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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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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 ...
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Choosing my first electric guitar

I am going to purchase my first electric guitar, specifically a Squier Bullet Strat. I have been playing my acoustic for two years. Nothing professional, just learning basic songs, although I want to ...
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I want to play electric guitar, but should I start with acoustic?

I'm 17, and I really want to learn guitar and drums, but for now I want to start with guitar. I have always loved the sound and style of the electric, but I have already played around with a acoustic. ...
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Why does the D# work in Pink Floyd's Mother guitar solo?

I'm curious why the D# sounds good in the guitar solo of Pink Floyd's Mother. You can check for example the tab here - the 14p13 is a pull-off from E to D#, but D# isn't in the G major scale even ...
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Why is my D string showing a C♯ on my tuner?

I was playing for a bit and didn't tune any string, but when I wanted to tune it in at the end of my session my tuner kept saying C♯ instead of D. How do I get my D string back to its original ...
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Is it advisable for a beginner to wear finger guard?

Is it advisable for a beginner to wear finger guard when playing the guitar or ukulele? Picture taken from Google Images
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How come John Mayer is not compared with other great guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton? [closed]

I am confused as to why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton, etc. when he can and produces so difficult songs to play even for advanced level guitarists ...
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Theory of finding the Mode of a key

Finding the notes of G Phrygian. The ‘Phrygian Mode, is the third mode along from the Ionian, Major - of which major scale is G the 3rd note?". The answer is E flat major. So, G Phrygian has the ...
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What are some properties of a string instrument's sound box that can make it louder?

I would like to know what some aspects of a sound box there are that I could change in order to make my instrument louder. I imagine enlarging the sound hole would be one, but what are some others?
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Writing Guitar Songs

Whenever I write a song on the guitar if I start it on the fifth fret, then all parts of the song start on the fifth fret, The intro riff, the chorus and verse riffs, everything. I'm a self taught guy ...
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New Guitar strings going out of tune

I just got a new guitar from eBay, it is a classical acoustic guitar. I am trying to tune it, but strings are going out every time I tune them. I could not even play it yet, because every time I ...
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Pinky finger cracking while playing guitar

While exercising my pinky at playing the guitar I noticed a huge problem which I am not able to find on the internet. My pinky kind of cracks when trying to bend it from its flat state. I tested it on ...
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Playing chords with a severed ulnar nerve

This may sound strange, but about 5 years ago I suffered an injury to my forearm that severed my ulnar nerve. Now this may not sound like much to those not versed in the arts of medicine, but that ...
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Fingertip-covering picks for fingerstyle guitar

I've seen a couple of videos in which a fingerstyle guitar player appears to have solid white, maybe plastic, picks covering the last segment of his finger. I haven't been able to find these at the ...
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If my guitar only had one string

If the string is tuned to G and I want to play the chord progression G B C and C minor, could I somehow imply the C and C minor chord on the same string? I am trying to learn songs on a ...
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Why does it sound muted when I play a bar chord?

I have occasionally played guitar and the first bar chord I came across was Bb major. If I remember right, it is a bar chord across the first fret. I tried and I got like a muted staccato sound even ...
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I want to learn blues and metal guitar but I have no motivation to self learn and no money to engage a teacher [closed]

I want to learn blues and metal guitar but I have no motivation to self learn and no money to engage a teacher. I don't want to give up guitar but I left my guitar sleeping at one corner and ...
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Seconds in a chord

Maybe someone knows about what means the “seconds” in a chord. I ask because I hear tha a person suggest to avoid “seconds” when you write music sheets for a guitar, because they are complex for a ...
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What is the strumming pattern for this cover (Under the Sea guitar cover)? [closed]

What is the strumming pattern for this cover of Under the Sea? There seems to be a percussive hit in there but it could just be my amateur ears. And it seems he just using his index finger to strum?
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Pentatonic Boob - What does it suggest to call someone this? [closed]

Someone labeled the creator of what I thought was a helpful music theory video, as a “pentatonic boob”. What is the implication of this comment, is it an offhanded remark, or a signal of some ...
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How is speed change notated

This is a very beginner question as I am a complete beginner. How is change in speed during a song notated in standard notation? Is it done by changing the time signature for each measure that has a ...
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bare wires from pickups in ibanez diagram confusion

I am installing a two kill switch setup and am new to working within electric guitars. I am working on an Ibanez Prestige from 2007. I accidentally disconnected some soldering points so I used it as ...
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Does chord type(major or minor) remains the same for common chord progressions irrespective of any mode or scale?

