Questions tagged [guitar]

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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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Guitar: No sound from second string, but other strings sound normal

I played a Squier Stratocaster last night, well, when I plugged into amp, which it's working, my guitar's second string didn't make any sound - well, a bit actually - but the rest of the strings sound ...
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How can I play these notes on A and G strings?

I came up to these tabs showing a power-chord like chord on A and G strings. How exactly can I play these without interfering with the D string?
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E# in Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits

I have been playing guitar for over ten years, but in about the past five years, I do not think I have improved much. I recently decided I want to change that, starting by trying to understand the ...
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Do I need some amplifier for my VST instruments Ample Metal Eclipse and Ample Metal Rays to get the tone of Metal?

I want to tune these instruments to get the tone of metal especially metalcore tone. Here is my guitar Ample Metal Eclipse : and here is my bass :
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Which should I record first?

So my problem is that I don't know which is recorded first, do you record the orchestra first or do you record the drums or guitar first? I've tried recording the drums first but it didn't sound ...
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What does a note with no head mean?

There's a piece of notation in a guitar book I'm using that I can't find any information about. The note appears without a head: . I would guess that it symbolizes "play the previous note again" but ...
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Does a “-” on guitar tab mean “play that string open”?

I'm not a guitarist, I'm learning piano and I'm trying to translate some guitar tab for piano. With this section of tab (for I Don't Want It by Ween, from the Ultimate Guitar site): e--8-8-8---3-3---...
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How do I keep my guitar in tune with out affecting the action?

I recently changed the strings on my strat from 9s to 10s. I play with my fingers and not a pick, so lighter gauge strings for me are hard to pluck because they bend so easily when I pull on them, ...
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How do you even do a full bend?

I’ve been playing for almost 8 months now but I can not do a full bend on the e string. I’ve gotten used to doing full step bends on the other strings but I could never do it on the high e string. ...
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Classical guitar techique to play artificial harmonics while striking three bass strings

Is there a technique that would allow me to play something like this? I have my pinky and ring finger free, but i don't know if i could possibly play it with them. I'm just stuck at this point. ...
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Kahler intonation screws

I am looking to get some replacement intonation screws for the kahler bridge. Does anyone know what type of screw these as ordering from whammy parts would get expensive with shipping. I have placed ...
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Passing note vs changed chord

I'm pretty new to theory, so apologies if this is a stupid question but I can't seem to figure this out. Let's assume I am in the key of C major and I want to play the following progression on guitar:...
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How to read notes with an “ornate X” notehead for guitar?

I am not sure how to read notes with noteheads that look like a double-sharp (see the image below for an example). So far, I have dicovered that this notehead might be called "ornate X notehead" and ...
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Are E natural minor and B harmonic minor related?

I came across a chord progress Em C Am B under "Em backing track". With a note Use E minor scale and harmonic minor on B to jam along with it But Em has the following chords: Em F♯ G Am ...
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What kind of a guitar can I play without thumbs?

Because of arthritis, the thumb joints on both hands are gone, after playing acoustic guitar with a pic for 40 years in Church folk groups. I can't squeeze the neck with my left hand and can't hold ...
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How do I improve my picking and fretting speed?

I've seen people like John Petrucci playing incredibly fast with their right and left hands, but I can't seem to get any faster than I am now (which is speedy, but not near as fast as John). Is there ...
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How to improve rhythm timing on off beat rhythms

I am practicing Rock You Like a Hurricane by Scorpions for a long time, but I mess up on the timing in one or the other place. In that song, the snare comes at 3rd beat (or 7th if you count 8). And ...
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Low-fret string buzz

So Ive had an EVH Striped Series guitar for about an year now and I'm now starting to learn about truss rods and intonation and I've noticed some things recently. First, the low frets seem to buzz ...
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Why do people in tutorials destroy/cut their old strings when restringing?

I'd like do try out different gauges on an electric and an acoustic guitar, but if I don't like them I would like to put the old strings back on. Is that even possible or are they ruined after ...
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How to improve finger style guitar playing

I am a competent, but not amazing, guitar player who is very comfortable with the usual chords as well as basic fingerpicking patterns. I would like to take it to the next level and be able to ...
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What chord is formed by the open strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning?

Here is something that I have been wondering about for a while: If you strum all six strings of a guitar in standard (EADGBe) tuning what chord would you play? I think it would be some variety of a ...
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Fender Strat tremolo arm at an odd angle

When I screw in the tremolo arm to my Fender American Performer Stratocaster, it is angled back a bit such that it is quite high above the strings when turned towards the neck, very close to the body ...
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What chord can go lower than E major (in standard tuning) [duplicate]

So I am trying to play a song that I believe is in open D tuning. In open D you can play the first chord without putting a finger on the guitar. However in standard tuning, the song is in E. You can ...
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High E String Buzzing Only When Picked Open

I have an LTD H-1001 which I bought, used, about a month ago. Everything was close to perfect with it, until I tuned it back down from E standard to its usual Drop C tuning it's set up for. The guitar ...
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How to create guitar tabs with similar notation to Japanese Band Scores?

