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Major scale of one note is the Minor scale of another note?

You’ve discovered a very deep fact about music that is referred to as “mode.” It isn’t ridiculous at all to say that the same notes can have a different emotional quality depending on how you use them,...
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How to play songs that contain one guitar when we have two or more guitarists?

Some alternatives from the top of my head Double the guitar part on both guitars Double the bass part on one guitar Split the roles inside the chord: guitar 1 plays power chords (root and fifth only),...
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Guitar strings feel electrified

STOP PLAYING You should not feel any electricity when playing guitar. There could be many reasons, including electrical equipment malfunction or incorrect electric installation in your room. There ...
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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?

It won't work, unless you're using a piezo system which induces current from physical vibrations. An electric guitar works because the magnetic field around the vibrating strings induces current in ...
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My guitar has no sound when the gain knob is turned off. Do all amps need need a little gain to be able to output sound?

Gain is the input level control, it decides how hard the input signal hits the preamp. Guitar amps often exploit the effect of hitting it HARD, overdriving it into distortion. Volume controls how ...
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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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Major scale of one note is the Minor scale of another note?

The difference between C major and A minor, as you have observed, is not the collection of notes. The difference is how those notes are used. A melody or harmony based in C major will emphasize ...
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Advice for first electric guitar

Playability is the most important factor for a newbie's first guitar. If the action is awful - like it can be on some cheaper electrics - and it won't stay in tune, you're going to consider giving up ...
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Would there be issues changing out necks frequently with a bolt-on?

I'd give up on the idea before you even start. Sure, you can change necks, assuming both are compatible, but unless both fit perfectly, with almost zero movement tolerance, you'd have to line the ...
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Why is electric guitar passive acoustic performance still important?

You can’t make a bad guitar sound like a good guitar no matter what processing you have. You can completely change the sound to something where it’s not possible to tell whether it’s a good or bad ...
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Guitar strings feel electrified

This could be a lethal problem. It's just not safe to continue. Firstly, check the socket you usually use. Socket testers are very cheap, and worth having. When I was gigging several times a week, the ...
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Guitar - How to switch from clean to hi-gain

Around time stamp 0:46 he steps on a gain/distortion/fuzz pedal with his left foot. Watch his leg under his fretting hand. Then he plays single notes in the neck pickup with a higher gain sound than ...
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Why does plugging headphones directly into guitar effect sound "bad"?

Guitar overdrives/fuzz boxes etc are designed to be fed to guitar amps. This isn't even really a problem of impedance or even output voltage, it's one of EQ curve. Guitar amps [& speakers] really ...
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How to play songs that contain one guitar when we have two or more guitarists?

Generally I would have only one guitar play during the quieter parts and both guitars play the same thing during the loud parts. Often this means both guitars play during the chorus and only one ...
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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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Guitar - How to switch from clean to hi-gain

You can get (mostly) clean tones from a high-gain amp setting if you go into the amp with a very low-amplitude signal. To put it simply, the amp has a maximum signal level that it can handle cleanly; ...
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Should a guitar's neck be parallel to the body or at an incline/decline?

It may look funny, but this is not an indication of a bad setup. Necks may be shimmed or set at a slight angle to achieve the proper action. Check if you have buzzing on any fret and if the action ...
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How do I find a guitar pedal that shuts off output below a set volume?

What you're looking for is called a noise gate. There are a ton of options.
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Theoretical difference between amp distortion and distortion from a pedal

As Todd Wilcox commented, there isn't a completely clear-cut classification, however the three categories of saturation-type effects are tube overdrive, fuzz, and transistor overdrive / distortion. ...
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How can you sustain a long note on electric guitar smoothly?

Sheer volume &/or compression. Live on stage there's enough volume coming back to the guitar string that sympathetic resonances can keep it going. High-gain amplification also compresses the sound,...
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Can you play metal on single coil pickups?

The obvious answer is yes, you can! The question is if you really want it, because it will be easier to achieve an appropriate metal sound with humbucking pick-ups. Today's amps or (modeling) effects ...
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What do coil taps actually do?

There's a very good description of coil tapping in this article on the Seymour Duncan site: Coil tapping is when a wire runs off of the pickup windings at a certain point, somewhere short of the ...
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How should I interpret decimals in guitar tabs?

I believe that this is referring to where you would place your finger to get the desired harmonics. The harmonic that generates the major third is right before the 4th fret, which would be 3.85. 3.2 ...
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New guitar nut when changing to a lighter gauge?

In all the guitars onto which I've put much lighter strings, (dozens, if not more) there's not been a problem. The tension will pretty well keep the strings from rattling round in the slots. Should ...
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Would fishing wire work for strings on an electric guitar?

Metal, but not just any metal. Both steel-string and classical acoustic guitars generally use metal, such as bronze or silver-played copper, for the windings to add mass and lower the frequency, but ...
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Playing muted notes by fretting on instead of behind the fret

The technique you describe is called étouffée. It is indeed less frequently used. I would say the main reason is that you can mute strings stronger with palm muting, which produces a more distinct ...
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Why is electric guitar passive acoustic performance still important?

To add to @Todd_Wilcox ‘s fine answer consider this: If you pick up different guitars and play them without an amp do you notice differences? Maybe one has a body where you can feel the resonance and ...
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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?

Let me answer another question: « Is it ok to play everything with the thumb, except parts that absolutely need a plectrum? » Now, we could start with the usual platitude that everything is “ok” in ...
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What is the guitar effect being used in Fine Young Cannibals' She Drives Me Crazy?

Yeah, it's a heavy comp, but it's combined with the actual playing style, which is a really slow drag across the chord each time. I think it's either combined with a slight delay panned half right, or ...
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