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Exercises for Faster Fretting

I am learning the bass guitar and was wondering if anybody had any good exercises for faster fretting? I can read bass clef well, but getting my hand to accurately move between neck positions fast ...
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Setting up a resonator guitar

This may be the wrong place for this question, as it is more gear related. Regardless, I am looking at a used resonator guitar (round neck) that the owner set up intentionally for slide so the action ...
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Busted guitar top, how to fix?

all. I am new to this exchange. I recently bought a 7 string Cort guitar with a busted top (for cheap). I am hoping to repair back to playable condition. It is in good condition except what you see ...
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Learning music theory with a learning disability

This is a question that not many musicians even want to touch. How do you learn music theory when you have a learning disability that makes it near impossible to remember specifics. I can barley ...
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Guitar - strumming / palm muting -tops of fingers hurt

First off, I'm very new to guitar, and pretty sure my strumming is not working. The thing is, after a few months I never noticed any issues with my right-hand fingers while I strum. Then recently, ...
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What makes 'Drop 2, Drop 3' in chord nomenclature?

Occasionally, 'Drop x' is used to clarify chord voicing. I guess it's a more focussed way of explaining how notes of a chord are voiced. Certainly more specific than 'inversions', which only specify ...
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When arranging/transcribing a song, how do know what chords are being played? [duplicate]

I'd like to arrange a song that doesn't have or has little guitar onto fingerstyle guitar. Finding individual notes is tedious but simple, but how do you find chords, especially when it's not even the ...
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Are IV–I progressions easier for guitarists than V–I progressions?

Discussions of embodiment have become more and more prominent in the world of music theory. In a nutshell, claims regarding embodiment use the physical act of performing (and what the performer's body ...
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Are the higher octave notes required in the chords for Hilda's theme song?

I'm trying to teach myself the theme song for the Netflix original show, Hilda: With that, I used Chordify to confirm and deny my suspicions for the chords involved: ...
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How to achieve this guitar sound and what's the playing technique? [closed]

Does this guitar playing technique have a name which is being looped in this short preview? I don't know how to produce this kind of sound and which effects to use to achieve this. Any ideas? https://...
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How do you memorize the modes of the melodic minor scale on guitar?

I'm looking for ideas to memorize the 7 positions of the melodic minor on the guitar fretboard. Any suggestions? Is there a way to map each pattern to a chord shape? Or a way to quickly visualize the ...
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Can I injure my hands by typing or playing guitar too much?

I have been playing fingerstyle guitar for a year now, and I play on average at least an hour daily. I am also a full time software engineer, so I type a lot. At the end of the day my fingers hurt ...
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Is it practical to be able to quickly jump to another octave in another position while still remaining in key, without having to do much thought?

This question is going to seem weird, so I will do my best to describe the problem. Are musicians able to jump to any arbitrary note without giving it much thought and not go out of key? Assume for ...
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Drawing on Classical Guitar with Open Pore Finish

this might be a somewhat naive question, but I am curious if using some type of permanent marker to draw on a classical guitar with an open pore finish will cause any issues? I'd like to give it a go, ...
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Musical notes for single string lead acoustic guitar [closed]

Question Edited I wrote the guitar strumming notes of a song on a music street on one staff, now I am trying to write the lead notes on another staff. The lead part consists of single string notes. I ...
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Should I learn a new minor scale pattern, or "reframe" a major scale pattern?

I'm confident with the major scale pattern in the image. Now I'm looking to learn a minor scale pattern to use for soloing or playing in minor keys. It seems in my mind that I could simply "...
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Can non-voice instruments produce the sounds of vocal lyrics?

How can an instrument like the guitar or the piano be made to sound as though it's speaking real words, without any use of a human voice?
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How to find the right tuning for arranging songs? [duplicate]

I want to know how to find the right tuning to be comfortable and able to combine many different voicings on a single guitar, I also wanted to spice up my arrangement. I saw kent nishimura on YouTube, ...
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My muscle memory is tied to my auditory sense: is there a name for the phenomemon?

When I play a simple melody on my guitar while I strum (to create the sound) I can quite easily determine where to put my frethand finger for the next note. But if I do not create the sound, ...
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Guitar Muscle memory lesson plan for fine motor skill deficit

I'm diagnosed with Asperger's' along with I have fine motor skill deficits, although they have improved with age. (The real life tasks I couldn't learn at all are swimming, bicycling, catching a ball, ...
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Newbie Question Open D Tuning

I'm beginner in guitar and music theory, here is my open D tuning question. Open D is tuned (DADF#AD) on a 6 string guitar. I understand you can barre cords along the frets using the low D string ...
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Why Tune Down to Pitch on Guitar with Locking Tuners?

Reading through Fender’s online instructions for property setting up a Stratocaster I found the following: Remember—with most tuning keys, it's preferable to tune up to pitch. However, with locking ...
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Help deciphering piece of guitar tablature

does anyone know exactly how this bit of tab is supposed to be played ? I understand the numbers of course but I've never seen this "W.C" or a circle around the notes, what does it mean ? ...
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How to write chords for a guitar song that resemble the solo first note [duplicate]

I am learning Guitar and trying to write songs. I have tried writing a riff that starts with A# note and has these notes G D C B D# A etc . I was wondering on how to find the chords for the song which ...
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Making an acoustic guitar sound like an electric guitar or vice versa

I'd like to get electric and acoustic sounds from one guitar. The Fender Acoustasonic is too expensive...$2k. Does one get better results turning an acoustic into an electric or vice versa? Do the ...
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How do I hold/use a pick

Seriously. Most people say between the thumb and index coming out the side of your thumb, but I keep messing up, hitting wrong strings, bad rhythm/timing, etc. Any other ways of holding a pick or ...
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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?

