Questions tagged [guitar]

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Is there a name for the guitar-based scale E-G-A-C-D-E?

If you use only the open chords on a guitar, you can walk a bass line using these notes: E G A C D E This line tends to be expressed with chords that mix modes. So for example the A chord may contain ...
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What part of fingertip should touch the strings - Guitar

Before posting here, I have searched the net but could not find any related posts. I have been attempting to play guitar for a few years now. While I am a total amateur, right from the time I started ...
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How do you stabilize a humbucker pickup with loose screws?

I tried to disassemble and reassemble my neck pickup because it moves a lot, it looks lower and too much movable, unlike the bridge pickup. The two middle screws of the neck pickup, left, are movable ...
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What scale is this song in? [closed]

I got stuck analyzing an old song from our band. Would be great if someone could help :). Rhythm Guitar: Bar 1+2: A5 (A power chord) Bar 3: C5 Bar 4: D5 Lead Guitar: Bar 1+2: Notes: A, G, B, C Bar ...
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Fingerpicking right hand beginner problems

I just started to try self-learn fingerpicking. I know absolutely nothing about it, but can play some beginner tunes with flat picking. When I try to position the right hand as told in the YouTube ...
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Hammer on and pull off barring the same fret

I have the riff shown in the image and I'm not sure if I should be just barring the 8th fret, partial barre, or moving my index finger as I walk across the strings. It seems faster to barre it, but ...
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Ring finger picking fingerstyle problems

I’m a beginner…like I know absolutely nothing about fingerstyle. I can play somewhat beginner level flatpicking. Now when I tried to fingerpick for the first time ever by copying YouTube artists’ ...
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How to physically strum up on a guitar without pick? Trying to do the song in the linked video

I'm trying to play the song here in this video I don't really have a problem strumming down, I've been using the fleshy part of my right thumb to strum down, I don't ...
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can i play my electric guitar on a midi sequencer?

for example in ableton live , connect my guitar and program a melody, is that possible? I don't know if this could be done, it would be interesting to me instead of using virtual instruments.
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G Chord Question

The song I am learning on guitar goes from G to C, but in between those two chords, the artist is placing his pinkie on the 3rd fret of the D string, which would be an F, and he is only striking the E,...
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D-flat diminished vs. A7

I was figuring out how to play the chords of The Phantom of the Opera with my guitar. If the I-chord is eg. D minor, then when the song goes "the phantom of the opera is there", at that &...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I am going to do a live performance soon. I'll have sheet music; no improvisation. I have practiced my part fairly well at home, but I am sure I'll get confused and make mistakes during the ...
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semi-hollow guitar conversion to left handed

Left-handed player here. I am wondering how feasible it would be to convert a right-handed semi-hollow guitar (ES-335 style) to left-handed. As I see it the key aspects are the nut and the bridge. I ...
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Do you barre a chord directly on the fret itself or in between the frets? [duplicate]

I have seen guitarists barre directly on the fret and also in between in the frets. All diagrams of fret chords show to play in between frets. Which is correct? Or, does it matter? Thank you.
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Classical guitar technique problems with leaning ring finger [duplicate]

I've recently started guitar lessons with a local tutor. He's lent me his classical guitar — and ok I'm only two or three days in — but my ring finger on my left fret hand leans towards the middle ...
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Maintaining strumming rhythm while singing [duplicate]

I finally have become a lot better maintaining a rhythm while strumming guitar. But as soon as I try to sing,I lose my count. Example, with a standard DDUUDU pattern I find I'm actually thinking the ...
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How or What to Practice to Get Consistent?

This might seem like a strange question. I've read a lot of books about deliberate practice and the history of music pedagogy, and I'm still a bit puzzled by this: How do I get more consistent? For ...
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Does TAB take into account where a capo may be placed?

When TAB is written, and a capo is needed on, say, fret 2, does the tab get written as if the barre formed by said capo is the actual fret it's on, or does that fret become the 'open' string? In other ...
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Replacing chords with riffs

I'm kind of unsure as to where I can look for help regarding this but I've become very interested in the guitar playing of Jack white and Dan Auerbach. Both seem to have this amazing playing style ...
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What should I focus my guitar practice on? [closed]

As an aspiring guitarist, I would like to have some direction as to what my goals should be. Right now I've been playing guitar for a little over 8 months, and have around 500 hours under my belt. I'...
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How to get started learning blues guitar? [duplicate]

I am totally new to blues guitar and I am keen to learn blues guitar and form my own blues band. However, I am confused where to start. I look up youtubes and the lessons are all over the place. Not ...
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How to play diminished 9th chord in guitar ( chord shape )? [closed]

How to play diminished 9th chord in a guitar ? Please provide some common shapes to play...
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I’ve been playing guitar for about a year, and learning music production and attempting keyboard and violin [closed]

How do I jump in to the deep end? I’ve taken glances at music theory, and I’ve tried learning sheet music (still am), but the most I’ve learned in the past few years of learning music on my own is ...
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Need to apply box notation on thick strings from book Improvising Rock guitar green note publ

I was reading and practicing with book Improvising Rock Guitar by Green note music publication. In that book i understood the box notations which are all explained in top 3 or 4 strings the thin ...
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Tenor guitar tunings: which is higher pitched?

