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It's probably a copy-paste mistake, someone used a notation program's automatic features to create the tab and didn't check if it can actually be played. Try playing it as: 10 x 11 11 10 x It's a Dmaj7 chord, by the way.


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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 more points to consider: You don't have to play chords to play music. Proof: you already play three pieces without chords, so you certainly didn't need them ...


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I think this is a pretty common problem. There are lots of guitarist that have plenty of technical chops as well as theory knowledge, but are unable to create actually musical solos. A big part of the problem is thinking too small-scale: noodling around in a loop may indeed end up with a short snippet that sounds pretty cool, but often no way to go any ...


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This resolution is called a backdoor cadence, which part of another common progression referred to as the backdoor ii-V, and it is used often in jazz standards. This article from educator Anton Schwartz includes a list of jazz standards that utilize it: https://antonjazz.com/2012/01/backdoor-ii-v-progression/ It also includes some information on the theory ...


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You are not doing anything wrong, being creative, improvising and composing ideas can be very difficult. It one of the things that takes musicians the longest amount of time to get good at. When I come across someone who is struggling with creativity I like to pass on a 3 word phrase that is associated with the late great Clark Terry, one of the finest and I ...


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It seems like you are expecting too much of yourself. You say things like "I learn a few songs...". How many and for how many years have you been at it? Most players devote a lot of years to transcribing other people's music and learning other guitarist's solos before venturing off in their own direction. Have you tried modifying a solo you know ...


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Can't see why steel strung acoustic is now having to take second place to an electric. Perhaps with reference to the left hand, but there should be very little difference right hand. It depends how you've been holding your pick previously. Some use index and thumb, I use index, middle and thumb. Try middle and thumb, but strumming generally involves not ...


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I don't believe there is anything wrong with the tip of the index finger sticking out off the neck when playing barre. Similarly you may find that in some cases when you're supposed to play barre over e.g. two or three strings it is easier to put the finger over more strings. It may depend on specific chord shape as well as on your individual anatomical ...


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Firstly, it must be said that rhythm guitarists are just as, if not more imortant in their role as 'lead' guitarists. Out of hundreds I've played with, there is only a handful that I would rate highly. And I've often been that rhythm guitarist himself, in other bands. Some bands, the only guitarist. Which brings us onto why be only one or the other? Guitar ...


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I’m not sure if I’m a better “lead” player or “rhythm” player and I’m not really sure how to know which is which. In 27 years of playing guitar I’ve never really understood those terms and the distinction. For myself, I have always sought to be a great song player. Which means I want to nail the intro, the verse, the chorus, the bridge, and the solo. It’s ...


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He didn't "tap" the string with his index finger. He placed his index finger on the string at a specific location and plucked it with the other finger(s) of his right hand. This uses the principle of harmonics as Tim pointed out. There are several places (in theory an infinite number) where you can excite a harmonic. On the open string the most ...


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Well, a rule of thumb is that a resolution is nice (and sounds as such) if you can go from the first chord to the second just by moving each tone up or down by at most a tone. (So, if you put a bit of thought into it, you will see that it's actually not entirely easy to write two chords so that the first does not resolve into the second!) So for instance, A7 ...


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Well spotted! The chords shown in the dots aren't exactly the same as those in the guitar chord windows. B7sus4 shouldn't have a D♮, there should be an E note instead. That's a mistake. (By the way, that's not tab!). There is no obligation for either the guitar chord window or the music stave to show all the notes from a chord. But the chord name should be ...


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It's all down to harmonics. By touching (gently) the string being plucked exactly half way along its speaking length, it produces a note an octave higher. You can sample this by touching an open string above its 12th fretwire. Then play that string.The note will come out an octave higher. Two hands will help initially, but this guy is using a finger to touch,...