Been playing guitar for a few months now and for the last month I've started trying to use a pick since most people (including the best guitarists) do and while it's useful for alternate picking, pick ...
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Modifying Piano & Guitar Techniques For Arthritis

I'm almost 40, and I've played the piano for 35 years. I still play almost daily. I've been playing the guitar off and on for about 30 years, although at a lower level of proficiency than the piano. I ...
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What to do for finger swelling? [closed]

I need info on what leD guitars are doing for Ra swelling of fingers. I got 2 fingers swollen. Is there a better way to get swelling down? I'm swimming. Doing ice. Don't want hard rhenotology drugs....
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Need help identifying a guitar [closed]

I really like the sound and look of this classical acoustic. Can anyone help me identify it? Thank you!
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Headrush (multi effects) into Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 Amp - Issue!

I have a Mesa Boogie Mark V 35 practice amp, and I love the natural tone of this amp on the clean and red channels. It is fantastic to play it 'straight'/'raw' without any effects. However I have a ...
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Why do many classical guitarists move the fingers for vibrato like a violin?

I have seen many videos where it looks like the guitarist is doing some vibrato and they make a rolling motion like in a violin, cello... How can this work in a fretted instrument? As an amateur in ...
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How do I change which pickup a specific Guitar Pro 7.5 track uses?

I have a guitar part which uses the neck pickup. How do I switch the track to neck pickup so that it sounds more like the original track?
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Claw-like gloves to simulate pick when playing fingerstyle?

I am wondering if clawed gloves would be able to reproduce the sound of a pick when playing fingerstlye.
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What does the bracket spanning a chord on a guitar score mean?

I came across this notation in a guitar solo collection book, but I don't know what it means. It's a bracket spanning a chord (The Asus4, A/C# and G chords in the image below.) My first guess is that ...
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Transcribing The Right Octave

I have started to begin to transcribe and can transcribe the right note flawlessly, but not the right octave. I have been doing a transcribing course that uses an electric guitar and have been ...
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How to define the note frequency from spectrogram?

because when I press for example on a piano key, that I trace the spectrum of the sound, I have this (amplitudes in function of frequencies) Question: how to define the fundamental frequency of the ...
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How do I play these notes from "Zelda's Lullaby"?

How do I play the notes shown in the below image? Here's a link of the video if you want to see It's on minute 02:33
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Guitar Strings have no magnetic properties

I stumbled into Fender copycat electric guitar strings in ebay. (They had Fender packing and print)The price was 1€ per set.Great! I found the most peculiar reason in my life for that price. Three ...
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How to interpret this "hammer on" in this guitar tab?

Does anyone know how I would interpret this hammer on in the guitar tab seen in the image? I would usually read this as "play the third string on the fourth fret, hammer on 5, hammer on 4" ...
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

Somewhat inspired by my other question about the pipa I believe the Mandolin's unique sound comes from the tremolo made possible by double coursing. Is it possible in principle to get a similar sound ...
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Is it wise to bifurcate guitar mastery into a procedural component and a creative component?

In math education, there are two (not necessarily dichotomous) camps: (a) people who advocate drill and kill (which is a form of rote learning) (b) people who advocate constructive learning Now, I see ...
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Calluses - are they really a necessity for guitarists?

Quite a few times I read on this site about calluses. How they are an important part of being a guitarist. How they help one's playing, how they really can't be avoided. Fair enough, when I started ...
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I want to write a chordal rhythmn guitar part to my melodic rhythmn part of my song but i cant figure out how [closed]

I have written a melodic lead part to my J-Rock-style song in single notes. I just had the melody and wrote around it. Now to want a rocky rhythm part but I cant figure that out. How can I compose the ...
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What gives a Chinese Pipa its unique timbre in comparison with a guitar?

Similar to this broader question How do East Asian instruments (Shamisen, pipa, etc.) get their unique sound? Though they a similar in many ways a guitar and a pipa sound very different. Could you ...
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How important is brand name and type of string to the overall sound of a guitar?

I'm aware of many different brands, gauges, and alloys used in manufactured guitar strings. Is it necessary for me to try each type and brand to optimize the sound of my guitar, or do the type and ...
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Why is my pinky rotated towards the ring finger when it is on the fretboard?

As you can see the pinky is twisted towards the ring finger causing it to mute strings. Is there a way to fix this?
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Why is my pinky always rotating towards the ring finger on the fretboard? [closed]

My pinky finger is always rotated towards the ring finger, causing it to mute strings because it's flat on the side How can I make it straight?
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non understandable key switches in jazz [closed]

I am trying to learn jazz. I got a handbook with some jazz standards. Given a jazz tab, is there a dominant key ? like in classical music. I don't understand the structure of the music. For instance, ...
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Nerve damage in middle finger fretting hand? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for 20 years and up until a month ago played regularly every day. A month ago I noticed that I was getting an intermittent burning sensation in the underside of my left ...
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