Questions tagged [guitar]

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Touching muted strings with picking hand

When I move across strings quickly (e.g. on arpeggios), I can feel bumping lightly into muted strings. For example when I inside-pick E and A, I will start with an upstroke on E and then slightly ...
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Why are "scales" mentioned less to singers and more to guitar players?

Scales are still confusing to me. When I sing I don't know anything about scales. Nobody suggests me to sing in mixolydian, phrygian or anything like that. But, when I play guitar, it is very ...
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What is the correct string gauge for an Alvarez LJ2E acoustic guitar?

I am going to change the strings on this guitar for the first time. A google search brings up one website that says that it uses 13-56 strings, but this is not mentioned on the official Alvarez ...
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Does Steve Vai's circular vibrato actually make the note go flat?

Steve Vai does vibrato by circling his finger around the note like he's giving it a massage.. He says that this somehow makes the note go flat as well as sharp. I can't hear it. I try to do it on my ...
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Instrument or line level for recording amplifier through headphone jack?

I just got a digital combo amplifier and the only outputs it has are USB and a headphone jack. I am trying to record it by using a 3.5 mm to dual 1/4 inch adapter and plugging it into my interface. ...
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Are Fmaj7 and C major chord the same in Guitar?

Are Fmaj7 and C major chord the same in Guitar ? I have some confusion in these two chord
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Transposing to a different key in Guitar [closed]

I am a beginner guitar player. I found a youtube tutorial to play a song. So the chords I was playing for the song were: Dm, Gm, A7, F, E7 . I was asked by someone to transpose the key to C# instead ...
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Recommendations for dobro instruction books [closed]

I’m a mostly self taught, intermediate guitar player. I recently started playing dobro in open G tuning and love it. I’m looking for recommendations for instruction books. I want to learn harmonized ...
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How Do Guitarists Sight Read? [duplicate]

This is such a basic question but an answer to this would solve a lot of mysteries for me. Basically, how the heck do guitarists sight read? I have experience in woodwind instruments where there is ...
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Application for finding ( and playing ) a guitar chord [closed]

I will frequently be playing guitar and end up playing a sound that I am unsure of the technically defined chord type. I have a very basic level of understanding when it comes to guitar theory in ...
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What does the apostrophe mean in Falk's №1?

See the picture from the guitar composition: What does the apostrophe mean and how does it affect playing ?
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How to properly record electric guitar?

I want to record my electric guitar for the sake of making covers as well as my own music, however I'm having trouble getting a good tone. I have 3 possible approaches (one of which has worked fairly ...
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I have a problem with the strummer in Ample Guitar M (used in Reaper)

When I create a riff using the plugin and drag it in the timeline (as a midi file), it's played with no legatos or really anything I set up in the riffer. It sound terrible, all the chords are played ...
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Confusion with inversion and descending, example with guitar shape

Hi, I'd like to understand why the second shape is considered to be a P5 ? When I play it I hear a descending P4 or reversed P4 if you will. I try to forget about theory, nine rules, calculation but ...
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E7 chord at 5th fret missing a B note

the E7 chord includes E G# B D. If we play E7 on the 5th fret, it is missing a B note. Could anyone please explain that?
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I need help in guitar tuning: tuner says I'm off by fourths

I'm having a bit of trouble in tuning. I've tried tuning apps and even bought a tuner. However, when I pick the E string, it says it's the B string; when I pick the G string it says it's the D string. ...
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Why does guitar have so much more shape/tone variety than all other instruments?

For acoustic guitars, we have dreadnaught, auditorium, classical, jumbo, mini, grand concert, arch top, parlor (then there are new shapes coming from Taylor) Even if I count the whole orchestra family ...
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Need tips for getting a specific kind of guitar feedback

I have this way of thinking about two different kinds of guitar feedback: -Gain based feedback -Volume based feedback Gain based feedback can happen at any volume, and requires distortion, adds ...
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Why does pentatonic + diatonic embellishments sound so much better than just using the diatonic for guitar solos?

I've learned both diatonic and pentatonic scales across the fretboard but when I go to solo, it sounds so much better to me if I use the pentatonic as a base and then pepper in some of the diatonic ...
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Improvising with modes and over "advanced" chords

Say I'm playing along to a jam track in C major. From my understanding, this means that C Ionian, D Dorian, E Phrygian etc. would work. My question is: How do I bring out the flavor/characteristic of ...
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Creating chord-melody from The Real Book (or other fake book)

I practice songs from The Real Book, and I am quite new to the chord-melody concept. I have knowledge of scales and chords, and I can play melodically these standards. Now I want to play them as chord-...
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Guitar digital samples library [closed]

Looking for tone samples digital files, free or commercial. So far I found Nicholaus P. Brosowsky library with 37 tones from A1.wav to G3#.wav: https://github.com/nbrosowsky/tonejs-instruments Here is ...
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Are these type of "Horizonal" wall mounts safe for hanging a guitar with a gigbag

I did read this thread Storing guitar in a gig bag and hanging from a wall hook. It concluded with a "don't hang with a gigbag, it becomes a big barrier between playing the guitar often and ...
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Jazz tones with PRS SE245

I am playing a solid body guitar, PRS SE245 and actually I want to have some jazz sounds. I am combining this guitar with Blackstar LT Echo 10 and actually couldn't succeed to get the tones of jazz. ...
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What do (P5) and (P6) mean? (Guitar)

Nocturne (Noturno) Op.9, No. 2 by Chopin. Tarrega's version, revised by Edson Lopes. In bars 18 and 19. P(5) and P(6) are written below the music. They are repeated throughout the piece with the same ...
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How should I read this tab?

