. I've been playing for a few years, mostly teaching myself with a few months of lessons in the middle. I'm not a great player, or even particularly good; but I can ...
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Can you mix brands?

Can you mix string brands if they’re in the same gauge? I have Ernie Ball strings and the ‘A’ string broke. Was wondering if i could Replace with a fender string of the same gauge?
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What chords would harmonize well on slow blues progression? [closed]

I wrote this blues song with this chord progression: High Cminor-Fmajor-HighCminor-Gmajor-Fmajor...back to High Cminor. What chords would harmonize well on slow blues progression?
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GuitarPro Notes Displaying One Octave Too Low

I have been using the software GuitarPro, and the file I am working in has suddenly begin displaying the notes one octave too low. In short, it acts as if 8va is on, even though it isn't. Everything ...
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The implications of tuning a 12-string guitar in fifths

I would like to take the chance to discuss the theoretical implications of my alternate tuning for a 12-string guitar. You can find the original question here. So for reference I was talking about the ...
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Dark-sounding 1986 Les Paul Custom - modern upgrade? or embrace yacht rock? [closed]

I'm lefty, and good lefty guitars used to be very rare. I bought the first lefty Les Paul I ever laid eyes on: a used black 1986 les paul custom. I gigged/toured in three different bands with it. It's ...
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How to record guitar outdoor and in studio and then sync both perfectly

Some guys on youtube make very professional videos of themself playing guitar outside, like Peter Gergely or Eddie Van Meer. How do they record that? I mean in the second post a user commented: ...
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Teacher help me explain this to my students [closed]

I had another student ask this question and my stock answer is that "Chords aren't necessarily the strings we depress but the ones we PLAY" I always get a weird look when I give that answer, so ...
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Guitar Amp Volume Fades In And Out: Fender Pro 185

I have a Fender Pro 185. It is a solid state amp. The volume seems to fade in and out on it as I play. Sometimes it takes it up to 20 seconds to come back and when it does come back it is usually ...