In Japan, so called バンドスコア (Band Scores) are widely available, showing multiple parts for vocals, guitar, bass and drums. An example can be found in the image on this question or see below: As you ...
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Is there a guitar chord lower than E minor in standard tuning?

I had a tune in my head I was trying to play and it had a G followed by a C then Em but the tune goes lower than that. I am pretty new to guitars and music in general so I am trying to keep everything ...
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Electric guitar trapezoid inlay protruding from fretboard

I have a Gibson SG Standard that I've had for about 8 years. The trapezoid inlay in the third fret is starting to protrude from the fretboard. I felt it when I fretted a note on the third fret one day....
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What order should I use guitar amp, sims and cabs in?

Please explain to me what’s what and why? There are many plugins on the Internet. I do not understand. There are amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, pedals. Then there are cabinets, impulse loaders, what are ...
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Box scale patterns vs intuition?

I know there's 7 box patterns for the major scale on the guitar. I think some people have it as 5 patterns. I've never done scales that way though. I've only done it by ear where I can go up and down ...
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New guitar truss rod hard to move

I bought a Epiphone SG special VE and there is fret buzz and the neck of the guitar seems pretty flat. I tried to adjust the truss rod, but it is really hard to move, and there are no guitar stores ...
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Type of Trapeze for acoustic guitar

I'm wondering if anyone has ever developed a trapeze for acoustic guitar that included features that would allow intonation adjustments similar to what is available on electrics? I have an old Yamaha ...
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Ear monitors or headset to monitor my voice with PC

Hello I have a question that I hope is in the right place because it involves several different subjects and I thought this forum was the best for this since it is close to singing along with an MP3 ...
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Barre Chord Problem Higher Up the Guitar Neck

So I just got my F and F#m barre chords to ring out nicely recently. I tried going up the neck towards the bridge using some different shapes. But as I went closer towards the bridge (around 10th fret)...
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Floyd Rose action way too low

I changed strings and now the bridge is tilted back abd the strings are touching the neck. I've tried turning the screws on the bridge base, but it makes no difference. Do I need a need base plate or ...
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My G String wears out all the time

I use Elixir HD light on my Yamaha SLG200S. I notice my G string is usually the first to develop kinks / gets frayed. Of course, when I change, I change the whole set. Is there a setup issue with ...
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How to decide which key to transpose to to make a song better for solo guitar

I'm working on a solo guitar version of She's Always a Woman by Billy Joel. I bought a lead sheet from guitarinstructor.com. It's in Eb. I'm planning to come up with my own arrangement of it based ...
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I want to buy a used aria stg series guitar electric

What are the things that i shoud test on it to see if its a good guitar or no? Like physical shape and the strings and other things
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Black stains on my fingertips after playing a new guitar

I have a 2 week old Schecter Hellraiser Extreme with Ebony fingerboard. Came with factory Ernie Ball strings. I noticed the last few times that I've played it (it only has @ 7 total playing hours on ...
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Solution for a more durable acoustic guitar G string?

I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years and probably haven’t broken a string for the past 20. However my G string consistently wears out much faster than all other strings; the wrap wears on the frets ...
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GuitarPro Notes Displaying One Octave Too Low

I have been using the software GuitarPro, and the file I am working in has suddenly begin displaying the notes one octave too low. In short, it acts as if 8va is on, even though it isn't. Everything ...
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Looking for someone to render a quality rendition of a song I wrote

What resources are there on the internet for someone who Writes music Is intermediate at best in guitar-playing ability Wants someone with above-average to top playing ability to learn a song they ...
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Which jazz standards are best for beginners?

I would like to learn some jazz standards, but is there any recommended list to follow from easy to difficult? Because I am not very fast on the guitar, I want to know which of them are best for ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of an all-fourths guitar tuning being E, A, D, G, C, F (the high E and B strings being raised a half-step from standard tuning). One reason to do this is ...
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How to prepare an old child guitar?

Our daughter got an old child guitar (80 cm / 31") as a present from her grandparents. It's horrible to play, so I have to try making it as good as possible. Somethings to note: The neck is really ...
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Playing a specific high note on my highest string also plays a half step higher

When I try to play the eleventh fret on my high E string, it makes the vibrate-ey noise that happens when you don't down the string enough, even when I press really hard. It sounds like it's playing ...
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Did Jeff Beck “play the changes” on Goodbye Porkpie Hat?

I have read several different accounts of Charles Mingus' reaction to Jeff Beck's cover of Goodbye Porkpie Hat. One account says he liked it and sent Jeff a note saying this while another says he didn'...
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Difference between electric -guitar pedals and processors

Is there any major difference between these two? Like effeects quality or sustain? As i know processors are just like some kind of "bundled guitar pedals". Is it so? Because as i know for example a ...

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