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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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Why Different Rasgueado exist

I am learning flamenco guitar and currently practicing rasgueado. Traditional rasgueado you have to use all your fingers but i came to know about a-i-i rasgueado , were you ignore your middle finger. ...
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I have learnt a song in the key of D what capo threat should I use to change it into the key of C?

I am needing this for the song wanted dead or alive as the original key is D however, for the musical Rock of Ages they play the song in C. Is there any chance that I could put a capo on to keep the ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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E string of guitar broken so every wire will be replaced with new?

During tuning a new set of strings, my top E string snapped. My colleague says that you have to buy a complete set of strings because it does not come alone and every set have its own frequency so: ...
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Daisy Chain not working. Individual cable working [closed]

I am having an issue with powering my cables through a Daisy Chain connection. There seems to be no power being passed to the pedals, it was working fine and then suddenly stopped working. I have ...
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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 ...
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How do I play this harmonic? (Guitar)

I've recently started learning to read sheet music for guitar. Something from a version of Capricho Arabe confused me. The tuning is in drop D. The first bar is a harmonic on the 7th fret with notes ...
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Is my Yamaha guitar counterfeit?

I bought a new Yamaha Guitar and When you look inside the guitar hole it looks like the model number is written by hand. Can you please tell me if this one is a fake one or not? The number written on ...
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Controlling high frequency of heavily distorted guitar tone (metal)

I'm constantly experiment with metal guitar tone for years. If I get the amount of distortion/clarity from the ampsimulator, the next stage is much harder: controlling the high frequencies; handling ...
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Improvising: Difficult to get going [closed]

When I improvise (guitar) I find that it can take me an hour or more to get going. Is the normal? If so, any way to improve it? And I'm playing solo with backing tracks at the moment. Thanks.
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How to make a song with chords and scales?

I play acoustic guitar and have been learning a bunch of chords and scales. I can play many progressions already, and I am starting to write music. I am wondering how you would bridge chord ...
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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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What is this muted string sound technique is called?

In this video artist plays note using his little finger just before 2.9s which sounds like muted play. What is this technique is called. Please provide useful tutorial to learn this technique.
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Fender California Series Newporter guitar preamp built-in tuner

I am a new player and I have an electro-acoustic Fender Newporter guitar. This guitar is from what they call their California series and they are all equipped with a built-in preamp with a tuner from ...
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Economizing finger movement in exercise vs following the book

In Al Di Meola and Bob Aslanian's books "Al Di Meola - A Guide to Chords, Scales & Arpeggios" there's an exercise to strum a chord four times and move from one form to another, fluidly. Below is ...
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Are 7th chords made up from 4 notes?

I'm new to guitar, and I have been learning basic chords over the months. I know that C Major is made up from C E and G When learning C7, there's an extra finger and that makes up 4 notes, so, C E G ...
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Can bending strings damage acoustic guitar? (nut, fretboard, etc.)

I don't mind the finger pain/difficulty, etc. I just don't want to mess up the guitar's part and setup, besides obviously having to retune more often. Thanks in advance for any thoughts
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Bridge Height on Harmony acoustic guitar

Ive been looking at buying an old Harmony guitar online. The one I'm looking at has had a neck reset and the action is about .070 though I think that was measured with the guitar on its back. I'm ...
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How do I count this rhythm I'm playing?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/YDxs6vwSXQ6LcNns9 This is how I strum for the Beatles I Feel Fine How would you count this rhythm? Is it swung a bit? I'm trying to learn to count to get a better grasp on ...
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Musedo Metronome and Tuner MT-40W Tuning Key doubt

I got hold of a guitar from a friend who moved recently and gave away some of his stuff he didn't need. This is an accoustic guitar . I figured I could learn how to play it from the internet :p It ...
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How should I tune a 12 string acoustic guitar?

I've bought an Ibanez 12 string acoustic brand new online. Do I tune the 12 string guitar like all the 6 string guitars I have.
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Does C° also indicate a major seventh chord?

I had always thought that this notation indicated a major seventh chord: [C°]. At least it seemed to make sense that way in some of the chord sheets I have used in the past. I am now finding that it ...
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Guitar Amplifier issue

I'm new here and I need some help with an issue with my guitar amplifier. I connected my electric and electroacoustic guitars with it and both when connected, you can hear the sound of the connection ...
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Is it considered bad technique to collapse / lock finger joints?

I am a beginner at guitar. My friend recently told me that bending my fingers this way while playing a chord can cause damage to the fingers. I cant help playing this way because of force of habit. ...
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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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In Lllypond, connect half note with 8th note beams for guitar arpeggio

I've come across guitar sheets several times where the bass note of an arpeggiated chord, written as a half note (to keep the string ringing) is connected to the beam of the 8th notes following, for ...
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How can I remove toothpaste residue from my fretboard?