I am very new to even the basic concepts of music theory so there might be something inherently wrong in my question but here it is, There are some common chords progressions which are denoted by the ...
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Polyphia - GOAT | scale and key [closed]

I have discovered a song that doesn't let me sleep at nights. I am trying to figure out how they came up with this piece. First thing was to find the right notes that appear there and as I can see ...
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Identify fretboard wood

Hello this fretboard is made of rosewood or ebony?
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How do I get a nice attack while fingerpicking?

I'm trying to fingerpick with the pad of my fingertips (ie no nails), I'm struggling to get a nice tone. My thumb & ring finger sound okay, but my forefinger and middle finger tend to produce ...
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Confusion about C Major Chord on guitar

I was reading the article about major scales here -> https://www.lotusmusic.com/lm_chordnames.html and was trying to look at the C Major chord on my guitar. In the article it says that the triad ...
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barre chords versus power chords or simplified chords

I learned barre chords many years ago, when I was learning guitar. It seemed at the time there was no other option, or perhaps I never ran across other options. Now that I have taken up my guitar ...
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What's the easiest way to add bass notes to a melody on guitar? [closed]

I want to play a song on guitar, but I can't find its tab, so I'm transcribing the melody from piano notes. Now I want to add bass notes to certain parts of the melody to make it sound better. What's ...
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Determining Key when using a Capo [duplicate]

I'm using a Capo for the first time and wanted to know if I understand correctly how it works. Right now I have my Capo across the strings on the third fret. By placing it there and using the open C ...
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How should I learn piano being a long-time guitarist?

I'm a guitarist and know a good lot about music theory (don't know sheet reading tho, 'cause I'm lazy lol). I don't have THAT much free time and I know that learning a new instrument requires a lot of ...
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Playing All Guitar Notes With a MIDI File

I'm trying to do this: 1. I open FL Studio to play all 88 keys of a piano. 2. FL Studio's Piano Roll begins with C0 which is two octave below C1 of a real piano. 3. So you have to go from C2 up to C9 ...
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Is the guitar a dead end for me?

I'm getting sort of proficient with the guitar but there is one thing stopping me from learning a song I wanna learn. Bar chords. I have short fingers so I can't use a classical guitar but my fingers ...
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Can one be too old to learn an instrument?

I own a guitar. I've owned it since I was about 13, but never really got into it because I was a spiteful teen who wanted to play the drums, and went out of my way to play the drums instead (to the ...
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Way to lower key of song without changing sound of chord progression (like the opposite of a capo)?

Capos heighten the pitch of the guitar. Is there a thing that lowers the pitch of the guitar? I've been having problems playing a song on guitar and also singing it. For example, a song's chord ...
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Are these yamaha fake? [closed]

Here pictures of them , i dont know if they are real or fake ones
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Acoustic guitar learning [closed]

I just have 1 year of experience in guitar playing partly by self-taught, partly with a teacher, but we never used a book. Now i wish to have something more technical in order to have a more solid ...
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Is the Low E on guitar the first string or sixth string? [duplicate]

I'm confused on whether the low E is the first or the sixth string. I've seen images online that show the high e as the first string, but I've also seen this statement in a book I'm reading: ...
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How do I do this kind of strumming?

I'm kinda new to playing the guitar and I found this video on youtube with tabs: I was able to learn and play to until the 2 minute mark on the song. But I'm having a ...
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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

My six year old has been taking guitar lessons in a small group of his age (3-4 kids, 5-7 year olds). The teacher is considered very good and is famous in my city. He has been working for many years ...
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Why do different sites appear to label the pentatonic shapes with different letters?

So I am fairly confident with my Pentatonic shapes (Exhibit A): Pattern 1 Pattern 2 Pattern 3 Pattern 4 Pattern 5 However I then started seeing these shapes labelled with the letters C, A, G, E ...
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Chords going well with pentatonic scale and blues scale?

Let's say I want to improvise (create a solo) on the pentatonic scale A C D E G: E||---------------------5-8-| B||-----------------5-8-----| G||-------------5-7---------| D||---------5-7-------------|...