I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt
on Jun 28, 2014 -
I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e.
, pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jun 10, 2014 -
I love Gillian Welch's songs and her voice, but I really
dislike David Rawlings' guitar-playing. Are there any substantive recordings of Gillian Welch playing solo, without Rawlings accompanying her? [more inside]
posted by aparrish
on Jun 9, 2014 -
I am reasonably competent at playing guitar chords. I prefer to strum them with my fingers/nails, but can use a plectrum as a blunt instrument. I seem unable to get the right hand coordination together to do any single notes/scales/tabs. Can mefi guitarists suggest exercises that might help me? It needs to start at real remedial beginner level.
posted by bystander
on May 13, 2014 -
I've been playing guitar for about a year. I practice when I can but I spend a fair amount of time sitting around watching TV when I can't have the guitar in my hands but I do have my laptop handy and I feel like I could be using this time to learn some things that don't strictly require me to be playing an instrument. [more inside]
posted by VTX
on May 2, 2014 -
I'd like to write arrangements of folk songs for (one) guitar and (one) voice, but I don't know where to start. More details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by HoraceH
on Apr 13, 2014 -
What are the best live guitar videos on youtube I should know about but probably don't? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta
on Mar 29, 2014 -
, can you please help me finding out more about this old guitar.
I think it might be a Jazz guitar, my grandpa bought it second hand around 1958.
If you read closely on the neck it says "Trademark Clove" and something else unreadable.
Here is a couple of images:
It is still playable and sounds good to.
posted by mr_rg
on Mar 28, 2014 -
Can anyone tell me the style of guitar playing on this track? Link
posted by pilibeen
on Feb 11, 2014 -
In an effort to simplify my system, I'm looking for some straightforward monitor speakers to use with an Alesis MultiMix. Specific details? [more inside]
posted by srednivashtar
on Jan 31, 2014 -
New musical opportunities have arisen and I need to find my confidence when playing lead guitar. What are the top tips for playing with a confident and casual attitude? Should I be taking note of any lead guitar players in particular for inspiration? A collection of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sapien
on Jan 22, 2014 -
So, my wife has purchased an acoustic guitar, and plans to try her hand at inlaying a rosette around the hole on the soundboard. Have any of my fellow mefites tried something of this sort, and if so, could you share your knowledge / words of wisdom? [more inside]
posted by PlantGoddess
on Jan 18, 2014 -
I picked up an XBOX 360 Guitar Hero controller for very little money at a thrift store. But I do not have an XBOX, I have a PS3. So I have been doing some eBay research, but I am still rather confused. [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker
on Dec 30, 2013 -
I play solo guitar, and had great fun jamming along to a tampura, which is an indian drone machine. I'm wondering if there is any software that can replicate this sound, or perhaps an album with 'very' minimal production in a single key.
I'm particular interested in playing celtic music, and perhaps the blues also if a chord sequence facility exists? I'm aware there are some complex 'band in a box' midi sequencers that can do this, but I'm looking for a simple solution with high quality looping droney sounds with some organic sounding variance.
posted by molloy
on Dec 29, 2013 -
Thinking of buying an Epiphone Les Paul Baritone Guitar
(appears to be the same model as the wooden one in back of picture). This is a craigslist purchase which I will see tomorrow. Any advice on what to look for/ask? More questions inside about price and amps and so on. [more inside]
posted by Corduroy
on Dec 17, 2013 -
I want to hear more pre-solo exclamations. I'm talking about the thing where the vocalist yells something (not just the end of a chorus or verse) to kick off a guitar solo. Examples: You bastards!
, Do it! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt
on Nov 21, 2013 -
I always hear the very end of this song on the local rock station, but never any other part! Since much of what the station plays (94.1 WHJY, "94 HJY" in Providence, RI) could be called "classic rock", I'm going to assume it falls into that category. A butchered GarageBand approximation of the outro is attached. (Note that the actual outro is played on an electric guitar - it's actually chords.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction
on Nov 13, 2013 -
There are a couple of scenes in the 1986 Walter Hill film Crossroads
in which Eugene's character plays some really bluesy, laid-back, heavily-reverbed slide guitar. I really love this kind of blues guitar. Unaccompanied (by vocals or other instruments), haunting, chilled-out. Can you recommend similar performances? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange
on Nov 7, 2013 -
I own this amp.
