Questions tagged [guitar]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Pick weight - functional difference, or just personal preference?

I'm at the very beginning of learning to play guitar, and I recently needed to buy some more picks. This was more complex than I was expecting, since there are apparently many different weights of ...
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Arthritis In Hands (Playing With Pain In Hands) - Are There Recommended Approaches?

I have been playing guitar for 12 years now and I'm 28. I am under treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.) and was wondering if anyone who has R.A., or other pain in their hands, has any approaches ...
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How to begin learning the CAGED Method

What is the best way of approaching the CAGED Method. What are some good resources for beginning to learn this method.
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How can one create a sitar-like tone on a regular guitar?

What are some playing techniques or simple ways to emulate the buzzy tone of a sitar using a regular guitar? Either acoustic or electric would suffice, but not permanent modifications (like changing ...
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Do I have to learn all chords tones? [closed]

I came across chord tones few days ago. I knew and learned the basic shapes (i. e. Am) all over the fretboard. My question is do I have to learn for all A to G# major and minor triads like I done ...
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How to finger Dm -> Dm9?

I'm playing a song that goes Dm to Dm9. Moving from either open Dm or fifth-string bar Dm to the pictured Dm9 shape feel pretty awkward. Is there a better shape or fingering? I imagine Dm->Dm9 in any ...
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Is CAGED a good indicator of which keys to practice on the guitar?

I know that CAGED is mainly a way to figure out how to play the same chord in multiple variations throughout the neck. So you'd take the chord C for example, and you can play it using C-shape, A-shape,...
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Is there an instrument combination of a guitar and a harp?

I wonder whether there is guitar that is extended with strings like a harp - or otherwise a harp that has inbuilt a neck with frets with guitar strings. Does this instrument exist already and how ...
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Acc/Elect Mic pickup (XLR) only works when 1/4 is plugged in (even if not connected to external) - Ibanez EW20ASE

I have a beautiful Ibanez EW20ASE Acoustic Electric Guitar I love both the look and sound of it and I especially love the sound of the mic pickup from the XLR as opposed to the electric 1/4. Maybe ...
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Jazz Theory Prerequisites

What topics should I master on music theory before I move on to jazz guitar? Is it necessary to learn blues guitar? I have basic knowledge of music theory, like major and minor chords.
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Why is my guitar untunable after I recently changed the strings? [duplicate]

I have had the same telecaster for 20 years. I have been playing guitar all my life. I have an electronic tuner. I recently changed the strings. All the strings are tunable when open. So for example, ...
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modes, the more I learn, the less I understand

if modes are subset of the major scale.... so the intervals are all the same, right ? so... in the first picture, Aeolian mode for isntance, why can I only play these notes while the same notes are ...
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Simple Recipe for Guitar-Piano Duo

I would like together with a friend and play songs together. I play both the piano and guitar, and he only plays guitar. I tried it first by recording myself playing a pop song on the piano (only ...
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Any ideas for soloing on guitar?

So far I have known 3 pentatonic shapes, I don't just run it up and down when soloing but I don't think it's a good solo. I've heard about harmony, target notes, chords, one pentatonic per chord but I ...

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