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Questions tagged [strings]

Flexible material that provides vibrations in string instruments

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What causes overtones at harmonic frequencies in an instrument? [duplicate]

I know when a string is plucked on a violin you can hear many overtones at harmonic frequencies, but where do these overtones come from? Does an ideal string vibrating in a vacuum vibrate at the ...
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Why do lower pitched string instruments have a larger body?

I know that increasing the length of the string will decrease the pitch, but that doesn't explain why the body of a cello is larger than a violin, only longer. What would be the "problem" with ...
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Lower E and A string resonates with high frequency when playing the higher E string on my acoustic guitar

this is a new acoustic classic guitar I have just bought. It has strange sound. when I play the high E string (open) and then immediately touch the string to mute it the guitar keeps playing a similar ...
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New Guitar strings going out of tune

I just got a new guitar from eBay, it is a classical acoustic guitar. I am trying to tune it, but strings are going out every time I tune them. I could not even play it yet, because every time I ...
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What are some of the considerations for putting electric guitar strings on a bass?

After watching the linked video it came clear that putting regular strings on a bass has some groovy effects, Im just curious as to how bass pickups are going to work with strings that operate on ...
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Acoustic Guitar tuning key

My acoustic guitar's one of tuning keys gear teeth got broken while tuning (G string).Here's a image. What can I do t fix it?
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Is the Low E on guitar the first string or sixth string? [duplicate]

I'm confused on whether the low E is the first or the sixth string. I've seen images online that show the high e as the first string, but I've also seen this statement in a book I'm reading: ...
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Is it okay to leave a guitar without strings for a long period?

I had to leave my acoustic guitar at home. I had decreased the tension in the strings completely before leaving home...it has been 5 months...did I make a mistake? Will my guitar still sound okay when ...
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Barre-Chords on classical guitar with steel strings harder to play?

I only own a classical and an electric guitar and because I always wanted to play more rock, country songs etc on the classical one, I decided a while back that I will put steel strings on it. Ones ...
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Can I put acoustic strings on an electric guitar?

I've been playing guitar for a little bit and I want to upgrade my acoustic guitar, however I've found some semi hollow electric guitars that I really like. My question is, could this be used as an ...
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String Off Tune

I just got an Arabic Oud, I recently notice that my 5th string is off tune when I tune the string. That would be in the 3rd course. I decided to put some small piece of paper under by where it touches ...
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Wrong note by playing G on my Ibanez

i Play a Ibanez Artcore guitar. If I put my tuner on my guitar and I play a tone on the bass string, like G on the E string, the Display mean to high... It is between G and G# in comparison to a ...
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Non standard guitar strings for old guitar

I have a old jazz guitar Framus 5/50 or 5/51(I really do not know the difference) I bought standard D'Addario strings but they are too short. All parts on guitar are at the right place and they are ...
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Electric guitar pickup not picking up a specific string

Just string an old guitar with Fender's pure nickel wound 009 gauge. I don't have any prior knowledge whether the pickup is faulty or not. The issue is the B string not picked up by the guitar pickup. ...
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Which acoustic guitar string gauge to buy as a beginner ({.009-.045},{.010-.050},{.011-.052})

As I started to learn to play acoustic guitar, I broke 1st string e 2 times straight in a week. Can anybody tell me which string is best for a beginner (by best expectation from the string is to be ...
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String instrument response vs. a nice ring [closed]

I've been hunting for a violin, and am wondering: do you find that response (how easy it is to articulate) is inversely proportionate to how well it rings? Does this difference somewhat go down as ...
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New strings to fix acoustic intonation issue?

I have just purchased a second hand acoustic guitar: a Sigma 000MC-15E. The strings it came with tune fine but the high e string sounds noticeably out of tune even when played just at the third fret! ...
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Question about string gauges!

Hey guys I'm very new to guitar as in like I need to restring my old guitars that I got years ago but never even bothered to learn before I can actually start to learn. My question is what gauge ...
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What do I need to do if I can't replace a broken guitar string

So I broke the high e string on my guitar and it could be a long time before I replace it. I am afraid if leaving it like that for a long time will deform the neck. So should I tune down the rest of ...
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what strings should i get for my semi-acoustic guitar?

I have a semi-acoustic guitar with electric strings, and I want to continue having electric strings, but my high e string has just snapped, and I need to get another. However, being kinda new to ...
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Finding scale from notes

I am self learning guitar and I've learned to play scales all over fretboard by finding root position but it isnt working in practice (as expected) e.g. I start by finding notes and right pitch of a ...
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Determining if string instruments can play more than one note at a time

I recently started writing a string quartet recently and I want the cello to play two notes (B and C; G and A) simultaneously. How do I know if that is actually playable (not on the same string/...
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What does Pierre Boulez mean by “sul ponticello”?

While I was listening to Boulez's comment (in French...) on Pierre-Laurent Aimard's interpretation of the third Piano Sonata, I was wondering what is the "effect" Pierre Boulez is describing/imitating?...
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Can I use a thicker 6th string with other thinner strings

The sixth string on my electric guitar is very loose when I use drop D tuning, but I really like the feel of the thinner strings otherwise- and I play as much in standard tuning. Would it work to ...
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Holding a violin against the hips?

