Questions tagged [guitar]

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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 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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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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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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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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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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What technique is Eddie Van Der Meer using?

In his cover of neon genesis evangelon opening, he does something throughout the song at 0:21 and other times throughout the verse. It sounds almost like a thumb slap but doing just a thumb slap ...
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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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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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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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Why is reverb typically called “wet' or ”drippy"?

Reverb is a type of natural effect you can get playing in walled spaces, giving a sort of echo/reverberation as the name implies. But I'm referring more to emulated reverb through use of a guitar ...
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String Bending in guitar

Is it necessary to have your fingers curled up the neck of the guitar while bending? Problem is I play lead with my thumb behind the neck most likely at the middle and that is the way I have started ...
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Fingertip sensitivity/pain related to nail separation

I've been playing for decades. Every now and then I do something that causes a fingertip on my fretting hand to be extremely sensitive — to the point where the slightest pressure causes pain. ...
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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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I've recently had a power cut, now all my guitar and bass amps are making a humming/buzzing noise?

I recently had a power cut in my area this Monday just gone, power was restored quickly, in about 5 seconds. However now whenever I go to plug in and turn on any of my amplifiers in my studio or ...
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What kind model or brand guitar do I have what kind is this

I have an Acoustic 6 string that has plastic tuning keys on it also the top of the neck goes into a point by the keys, not flat. The tag on the inside states the name Austin and after that Lonestar ...
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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 ...
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Video fretboard for lessons [closed]

I'm wanting to attach a camera to the head of the guitar, then have it sent to my computer whose screen is projected onto a larger screen/monitor. This is to demonstrate finger positions for chords ...
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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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Holding a cigar box guitar

I recently bought a fretless 3-string cigar box guitar. The problem I'm having is holding it securely on my lap. It wants to slide off. The neck wants to fall away from me. If I play finger-style, I ...
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Guitar External sound card with multiple audio devices

I want to use my PC as an amp simulator. Im currently using guitar rig 5 with asio4all plugging my guitar trough line in. It works fine but i want to listen to youtube simultaneously but it doesnt ...
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Choosing my first electric guitar

I am going to purchase my first electric guitar, specifically a Squier Bullet Strat. I have been playing my acoustic for two years. Nothing professional, just learning basic songs, although I want to ...
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Electric guitar for soft sound?

What electric guitar could make this kind of sounds ? Will "Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster '50s - Vintage Blonde" be ok for me ? I'm a noob and don't know nothing ...
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What is a rest stroke?

From classical, jazz, to flamenco and folk; each style and tradition calls it differently, and sometimes even approach it differently. Why is it used instead of normal strokes? Conceptually, what is ...
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Can i use a pa mixer system to use it as an interface to record on laptop?

so i'm wanting to record my band, im just 18 and i dont have hundreds of dollars to record in a real studio, the place we jam at have this pa system where we can connect mics and stuff, can i use it ...
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Is learning guitar good without knowing how to sing?

I'm interested in learning guitar, but I doubt it would be useful to play guitar without singing. Is it necessary to learn to sing in order to play guitar?
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Soloing in any key on guitar. Knowing the fretboard or knowing the boxes?

A few days ago I started to practice soloing in random keys. For example A major, G minor, etc. Before I dive into the details I must add that I know every single box in minor/major/pentatonic scales,...
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Buzzing Fender DG200SCE when amplified

I bought some months ago a slightly used Acoustic Fender. I tested it with amplification a couple of times and only noticed a very loud response when palm-hitting the bridge, for rythmic purposes. I ...
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Why is the lowest note in Standard guitar tuning an E?

Why is the lowest note in Standard guitar tuning, particularly an acoustic, an E? I've nothing against E but it's easier to use a capo if your guitar is tuned down to D ...or perhaps C# or C ... than ...
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Changing Guitar Tuning

I learned some Guitar songs in default tuning. Now i discovered that there are many other tuning available in which people play awesome guitar, as it's easy to do tapping ,play percussive style ...
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How do I stop muting nearby strings or will my fingers reshape after some practice?

