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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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Is there a reason not to play A/C# as x42225?

I'm having a hard time fingering A/C# as this sheet suggests: x42220. I've tried: barring with the first finger, but it's difficult for me not to touch the high E. barring with the first finger and ...
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How to avoid inadvertent string muting due to somewhat fast finger picking?

Have come to realize that no matter how careful and sharp I try to finger-pick the guitar using my right hand (keeping the chord-shapes pressed with left hand to play Arpeggios or melody in general), ...
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For D major, if I use the F# note on the low “E” string, does that count as a D major?

For D major, if I use the F# note on the low "E" string, does that count as a D major? If yes, what would I call this chord?
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Is music theory universal?

I'm currently 17 years old and want to dedicate myself to music. I've listened to different styles of music now: jazz, funk,groove also classical (Bob acri>any pop Idol in 2018). 2 weeks ago I bought ...
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Scott Pilgrim's Ramona Analysis

Can anyone well versed in music theory help me comprehend what is going on in Scott Pilgrim's Ramona? From what I can tell, there are 3 sets of 3 chords, each seem to be going to a specific place. ...
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Is there a special term for this type of alternate picking?

I'm looking to see if there's a special word for a type of alternate picking commonly heard in metal that involves playing a series of notes on a lower string while also playing notes on a higher ...
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Long notes without hardware

I really want to record a lick which is actually an arpeggiated chord where each next note is played over previous while all of those notes remain ringing. I don’t have any hardware like sustain or ...
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Is it hopeless in terms of becoming decent musicians, if they can't count beats?

My flesh-n-blood guitar teacher has tried to get me to count beats (verbally or at minimum in my mind), and I think that I've tried reasonably hard in doing so for few months now. However I've come to ...
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Tuning a 12 string guitar [closed]

I recently acquired a 12 string guitar. What kind of strings should I get so the octave higher strings won't break? My electronic tuner is made for a 6 string guitar. Is there a special guitar ...
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What is circle picking for guitar?

I just heard a term describing a picking technique for guitar that I hadn't heard before. Can anyone enlighten me as to what circle picking actually is?
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Fret markers on guitar necks

Given that classical guitar fretboards sometimes have no marker dots, why do virtually all other guitars have them? I guess the basic 5, 7 and 12 fret markers correspond to the first few harmonic ...
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Would it be possible to start learning bass guitar with a fretless bass?

I wonder if learning bass with a fretless is doable, because most of the music I play is Jazz. I have no prior experience in fretless instruments, I have played jazz guitar for 3 years, and want to ...
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Question about string gauges!

Hey guys I'm very new to guitar as in like I need to restring my old guitars that I got years ago but never even bothered to learn before I can actually start to learn. My question is what gauge ...
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Guitar Drummer Pa system

So me and a friend have got a partial band lol. Its me on guitar and vocals and him on the drums. My question is how should we set up. we usually play in my shop metal walls and concrete floors. I ...
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Phone app for guitar players [closed]

I was playing for some friends and it got me thinking about what my phone could do to enhance the experience. Oftentimes, you will be visiting friends and they pick up their acoustic guitar and ask ...
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I want to play guitar but I can't bend the tip of my index finger

I have never played guitar but I want to start. I love how you can make sounds that you can almost feel. I'm just worried that not being able to bend my left index finger on my fretting hand will be a ...
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Earphones while practicing [closed]

Are there any disadvantages to using earphones instead of headphones while practicing guitar quietly. Is the sound quality that bad ?
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What do I need to do if I can't replace a broken guitar string

So I broke the high e string on my guitar and it could be a long time before I replace it. I am afraid if leaving it like that for a long time will deform the neck. So should I tune down the rest of ...
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Describe a chord shape?

Is there a standard or compact way to describe a chord shape, using text? For example, the D/C chord is: 6th string: muted 5th string: 3rd finger on 3rd fret (C) 4th string: open (D) 3rd ...
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what strings should i get for my semi-acoustic guitar?

I have a semi-acoustic guitar with electric strings, and I want to continue having electric strings, but my high e string has just snapped, and I need to get another. However, being kinda new to ...
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How can I make a clean overdrive effect?

I have a Fender Amp Mustang III. I'm using Fender FUSE which is a software that lets you change the amp settings and add pedals. If any of you could help find this clean overdrive I'd highly ...
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What are the uses of inverted chords?

As far as I know, inverted chord can be used to create bass line. I am wondering about the other uses of it. Does it have anything to do with the melody in term of harmony and sound effects? Should we ...
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I want to learn to play an electric guitar, how do I start?

I'm 15, and recently I've watched a few electric guitar performances on YouTube. It got me really interested in electric guitars. Now, I've never played a guitar before, neither electric nor acoustic, ...
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New to guitar and want to learn jazz

I am fairly new to guitar, wouldnt say I have much knowledge that helps too much but I really like the sound of jazz and think thats where I want to go. I have looked online for beginners guides to ...
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Why is sheet music for guitar different from piano [duplicate]

Why is middle C on guitar music played an octave lower in pitch on guitar than on piano? I can play guitar while reading from piano music on the grand staff with middle C at concert, and it's not any ...
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What makes a guitar easier to play for people with small hands?

