Questions tagged [guitar]

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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

I've noticed that to play good, consistent sounding tremolo, especially on short, thick strings, you can't just move the pick back and forth because the sound is inconsistent - the string doesn't ...
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When i play lead guitar solos, the other singer in the band tends to vocalize over what i am playing. I find it highly disrespectful. Anyone else? [closed]

I just need to know what the general consensus is on this issue. I feel disrespected to the point i want to quit this band. I have asked the singer not to do this but she claims artistic expression. ...
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What causes a guitar's notes to decay/sound out of tune when played together? they sound fine individually, just not when strummed together

Recently bought this electric guitar, its great, but I've noticed that when i play chords/ strum them all together, the notes on the b and e strings don't resonate in sync with the rest of the strings?...
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Best type/way of scale to start practicing and how to move on? [duplicate]

Learning for past 8 months.. chords are coming up well.. trying now to learn scales (after knowing those are the foundation)... Started with E chromatic scale (2 octaves across first 4 frets) with ...
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What is “Young's modulus”, and how does it relate to guitar?

I've come across some posts that mention "Young's modulus" in relation to guitar. Young's modulus is discussed on physics.SE (Young's Modulus and Vibrating String Harmonics), but I'm looking ...
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How to convert Vocals into lead Guitar

I have seen many people play the vocals of a song like leads on the guitar. There is not much guitar in my country's music so I am trying to learn how to convert the vocals of songs into guitar lead ...
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Are these indentations on the frets of my Acoustic for intonation? Can I apply this to the frets of my Electric?

The questions are in the title, picture is below, but here are the (TL/DR) details. About 9 months ago, I bought an electric guitar "kit" and assembled it (fun, highly recommended). This ...
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Does the guitar's bridge affect the tone?

Does changing my bridge affect my guitar's tone? And will it make palm mutes sound good? I want to change it to a Floyd Rose Ibanez bridge.
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What can I do to identify the bass note that's not on guitar?

I am practicing finding the chord of songs by my ears and I only play guitar. However, I see some pop songs(where uses pianos) have low C chords which the guitar doesn't have (The guitar can't go as ...
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What is the correct string gauge for an Alvarez LJ2E acoustic guitar?

I am going to change the strings on this guitar for the first time. A google search brings up one website that says that it uses 13-56 strings, but this is not mentioned on the official Alvarez ...
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Why are “scales” mentioned less to singers and more to guitar players?

Scales are still confusing to me. When I sing I don't know anything about scales. Nobody suggests me to sing in mixolydian, phrygian or anything like that. But, when I play guitar, it is very ...
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Touching muted strings with picking hand

When I move across strings quickly (e.g. on arpeggios), I can feel bumping lightly into muted strings. For example when I inside-pick E and A, I will start with an upstroke on E and then slightly ...
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How can I memorize all the notes in each usable key?

Basically, I want to have all the notes in every usable key memorized so that I can instantly just call them to my memory and play them. By usable I mean any key that has 7 or less flats/7 or less ...
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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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What guitar technique is Steve using in the video?

In the beginning of the video at around 0:07 he appears to have slapped the sixth string and played the fifth string at the same time(at least that’s how you do it according to the tab he provided) ...
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Does Steve Vai's circular vibrato actually make the note go flat?

Steve Vai does vibrato by circling his finger around the note like he's giving it a massage.. He says that this somehow makes the note go flat as well as sharp. I can't hear it. I try to do it on my ...
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Instrument or line level for recording amplifier through headphone jack?

I just got a digital combo amplifier and the only outputs it has are USB and a headphone jack. I am trying to record it by using a 3.5 mm to dual 1/4 inch adapter and plugging it into my interface. ...
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Gibson les paul standard (2019) 50's neck guitar's unique intonation problem

I recently bought a new non-weight relief Gibson les Paul standard with 50's neck. The guitar comes with an ABR style tune-o-matic bridge. As soon as I played it I noticed that the low "E" and "A" ...
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Are Fmaj7 and C major chord the same in Guitar?

Are Fmaj7 and C major chord the same in Guitar ? I have some confusion in these two chord
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Weird Fluttering sound

I have a brand new Jackson JS30, and I am already having issues with a weird fluttering sound when I pull of from 15 to 14, 9 to 8, 8 to 7, etc. I can't seem to find anyone else with this problem, yet ...
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Is playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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Transposing to a different key in Guitar [closed]

I am a beginner guitar player. I found a youtube tutorial to play a song. So the chords I was playing for the song were: Dm, Gm, A7, F, E7 . I was asked by someone to transpose the key to C# instead ...
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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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Recommendations for dobro instruction books [closed]

I’m a mostly self taught, intermediate guitar player. I recently started playing dobro in open G tuning and love it. I’m looking for recommendations for instruction books. I want to learn harmonized ...
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Do I need some amplifier for my VST instruments Ample Metal Eclipse and Ample Metal Rays to get the tone of Metal?

