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Why does my power chord sound higher when I play the same notes on a different string on my electric guitar? [duplicate]

For example I play the B power chord by pressing the 2nd fret on the A string, 4th fret on the D string and the 4th fret on G the string. It sounds higher than when I play the power chord by pressing ...
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How to emulate a violin using a guitar?

I need to make violin-like sound using a guitar for some project of mine. It's going to be a normal guitar passage, followed by the same (or almost the same) passage with a different timbre. Using a ...
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What do you call this type of guitar?

Does anybody mind mentioning to me what this type of guitar is called? A pedal lap steel guitar maybe? ...
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Baby Taylor BT1e didn't make sound at venue. The next day, it was fine [closed]

I have asked a few resources and I can't get a good answer. I was simply doing an open mic at a venue and when I plugged my guitar into their system, no noise came out. The performer just before me ...
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Restringing Acoustic guitar

I always have issues restringing the high E string. It breaks when tuning it. So today I used 2nd string as the first one and tuned it to High E, does it have a significant impact on tonality?
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How to know if the sheet music is transposed for guitar

I have been reading regular sheet music ("in C" I think it is called) when playing guitar (i.e. with both the F clef and the G clef) since the sheet music was for piano or cello. Now I found ...
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Strings are i tune, but when pressing a fret its out of tune [closed]

So i'm pretty new to guitar. I have a problem with my guitar is out of tune when im fretting a string. I can tune every string exactly, but when i'm fretting it, it is out of tune. When i play the ...
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Piano and Guitar playing different Tonic chord in a song

Please bear with me as my music theory knowledge is scrappy! After listening and watching live performances of this song by Maltese band "The Travellers", I've deduced that the piano and ...
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In what sense is the guitar a transposing instrument?

Guitars are transposing instruments. Does this mean if the music notation is calling for a C4 I should play a C3? Or would I still play a C4? Does the original instrument the notation was made for ...
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Guitar Standard Notation Fret & String Selection

After reviewing this image: I've noticed guitars can play the exact same pitches on different strings and frets. How can I determine correct strings and fingerings? For example, if I want to ...
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In defense of our future - Discharge guitar tabs [closed]

i was just curious if someone knows this. I've been trying to find tabs for "In defense of our future - Discharge" but the internet seems to have this one really hidden and there's no site ...
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Should a right handed child hold a guitar left-handedly [duplicate]

Going to try and distil this down to one question! Background: My 9yo daughter is interested in music, and and at the moment rock guitar. We have loads of guitars and ukes around from me and her mum ...
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What effects are going on here? [closed]

I'd like to recreate the sound in guitar lick of this song (lick at 4:00). I was wondering whether anyone with a keen ear could let me know what effects/pedals might ...
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Questions on Chord progression in "Cocaine Blues"

In the song "Cocaine Blues" (in the style of Townes Van Zandt) the opening chord progression (transposed to C) is C - E7 - F. That is a I - III7 - IV or a V - VII7 - I, depending on what ...
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Help identifying old electric guitar [closed]

This electric guitar was gifted to me in 1998 and my buddy said it was from a pawn shop. The only identifying marks are the “PRESTIGE” emblem by the machine heads and a indescribable circular mark ...
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What is an altered diminished chord?

I was playing today exploring some new chords in G minor and accidentally found a really beautiful chord, and when I searched it on google I found that it is called: F#dim6(b13,no5). This confused me ...
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First guitar with fretboard inlays?

When did guitars first get fretboard inlays? Or were they a common feature on pre-guitar stringed instruments before the the guitar was formalised to the shape we now know and love? Was there a ...
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About Mode scale and keys [closed]

So if there is a C Mixolydian(or F major scales), is the key considered as F major or C major? Chord progression: C - Bb Do you guys see this as 1 and b7 in c key or 5 and 4 chords in F key?
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Why Does Blues Have the first 4 Bars on the I chord?

Why is it so common to hold the I Chord for 4 bars? See other variations: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-bar_blues
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What is the strumming pattern of this guitar tab from "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence? [closed]

I'm trying to learn how to play "Bring Me to Life" by Evanescence on guitar, and I'm following Christian Torres's cover on YouTube: Only problem is, I suck ...
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Music Practice, jamming and chord changes [closed]

I do like jamming along with some music majorly softrocks and POP on youtube which have chords and lyrics with my accoustic guitar. I comfortably jam do okay in Key of G and still struggling a bit in ...
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Is strumming and finger picking universal for all the instruments?

I am self taught Ukulele Player and playing Ukulele for almost one and half years now and can play almost all the open chords. Learnt everything with internet resources. And this is my first string ...
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realtime bending of strings to bring classical guitar in tune [closed]

While talking with a friend, I mentioned that the width of a classical guitar neck is quite large, to allow a player room to slightly and subtly bend a string (or strings) by moving fingers parallel ...
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Pat Martino's parental forms. Can you go deeper?

I have been studying Pat Martino lessons on the parental forms. It absolutely blew my mind that if you lower any note a halfstep in a augmented triad you get a major chord. And if you raise a note you ...
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How do chords work on guitar? [duplicate]

I mean, if we take the C chord for example; it is composed by the notes C, E and G, according to the theory, but on the guitar, the pressed notes are C, E and C (an octave lower than the previous one),...
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How to count this measure?

