Questions tagged [guitar]

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The role of G in The Sound of Silence in A minor

So the chord sequence for The Sound of Silence in Am (the key I play in because I lost my capo) is roughly Am G Am C F C F C F C Am C G Am G etc. My question is why the G before Am, "within the ...
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How are guitar scale shapes/patterns named?

This site has the scale pattern numbers similar between Pentatonic and Major scales In the above images, Pattern 5 of the Pentatonic scale seems to be aligned to Pattern 5 of the Major scale. But, ...
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Vegas heat gonna fry my guitars?

Live in Vegas, My music room is in a building with no temperature control, what can I do to keep my instruments from ruining in this hot, hot dry temp? Guitars are hanging on wall. Will a regular room ...
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What key does the chord progression E, D, C#, B, E, D, C#, G belong to?

I noticed while playing guitar recently that the chords E, D, C#, B, and then E, D, C#, G sound good together although to my knowledge those chords can’t be in the same key because of the E and the C#....
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What mode does this guitar solo use? [closed]

I'm trying to learn this amazing guitar solo from W.C. Fields played by Gabor Szabo. It starts at 02:00. I learned this first section which is in the key of G major. At 02:20–02:32 it switches to ...
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What is the chord consisting of G F# A D?

I'm somewhat new to more complex chords. I found this chord on YouTube which consists of G F# A D (from lowest to highest notes). The person said it is GMaj9 chord, but actually it misses the 3rd, ...
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GUITAR - C major scale progression

I am having a rough time understanding the numbers on the chord.progression as an example on the C major scale. Why is it that they are boxed in these numbers ? And why those numbers ? Why in that ...
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Guitar - pinkie finger independence [duplicate]

I am doing some exercises and the instructor noted to keep my fingers as close to the strings as possible. However, i noticed that every time i go to press my second or third finger, then the pinkie ...
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Is my guitar's neck supposed to be angled upwards? [duplicate]

My Ibanez Artcore's strings are buzzing towards the top of the neck (1st fret). I have tried raising the action but the strings are very high off the fret towards the 20th fret and I still get some ...
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How do I get ideas for licks assuming I already have a chord progression

I have no idea what to play over a chord progression. I know my scales but I don't want to play scales up and down. How do I get licks ideas?
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Guitar - Pinky finger on high notes / small fret

I have a question regarding the use of the pinky on smaller frets , 10 onwards . Let's say I am learning a guitar solo, from Metallica Nothing else matters, when they alternate from fourth srting fret ...
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Guitar - Palm Cyst - Should I Change Hand?

I started learning the guitar (left handed) as my new years resolution and am absolutely loving it. For a couple of years, I've had a cyst in the middle of the palm of my right hand (my fretting hand)....
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Guitar Standing Position

I am facing a problem to have a steady standing position. While playing guitar in standing position I want my guitar to be still: it shouldn't move much. Currently when I play guitar in standing ...
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Are Audio Interfaces required for recording distorted guitar?

Previously, when recording a basic guitar song, I would plug my guitar directly into my computer using a basic line-in adapter. This still works if I add my amp into the mix. Specifically, when the ...
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How do I read the music when there are more beats in bar than the time signature specifies [duplicate]

I am a beginner and have encountered the following tab/sheet music notes. It is in the 3/4 time signature, but it clearly shows more than 3 quarter notes in a bar. I am stumped on how to read and play ...
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Having trouble setting up my Line-In from Amp to Interface

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 8i6. I plugged my cable from amp line out to interface line input (3). I can't remember if I plugged my instrument into to the amp or the interface, I'm not getting sound ...
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Rebuilding callouses after long break from guitar

It may sound like a beginner's question but I've been playing guitar for more than 25 years now. But recently, I had to take an eight-month break from playing partly because of COVID related travel ...
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Simplistic Gdim on a guitar, is this OK?

I'm struggling with Gdim. The way I play it is: x | | | | | | | | | | 2 | 3 | | | | 4 I use my third finger to mute the second string but I'm not sure of the open D string. I think the chord sounds ...
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What is the tuning used on this song “Nightingale” by Ivory Tusk? [closed]

I have a great difficulty to decipher the tuning used by a YouTuber BalconyTV in a song Nightingale by Ivory Tusk: What I got is E A C F# A E, which I don't think is ...
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Any ideas to pursue music as career [duplicate]

Putting cover videos on youtube/instagram for a while but not growing,any other ideas to pursue music as career.
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How should i approach my song composition.for eg what chord progression should i select,inspiration,and other aspects [closed]

How should i approach my song composition.for eg what chord progression should i select,inspiration,and other aspects.I am a singer and guitarist and want to compose songs on guitar.
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Understanding guitar music sheet

I am a beginner and I have some really basic questions regarding the notations of this guitar sheet music and how to read them. First, what is the purpose of the chord's names above the staff ? Also ...
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Can anybody tell me what chords James Valentine is playing in the you tube video below in the song memories [closed]

Below is the youtube link for the video.
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What is this capo-like guitar accessory?

What is this guitar accessory on 13th fret?
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How can you listen and judge where you are in the music whilst improvising?

When improvising over a chord progression, I have a hard time knowing where I'm at. I'm thinking about what I am trying to play and not listening to what going on in the background. I know this comes ...
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What kinds of vibrato arms do what’s described in this video?