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Are you sure this is not a typo? One way to play such chord is to play the bass note with your right hand, by tapping. Another possibility is to change fingering to xx0675


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I have taught guitar for over 30 years and I am finding some of the answers above quite annoying and misleading. Anchoring is absolutely fine IF it allows you to do what you want to do. Technique should never be about what works for someone else. It should always be about what works for you. A good teacher will never insist that you do things the way they do....


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Just about all instruments are very difficult to master, basically by definition. If an instrument is in principle easy, it just means more elaborate music will be written for it. Piano is maybe the clearest example – the instrument itself is quite objectively simple to play, but piano parts tend to be so polymorphic that they would be just impossible on ...


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Music theory spends an awful lot of time talking about chords, scales and rhythm, but not as much time talking about how to structure melodies and songs. There are a lot of other things that go into making a great guitar solo, and you may be overlooking those things in your listening and studies. Think about songs like a book or movie, and then let's say a ...


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Seems like someone had mixed up the order, that's all. Em up 2 frets is F♯m. That's fine. But the other two got mixed. C goes to D , and G goes to A. Simple!!


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Lefty playing righty speaking. Playing the other is a matter of habit that you only have to commit yourself to do at the beginning, however, I would not recommend a righty playing the other way around, at least for the fact that left-handed guitars are not that common… That being said a few things could be attempted: move to a classic guitar (with wide neck ...


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Since there is such a discrepancy in the length of fingers between players - and the ratio of finger lengths for individuals - it matters not how much finger covers certain strings. As long as those stringss can be successfully pressed and sound, and other strings can also sound. Also a large consideration must be the comfort afforded by your positioning. If ...


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I don't know the songs you listed but I cannot image that they don't have chords. The guitar is a very unique instrument, along with the piano and other instrument that are in the guitar and piano family there are no other options I know of to play complex multi voice harmony on a single instrument. You may as well learn to play violin, sax, or some other ...


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There's no rule saying you have to learn or play chords! It's just that you have an instrument that can! There is a paucity of instruments on which chords can be easily played - piano, organ, harp spring to mind. Most instruments play one (or two) notes maximum at a time - so they are hardly what one would use for chord playing. Most beginners on guitar will ...


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Hi and welcome to guitar = ) As you by now probably realize after reading through several answers, the actual answer to "Do I have to learn chords" is both 'yes' and 'no'. The short reasoning for 'yes' is because the instrument was designed to be able to easily accommodate chording. When we use tools (yes, a guitar is actually a tool) we usually ...


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That is a very high action. If you intend to just play "Cowboy Chords" and want your strings to sing out clearly with no fret buzz, that could work, that's high for even slide-first guitars. You can do great amounts of setup yourself; here's a previous answer explaining the process. I don't see the neck or bridge, so I can't tell if the neck is ...


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I've found that the key is playing in front of people with people. In front of people because then there are stakes; you can't just start over on first mistake. With people, because then there are roles, and you'll be able to tell exactly where your failings lie. Timing, overplaying, dynamics, whatever. It will be obvious where you need work. I'd say that, ...


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Remove the guitar and look at the music Seriously, step away from the guitar. It's limiting your conception of the problem. The problem isn't that you can't write a good guitar solo. It's that you can't write a good tune. Whether that tune is played on guitar or Mongolian noise flute is irrelevant. When you get good at working out a tune that fits, you'll be ...


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There may be problems, but nothing that others haven't encountered before. The rule is that single coil pickups need 250K pots for volume and tone, but humbuckers need 500K pots. If you don't do that, it should work, but your humbucker bridge pickup might not be as bright as you might want. Seymour Duncan has a page full of wiring diagrams that should help ...


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Randomly came across this via websearch. The angle you see coming out of the trem block is normal for vintage-era and vintage-repro trem blocks. It's drilled at an angle on purpose so that when put in the case, the arm can be turned toward the strap button and fit into the case without removing it. As for the bend in your trem arm itself, that looks 100% ...


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Blue. Just kidding! You're right about the type. Classical. The E and A strings look wider spaced that the others. You might check the nut and bridge about that spacing.


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