Questions tagged [guitar]

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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 ...
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How to find chords and Melody for this Indian fusion rock song? [closed]

I am a big fan of this fusion rock band called Indian ocean. They have great arrangements of songs which are made of Indian classical and folk music mixed with Western Rock style. I want to learn how ...
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Short scale guitar tuning to A

I recently picked up a short-scale electric guitar for my son. While I am in no way a guitarist I can tune a standard guitar to standard tuning, including using the fifth fret method when I know what ...
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How long is a bar? [closed]

i have knowledge in reading tonic solfa notation. 4/4, 6/8 etc. I also have knowledge in music and audio production with the use of computer softwares, e.g FL Studios. I wish to know about the length ...
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I sight read at 20 bpm, and not getting any faster

I'm working through Berklee Press' Modern Method for Guitar 1. I start every new piece at 40 1/8th notes per minute, so 20 bpm. 40 bpm (1/4 notes per minute) is the lowest my metronome goes, so I ...
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Is it possible to make a button in a guitar which when tapped can connect to bluetooth speaker?

can an aqoustic guitar be connected to speaker thru bluetooth? we were talking about innovations and a friend comes up with an idea of an acoustic guitar being connected to speakers through bluetooth ...
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Does leaving a capo on “hurt” the strings?

On occasion I've accidentally left a capo on (overnight). Does this decrease the life of the strings, staying in tune time, hurt the neck, or anything else that's bad?
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Allen keys dont fit truss rod

I have a Squire Contemporary Series in HSS format. Ive tried almost all allen keys that may fit the hole by the neck, nothing fits, should I be worried? everything else works perfectly, in fact it ...
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Is there a way to combine mA provided by two power sources to power one pedal?

My Pedal Power 2 Plus has two 9v 250mA outputs and several other 9v 100mA outputs. I have a pedal that needs 9v 280mA. I have a Y-cable that can connect two power sources to one pedal, but it's meant ...
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Guitar rig: the switch from beginner to intermediate

A couple of years ago, I brought a cheap Yamaha electric guitar (a pacifica 112j). The guitar is a pretty solid beginner level budget guitar, and was a very good start. Unfortunately, I had to run it ...
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Some acoustic guitars are easy to play but some aren't. What affects playability?

I was comparing a fender and an epiphone acoustic guitar and noticed that fender was easier for my left hand. Both guitars have the same dimensions and seemed to have same string gauge. I thought ...
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What does NH and <> mean on a tab?

On a tab I'm reading, I see this: NH H. ------------------| ------------------| --<>12------------| ------------------| ------------------| ------------------| What do they mean? I know ...
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How do you effectively clean rust from guitar pick-ups?

The site recommended that I check both How do you care for you guitar? and Best method to clean guitar? before asking this question. But I couldn't find any information about this topic at all. I ...
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Minimalist electric guitar setup [closed]

I have an electric guitar. My combo amp (really basic one) broke down yesterday. I'm looking for an alternative but, this time, i would live to find a small device on which I can plug both my guitar ...
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How do I teach myself guitar (as a high level pianist)?

I'm pre-noting this with my background as I understand it is easy to see why this could be a repeat question and I do not want to do this. I have an extensive background in music theory, I've taught ...
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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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Electric guitar doesn't keep tuning on the first frets. Anything I can do about it?

I can tune the open strings properly to any note I want and they keep the tuning for days, but as I press my fingers on the first 2 frets the tuner shows the notes slighly flat, as I go up the scale ...
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What factors affect a guitar's ability to sustain a note?

There are effects and gadgets that can create a long sustained note, but what about the guitar itself? I have a squier standard strat which I can't help but feel could be letting notes ring longer, ...
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Do vintage guitars really sound better with age? Or is this perception affected by selection bias?

Guitars are often said to sound better with age. How much of it is due to worse-sounding guitars being discarded before they reach vintage age?
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How to write guitar solos from a keyboardist perspective?

I'm a keyboardist and sole composer in a band, and usually I write organ/keyboard solos, but I wanted to write a guitar solo for one of the songs. I would let the guitarist make his solo, but he is a ...
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Why don't sharp and flat root note chords seem to be present in much guitar music?

Since I've been perusing guitar tabs in the two weeks since I started learning, I can't help but notice that most popular songs don't seem to involve sharped/flatted notes as the root of their chords. ...
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tips for switching from g chord to c chord on guitar

I've been playing guitar for about a month following Justin guitar's beginners course and I could do some basic chord changes quite fine but I find myself really struggling when I'm trying to change ...
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How the position of a chord's notes is determined on the guitar fret board?

