Questions tagged [guitar]

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Why the inconsistency in the standard guitar tuning for strings? [duplicate]

So I noticed the fourth note of most strings is a semi-tone below the next string. For example, G♯ (4th note) on the low E string is a semi-tone below the next string, which is A; the C♯ ...
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Should a guitar's neck be parallel to the body or at an incline/decline?

I have a guitar here and noticed the neck inclines ever so slightly off the body: None of my other guitars seem to do this: their necks run parallel with the guitar body. You can see in the image, ...
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Not confident enough to play guitar loudly because neighbours will hear it

I am playing guitar (mostly Acoustic Guitar) for like 2 years now so i wouldn't say that i completely suck. i can play numerous songs and strum chords fairly and easily. Although every day is a new ...
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Why I feel like my guitar strings are very hard?

I bought an Acoustic guitar six months ago, and I am trying to learn with the help of YouTube videos. And in those videos, it seems like it is not hard for them to press the strings for a chord. ...
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Jazz improvisation: what's going through your mind

I have been trying to improvise on bebop standards (on guitar) for almost 20 years now, and it still feels completely out of reach. Why is it so hard for me? Well, a typical standard has about 24 ...
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Guitar practice

I have noticed that even when I skip a day in my guitar practice my skills drastically go down. Furthermore, my friends are able to improve at guitar faster than I can and it seems that they don't ...
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Optimal depth of guitar nut slots

I have bought a second hand acoustic guitar. The nut with the slots for strings is showing in the following picture. The slots are very deep. It looks weird. Should I file the nut to make it lower? Is ...
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Is it possible to create the illusion of a sub-harmonic?

The way I understand it, a normal plucked tone consists of a great many overtones in addition to the base tone. A pinched harmonic, however, shifts the base tone higher into the overtone series by ...
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Are my hands too small for chord embellishments?

I’ve been playing guitar for about a year and I’m learning to play RnB style chord embellishments and right now they seem absolutely impossible. Playing an Emin7 and hammering on the 10th fret seems ...
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What is the algorithm that a player should follow for learning a new song/piece?

What should be the procedure a guitarist should follow in order to learn a new piece. Consider that I dont intend to emphasise a particular skill or ability but rather a method that would lead to the ...
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Advice regarding utilising a scale while improvising solos or writing a song in general

I have been playing guitar for about two years. I have never been formally trained in music and all my knowledge is self taught. I know a little about improvising but I would classify myself as a ...
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How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?

I love learning new songs. A fairly easy, energetic rock piece is sometimes everything that I need to keep playing for hours. However, some pieces are harder, some solos require more patience and all ...
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Does dust hurt acoustic guitar?

I usually play guitar regularly, and I always put it on its stand but sometimes due to college work I can't play for a few weeks in between. And what happens is a layer of dust accumulates on my ...
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How to quickly adapt to p4 tuning

I have been experimenting with the all fourth guitar tuning for a few days and I really like it. I am no advanced player but really like the fact that the same fingering always produces the same ...
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What is is called when you repeatedly press strings on a guitar and strum at the same time?

What is is called when you repeatedly press strings on a guitar and strum at the same time? If you do it fast enough on an acoustic guitar it will make a wah-wah-wah-wah sound. This is without a pedal,...
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As a guitarist, how can I learn to sight-read music?

I'm learning guitar right now, mostly from Justin Sandercoe's free online lessons, starting from the beginner's course. He has a lot of good tips for how to practice and drill chords, and scales, but ...
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Guitar that gives the best harmonics

I'm trying to learn just intonation and was recommended by my harmony/theory teacher to use a guitar's harmonics for doing so since 1. it's easy to tune the strings and 2. produce the harmonics. Can ...
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What are some ways to sanitize an acoustic guitar?

I'm picking up a used Taylor guitar tomorrow and because of everything that's going on I want to make sure I sanitize it. Would clorox wipes be bad for the guitar? Does anyone have suggestions on what ...
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How to do basic guitar spider exercise correctly?

I have just given the most basic spider exercise a go and realise I am not 100% clear what counts as a "doing it correctly". I'm playing A A# B C B A# A on string 1 by slowly holding down fingers 1 2 ...
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Guitar Alternate vs. Economy vs. Directional Picking Styles

Paul Gilbert has this simple lick in his Intense Rock 1 video (see video). The notes are: d u d u d u e|----------12-----------| B|-12-13-15----15-13-----| G|-----------------------| D|---...
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Fretting out on fretboard?

Whenever I change the strings on my electric guitar, in no more than 2 weeks, this happens: From about the 11th/12th fret onwards, the E and B (and sometimes G) strings sound noticeably lower, in ...
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Why is a violin so loud compared to a guitar?

The violin is comparatively louder than a guitar. This is a surprising fact, given that: the violin instrument is generally smaller than, say, a typical classical or folk guitar, both use strings. ...
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Can I plug my guitar combo to my audio interface, then monitor the sound?