I have read of three common tenor guitar tunings: "standard" CGDA "Irish" GDAE "Chicago" DGBE "Chicago" tuning is just like the top four strings of a regular ...
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Suggestions on fitting an Em and an A together

Verse: Em and A Chorus: Em G D A Seemed like with everything starting on Em, it might be the tonic but that would suggest an Am which doesn't sound right for me. So the other options would be: D ...
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Amaj chord: Fret buzz on the D string

While playing the A chord on my acoustic, I can’t get rid of fret buzz on the D string, no matter how hard I try. I almost wonder if you guys have found a more parallel angle of the wrist so that the ...
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Need help reading Muddy Waters's "Got my mojo working"

This is the rhythm guitar part to Muddy Waters's "Got My Mojo Working". I would like to know what beats the chords land on for this measure. I only know that the first chord lands on the and ...
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Can someone help me find this audio? [closed]

I found this really cool song but I’m unable to find it anywhere and Shazam is giving me the wrong result. I was hoping someone may recognize it. This is the link to the video since it’s on Instagram: ...
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How do they get guitars to sound so great on tv?

When playing acoustic guitar sometimes it is very difficult to hear certain notes or certain slaps or chords. With shows like American Idol or America's Got Talent, for instance this video: ...
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Keep moving hand while playing a melody?

If I play a melody with the rythm like fourth, eight, eight, how should I move my hands? My books says it should be a downstroke on the first fourth, downstroke on the first eight and an upstroke on ...
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If The Beatles didn't know music theory, how did they construct whole songs flawlessly? [duplicate]

It is said that the 4 beatle never learned music theory, and is proven by many interviews from them. They are known for writing rock hits that had always hit the charts and the songs they had written ...
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is it possible to make my electric guitar have a metal or rocky kinda sound?

I've seen a lot online about using the different knobs but i have an amp with only 3 of them: Treble, Volume and Gain. There's also a boost button but I haven't seen much about that. On the guitar ...
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What's the best technique for C major scale?

I'm currently learning C major scale using acoustic guitar and I can play one note at a time on top of a Song. The challenge is,it doesn't sound like a music. How can I achieve good solo with it?
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Meaning of instructions on a capo box

I've recently bought a capo and have troubles with decoding clues on the box. First two columns are clear: if you want to play in C or in G, do not use the capo (that is, place it above the nut); ...
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In guitar, do consecutive frets on the same string play notes from the same octave?

If I move to consecutive frets on the same string, are notes produced from the same octave? For example, is it possible to play the first 5 notes of C major scale on the A string? (C, D, E, F, G)? Why ...
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What chords/scales in guitar to play if I have a key of C harmonica?

I do not have musical theory knowledge but I enjoy playing instruments being self-taught but now I am facing some limitations being non-theory musician. I have a harmonica which is in the key of C, ...
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Can I plug both laptop and multi-fx to audio interface which is connected to a speaker?

Looking to output my multi fx to my speaker but also at the same time output my laptop to the speaker. So setup is looking like: Guitar -> Multi FX -> Focusrite Scarlett Laptop -> Focusrite ...
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Will this 4X12 cab wiring configuration work as intended?

I have an idea of how I could wire my 4X12 amp cab to allow me to easily switch between 1, 2 or all 4 speakers. But I want to know if I'm missing something in my plan before I jump in. Instead of just ...
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Should I lift my hand from the frets?

I'm new, working on learning hey there delilah, I was wondering if it's bad to slide my finger down and up the string since it's fast or if I should pick it up? Possibly a silly question, but I'm new ...
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How does the chord progression G-F-Eb-D work?

So, I've been this arpeggio sequence of G major to F major to Eb major to D major and can't really seem to figure out the theory behind it. All of the root notes fit into G Mixolydian flat 6 & G ...
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Tips on finding a comfortable position to hold a guitar?

I have an ES-339, and play sitting down with a strap, right leg on a footstool (or the bar of the chair/stool I'm on). Even though I use the strap, the guitar's body still slightly moves away from me ...
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Tuxguitar software and note length

I am using Tuxguitar for guitar and how can I have for example (4/4) with the bass (E for example) ringing all the first bar while followed by 7 "eight notes"? It's quite often to face this ...
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How realistic is it to become a professional musician when you start learning music late at life? [closed]

I'm 29 years old with a solid career. I started playing guitar a couple of months ago, initially practicing for 30 minutes every day and now playing for 2 hours every day, along with weekly in-person ...
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What is the meaning of upward and downward arrows on double note in guitar tab?

It is a part of Desperado song guitar tab. I'm wondering what does upward and downward arrows mean in the guitar tab?
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Weird resonating noise coming from electric guitar bridge only when playing a C

two days ago I noticed my guitar making a strange noise when plucking certain strings on certain frets. Watching the issue more closely, I realized that it only happens when I play a C anywhere (e.g. ...
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Controlling finger reaction

This is a follow up question of Guitar Muscle memory lesson plan for fine motor skill deficit While melodies get longer, I'm confusing, and especially if finger path are crosssing itself a lot such as ...
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Finger precision

As earlier asked here, I have made a lot of progress from where I was, especially I can hold the guitar in the standard way and at least play something without leaning onto fretboard. However, each ...
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1st,2nd and 3rd string on my semi acoustic almost doesn’t sound through the system [duplicate]

I am a performer and have started going through a problem where my 1st,2nd and 3rd guitar string is sounding very low that it’s impossible to hear if they even exist when I’m playing on stage. I have ...
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Playing 16th Note at High Tempo

In Classical/fingerstyle guitar is playing 16th note at tempo > 100 BPM is normal ? I am I am practising at 60 BPM which i feel is fast, since the gap between each metronome click is very small. ...
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