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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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Putting (almost any) pressure on guitar neck warps sound

I have a 15-year old, el cheapo Dean Evo electric guitar that's been sitting in a non-climate-controlled house for about a year. I pulled it out to play and immediately noticed that putting any ...
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Is Learning Guitar and Ukulele side by side a good idea?

I'm trying to decide whether it's a good idea to learn playing the guitar while I am also learning the ukulele. I've been playing ukulele since about six months and I'm making really good progress. ...
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Improvise with delay to a non-metronome played piece

I was wondering, is it possible to play guitar, improvise, with delay to a piece where no musician plays to a metronome. Not the drummer, not anyone else. How can the guitarist know what to set the ...
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What is the effect used on this guitar?

I want to learn this piece but I can't tell if it is even played on the guitar. My suspicion is from the use of the whammy bar, it sounds almost as if it is played on a synthesizer. Nevertheless, I ...
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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? Tendonitis?

I was hoping I could get some advice from more experienced players, musicians about this issue I'm currently suffering. I'm an 18-year-old girl who plays guitar. In fact, lately I had been playing ...
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Its more difficult to play tremolo on a single string

I started to learn the tremolo technique (the p-a-m-i-variant) from classical guitar, and for example used in the famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra piece by F. Tarrega, a month ago. As far as good, but ...
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Does any set of notes qualify as a chord?

I decided to learn to play a guitar, I definitely will explore more into theory but for now I just want to get familiar with the instrument and play a couple of melodies so please don't judge this as ...
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What do the R, 3m, and 5 mean in the Am chord?

I know as much that R means Root note, but what does the rest mean?
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How to find to the right strings of a barre chord by feel?

I want to play a four-chord song: D -> A -> Bm -> G -> repeated. D, A, and G are all open chords -- and B minor is a 5-string barre chord. I'm practising (only having trouble with) the "A" to "B ...
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Finding scale from notes

I am self learning guitar and I've learned to play scales all over fretboard by finding root position but it isnt working in practice (as expected) e.g. I start by finding notes and right pitch of a ...
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what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain a guitar when done playing

After I finishing playing I usually just stick my acoustic guitar back in the case. Is there anything I should be doing to prolong its life and keep it in good shape? If my hands get sweaty while ...
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What are power chords?

I have heard about power chords being used in a lot of metal and similar music but I have no idea what they are.
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Is there a guitar chord lower than E minor in standard tuning?

I had a tune in my head I was trying to play and it had a G followed by a C then Em but the tune goes lower than that. I am pretty new to guitars and music in general so I am trying to keep everything ...
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How many fret markers should there be on a guitar?

My 12 string guitar fret markers start on fifth fret. Is this the way it should be? I see 12 string guitars that have the fret markers begin on the third fret. The guitar is a "Madeira" brand.
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Understanding key signature in garage band

I am relatively new to understanding key signatures.I understand the basic difference between scales and key signatures. I have come across the following set of notes for C major key signature in ...
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Is Oom-pah and Boom-Chick the same thing?

In guitar travis picking style they talk about Boom-Chick alternating bass pattern, in piano and trumpets they talk about Oom-pah bass. Is it basically the same thing? I think they both talk about ...
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Squealing when muting with my left hand

I'm learning in bloom - nirvana atm. So I'm playing with a lot of distortion. The song has a lot of muting from the left hand but when I try to do so it makes a terrible noise. It's loud and dark if I ...
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Guitar sounds distorted only when tone knob is turned on

i've had this Jackson 7 string equipped with EMG's for several years and just got this problem even after changing the 9 volt battery. When i roll back the tone all the way, it sounds clean and fine ...
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Keeley D&M drive - split in two?

I have a Keeley D&M pedal in my chain - going into front of amp, via a Boss NS-2 noise suppressor (it's in the Boss' fx loop). I know it's capable of being separated w/ TRS cables and flipping a ...
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Should I avoid using my index finger on non-barre chords?

I'm a guitar beginner who knows the basic, non-barre chords and is now learning some barre chords. I've noticed that, usually, barre chord shapes are just like non-barre chords but shifted. For ...
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Do I need to learn to read music in order to be a songwriter?

I never learn how to read partitures. I'm starting being a songwriter so I think that I have to know how to read partitures. I play the guitar. By partitures I mean music written out for my ...
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Guitar - fingering for playing multiple consecutive notes on a string cleanly

Let's say I need to play 10 13 12 13 - 10 13 12 13 - ... quickly on a single string. Label my fingers as index 1, middle 2, ring 3, and pinky 4. If I put 1, pick, lift 1, put 4, pick, lift 4, ... ...
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Can I use a thicker 6th string with other thinner strings

The sixth string on my electric guitar is very loose when I use drop D tuning, but I really like the feel of the thinner strings otherwise- and I play as much in standard tuning. Would it work to ...
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How to record guitar and voice in laptop?

I want to record guitar (using line cable) and my voice(using earphone's microphone) on my Dell laptop(which has only jack) both at same time. Is there any way to do it in the cheapest way? Thanks in ...
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Should I replace rusty tuner pegs on guitar?

I am using my father's guitar, and it's pretty old, at least 25 years, or more. The tuner pegs are rusty. I sent my guitar to a music shop weeks ago, and he helped me to restring already. Later on, ...
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Which fingers to use for which notes

See the little piece below (from Mel Bay's "Complete Method for Classical Guitar") I play the C-E with fingers 1 and 2 (respectively), followed by the C with the finger 3. I then switch to D-F with ...
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Why do Guitar chords work the way they do compared to a Piano?