I cannot seem to find a reference to this practice anywhere outside of this video (seen from the beginning of the video) Is there an official term for this type of ...
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How long does it take to insert / remove string mute? [duplicate]

I'm writing a piece where is necessary to switch the use of the mute on the string session. To become possible, I need to know how much time in seconds do I need to give the musicians to change the ...
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Would lower tension strings give better sustain on high notes on classical guitar?

I bought my first decent classical guitar a few years ago. I particularly like the power, depth and brightness it has, over most of the range. However, on the notes above fret 12 it has really poor ...
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Ideal action and string gauge for acoustic fingerstyle

I've been playing more and more percussive fingerstyle, and one thing I have trouble with is getting volume when hitting strings with only my left hand, for example like Jon Gomm and others. ...
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Why does my G-string ring much longer than other strings?

I'm learning guitar and practicing some beginner chords. Specifically, C and G. I've noticed lately that the G string rings far longer than the other strings. It's the only open string in both chords, ...
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Is there a difference in the string sets? [closed]

I was considering trying out the Ernie Ball electric guitar string set because what I've been hearing about them. I've been using D'addario. I saw on the company's mainsite that they had a newer ...
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How to add higher strings onto an 8 string guitar?

I want to extend my guitars upper range then the lower range, the highest note is a B6, high e. I want to have my highest note being in the B8 range if possible. but open string wise, i would rather ...
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Why are these guitars strung this way?

What is the reasoning and effect of the Rickenbacker 12 string turned around method of stringing up the guitar with larger strings to the left of the lighter gauge strings on a right handed guitar?
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Why does the open string oscillate when I play its corresponding fretted note on another string?

I noticed when I play for example a fretted A note on the E string, the below A string starts oscillating as well. I can observe this behaviour on all other strings. Why is this? Is this intended or ...
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What to call natural harmonics on bowed strings in speech

I was describing harmonics to a friend and it occurred to me that I don't know the convention for naming harmonics on bowed strings. I can read it in standard notation and I recognise the symbols, I ...
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Historically informed performance - Tuning

I recently attended a performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Marin Alsop. At the end, Nicola played an encore: a version of ...
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What violin strings have the lowest tension without a bad effect on sound quality?

What violin strings have the lowest tension without effect on sound quality? I have a violin from China, it seems that strings have a too hard tension and deform the fretboard slightly. I tune it a ...
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Stentor violin buzzes on the B note

I've got a Stentor Conservatoire violin a couple of days ago and although it sounds really nice when I try to play the B note on the A string the violin "buzzes" somehow and produces a very different ...
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Ukulele: I'm having the typical keeps-getting-untuned problem, but it's only with the lowest G String

[No Pun Intended] I know that stringed instruments have this problem, and the Ukulele is relatively new. I'm just scared that the problem is with the bridge or the neck, but is that likely if only ...
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Optimal storage conditions for a violin

What are the optimal conditions to store my violin in? A person in my orchestra recently suffered damage to her violin due to the strings tightening and breaking the bridge and I want to ensure I can ...
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Is removing all the strings from my bass/guitar changing the sound of the instrument?

When changing the strings of my bass or guitar, I've been told that this has to be done string by string because apparently, removing all the strings brings damage to the sound of the instrument (...
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Alternatives to gut for fretting a viol(a)

I bought a beginner's viola a while back with the intention of learning some, but we never really hit off. In the meantime I rented a bass viol for a while and really enjoyed this one. Since I can no ...
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Percussive rhythmic contemporary strings [closed]

Mike Blockrecently produced a book with contemporary études for cello. It includes techniques like chopping, slapping and advanced pizzicato. It is quite fun. I have some contemporary duets from ...
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Uneven volume of guitar strings when plugged in

Ive been facing some issues when recording with my Ibanez GRG 170DX. I noticed this recently, as I got a Scarlett Solo interface. When I record my guitar, the input volume from the lower E string is ...
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NVM ((Bass Strings and Neck Taped?))

Does anyone know what his bass setup is? Is he actually taping the strings down onto the neck? I've never seen this before... Thanks! I'm a beginner just trying to soak up as much info as I can.
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Fraying violin A -string

My violin's A-string is fraying (unravelling a bit) near the bridge. Right now, my playing is a little squeaky there but nothing very noticeable. Will this get worse or is it fine to leave the string ...
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Does leaving the excess string uncut, affect the guitar's tone?

I mean negatively or positively. I have seen lots of people do that. And I saw on one place that it's just that they want to look rebely or something like that. But, I asked this from a music teacher ...
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Problem with my new Gibson Les Paul Classic 2015

I'm italian so there may be some grammatical errors.. basically my guitar sounds really "sharp" when I play the first two strings (E, B). By "sharp" I don't mean the tune of the guitar, the tune is ...
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Strings on guitar quickly lose tension

I have a mim fender squire. I'll be playing my guitar and over a short time my string tension loosens. I just put on some new (used) locking tuners and a better bridge. What else can I do to fix this ...
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Shouldn't the strings resonate more, if I hold them down?

So if I hold the strings down with my left hand (I'm right handed), shouldn't they resonate more? It feels like it goes away so quickly. I am using a classical guitar (3 metal strings, 3 nylon), and ...
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String quartet practice routine

I am looking for information on how to structure a practice session for a string quartet. I read many articles online. They talk about working on intonation but hardly any information beyond scales. ...