What does this mean, is it an hammer-on? Is it a pull-off? What is it?
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How is this C chord constructed on guitar?

I am following a tutorial on Black Magic Woman from Justin Guitar and at 6:18 he plays the C Chord in the following way. Since the C Chord consists of notes C, E, and G I notice that his index finger ...
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How can I train my ear? [duplicate]

So, months ago I started to study how to play guitar and piano, I already got to play some songs, but I feel very awkward playing something by ear. Therefore, i'd like some tips on where I have to ...
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Music recording

I have an acoustic treble with a fishman electric amplification system. I want to know how to record audio from the treble with my computer. What cables and what software would I need for that?
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How do Fender wide-range pickups change the sound?

Billie Joe Armstrong's blue strat has a tilted pickup in the back, its tilted a bit clockwise from the front of the guitar, so the pickup gets more lower end and and a extended higher end, it gives ...
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Fingers touching adjacent strings while playing guitar

Need advise, bought guitar last week and gone throught 100s of vids on youtube for biginners, how to hold, tune,chords all that but one thing that is discouraging me is my fingers touching the other ...
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Why do guitarists move fingers up and down on the same note?

Usually at the end of playing a set of notes, I have noticed guitarists move a string up and down on the last note of that part (although not so much such that it classifies as a bend). What is this ...
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Synchronizing right hand with left

I'm getting back into seriously playing guitar after a few years and I've noticed a synchronization problem. My left hand is much faster than my right hand while alternate picking sixteenth notes, ...
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Difference (if any) between legato scale technique on acoustic vs. electric?

Are there any differences between legato scale technique on acoustic guitar, and how it is explained in this video for electric guitar?
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How do I increase my speed on guitar?

Are there any exercises or some tips on how to improve speed? If yes then please tell me! I'm already fairly good at guitar. It's just that I'm struggling a bit with the speed of my fingers.
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Having tough time with bottom finger skin hitting bottom guitar strings

I'm a "beginner" at guitar playing, been actively on my guitar for at least a month practising every day. I've enrolled with Guitartricks, I've been watching MANY Youtube videos on beginner ...
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For a given key, are there rules on selecting the right notes to perform glissando on?

Suppose a song is in the key of F# minor, as soon as a player finishes his/her climatic phrase, the chord is going to perform a perfect cadence, switching from C# to F#. The verse will begin on F# ...
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the tone/effect of guitar during rock song bridge/breakdown?

A lot of rock songs I like change the tone or distortion of the guitar during bridge/breakdown of the song. Can someone tell me what is going on that makes the guitars sound this way, and how I can do ...
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Little finger positioning on fretting hand while playing guitar 3-notes-per-string

I would like some advice on my left (fretting) hand pinkie's (little finger) orientation when I'm playing three-note-per string scales at faster tempos. I find the pinkie flattens, especially the ...
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Why guitar has B string? [duplicate]

I really wonder why standard tuning of guitar is EADGBe. Let's take this example, every 5th fret on any string gives you the next note If you press 5th string on A string then you will get D. Similar ...
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Lowering the key of the song Drive by Incubus

I don't have a lot of knowledge of music theory and I am trying to learn all by myself online. I am trying to play and sing the song Drive by Incubus on my guitar. The original song seems to be in the ...
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What does a plus sign below a note mean?

See an example below: What do these plus signs mean?
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Learning path advices

I played guitar for a while 10 years ago, but I never learned music. I was only playing the songs that I wanted to play by following YouTube videos. I know I have to learn music to be able to ...
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Classical Guitar: Can someone reference this piece of music allegedly by Carulli

In my classical guitar book "Klassiker der Gitarre", edited by Martin Rätz, there is a piece which is attributed to Fernando Carulli. It has the title "Sonate" (Sonata) and the ...
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Unconventional approaches for learning to play scales? [closed]

I'm a guitar player who started learning theory a bit later down the road, and there is a practical issue that I can't figure out how exactly to tackle. That would be scales, more precisely, the ...
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How should I do slides on guitar without hurting my fingers?

I've been playing guitar for two years but I still can't slide without really hurting my fingers, plus, the strings live shorter when I practice slides compared to when I don't do any slides. Like, am ...
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Different types of string in one guitar

2 months ago, I bought D'Addario strings with specification: 80/20 bronze EJ10 Extra light gauge 0.010-0.047 And then my G-string broke and I bought a new set Phosphor bronze EJ16 Light gauge 0.012-...
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How to fix a cramped up left hand when playing guitar?

My left hand keeps getting tired and cramped up when playing guitar. Especially when playing a lot of barre chords. It's very frustrating because I always have to stop mid song because it hurts too ...
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How do you develop the ability to express yourself via your instrument (e.g. guitar for my case) [duplicate]

I understand this question may be very broad and the answer may be very complex or allusive in nature. I hope I can get a little guidance from true musicians like you. Last night I watched Ralph ...
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Why do guitarists specialize on particular techniques?

I don't play the guitar and have only a casual knowledge. (I was defeated by the barre F chord.) I have the impression, though, that guitarists tend to specialize -- or at least favor -- specific ...

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