I'm a Tabla (North Indian percussion instrument) player and I know just the basics of western music because I'm learning it bit by bit. I borrowed a Piano to learn music theory and it's going pretty ...
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vibrato on classical guitar is more of a “side to side” motion?

I tried doing vibrato like how I've been doing vibrato on my violin and I found that it works. Meanwhile, I tried to do vibrato by bending the strings on guitar in a "up and down" motion, there was no ...
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What does °7 and x6 mean in the context of intervals?

Does anyone know what the symbol °7 and x6 mean. I'm practicing intervals for my guitar exam but I don't remember ever being taught these symbols. Does it look like I am doing this question right?
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What are the notes in this chord?

I am learning Hotel California, and I'm a total beginner in playing guitar but I know music theory. I am really confused, isn't that F represents F major chord. But I follow the diagram, the notes are ...
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F barre chord on an SG guitar

I began learning guitar on an SG style guitar. Based on the thigh position when seated, or the strap position when standing, I noticed that the neck of the guitar is slightly shifted toward the ...
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Pinky snapping into a “depressed” position

quick question here: I started playing guitar a few weeks ago, and I keep struggling to play some chords, such as G Major, because of my pinky finger. Every time I press the high e string it ...
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Tips for creating a dynamic guitar tone?

I'm not new to guitar, but I am pretty new to the world of gear and tone. I've spent around 6 years playing without paying too much attention to tone. Recently I've really enjoyed the tone from Chon ...
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How to improve my guitar tone? [closed]

Been doing some recordings for my band and I recorded guitar the other day and I listened back to it, and it sounds pretty bad. I was wondering if any of you knew how to improve the tone of it (...
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Guitar Bone Picks

I know this question may sound off-topic, but from what bones are bone picks made and how different are they from plastic, metal, wooden or rubber picks? How difficult is it to make a bone pick and ...
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Have the technical skill still cant create interesting solo [closed]

So, I have the technical skills, theory ( Chord tones as an example ), hammer ons, bends, ect all down really well but I suffer from these issues: I still cant create an interesting solo in my head ...
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Villa-Lobos étude diamond shaped note

In the first étude from the 12 études for guitar by Villa-Lobos, what are these diamond shaped notes? Additionally, what are these circled notes (G, B and E) below those diamond notes?
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How can I improve my picking accuracy when I'm standing and can't see my guitar strings?

I do most of my guitar practice seated and can easily see the strings when I'm playing solos or arpeggios. But when I play with my friends, I'm usually standing and can't see the strings to pick. I'...
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What's the regular strumming pattern of a song called?

I'm a beginner at a guitar so I'm not too familiar with the terminologies. I know that a riff is the structural part of the song, the one that makes it recognisable. But what do you call the strumming ...
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In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is…?

In guitar, the best way to learn all scales (modes of natural, harmonic, melodic scales,etc) in every key is to memorize entire pattern of one scale in the neck like this or just memorize one shape ...
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Need suggestions for songs which use the Dorian mode [closed]

I'm a guitarist, and am looking for jazz fusion tracks with Dorian based solos (not necessarily on the guitar). I have came across So What by MD, and a few other pop ones. I'm exclusively looking for ...
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How can I prevent my fretting fingers from distancing to much from the fret board when playing quickly?

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years already and just started electric a couple of months ago. One of the things I've been struggling with was the speed. After watching multiple videos on ...
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What exactly is a compound radius fretboard?

I have heard guitar reviewers speak about this type of neck before, but I never really had an explanation of what exactly it is. Is it always better to have this on a guitar and if so why don't all ...
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How can I differentiate between the written indications for Hammer-on And Pull-off

Heres the tab https://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/ludwig-van-beethoven-fur-elise-tab-s2482t0?c=48754 As you can see there are many continous hammer-ons and pull-offs. How can I differentiate between them?...
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How do I find people to jam with in my city?

I've been going to my local music store to jam with people in the synthesizer section and guitar section. Aside from that, what other places/hacks have you found to jam with people in your area?
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Can i start my first chord from E major or G major?

Can I start my first chord from E major or G major? if I am in a key of c or I must have to start from C E G . and also to end on it??
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Should I buy a new guitar or fix my current one?

I have a 2004 Epiphone G400 Gothic. I bought it used in 2011. The person I bought it from sold it to me with fretbuzz. I haven't minded it so I chose not to repair it. But now that I've been playing ...
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What are ways to “decorate” a chord progression played on guitar?

I picked up the guitar half a year ago. Much of my playing is me playing a song's chord progression and a friend singing over it. Some ways that I've been experimenting with to "decorate" my playing ...
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Between a guitar and a ukulele what should one consider when choosing a new instrument to learn?

I really want to learn to play a musical instrument. Ever since my "keyboard" lessons as a kid 3 decades ago - I have been put off. I learned songs on keyboard by "rote" i.e., the instructor ...
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The sudden switch from C major to C minor in Wake me up when September ends and a Solo Acoustic version

I tried to learn Wake me up when September Ends as arranged for Solo guitar by Ulli Bögershausen, and played by Sungha Jung. When I looked up the tabs, I found two different version for a distinctive ...