I want to tune these instruments to get the tone of metal especially metalcore tone. Here is my guitar Ample Metal Eclipse : and here is my bass :
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How Do Guitarists Sight Read? [duplicate]

This is such a basic question but an answer to this would solve a lot of mysteries for me. Basically, how the heck do guitarists sight read? I have experience in woodwind instruments where there is ...
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Application for finding ( and playing ) a guitar chord [closed]

I will frequently be playing guitar and end up playing a sound that I am unsure of the technically defined chord type. I have a very basic level of understanding when it comes to guitar theory in ...
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What does the apostrophe mean in Falk's №1?

See the picture from the guitar composition: What does the apostrophe mean and how does it affect playing ?
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Sound not coming through amp

I was playing my guitar earlier today, everything working fine; sound coming through the amp and all. I bought new strings strings and changed them out today and moved the guitar and amp into to a ...
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Classical guitar techique to play artificial harmonics while striking three bass strings

Is there a technique that would allow me to play something like this? I have my pinky and ring finger free, but i don't know if i could possibly play it with them. I'm just stuck at this point. ...
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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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Low-fret string buzz

So Ive had an EVH Striped Series guitar for about an year now and I'm now starting to learn about truss rods and intonation and I've noticed some things recently. First, the low frets seem to buzz ...
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How to properly record electric guitar?

I want to record my electric guitar for the sake of making covers as well as my own music, however I'm having trouble getting a good tone. I have 3 possible approaches (one of which has worked fairly ...
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Would my 12 string guitar break if i added pairs of strings instead of octaves and removed the last low-E string?

I've heard of lots of famous musicians doing this, for example Ariel Camacho. And their guitars never break. I'm wondering if I added pairs of strings and removed the last low-E string, would it break?...
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Confusion with inversion and descending, example with guitar shape

Hi, I'd like to understand why the second shape is considered to be a P5 ? When I play it I hear a descending P4 or reversed P4 if you will. I try to forget about theory, nine rules, calculation but ...
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I have a problem with the strummer in Ample Guitar M (used in Reaper)

When I create a riff using the plugin and drag it in the timeline (as a midi file), it's played with no legatos or really anything I set up in the riffer. It sound terrible, all the chords are played ...
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Is it ok to use D string for broken A string in a guitar temporarily?

Yesterday the A string of my classical guitar was broken. I have an extra D string and an E string, unfortunately my other A string was broken too. Is it ok to use the D string as the A string ...
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Why does guitar have so much more shape/tone variety than all other instruments?

For acoustic guitars, we have dreadnaught, auditorium, classical, jumbo, mini, grand concert, arch top, parlor (then there are new shapes coming from Taylor) Even if I count the whole orchestra family ...
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I need help in guitar tuning: tuner says I'm off by fourths

I'm having a bit of trouble in tuning. I've tried tuning apps and even bought a tuner. However, when I pick the E string, it says it's the B string; when I pick the G string it says it's the D string. ...
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E7 chord at 5th fret missing a B note

the E7 chord includes E G# B D. If we play E7 on the 5th fret, it is missing a B note. Could anyone please explain that?
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Need tips for getting a specific kind of guitar feedback

I have this way of thinking about two different kinds of guitar feedback: -Gain based feedback -Volume based feedback Gain based feedback can happen at any volume, and requires distortion, adds ...
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Why does pentatonic + diatonic embellishments sound so much better than just using the diatonic for guitar solos?

I've learned both diatonic and pentatonic scales across the fretboard but when I go to solo, it sounds so much better to me if I use the pentatonic as a base and then pepper in some of the diatonic ...
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Improvising with modes and over “advanced” chords

Say I'm playing along to a jam track in C major. From my understanding, this means that C Ionian, D Dorian, E Phrygian etc. would work. My question is: How do I bring out the flavor/characteristic of ...
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Creating chord-melody from The Real Book (or other fake book)

I practice songs from The Real Book, and I am quite new to the chord-melody concept. I have knowledge of scales and chords, and I can play melodically these standards. Now I want to play them as chord-...
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Little finger positioning on fretting hand while playing guitar 3-notes-per-string

I would like some advice on my left (fretting) hand pinkie's (little finger) orientation when I'm playing three-note-per string scales at faster tempos. I find the pinkie flattens, especially the ...
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Jazz tones with PRS SE245

I am playing a solid body guitar, PRS SE245 and actually I want to have some jazz sounds. I am combining this guitar with Blackstar LT Echo 10 and actually couldn't succeed to get the tones of jazz. ...
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Can I play a electric guitar through a bass amplifier?

I am a bassist and I am looking for an electric guitar, but I don’t want to buy another amplifier. Can I play the guitar through the bass amplifier?
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Guitar digital samples library [closed]

Looking for tone samples digital files, free or commercial. So far I found Nicholaus P. Brosowsky library with 37 tones from A1.wav to G3#.wav: https://github.com/nbrosowsky/tonejs-instruments Here is ...
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Are these type of “Horizonal” wall mounts safe for hanging a guitar with a gigbag

I did read this thread Storing guitar in a gig bag and hanging from a wall hook. It concluded with a "don't hang with a gigbag, it becomes a big barrier between playing the guitar often and ...
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Importance of sight reading for non-professional jazz guitarists?

As a non-professional, intermediate-level guitarist interested in playing jazz, I wonder how important it is for me to be able to sight read music (and I mean standard music notation, not guitar ...

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