Questions tagged [guitar]

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Which finger is correct for number 5 on guitar tab?

I'm very new to guitar and I'm practicing beginner stuff, I press the appropriate fret with the numbered finger, 1 for index and 3 for ring. Also I play in fret hand position 1 with index on first ...
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Correct guitar up down picking for this measure?

1st measure I know it's down, down-up, down-up, down 2nd measure I know it's down-up, down-up, down, down but I'm not sure about 3rd measure with the tied notes?
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Are Pink Floyd eclectic? [closed]

currently at work I've got into a debate with someone who isn't very well versed in the nuances of music, they detest Pink Floyd and argue with me that they can't be classified as eclectic due to them ...
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Is guitar harmful for a heavy computer user?

I have some carpal tunnel evidenced by a perpetually swollen left ring finger and some hand numbness. I just bought a guitar and I have trouble positioning the ring finger on the first string on a G ...
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What does fret-board on top of a note in music sheet mean? [duplicate]

I'm practice this guitar exercise, and it's meant to mix both notes and chords, I see fret-boards on top of notes, do I play the chord of the fret-board in place of the notes below? I see a C chord on ...
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Should a singer songwriter play chord voicings outside their vocal range?

I've always understood in a band setup you want to avoid everyone fighting over the same frequency range. But the common guitar chord voicings mean you are playing notes in the range E2-G4 which ...
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Guitar that can pick up body percussion, and what a guitar needs to do it

Recently I bought an Ovation guitar, after seeing some videos of people using it for percussive guitar playing, for example here, or here. Even talking "how sensitive and well-suited it is for this ...
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Need help changing keys from A to C using open-position chord shapes

So, I’m playing a song in the key of A. The chords are simple and fretted as a “g sus,” “C sus,” “Em,” and “D”. Now I know that I’m holding these shapes but the notes that’s actually being played for ...
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In which ways does plucking a string at different locations affect/change the sound?

In both guitar and bass lessons, it's common that some techniques require you to pluck/strike/excite the string at specific locations. For example, it's very common to see bass players plucking the ...
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playing guitar and singing

I am a singer songwriter, and also like to work various covers into my set. I take on some songs that have quite a few chords, for example some old jazz standards, and I can play through the chords ...
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guitar tuning - note shifts after striking it [duplicate]

If I tune a guitar typically I see that I strike the string and the tuner records a certain value, e.g. dead on E. However often (maybe not always - but I can't say for sure) a few moments later the ...
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Why isn't the guitar tuned EADGCE?

One of the most annoying idiosyncrasies of standard guitar tuning EADGBE is that third between the G and the B. When you move chord shapes or scale patterns around the neck you always have to take ...
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Intermediate Guitarist Progression Study/Practice

I play as a guitarist in my local church, playing mostly contemporary Christian music (Hillsong, Elevation, Planetshakers), and have done for the past ~10 years. I would say that I play at an ...
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George Van Eps says there are 364 million note combinations, but I can't compute this number

Someone told me George Van Eps computed the number of chord combinations in his book “Harmonic Mechanisms for Guitar” and it came out to 364 million chord possibilities. I found that Ted Greene made a ...
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Regularly applying oil to a guitar's fingerboard: how necessary is it?

Reading this question about how to apply lemon oil to a guitar's fingerboard got me thinking, how necessary is this practice? Checking around forums, seems that some people argue that it makes no ...
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Choosing and using an electro-acoustic [closed]

Basically my question is : "are electro-acoustic guitar a good/fair/bad thing ?". But in case this question depends on context or needs I will describe my plan. I'm open for any comment. Where it ...
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Taylor 510e Acoustic/Electric guitar won't stay in tune

I picked this guitar out because it wasn't a low end or cheap guitar. I wanted something with a little quality and the Martin's were just a bit out of my price range. I put brand new strings on it ...
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What happens if I use a classical guitar capo on an acoustic or electric guitar, or an acoustic and electric guitar capo on a classical guitar?

I've noticed that the capos for electric/acoustic guitars and classical guitars are different. For example, classical guitar capos are flat, while electric/acoustic guitar capos are curved. Is there ...
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How do I print out Boss Tone Studio livesets?

I am currently using BOSS Tone Studio for both the BOSS ME-80 guitar multi-effects pedal and the BOSS SY-300 guitar synthesizer pedal to evaluate and compare all the patches available at BOSS Tone ...
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What guitar chord is this? [closed]

Tony Joe White played Rainy night in Georgia ( Germany '92 ). I'm wondering what chord is this? The chord is at 1min:30sec on video:
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Guitar buzzing in G note

I've recently changed the strings in my guitar, and it has started to buzz. But only in some G notes: 3rd fret in first string, 8th in second string, 12th in third and 17th in fourth. Any reason why ...
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Adjusting a double (side by side) truss rod?

There is a lot of advice and plenty of tutorials on the web for adjusting single truss rods. I can't find a lot about adjusting double (side by side) truss rods (not to be confused with a double or ...
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Do all guitars eventually require a neck reset?

String tension contributes to creep in the wood of a guitar neck over time. I have heard that a neck reset is an eventual necessity for acoustic guitars even if they are meticulously cared for. Is it ...
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How to smoothly modulate from A# minor to B minor

How could I modulate smoothly from A# minor to B minor?
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In guitar, why some players “pulse” a chord? (press while strumming, relax, press it again)

Why some guitar players "pulse" a chord? (pressing down while strumming, relaxing for a split sec, press it again for next strum) Is it to mark the beat, relax the fingers, silence the strings, all ...
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Why are there notes in my guitar chord book that are not part of the chord's formula?