I am learning a piece and am new to sheet music. I am trying to count the beats, and need to some help in counting. It's in the time signature 4/4. For the second bar, how should I count it out? My ...
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What exactly is a "vamp"? [duplicate]

I recently started to read Mick Goodrick's well-known book "The Advancing Guitarist", but I got stuck at the very beginning. The first chapter of the book talks about how playing on one ...
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Would mixing 80/20 Bronze with Phosphor Bronze guitar strings be a good way to alter the tonal balance of a particular acoustic guitar?

It’s generally agreed that different woods used in the body of an acoustic guitar will accentuate different tones and emphasize different parts of the tonal spectrum. Some woods will emphasize the ...
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Pick up button pins

Im new to guitar but I have purchased a fender that has a fishman pick up in it. Where the pickup comes out of the bottom hole to plug into is missing the strap button so it falls back inside of the ...
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Guitar: finger position question

My professor asked me to practice the following on any string: index finger on fret 1, ring finger on fret 3, little finger on fret 5. I keep practicing but this is pretty painful and hard for me to ...
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getting sound from external speaker with an audio interface

I'm trying to get sound from my audio interface by using an external speaker. My current chain is like this. guitar -> mooer ge200 multi fx -> behringer umc204hd -> speaker. I connect the ...
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E7add9+ Why is there a D? [duplicate]

E7add9+: The E major scale has the notes: E F# G# A B C# D# my teacher as well as tuxguitar suggest that the following guitar chord diagram: The second is B, the third is G#, the prime is of course E ...
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Why is the usual clef for guitar G clef?

Analyzing by two parameters, polyphony and range, music written for guitar should use two clefs, G and F. Usually, solo guitar has a polyphonic expression. Writing two melodies in a single stave could ...
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Voicing Freddie Green-style rhythms in jazz arrangement

I'm working on a jazz arrangement and i was thinking of a walking bass, brushes on the drums, some chord stabs and fills for the piano, but as for the guitar it's a bit difficult. I want to write in ...
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How does string age affect intonation?

I had a recent issue with my high e string where the saddle was adjusted as short as possible but the twelfth fret was still very flat. I read online that a new set of strings may fix this, and that ...
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correct thumb position?

I have been playing guitar for 1.5 year.. and I have practiced long hours and I can switch between chords smoothly in 1 1/3 second 5 or 6 of them. unfortunately at some point in my learning process I ...
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How does Sitar produce sound while it doesn't have any sound holes?

I always thought that stringed instruments have hole(s) called soundholes so that the produced sounds can be heard. But the sitar as a stringed instrument doesn't have any soundholes. So how is the ...
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Can I change the location of my guitar frets so that I play korons?

Setar is an Iranian instrument that is able to play korons (half-flats) because of its irregular fretboard: I know it's doable in guitars with bending the strings. But I wish to change my guitar's ...
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Does the same key have both major and minor pentatonic notes?

When guitarists (or musicians for that matter) talk about keys. For example they say that they are in the key of A. Does it mean it could be either A major or A minor or both? Another example: Some ...
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What effect do wood and body mass have on electric guitar tone?

Most articles on tone state that electric guitar pickups have a major - or even the greatest- influence on tone. It is also typically said that tonewoods make a small difference in tone. So why is it ...
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Would there be issues changing out necks frequently with a bolt-on?

I'm thinking of getting a guitar with a bolt-on neck, so that I can later get a second neck with a fretless fingerboard, and switch out those necks as needed. Would this potentially cause some kind of ...
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Why are open guitar tunings usually in major?

What I notice is that the common open guitar tunings are usually in major. Of course anyone can tune their guitar any way they want, but major seems to be the standard. I was wondering why. For ...
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Would it be incorrect to play the open E (6th string) for the C major chord?

The notes are C E G. I play 2 Cs (5th and 2nd), 2 Es (4th and 1st) and 1 G on the 3rd string. Would it be incorrect if I included the lower E, playing the 6th string open as well? Would it not enrich ...
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What does a B on a note stem in guitar music mean?

I found B's on note stems in sheet music of the 3rd movement of the Libra Sonatine, "Fuoco", by Roland Dyens, which is for guitar: What does that B on a note stem mean in this guitar music? ...
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What are hypo modes, related to standard guitar? [closed]

Relating to guitar what are hypo modes?
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Why do some extended chords have three added notes?

As I understand it, a basic chord is built of three notes, which can be harmonized in different octaves. It's always the first, third, and fifth to make up a basic chord. An extended chord then adds a ...
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Guitar support for Yamaha SLG200NW

I bought a silent guitar Yamaha SLG200NW around 6 months ago. I like it very much. However, there is one thing that doesn't allow me to fully enjoy practising on that guitar. I cannot find a proper ...
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Harmonic Slides on Bass Guitar

I recently saw a video where bassist Adam Neely did a harmonic slide on a fretless bass, and he said it was also possible to do on a fretted bass. I have attempted to do them but I cannot figure it ...
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Why is a third-space C on the staff played on the second-string, 1st guitar fret? [duplicate]

I am reading Classic Guitar for Dummies by Chappell, Jon; Phillips, Mark. Classical Guitar For Dummies® (p. 83). Wiley. Kindle Edition. The question comes from a direct statement in the text, which I ...
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How am I meant to hold my fingers for this chord?

I am currently learning how to play guitar. I haven't found a proper guitar teacher yet due to the current lockdown situation, so I have to learn from YouTube videos and other online exercises. ...
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