Questions tagged [guitar]

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Is the upper limit on your ability to fret faster hereditary? [closed]

I'm curious what are the other drawbacks to playing guitar faster other than "Practice more". Here is the example: I can play Cliffs of Dover at about 55% speed on the fastest run's. ...
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What are the key ideas behind a good bassline?

Hello fellow musicians, I trying to figure out how to write a good bassline to a pop-ish song (no specific genre, but think Selfless by The Strokes and Lost in Time by The Living Tombstone). I have ...
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Listening to 2 guitar amps simultaneously

I want to listen to two amps at the same time through earphones( so as to not upset my neighbours). I already have a signal splitter between the guitar and the amps but am looking to plug my earphones ...
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Why the real book and original recordings sound a lot different?

I am trying to learn jazz standarts from the real book and for example when I play "autumn leaves" or "black orhpeus" with guitar from the real book it sounds simpler than original ...
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What do these numbers above the notes on my guitar sheet music mean?

I'm trying to learn guitar. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and learn sheet music at the same time as scales. I've got a PDF document that has a bunch, but I am confused by these numbers ...
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Which Fret do I Indicate on an up-the-neck chord chart that is using a capo?

I have a website that allows you to transpose songs and will generate the appropriate chord charts. In doing so, I have come across a question I can't find an answer to with regards to using a capo ...
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Do you reccommend keyboard or bass as a first instrument? [closed]

I am a novice and have never played an instrument in my life, but me and my friends are starting a band as sort of a hobby. We have drums and an electric guitar and they had me writing songs and doing ...
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Back in black sound

I'm finally learning back in black from tabs after doing it by ear for a long time. I've come to the iconic lick during the intro and its tab is given by this almost everywhere: For the life of me I ...
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I want to have 2 streams. Electric guitar thru Zoom g3n to powered speaker Acoustic guitar/ mic thru fender amp to powered speaker [closed]

Set up also has TC electronics singer pedal which pairs with guitar. The Acoustasonic 100 has great vocal settings and my Martin guitar sounds better than going through Zoom. I have a 6 channel ...
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What is the right way to play A major chord on guitar?

I am learning and I have already seen three ways of playing A major chord. The 2-3-4 and then 1-2-3 and then 2-1-3 (I found this one to be easy). I am willing to do the hard miles and learn the right ...
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How do I stop hearing a radio station through my Marshall MG15DFX? [duplicate]

I just purchased a used but in good condition Marshall MG15DFX combo amp for practice in my room. Almost immediately I started hearing a local radio station through the amp even when there is no ...
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Chords to Ry Cooder's “Jesus on the Mainline”? [closed]

Ry Cooder is one of the musicians core to modern blues and roots music, and while I have known of him for quite some time, I haven't spent much time with it. Recently I pulled out his version of the ...
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What is the value of having tube amp in guitar power amp?

Do we really need tube amp for power amp? I understand that the tone change is done in the preamp. And preamp with tube sounds a lot better than solid state amp as it's more rich and full in tone. ...
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A guitar or bass with precisely parallel strings (normal guitar strings fan out)

Background Normal guitars have strings that fan out somewhat towards the bridge. There can be as much as a centimetre's overall difference between the width at the nut and the width at the bridge. I ...
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Is there a name for this kind of guitar chord - not open, no barre, strings dampened?

It's so convenient to say "open chord..." or "barre chord..." but then there are chords like these... ...where they are not open, not barred, and importantly require dampening ...
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Figuring scales from a chord progression

How does one figure out scales from a Baseline? Say for example, the Rhythm Guitar plays Bm chord for 4 Bars and then Amaj for 2 and Gmaj for 1 and then back to Bmin. How do i figure out, what scale ...
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What are the tactics of playing A shape barre chords?

I'm having trouble with playing A-shaped barre chords. I am aware of three ways to play them: Normal shape, using the ring finger, and using the pinky. But given the structure of my hand (my phalanx ...
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Prelude 1 by Villa-Lobos - playing multiple notes with the thumb

In Prelude №1 by Villa-Lobos sometimes it's required to play 2 notes with the thumb, e.g.: There's also a variation on this: What's the difference between the two in terms of playing?
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My fingers are hurting so much [duplicate]

I recently purchased a beginner guitar. I’m learning chords and my fingers are hurting so much. I’ve watched videos and they say not to push so hard but if I don’t push hard then the chord gives a ...
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I’m a guitarist and i want to learn how to play bass [closed]

I am a guitarist and until now I’ve played on a 6 string guitar and recently I decided that I was going to buy a 7 string guitar, But I also thought abut playing bass. Not any bass though... a 6 ...
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Problem with learning fur elise's second movement on guitar

I am trying to learn Fur Elise on classical guitar using this video: as a reference. I am doing quite well in the first and third movements as they are quite easy to ...
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My Guitar's Volume Knob is Stuck on the Pot

My volume knob was loose on my guitar, falling off when I flipped it over, so instead of buying a new knob, I had the genius idea to slip some paper in where the knob slides onto the pot, and now it's ...
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Why does tuxguitar sound bad and what can be done about it?