I recently started learning to play guitar. I cut my nails completely, so I can press the strings. Often I need to endlessly re-arrange my fingers because I'm muting nearby strings. I correct one ...
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Old style fireplace ish

I wounder if there is a name for like the style of old people singing, music that i think fits the fireplace. Like sort of old man voice with guitar. Sorry for bad explanation, dont know how to ...
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Using an expression pedal with a PC?

Currently I'm using my guitar through a Ubisoft Rocksmith adapter, and I'm thinking of buying an expression pedal with a 6.3 mm jack output, but I don't know how could I connect it to my PC so I could ...
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Guitar String Ringing

My guitar string is ringing after the intended note duration and I am having a hard time muting the open strings. It is like the LET RING technique of guitar. So when do you know if you should stop ...
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Best ways to remove excess tension from fretting hand?

I'm recovering from tendonitis in my left (fretting) wrist. I think it was due to trying to build speed with poor technique. Part of it was too much bending of the wrist, but the other part is likely ...
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guitar, six string, steel strings, what gauge will provide noticeably lighter action?

My strings are old and don't remember their gauge. Either standard or on the heavy side as I like the tone of heavier gauge. Anyway, now I want to restring the guitar for my son who is just beginning....
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What key is this progression? Amaj7- Gmaj7- Fmaj7- Cmaj7

I have been building chords in maj7 and stringing them together in what sounds good to me. I like the sound of this progression and am curious as to how to determine what key it is, if any. I am very ...
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“Push” chords in a bossa nova

I am struggling to learn the bossa rhythm for the song Black Narcissus.My version of this song has a B flat 7 flat 5 chord in the “4 and “ position of bar one. This chord repeats in the first two ...
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Basic Punk Rhythm Guitar--Snare Feels Like Down Beat

I'm a pretty good guitarist, and I can play some tricky rhythms (weird time signatures, syncopation, some of the easier djent stuff) but I've always had trouble when my drummer starts to play anything ...
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How to match the notes in the score with guitar tab when changing the tuning in Guitar Pro 6?

I realized that when changing the tuning in a tab, the score remains the same. Here's a example, when I tune 1 step down. The first chord is F, but the score is still telling me it is a G chord: Why ...
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Written pitch verse pitch played by tab

I have a Hal Leonard book of transcriptions of Robert Johnson songs. In the example in the image the tuning is open G but up a half step, so Open G sharp. The written notes circled show a B and a ...
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What are some methods of identifying old, cheap guitars?

I have a very old Craftsman guitar (at least 30 years old) which my dad bought second hand when he was in his early twenties. I love this guitar to bits and have done loads of work on it to try and ...
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Physics of Guitar frets and sound

I understand how Guitar works. Pitch/Frequency of sound produced depends on length of vibrating string. So we have different frets to product different notes. Fine. However I am curious to understand ...
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Bass needs a cleanin'

So I bought a used bass and I can tell the previous owner has stickers on it because the pick guard is an eggshell color and the shape of the stickers is still white. Any idea on how to clean this?
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Beginner Metal gear

I am a total guitar beginner trying to learn metal riffs and songs like Slipknot. I have a Squier Strat starter pack that has an SSS pickup config. Will it sound more metal if I get a different ...
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Spruce vs cedar as the material of the soundboard (top, tonewoods) of the classical guitar; how do they affect the tone and sound?

Seems that two of the most common materials for the soundboard of a classical guitar (also called tonewoods) are cedar and spruce. Regarding tone, is there a significant difference between the sound a ...
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Is Soreness in Middle Knuckle of Fretting Hand Index Finger Normal for Beginners?

About 3 or 4 months ago I started teaching myself to play steel string acoustic guitar using free online lessons. Because I am not working with a tutor in person, I have to be more careful about ...
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Connecting Audio interface to amp head to use 4x12 Cabinet as a monitor?

Forgive me if this is a stupid question but I want to make use of my old 6505 head and cab as a dedicated guitar monitor. In theory I'd like to Guitar > AI > Bias FX2 > AI line out > input head(or ...
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My Guitar came with both metal and nylon strings, what replacement strings should I buy?

I have the Katoh MCG20 Classical Guitar. As you can see, the guitar came with 3 metal strings and 3 nylon strings. I understand that this is a classical guitar and should be replaced with nylon ...