It seems the position of a chord's notes on a guitar fret board should obey some rules! As an example; why, in Cm chord, the G note on lower E String is not in count? I'll be thankful if anyone can ...
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Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning

I am a beginner Guitar learner and want to play guitar smoothly with all my four fingers. I searched on internet and found below useful links to stretch the fingers: http://www.justinguitar.com/en/...
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Mic Placement for Live Percussive Guitar

Like the title says: Does anyone have tips for mic placement that will help pick up and project percussion (generally through a PA system). I'm beginning to get more into the "live performance" scene ...
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How to progress in my guitar playing? [closed]

I was heavily influenced by Flamenco and percussive way of guitar playing. Since i can't find the good teacher nearby by me,so i decided to self learn. It's has been 3 months so far in my journey, ...
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Going “backwards” in my guitar practice [closed]

I used to be a good player, as a self-taught alternative musician. Then I saw a lot of youtube videos and realised I was doing everything "wrong", from a technical point of view. I never learned any ...
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Weirdly arising sound artifacts when panning (dual guitar tracks)

I can't really share the audio file (because I removed those issues by softening the sound), but here's what I'm talking about: I use a lexan pick, which sounds great, adds some highs (compared to ...
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Classical Guitar Exercises for Proper Tab Fingering? [closed]

Related: Figuring the Classical Fingering from Sheet Music Are there any classical guitar exercises, (for classical music), that also include the Tab as well as proper frettting-hand fingering ...
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Note durations in instruments [closed]

I am so confused about note durations in guitar. I know what note duration is. In guitar, if i play the low E string, it vibrates for a long time(sustain). I have no problem with the fretted notes ...
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Impossible Pinky on Guitar

I've recently taken up guitar again after an absence, I played for 10 years from 14-24. I am now 44, been playing again for about 2 years. I never really used my pinky when I was young, apart from ...
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How to Play any Major Scale on Guitar

I am new to guitar and started learning Major Scales, so to go by the definition, A major scale is a diatonic scale. The sequence of intervals between the notes of a major scale is: whole, whole, ...
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how change key while solo/improvisation on guitar?

I'm playing a song with the chord progression: Am7-Am7 Gm7-C7 F-F When the song starts I am in the key of A, but in wich key am I when the Gm7 or the F chord is playing? And how am I supposed to ...
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Electric shock from pedals and guitar. Jacks too long?

Since I bought a multipack of cheap patch cables for use between pedals I've been getting some small electric shocks from the guitar strings and pedals themselves, as well as no sound from the amp. ...
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Guitar beginner - What does this card show?

I am a beginner (just had 4 hours with a teacher) and I bought something where I can read the notes for the fretboard to better learn them. Also there was a card included with the following prints: ...
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Finding diatonic chords on guitar?

I'm trying to find the "easiest" way to find diatonic chords on the guitar. I'm thinking that I should just focus on the 6th and 5th strings and use barre chords. So I just decide on a key and then I ...
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Guitar to Piano: Getting Started

I've played guitar for most of my life, but recently I've bought an electric piano and am looking to build at least some proficiency in the instrument. I'm particularly interested in all the possible ...
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How to form an A chord on higher frets?

I can play an A chord okay, as seen here: However, I tried putting a capo on the 10th fret and playing it from there and couldn't do it at all. I have thin fingers and it was still impossible to ...
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Are there reliable, formulaic ways to form chords on the guitar?

I'm new to guitar, but am an experienced pianist, which is relevant. On the piano, a root form Cmaj triad of C-E-G can be made minor by simply shifting the E a semitone down. This is true for all ...
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How can I memorize all the notes in each usable key?

Basically, I want to have all the notes in every usable key memorized so that I can instantly just call them to my memory and play them. By usable I mean any key that has 7 or less flats/7 or less ...
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Practicing all possible three-note chords on guitar

Ignoring octaves, every note in a on the guitar shows up in many different places. I'd like to practice all the achievable three note chords on the guitar so that I can move my chord progressions up ...
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How do i play a quaver and semi quaver together?

I Wanted to know how a semi quaver and quaver notes are played in same beat?
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The implications of tuning a 12-string guitar in fifths [closed]

I would like to take the chance to discuss the theoretical implications of my alternate tuning for a 12-string guitar. You can find the original question here. So for reference I was talking about the ...
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Emulating the tone of a Rickenbacker

I am wondering whether anyone has any knowledge about getting the sound of a Rickenbacker… without actually owning one. Specifically on a Telecaster. I know that the two are completely different ...
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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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Should guitar be de-tuned when not in use…?

I bought a GB&A guitar almost an year ago. I play guitar mostly on the weekends. Recently I noted that my guitar bridge has got lifted off the body a bit. So I took it to the Guitar Shop. The ...
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Low E string on guitar shows cannot be tuned to E2, why?

I just bought a used guitar and when I tune it all strings are good except for the low E string, which I seem to be unable to tune to E2, which it is supposed to be. What could be wrong?
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Is it ok to touch neighbouring strings in guitar while playing scales?

I recently heard about scales, I am trying to learn them. The fingers of my fretting hand are touching other strings while playing notes. In scales we play one note at a time right? So while playing ...
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How could it be that the capo isn't changing the pitch?

I know the title sounds crazy, so hear me out. I'm beginning to look at how I would play The Wolves and the Ravens by Rogue Valley. Here are three key links: The album recording of the song. The ...
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Distortion kills some notes while playing

Maybe there are solutions of this question like lowering the gain level on a virtual amplifier or something. Right off the bat I want to point out: doing that does not remove those problems, it just ...