Questions tagged [guitar]

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How to improvise and play chords across the guitar neck?

I want to start playing melodies and chords across the whole neck and escape the prison that is the first 4-5 frets, but I don't know a systematic way of learning how to do that. I thought of learning ...
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Can a multi-effects pedal produce the same tone as dedicated pedals?

I'm looking at Zoom G3Xn and even the HeadRush Multi-Effects Pedalboard. I'm trying to compare the multi-effects pedal to dedicated effects pedals. Dedicated pedals can easily run $100 each. While ...
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Electric guitar out of tune (intonation)

I have an Epiphone SG400, and today when I played I heard that the B string is out of tune when I press on higher frets (8-12 frets). I tried to change the action and intonation, but now the all of ...
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Why don't the open notes matter in guitar chords? [duplicate]

I've just started learning guitar, having only ever played piano, and this really confuses me. On a piano, to play a C major triad chord I simply hit C, E, and G...I don't hit any other notes or it's ...
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1-2-#2-3 progression; why does this work?

In Don't Get Around Much Anymore, the opening chord progression is CM7 Dm7 D#dim7 Em7. Is that #2 a substitution or inversion or something? How does it fit in the C major chord progression? Is it ...
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Guitar fretboard diagram generators

I am looking for simple ways to communicate to people note patterns on the guitar. It seems like modern technology like computer generated diagrams would be an appropriate way to accomplish that. ...
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How to record guitar or harp for building a sample suite

I would like to produce a suite of guitar or harp sounds to make a set of primitive samples. The lowest level samples or components you would need to be able to write music with a keyboard using these ...
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What's the difference between a junior guitar and a normal guitar?

I was planning to buy an electric guitar and amazon.com is offering Epiphone Les Paul Junior Guitars at a seemingly reasonable deals. The related question that I have is: what's a junior guitar? What'...
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How to get clean sound when playing guitar

I have been practicing guitar (classic, electric) for years. But I cannot get a clean sound when playing melodies or chords. Often notes do not sound at all. To get a clean sound I have to press so ...
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Would the notes used in this chord make up just a plain G chord?

I am transcribing "Bell Bottom Blues" on the guitar. In the intro picking I think they're using this chord that just uses the notes in this order: G, D, B, G. Would this be called a G chord? The ...
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Will my voice sit better in the mix with a baritone guitar?

I have a deep singing voice (pleasant range: E2 to D4, extreme range: B flat 1 to F4). It is not shockingly bassy but warm. So if I want to cover a song, I need to transpose it. But I have to ...
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In this 1979 ACDC concert Angus' guitar seems unplugged

Is he miming, playing along to a backing track? Or ifhe is playing, how can that be?
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Personal Taste or Something Else (9th and minor 7th chords) [closed]

Probably this is a matter of personal taste, but I thought I might ask to be sure that there isn't a more in-depth explanation out there. To my ear, 9th chords and minor 7th chords are oddly ...
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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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Which advanced chords can I use for a song composition in scale of G?

I am making a song composition in a scale of G. I have already used major chords G, C and D and in some places I have used Am, Em and Bm. I would like to make this composition richer with some ...
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What does a P above the tab mean in guitar tablature?

Currently working on learning Secret Base (arr. by sungha jung) and the tabs have a P over the chord. I dont know if this means palm mute or what because its not a pull-off. Also unrelated im not ...
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Learning Minor scales through 7 patterns (Guitar)

I need a little guidance about learning the minor scales in 7 positions/patterns on a guitar. To begin with, I am reasonably comfortable with the major scales played in all 7 positions/patterns (...
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Strat tuned to C standard with 13-56 strings - intonation problems

I play a hardtail stratocaster with the following set of strings: 13, 17, W26, W36, W44, W56 (W means wound) and tuned to C standard: C F Bb Eb G C. Since all the time now I have intonation issues. ...
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How to suppress hammer-on and detach noises while tapping?

I’ve noticed that if you play tapping as you can live (through a speaker or while playing with backing track) my tapping seems to sound fine. But when I record I get a lot of detach noise. By detach ...
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When playing a fret the guitar sounds muted

Hi I just started playing I have an electric guitar and I'm having trouble when playing a fret. Whenever I press down on the fret it sounds muted. The only way I've been able to stop it is when I ...
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When Should I Use a Buffer?

In a recent question, I asked some questions about buffers in guitar effects loops. One answer that I received which was interesting basically stated that I did not need a buffer for my effects send ...
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Would it be a good idea to memorize relative interval positions on guitar?

It seems like if I memorized the relative intervals between the notes on each string, it would help a lot with quickly making chords and such. It seems a lot easier than trying to memorize individual ...
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I can't change bass notes while fingerpicking

Whenever I try to change bass notes with my thumb, like changing from a C chord to a D chord, I have to change my bass notes. I have trouble locating the different strings without looking and it slows ...
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Why does string strummed with finger sound different from the one strummed with pick?

What is the physical reason for difference in sound when using fingers instead of pick and vice versa?
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What do I need to learn before I can alternate tune my guitar?