I have no luck searching for the kind of vibrato arm, or tremolo arm or whammy bar Steve Vai seems to describe in this video at 3:20 He seems to describe a vibrato arm ...
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How to adjust floyd rose tilting forward?

I have been changing strings recently on my electric guitar, which has a Floyd Rose licensed bridge. I had strings on it (dont know which kind) and changed them to SL Alice strings (0.009 etc.). But ...
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Horrible resonant frequencies at certain frets

I'm having a really annoying issue with my American Deluxe Strat - when I pluck the strings at certain frets (mainly on the 2nd string) I hear an awful resonant frequency. I've added a link to a WAV ...
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Crack near guitar Bridge

This crack is been there for over a year, Does the bridge comes off in future? Is it damaging the body? Whats actually happening a year ago i've left my guitar for over a month without playing. Is it ...
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Playing songs “without chords” (play interesting)

I’m playing guitar 3 years and I learned a lot of chords and make my playing clean etc How can I play a song pop in different way? For example if my song is F#m key and the chords are F#m, A, C#m, B ...
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Rules for making guitar chords playable on the fretboard

Background: A program that generates common chord progressions given a key. For example, in the key of C major, one of the popular progressions we have is I – vi – IV – V (C – Am – F – G). My goal is ...
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Can someone identify what mode/scale this is?

Sorry if this is a simple question, I tried googling it but couldn't get any good answers. I am playing an open (low) E string on a guitar and then at the same time playing an A major scale on the ...
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Can sing pretty decently with a guitar, but cannot sing in tune with a backing track or minus one

I have been singing for 3 years with my guitar and I got pretty decent with singing. I let other people criticize my voice and they agree it is decent. But now I am starting to use a DAW to try and ...
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What is the underlying theory behind bebop enclosures?

I see a LOT of pages and books showing which enclosures work for certain chords and target notes, but I haven't seen many explain why a given enclosure works over some other arbitrary set of approach ...
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Why is the 5th stronger than the 1st in guitar spectrum?

I was experimenting with spectrum analysis of guitar plucks and this is what i got on an open low E recording: As you can see the strongest peak is at about 247 Hz, which is a B3 while the peak at ...
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What physical phenomenon causes stratitis?

I've heard luthiers refer to the weird sounds from a badly adjusted pickup as 'stratitis' (or 'wolf sounds'?). What are the mechanics of stratitis? What physical phenomenon causes it to occur?
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Can you connect your ipad to the headphone jack in your guitar amplifier and record using garageband?

I have a marshall mg 15fx amplifier and no audio interface or mic.
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What determines the tone coming from a pickup?

I hear a lot of hocus pocus in music. One such thing called "Premium" pickups are heralded as some must-have for a good sounding guitar. To me, it seems like pickups are just electromagnets ...
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Acoustic Guitar Tapping

I am little confused at what angle you should tap your left hand on fret board since your right hand would be busy in doing something else so our aim is that our left hand tapping should produce a ...
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A database of every guitar chord? [closed]

For a tool I'm developing, I'd like to have a database of all playable chords (and voicings) on guitar. "playable" would mean either : any position that the human with the biggest stretch ...
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Need help in writing Guitar Solos using story [closed]

I heard lot from online videos(Literally all) that the key thing to awesome solo is - Story. But I am kinda confused that how one implements this? Please share how you implement the "Story" ...
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Guitar goes from b3 to c4, skipping all intermediate notes and scales

I expect all frets to go from A to A# to B to C to C#... until G# But I noticed that sometimes, on my guitar notes are skipped or come back to a lower notes that preceded it. For example: On the G ...
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What does this <#> mean in guitar tabs and how do I play it?

I'm learning this song (ocean eyes) and in the tabs, it has this <12> what does it mean and how do I play it.
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How can I play this on the guitar?

I've recently started learning tabs so I am confused with how to play these notes with the standard notations.
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Starting out on the guitar. What are some good options for learning to begin making music? [closed]

I would like to learn to play guitar on at least a rudimentary level. What are my options for a really good, easy, and motivating method to get me going. I would love to find an inspiring online ...
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Does instrument cable impedance matter?

I see many 1/4 TS 'instrument' cables for sale with no mention of impedance. With: the speed of light in vacuum of ~300 000 km/s audio frequencies < 20 kHz you get wavelengths of at least 15 km(!)...
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New to Lilypond, I want a guitar chord box above each bar of the staff , does anyone have a template?

I am new to Lilypond, I want to print blank guitar chord box(es) above each of the 32 bars of the blank staff , does anyone have a template?
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Are my amplifier's foot controller/foot switch inputs protected?

I have a guitar amplifier with a 'clean' and 'lead' 'channel' that can be manually toggled. I'd like to switch between my different amplifier settings using a 'foot controller'. I often see schematics ...
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Cannot stretch my ring and middle finger away from each other when playing guitar

I cant move my ring finger and middle finger away from each other, either when I play guitar or when I dont play guitar. For example, I cannot to the Vulcan salute, if I try to move it all my fingers ...
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How to think of chord extensions when soloing over chords?

Guitar player here. I have been learning about chord extensions and how they can be used to color to a basic progression or when playing a solo. However as I was doing research on this it seems that ...

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