I have trouble with some chords because of the lack of reach. I'm wondering, when shopping for a guitar, what aspects of it should I look for that would make it more playable for me? Scale and neck ...
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Getting fingers to land in the same place

So, I can't seem to get my fingers to land in the same place when changing chords no matter how many times try. As an example, I can play a two-chord change if I practice it for 10 minutes. But I'll ...
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Playing my guitar melody on other instruments digitally? [closed]

I come up with a melody on guitar and I find myself adding stuff to it everyday and I want to add to it a “Orchestra” feel like playing the melody on other instruments digitally, because I only play ...
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Ear training for 12 bar blues chord changes

I am relatively new to guitar, having started some three months ago, with daily practice of about two to three hours. Having advanced past the nitty-gritty of the early beginner stages (at least ...
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Finding chords that sound the same as a melody

I’ve been writing a song with the basic melody: E, F#, C#, on electric guitar, but to write the chorus I need the same chords. I tried playing and F# chord, but it was too hard to play (I can’t play ...
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Guitar bassline and melody independence

I come from a self-taughting background, so I'm sorry for any bad terminology in the question. Some time ago, when learning Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's fault but mine, I first practiced the slide ...
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Tips for beginner guitarists and bass player to practice together?

Once two beginner players, guitarist and a bass player, get together for practice, it can easily end up in disaster. I would like to know how to make it workable, with which easy songs, maybe backing ...
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Can you make your own guitar capo with things around the house?

I have lost my capo. Does anybody know of any easy DIY guitar capos one can make from items around the house?
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What is the use of the minor V chord in this song?

First of all, I would like to say hi since this is the first question I've had on this website. I recently came across Officially missing you by Tamia and when I look up the chord progression on ...
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Program or app to practice “Copy-Playing” [closed]

Is there any program or app to practice ear training with "Copy-Playing" (guitar is my instrument)? I means basically a phrase is played, and you have to repeat it on your instrument. I read about it ...
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Acoustic guitar buzzing. Me or the guitar? [duplicate]

looked into this a lot, but I'm unsure what to do. I am still a beginner and know about 3 songs haha! But I have played them a lot, I'm at the stage where it's finally not hurting to hold the strings ...
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Circled numbers on guitar sheet

What are these circled numbers? The finger numbers are next to the notes on the left for sure. I assumed it to be repeat section markings but there is not repeat.
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Guitar is not tuning right

I have a guitar and I love it, and then I broke a string. I fixed it and I am positive I used the right string, I triple checked! But now about a month and a half later, I was tuning my guitar, and ...
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Learning Songs on Guitar

What do you play as a guitarist on a song that doesn't have guitars in the original recording, if you're playing with a band and the parts from the original recording are already played by someone ...
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How do I learn which guitar strings/frets correspond to which notes

Obviously the string letters correspond to a space where a note goes in standard notation, but that's only for open notes. Is there a pattern to remember which frets represent which notes at any ...
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How do you read standard notation on guitar if it isn't standard tuning?

Do you have to read the notation differently?
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Function Band Guitarist

What are some good traits to have to do a very good job in a function band (i.e., a band that plays at functions like weddings or corporate parties) as a guitarist? A lot of bands play the songs ...
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Display guitar or boxed one?

I'm planning to buy a new guitar (an Ibanez RGA-T62 if it makes any difference) from a brick-and-mortar shop and my dillema is if I should get the display unit that potentially 100s of customers have ...
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What happens if I continue playing the guitar despite tingling finger tips?

I used to play the guitar since puberty for a decade or so, then I stopped, and now I picked it up again. I meanwhile discovered vibrato, I play accustic with high strings and play BB Kingish vibrato (...
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How much is nut-width and neck-width a worry for finger-style playing?

As a mid-life learner of Acoustic Guitar, my collection is extremely humble and comprises of 2 beginner-level (i.e. laminated, entry-level range) steel-string acoustic guitars - both of which are cut-...
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What exercise is this (guitar)?

I have read on a website that "the maestro" Andre Segovia suggests these/this exercise(s) but I didn't understand a bit of how this exercise works, can anybody of you help me with it? This is written ...
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Converting Vocal Line into Guitar - Speed, Dynamics

I'm struggling with creating a vocal-less cover version of a song that does have a vocal line in my digital audio workstation. I know exactly what's going on in terms of notes/chord progressions in ...
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What equipment and setup do I need to be able to hear both my vocals and guitar through headphones while playing?

I'm moving into an apartment after playing acoustic guitar in a house for the past year and starting to learn to sing; I now have to be a little more quiet. I want to play an electric guitar and hear ...
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Is my guitar neck too thick for me?

I've been playing for almost three years and now, as I'm starting to pay attention to the details in my playing and comparing it to other guitarists, I noticed my wrist position in the lower strings ...
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...