The last time I thoroughly cleaned my Taylor 214ce-SB DLX, I used toothpaste to polish the frets. I got lazy towards the end and stopped taping off the wood, resulting in toothpaste getting into the ...
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How does the action (distance between fret and string) of a guitar affect the tone / sound / timbre?

When talking with or reading / watching about professionals and their setups (acoustic instruments in particular), I found that there's a heavy tendency for using higher actions, in contrast with non-...
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Guitar intonation issue - still sharp but screw as far as it'll go

Recently I got a brand new Ibanez AM93 Lefty. It's an hollow body so I am using jazz guitar strings. I think I did a correct setup: Action is approx 1.8 mm in high E, and approx 1.9-2.0 at low E Neck ...
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Are hard tension strings (around 85 lbs total tension) generally safe for classical guitars without truss rod?

I know some classical guitars absolutely definitely can't handle extra-hard tension strings because they can cause the bridge to break or the neck to bend, so only guitars specifically designed for ...
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Is it safe to use water to clean (rosewood, ebony, maple) fretboards?

It's common to see in message boards, forums, and news groups that using water to clean a fretboard can cause problems, or is otherwise advised against. It's not normally explained why, or if it only ...
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How long should it take for my Floyd Rose to go back in tune? Also, does the bridge need to be 100% parallel?

I just started using my new Charvel with a FR 1000 Series; love it! The tuning is epic, until I do a dive; immediately after, my Korg CA-40 says its out of tune. A few mins later, doing nothing, it's ...
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Key of a song with capo on the 4th fret

I have a song I'm playing on guitar and the original key is C# minor. If I play with a capo on the 4th fret, the chord shapes in the song are Am, C, G, Dm, F and E. So would this technically change ...
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How do you stop your hands from tensing when performing solo acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for around 12 years or so, but never played in front of others while learning (minus family members or friends on occasion). Recently, I convinced myself to finally start ...
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Finding the corresponding chords from sheet music

I am a beginner in reading sheet music. I can understand what each notes are and one stave has a G clef and the other an F clef. I am trying to solo this on guitar and was wondering if there is a ...
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How does scale length affect my playing?

This one's a bit rudimentary, but scale length is a bit of a mystery to me. I understand what it is, but I don't understand what it does. I own guitars with different scale lengths (Telecaster vs ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I just need your thoughts regarding left hand guitar players. I come from a piano- and xylophone-playing family. I am the only right hander in my family (my father, mother and 3 brothers are all left ...
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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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Does guitar fret spacing solely depend on the length of the string?

On a typical guitar, the fret board has certain spacing between each fret. Does the spacing of frets on a guitar solely depend on the length of the string? Meaning if I have multiple guitars of ...
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Can I put nylon strings on my steel string acoustic guitar?

Can I put the D'addario EJ32 Folk Nylon Strings on my Steel String Acoustic Guitar? If not, what can be my alternative? I haven't tried doing so and i'm scared since I might be wasting a pack of ...
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Left hand fretting

I used to play guitar well but due to an accident I now cannot play it due to my left hand not being able to fret it correctly. Is there another stringed instrument that would be easier to fret with ...
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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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Playing in E♭ tuning with capo on the first fret

I started teaching myself how to play acoustic guitar approximately one month ago, and I can already play some basic chords and do some strumming and solos. However, my repertoire consists of some ...
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Tuning Guitar with Capo

I use GuitarTuna app for tuning the guitar,I am able to get standard E tuning with the app, For other drop Tuning like Standard C or D, putting capo on 2nd for D standard or capo on 4th fret C ...
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Guitar fingering question

When I play G#/Ab on the high E string on the guitar, I use my pinky for the fourth fret, but what about all the fingers before the pinky? Can they be packed closely to my pinky? Or do all fingers ...
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What are Guitar Scale Patterns?

I am trying to understand, what is a guitar scale pattern ? For example, following shows "C Major Scale Pattern." What exactly is the purpose of a scale pattern ?
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Is there a reason an arranger/composer will choose a particular chord voicing when charting chords for guitar on a particular song?

When I look in music books for guitar or chord arrangements (or tabs) online for songs I want to learn to play on guitar, I notice that often a specific voicing for each particular chord is indicated. ...
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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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Play 2 guitars through a single PA speaker

Before I get into the question, here is the equipment I currently have: 1 JBL JRX 212 PA speaker 1 Palmer Macht 402 power amp 2 Line 6 POD preamps (1 HD500X, 1 XT PRO) I would like to run both my ...
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Guitar pedal blocks sound when I engage

i don't know if this is the right place to ask, but it's music related, so i'll give it ago. I recently got into guitar, and i have just aquired an caline cp-68 distortion/delay pedal. I plugged the ...