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Why does my new guitar become untuned every day?

If it's a brand new guitar, it's likely that the strings on it are new as well. New guitar strings have a certain amount of stretchiness that can cause them to become flat (e.g. go down in tuned ...
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Standing up acoustic guitar playing position for women

I'm going to post the dissenting answer here in that I feel like you don't want to look for a different kind of guitar or a perfect strap height. Most of my time in bands has been with at least one ...
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Why use odd time signatures?

It basically comes down to how the way the notes/beats are emphasised affects how your ear hears how the beats are grouped. Listening to a piece in 5/4, you'll hear that the beats are audibly in ...
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What is this metal thing on my guitar?

It's called a tailpiece. It's there to keep the strings' ends in their right places. Instead of the strings stopping directly behind the bridge, their ends are trapped in slots, and the tension they ...
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Left/right hand coordination on guitar, fretting wrong strings, while playing melodies

You can absolutely look at the strings and frets until you build up the muscle memory and then learn to play without looking. I can't imagine trying to learn guitar without looking ever. Professional ...
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What does 'Setting Up' my guitar actually mean?

The Set-Up your guy is talking about usually involves three points: Adjusting the truss rod - neck relief Adjusting the action Adjusting the intonation The truss rod is a metal bar of some sort, ...
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How was the D chord constructed?

I think the confusion here is that it doesn't matter what order the notes are in. Think of a piano for second...you can pick any D, any F# and any A anywhere on the piano regardless of what order or ...
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Do I have to learn chords?

Well... Obviously if you hate chords, there's no one to force you to learn them. If you play just for your enjoyment, then you're the only one who gets to decide what you play. However, there are some ...
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Fighting against the F Chord

Just about every guitarist struggled at some point with barre F. I only ever had one student who simply played it perfectly from the beginning. Despite what some people say, callouses won't help, and ...
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Does capo quality make any difference?

Capo quality matters, but not for tone. A better capo may give you more even tension on the strings, it may be more convenient to use, or maybe it's made of more durable materials or components that ...
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Guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months

Not knowing what the action is like on your guitar, it's difficult. You need to make the action - the distance between the strings and the fretboard - as low as possible, so the strings don't need ...
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Why are tuning pegs (aka machine heads) different on different types of guitars?

When what we think of as the classical guitar was normalized, it was just after luthiers switched from friction pegs like you would see on violins to the geared open-backed pegs, which were the ...
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What is the point of 12 string electric guitars?

The point isn't volume - several 12 string guitars I've had have been no louder than the 6ers. Doubling of strings isn't actually it. It's only the top two which are doubled. The lower four are ...
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Strings for my guitar - I'm supposed to tie a knot, but they have a loop

The instrument in the photo is a classical guitar, not acoustic. It uses nylon strings: the three treble strings are from plain nylon (like the one remaining on the photo), and the three bass strings ...
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What does the numbers mean in this guitar tab if they already gave the chords to play?

But I don’t understand the numbers. Is it for the fret. This kind of notation is called tablature, and essentially, yes - the number tells you which fret to play. it doesn’t make sense to me, if I’m ...
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Strings for my guitar - I'm supposed to tie a knot, but they have a loop

…and just to reinforce user1079505’s answer, if you did manage to put them on remove them immediately. A classical guitar is designed for about 1/2 to 1/3 the string tension of a steel string acoustic ...
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Can I play a 12 string like a 6 string guitar?

A twelve string guitar can add some extra jangle and shimmer to your guitar playing and give you a slightly fuller (but different) sound than a six string guitar. You play them both the same way - ...
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Is there such a thing as an electric-ONLY acoustic guitar?

Such guitars are called Silent Guitars. Try the pointers in the Wikipedia article or search for the term "silent guitar" with quotes around it in a web search engine. They are quite different from ...
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How was the D chord constructed?

You wouldn't be able to play the D and the F# at the same time because they are on the same string. The only way to play both notes would be to play the D on the 5th fret of the A string, resulting ...
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Can a 12 gauge string cause the neck of a guitar to bend over time?

Any change in string gauge will cause a neck to move over time, unless you adjust the truss rod to compensate. Movement would be expected to have stopped & settled to its newly-balanced position ...
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What are "silk and steel" strings?

Silk and steel strings are made to be used on a steel string acoustic guitar. They no longer use silk but instead use a nylon filament that resembles silk. These strings will not work well on an ...
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Why does my new guitar become untuned every day?

In short: yes, this is totally normal! German saying: “Der Gitarrist stimmt immer und die Gitarre nie” (the guitarist tunes always and the guitar never, meaning the guitar is never in tune).
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How to simplify difficult barred chords in a song

If you're happy playing open chords as opposed to the barres involved here, take the song up by a semitone - most likely not going to strain any tonsils - and substitute as follows. G for F♯, D ...
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how to play capo and non-capo chords in the same song?

They don't require a capo, they're just bar chords. IOW, you basically just use you index finger as a temporary “capo”. If you haven't learned full bar chords yet (they require quite some strength, ...
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What’s the difference between a G7 and a G major seven chord?

The difference is the kind of 7 you use. A "regular" G7 (also called a "dominant seventh" chord) is a G-major chord with the minor seventh added, so it's G B D F. A "Gmaj7&...
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High action VS Low action

TL;DR The short answer (thanks, @RockinCowboy!) is that usually you want your action as low as possible, without hearing any fret-buzz, especially if you are just starting with guitar. Now the longer ...
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Does capo quality make any difference?

There are many different styles and types of capo, all with the same end product in mind. However, they do differ a lot. Some are dead straight, to work with flat fingerboards. Others have a radius ...
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Why is a zero fret so uncommon on guitars in spite of all the advantages?

To make it safe against buzz, the string has to run across the zero fret with a bit of pressure. This makes the strings move across the fret with some stickiness so they follow the tuning machine ...
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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

The standard tuning of the bass strings are the same as the bottom four of standard guitar tuning - E, A, D, G - but one octave lower. The tones of chords are the same between the instruments except ...
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