My amp is a Marshall Valvestate 100 (combo with 1 valve) and I would like to record the guitar with my audio interface, though without using mic. My idea is to plug the guitar to Marshall, than ...
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Guitar tuning BG#EF#BE

Just bought the tab (Peter Ciluzzi - Soliloquy) and it is said inside that the tuning is BG#EF#BE. I've been fighting with my simple nylon 6-string guitar trying to set this tuning but the song doesn'...
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How to best avoiding capo introduced sharpening?

In answer to a capo tuning question, one user suggested the use of a 'shim' (for lack of a better term, he actually suggested a .022" cut feeler gauge) between the fret board and strings under the ...
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String bending pain doesn't go away

I have been playing the guitar since 2006, so I'm not new to the activity, and I have caluses. I started playing Flamenco on a nylon strings and in 2013 moved to play Surf on a stratocaster. A couple ...
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Questions on Guitar Maintenance & New Gear

I am a beginner guitar player, I started playing 9 months ago. I got a second-hand strat copy (the headstock reads Thunder) as my first instrument. I also bought an ultra cheap ($30) amp which does ...
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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: E♭ (D♯, G♯, C♯, F♯, A♯, D♯) and ...
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How should I shape my left hand when playing power chords?

So I've been casually been playing guitar for a few years. I've recently realised my hand position when playing power chords feels and looks wrong. All the desired strings play clearly but the ...
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Ibanez SA160FML G & B String Warble/Oscillation Issue

So i recently purchased an SA160FML. My guitar shop had a brand new piece because no one wanted a lefty but it was an old stock since this guitar is now discontinued. I checked it at the shop and ...
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How to ensure the fretboard hand and the plucking hand are working on same string?

Recently I bought a guitar (but I am learning it totally through internet, due to lockdown condition). If I hold the guitar in suggested posture (or like everybody do), I cannot almost see the ...
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Ring finger side-to-side movement during spider legs exercise

I'm trying to improve my finger dexterity, and I'm doing the 4-finger spider legs starting with my index on the 5th fret, and moving 1 finger at a time while keeping the other 3 down. My issue is ...
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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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How not to touch neighbouring strings?

When playing guitar, my fingers often touch other strings on the guitar. I found that my fingertips are too broad for the strings. When I press one string by my middle finger, the meat of the ...
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How do I convert Piano songs for Guitar?

I am learning Guitar on my own so far I have learnt everything basic. Song I want to play was Pusher - Clear ft. Mothica I searched for acoustic guitar chords everywhere but only thing that came up ...
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What guitar setup to use to record on phone [closed]

I have been playing guitar for a while now and I admit that I have been neglecting learning about the hardware. But now I would like to start recording what I play and preferably what I sing as well. ...
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Trouble identifying guitar model

I am a beginner to electric guitars, although I have been playing acoustic guitars for a few years. I have recently bought a Squier Stratocaster Pack (SSS), but nowhere on the internet does it mention ...
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G-string ring on guitar

I play an American Fender stratocaster. Whenever I play a note on the g string and take my fingers off of it, the open g rings out very loud (when playing through my amp at a loud volume). I can palm ...
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Best position for play Power Chords standing

I usually play standing and the guitar body is somewhere around my belt. For power chords, I use the index finger and pinky, but some chords I play with the ring one. In every tutorial, teachers show ...
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Why don't my guitar strings rust?

I've played my guitar for about 4.5 years and I have never cleaned it after playing. Why does it never rust? My guitar and bass strings are rusted after one month. As far as I know, the stainless ...
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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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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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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

I have a cheap 6-string guitar. I want to get a new one and am considering a 12-string guitar. What are the differences between 12- and 6-string guitars? Can I use a 12-string like a 6-string? Will ...
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Binding on Guitar Neck Cracking/Peeling/Splitting

I bought a guitar about 6 months ago from a guy in Chicago, getting it shipped all the way to Australia. When it arrived (Epiphone Sheraton II) i noticed that there was somewhat of a crack on the neck ...
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How much can we lower the tuning on a classical guitar?

I'm wondering if the following tuning can be used in a regular classical guitar A3 E3 C3 G2 D2 A1 and if so, what set of strings could be used? I'm worried maybe the tension would be too much, but ...
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What do the terms E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 actually mean?

I am attempting to learn guitar, and I keep coming across this notation in various apps that I've downloaded. I know that E2 A2 D3 G3 B3 E4 are something to do with tuning, but I'm not exactly sure ...
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Guitar Intonation Problem, Always Sharp

I've been playing guitar for 7 years already. Throughout the years my ear developed and I started to notice intonation issues. I've been trying to fix it, but I never could. I adjusted the truss rod,...
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What is the effect/technique used to make the slide in 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins?

In the song 1979 by the Smashing Pumpkins, there is a re-occurring downward slide when the guitar changes chords at the end of the first bar (from 7x9 / 2x4): $5.6.$4.x.$3.8 $5.6.$4.x.$3.8 $5.6.$4.x.$...
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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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Can you put steel strings on an acoustic guitar that came with bronze strings?

I know this sounds a bit dumb but I can't find an article anywhere and can't go to a guitar shop with the current situation and I thought now would be the perfect time to try different strings.

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