I've used TuxGuitar for a while now and it's good enough for a free product. However, I recently downloaded the most recent version and noticed that when I play what I've typed into the TAB the ...
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Is using an amp sim along with a passive speaker a good idea for home practie and small gigs

I am fairly new to using amp simulators for guitars, I was trying to figure out the best setup I could have for practicing at home and for jamming sessions. I will list down my requirements of the ...
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Are the notes in Blues scale in Am I Evil solo? [duplicate]

e|-11-12-11---11-12-14-14-14-12-11-12-11----|-----------------7---| B|---------12----------------------------12-|-10---------/7-------| I am analyzing the Guitar Solo of Metallica's cover version of ...
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What would be a good soloing/improvising strategy over “Comfortably Numb”

I'm trying to figure out some strategy in the chorus section (the major sounding part), but am a bit confused. Let's assume the chords in the background are D A in setion 1 and C G in section 2. When ...
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How can I bend better at the higher frets with high e string on guitar?

I always find difficult to bend correctly with the high e string at the higher frets. For example, when I bend a full step or more from fret 15, I always can't reach the correct pitch. There are songs ...
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Beginner Confusion Over Guitar Scales

New guitar player here trying to learn music theory and guitar from the ground up. I have somewhat of a two part question. Trying to wrap my head around the first part. So far I have learned the basic ...
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Determining open tunings while transcribing

I have recently tried to transcribe more songs by ear and it goes alright as long as I know the tuning. I was wondering if there is any tips or techniques for determining what (open) tuning is used in ...
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How to write long melodic licks on Guitar?

Please share your method/approach to write long melodic licks/runs/sequences/phrases on your instrument(preferably guitar). I can write short melodic short phrases like in Blues, for example, but ...
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What technique is it that causes a guitar to whine its notes?

I notice that good electric guitarists can make their instrument "whine". What is this technique called and how is it done? An example of the technique is found in the piano exit from "...
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How to read and play these beginner power chords

Few questions came up when I reached the chapter power chords of a famous well known beginner guitar book: The book teaches alternate picking on single notes when playing 8th notes. How do I pick ...
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Is it called a double stop if you play the same note on two different strings?

As the title says. If you play a note simultaneously on two strings in the same octave, is it still considered a double stop?
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How do I know if this acoustic electric guitar works?

I was given an acoustic electric guitar, but I've never used one before. After changing the battery I tried plugging it into a portable speaker and a consumer stereo/receiver just to see if it gave ...
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How would you analyze (harmonically) the intro of Preludio de Adiós?

I'm learning from books about harmonic analysis in order to improve my interpretative skills. So, I am studying this piece by Venezuelan composer Alfonso Montes, called "Preludio de Adiós". ...
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Move strings with Picado (Flamenco guitar)

I started to learn Flamenco guitar and I have a question about Picado technique. If I start from 6 string (high E pitch) play descending C major scale I play m(G),i(F),m(E open string) now I need to ...
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What tuning would I use if the song is in E but I want to use G shapes?

Original chords are: E C#m B A But they have it tabbed as: G Em D C What do I tune my guitar to instead of standard? Capo 9 is a bit difficult...
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The proper right-hand picking technique for playing the electric guitar

When I was taking electric guitar lessons for a year I was told, by my former teacher, that the pick should be parallel to strings at all times and so he insisted on it. The other thing he was very ...
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Can you help me understand what I am doing with these arpeggios?

I have a song with a part that I am wanting to play arpeggios over with the guitar. But just using the actual chord tones sounds boring to me. So I have started with an arpeggio pattern on the first ...
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Easy way to play a “B” chord on guitar

I learned to play guitar a couple years ago, but I can't for the life of me play a "B" chord. Is there any version that isn't a bar chord? Or do I have to suck it up and learn to play a ...
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How to “transpose” a guitar solo across the fretboard

I'm a new guitar player and i started learning some solos. I'm using an acoustic guitar and when i try to play something (eg. Pink Floyd's Time solo (one of the most beautiful soloes ever made)) I ...
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How am I supposed to play this chord?

I've tried to play this chord a couple different ways and I have no way to play it. I tried to have my index on 10 my pinky on the 16s and my middle or ring on 14. Is there something I'm missing or ...
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Why does C9 sound so good resolving to D major 7

So, I have been playing this chord progression in the key of D major with the chords DM7, Bm7, GM7, C9, and I can't seem to figure out why the c9 resolves so nicely to the D major 7 chord. Is it just ...
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Guitar Feedback Through Earphones

how can I get guitar feedback that will only be heard thru earphones. I've been playing 30 years off and on, and I know most equipment, but I want to quietly record but still get that Cobain-esque ...
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To become a better guitar player or musician, how do you balance your practice/training on lead playing and rhythm playing?

The general wisdom is that the understanding of chords and a strong grasp of rhythm are foundational to any lead playing, since harmony and rhythm provide support to the lead melodic line/phrase. I ...
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Guitar strings too high off the fretboard

I have an issue whis this Yamaha acoustic guitar that i bought a year ago. The higher frets are really high up the frets as you can see in the picture which makes them really hard to press. Also as ...
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What would you call it when you play the same chord but with notes in different octaves

I'm looking for the right word to figure out what I'm doing, I'm sure this is a normal music theory question but I don't know what to call it. I can play the D major chord with the basic D shape, ...
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Can my guitar action be lowered further, or is it already too low?

I have gotten a lot better at bending, so I stopped questioning the action on my guitar for a while. But now I feel like although it is good at the lower frets; at the higher frets it seems very high ...
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Do I have to learn chords?

I've only had a guitar for 4 days now. I have been playing it for 3 to 3-and-a-half hours a day because I'm having a lot of fun. I know nothing about music theory but I'm just following tabs. As for ...
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How do you make the cool sound by touching the string with your index finger?

I watched a guitarist on YouTube, and he fingerstyles and arranges his music for covers. I was watching one of his videos, and he was playing, then he took his index finger and tapped the string above ...

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