What do I need to learn before I can alternate tune my guitar? See, I was taught by my friend how to tune my guitar in standard(EADBGE), and it goes like this: "How To Tune The Guitar To Standard" ...
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Difference Between Active and Passive Volume Pedals?

I'm about to purchase a couple of volume pedals for my pedal board setup. I have a Les Paul and two acoustic guitars, both with pickups and 1/4" out. My amplifier is a half-stack with an all-tube head ...
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Causes of sharp pain in a fretting finger after playing guitar or bass?

I have been playing guitar and bass for about 20 years now and I have noticed that sometimes, particularly in the last five years, I will do something with my fretting hand that causes a sharp pain in ...
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How to get a type of “screech” on guitar

I've tried searching on the internet for this question but the answers I've got wasn't really what I was looking for. I want to know how to do a kind of "screech" on a guitar. I think it has something ...
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Anyone else have a noise issue with thicker (~9mm) picks?

I watched a video from Rob Scallon on Purple Plectrums, and in his video they looked and sounded great. However, I purchased one of theirs, a 9mm model and I was very confused. I loved the feel of it, ...
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Classical guitar 5th string buzzing

This is to ask that I have a classical guitar Yamaha C70. Whenever I play the A note on any of the frets the 5 string I.e. the A string starts to resonate and it's quite irritating. It takes around 7-...
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Is there any alternative to using capo?

I don't have/want to use capo for my guitar. Can a specific tuning be applied as an alternative to capo?
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De-tuning on a new floyd rose setup

I just bought my first guitar with a Floyd Rose system and I absolutely love it. Now when I tuned it all up, and do some dives with the bar, and let it come back, my strings are all de-tuned a small ...
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Tuning G3 string to A3 guitar

I have been playing along with a couple of Pavement songs which are in DADABE tuning, so that the G string has to be tuned one tone higher to an A. It has happened to me in the past to do something ...
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What are good components of a practice session for beginning guitarists? [closed]

What are the best things that beginning guitar payers should practice in their practice session?
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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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Is it “safe” to use a capo on every string but the E?

I've tried playing in drop D to play a song with a lower D chord that the one you can do with standard tuning, and it has pros and cons. One of the cons is that the E string take some time to stay in ...
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Does octave not matter when tuning?

Why does it not matter what octave you're tuning to? If you wind a string to two different octaves of the same note, surely it's going to have a big effect on the sound, no?
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Where to get the chords of a song in roman numerals instead of regular chords

In web pages like https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/ you get the chords of a song (see this for an example). And that's enough if you are aiming to be a campfire guitar player. But when looking for ...
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Behringer mic preamp Ultragain 2200 as a DI box

I've bought a Behringer Ultragain 2200 preamp and want to plug the guitar in. I know that usually when I'd plug my guitar to the amp or audio interface the input impendance would be around 1 milion ...
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String muting techniques on electric guitar while recording [duplicate]

Hopefully this post won't be considered as duplicate. I just want to renew the old ones and share some popular and unpopular ways to mute strings in different situations. So how you can mute strings?...
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Is it possible to mute some of my strings?

I'm working on a part of a song where I need to strum the top two strings (B & E) together very fast. I'm wondering if there is some sort of a damping capo that I can put over the other four ...
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How do I maintain flamenco guitar fingernails?

Any flamenco guitarists out there? How do you keep the fingernails in such great shape? Is the difference that much better with the strumming hand's fingernails being longer?
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How did John Lennon tune his guitar

From the Wikipedia page on the quarrymen: The Quarrymen. Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, taught her son to play the banjo and then showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars in a ...
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A second-hand guitar pitch sounds weird

I got a guitar from my friend’s son. The high E string is weird because fret no. 12 and 13 and 14 have the same pitch: F#! Furthermore, other strings have a similar problem. On the B string, fret no. ...
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Upgrading from 0.009 to 0.010 string gauge. Do I have to do a guitar setup?

I usually use the lightest gauge d'Addario's. And I've been thinking about trying out slinky 10 gauge strings on my guitar. I understand the differences in sound and playability about installing ...
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Does this transition have a name?

I'll try to explain this to the best of my knowledge, if I've misunderstood any concepts please do correct my misunderstanding; I became disinterested in music theory as a freshman in high school, and ...
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Teaching guitar to a 6yr old

I'm a self-taught amateur guitarist of about 10 years. Never had any formal lessons. Picked up what I could from books. When my nephew was 4, he saw my guitars and wanted to try them. He was quite ...
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What is the relation of guitar chords to actual notes in the measure?

Often only 1 chord is played in an entire measure (sometimes more than 1 measure), but the sheet music may show a variety of notes other than the chords being played.
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How can one restore an old guitar? (a 1950s, Soviet made acoustic)

Today I was at my grandparents' house and found a really old guitar. It's kinda small (I don't know why), but it also has 7 strings. Another strange thing for me which I have never seen - the nut is ...
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Need help understanding and dialing in a particular guitar tone

I have a Sterling by Music Man JP60, modded with the (older?) JP signature pickups Crunchlab and Liquifire. I mostly play with a Yamaha THR10X, and while it's a fantastic amp in many respects, I'm ...