Q: I see chord formulas (Hal Leonard guitar instruction books) that I use to create chords, but when I see illustrations of chords elsewhere, I see notes that don't appear in the chord formula. Here ...
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What's the best way for guitar and piano to play together in a jazz quartet?

Guitar and piano are both used for chordal accompaniment in a jazz band. So I wanted to find out what's the "best" approach to have this two instruments playing together in a jazz ensemble (quartet) ...
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Sticker between neck and body on electric guitar

I have a Fender Highway One American strat, and after removing the neck (bolt-on), I found that there are two stickers one the base of the neck where it makes contact with the body. Will this impact ...
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What is the finger position of this tab?

I don't know how to mute the first string using my left hand. I looked at a video on youtube. It looks like the guy doesn't use fret 11 at all. Why? Sorry I don't know too much music theory. Here's ...
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Chord symbols don't match tabs

Im trying to learn Pure imagination on guitar following the tabs. Im going well, but I realised that when I see the fret board numbering with words above them like Fmaj7, Am and C, following the fret ...
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What is the music theory behind substituting the IV chord in a I-IV-V progession in A for a G7 instead of D?

The other day I was playing guitar and messing around with adding various embellishments to a blues I-IV-V progression in the key of A. One I particularly enjoyed was substituting the D (IV) chord for ...
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Jimmy Page's 1979 Knebworth tone. Joyo British sound pedal

I have a Joyo British Sound amp sim pedal. It has controls for level, voice, drive, and eq settings (treble, bass, mids). I've playing around with it to see what it can do, and I've been trying to ...
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Which harmonica to accompany guitar tuned 1/2 step down

I am a guitar player and I am thinking of trying some harmonica (mouth organ) as well. My guitar is tuned to half step down: Eb (D#, G#, C#, F#, A#, D#) and most of the songs I play using this tuning. ...
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Guitar exercises for precision and accuracy

I started with metal guitar a little more than a year ago, and mostly learned all this classic Metallica stuff from the 80's like Master of Puppets. Now I can play it up to speed, I can even play it ...
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What guitar tone is this? [closed]

What kind of guitar pedals or processors do I need to get this kinda tone?
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Is there a way to safely polish guitar strings, without affecting intonation too much?

String manufacturers offer polished strings that reduce the finger noise and are great for recording. Sometimes strings that don't have polished versions are polished "by hand" by string distributors, ...
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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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Type of mic i am using to mic up a acoustic guitar . And were best to have them around the guitar

The mics I am using are, a k g c1000, sure pg58 and a pulse pm1800t.THE guitar is a Martin 00028ec , Mainly for doing gigs but also some recording , JA
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What Does This Pushing Technique Do?

I have watched a number of guitarists do a certain technique before where they push on the upper body of the guitar near where they strum. I have seen it done on both on acoustic and on electric ...
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What is the best way to mic up a acoustic guitar [duplicate]

I play mainly acoustic guitar and would lick no the best way to mic it up for a good acoustic sound .
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Splitting guitar signal and mic signal for recording in a live setting

I've read already some things about splitting signals here but im still unsure about how to make mine. So what i have is one acoustic guitar with an undersaddle pickup and a mic (K&K). Both ...
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Need help figuring out a specific guitar tone in BiasFX

Recently got back to guitar now that I have Bias FX and can play without bothering anyone in the house. However, I'm having a hard time figuring out how to create the tones that I want. Examples of ...
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Power in apartment causes noise in guitar amp

My Yamaha THR10 amp sounds great in my apartment when running on batteries, but emits a nasty hum when powered by the power outlet in my apartment. I've tried turning off all lights and appliance in ...
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Guitar picking technique: anchoring the picking hand

Is it a good idea to pick strings without anchoring your right hand? The right hand just stays hanging in the air while picking.Does it decrease accuracy ?
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Connecting multi effects pedal to a tube amp and modeling amp

I started playing the guitar again in the last month and i'm having some trouble with my gear. So, i have a modelling amp from pevey which also has some effects built in. I also have a line 6 POD ...
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What are some good resources for learning about tone/pedals?

I've gotten to the point with guitar that I feel like I can play most things I want to with a bit of practice. But that's just the notes. I want to be able to actually shape the way my guitar sounds ...
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What does it take to make metal music?

I happen to have my father's old guitar laying around in storage. While I was listening to metal music on youtube, I had a thought: I wonder if I could play metal on the thing? Problem is, I have ...
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Is there such a thing as a flat15 chord?

If I'm playing a G9, then want to add a major 7th to it, the notes would be: G B D F A F# Could we notate that as G9 add b15? Is there a more correct name for this chord?
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Does anybody know what is the timing of 'under the bridge' guitar intro riff? [closed]

Not sure how do I count the Under the bridge chord riff (starting with E major). I think I can play it right and I can feel the sort of the song and play but when I start to count I am not sure if I ...
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String bending on acoustic guitar versus sitar/veena

I'm trying to play the acoustic guitar in the classical Indian style which involves a lot of string bending to go up 1-4 semitones. My question is whether there's a difference in string tension that ...