It works fine except for one thing: the sound is tremendously bassy. Currently, I have the bass turned all the way down and the treble all the way up and it is STILL too bassy. I only play distorted/high gain. What are my best options for getting a treblier sound?
posted by josher71
on Oct 29, 2013 -
I love epic rock guitar solos. I don't like it when singers scream rather than sing. Can you help me build a Pandora station built around these two preferences? [more inside]
posted by meese
on Oct 24, 2013 -
About ten years ago I thought about buying an electric guitar. I remember seeing one I liked the look of, and now I can't find it. I doubt it is the guitar for me, but it is bugging me that I can't find it again.
It looked a lot like this
, but sloppier and cheaper. [more inside]
posted by K.P.
on Sep 25, 2013 -
I bought a used Roland Cube 60
guitar amplifier online. It seems okay for my purposes except every so often the signal falls out. I'm intending to return it but wonder if perhaps this sort of signal loss is to be expected with a used amp of this sort, in which case I might hang on to it. Some more details inside. [more inside]
posted by bertran
on Sep 7, 2013 -
What are some albums that feature fast and virtuosic acoustic guitar playing/shredding? For example, I really like a lot of the Candyrat
guitarists (Ewan Dobson, Gareth Pearson), and most recently I really enjoyed Paul Gilbert's Acoustic Samurai
album. I also know that Van Halen and Yngwie Malmsteen have done some acoustic shredding. Any really good ones you could recommend?
posted by archagon
on Aug 30, 2013 -
Over the weekend, I was blindsided by a powerful urge to buy an acoustic bass guitar (not stand up bass), mostly for noodling around the house without plugging in my electric or an occasional acoustic jam with friends. Can you give any buying advice or perspectives? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Aug 5, 2013 -
I'm trying to expand the repertoire of songs I can play by myself, just me and a guitar and I'd like to know, what are your best songs to play without any accompaniment. [more inside]
posted by Ned G
on Jul 27, 2013 -
I am itching for a sound bigger than my concert ukulele but have tiny, tiny hands. I don't really foresee performing on the uke (although you just never know)-- mostly I use the uke to write songs for my guitarist-singer friend to sing while I play the violin.
So I am thinking...guitalele? What can you tell me about it? OR should I get a 1/2 size guitar? And where in Toronto can I buy the Yamaha one that costs only 100?
posted by atetrachordofthree
on Jul 6, 2013 -
I've been wanting a Strat for years. More recently, I have been enjoying Les Paul sounds as well. I'm trying to decide if I should take the plunge and buy a Fender Strat made in America. What seems more appealing is to buy two cheaper guitars. Many people like the Yamaha Pacifica and the Squire classic vibe 60's as alternatives to the Strat. I don't see many alternatives to the LP, other than Gibson's cheaper lines. In any case, I'm looking for recommendations for both. I know people will say just play a bunch of guitars to see what you like, but it takes me 6-12 months to know if I like an instrument.
posted by DTHEASH1
on May 29, 2013 -
After 40 years of ignoring Frank Zappa, I recently bought his "Shut Up 'N Play Yer Guitar" and I'm in love with his playing and tone on that album - especially the tracks featuring his SG copy, which sounds fantastic. What other instrumental guitar albums/players have a similar rich warm tone?
posted by davebush
on May 1, 2013 -
I'm traveling (US Airways San Francisco to New Orleans, US Airways New Orleans to Wilmington NC, Delta from Wilmington to San Francisco) to play music at my sister's wedding. I'm hoping you can tell me how to fly with my guitar (including what to say, who to talk to) without it getting crushed.
What I've already been told is inside. [more inside]
posted by verbyournouns
on Apr 30, 2013 -
Who are some really good contemporary singer-songwriters that perform often or mostly on guitar, but are not particularly better than average when it comes to technical skill at the instrument itself?
posted by threeants
on Apr 25, 2013 -
An ill family member has asked me to sell her 1973 D-28 Martin Guitar, complete with original case. It's in good condition. I know nothing about guitars or about selling guitars. I have no clue where to start.
posted by OsoMeaty
on Apr 17, 2013 -
I'm going to be in Los Angeles for a couple months for work, and I'm going to be staying with a friend. I'd like to be able to practice my acoustic guitar privately, but I'm having little success finding practice rooms. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur
on Apr 2, 2013 -
I am seeking a truly excellent luthier/guitar tech in New York City, preferably Manhattan, specializing in acoustic instruments and capable of doing advanced woodwork. [more inside]
posted by spitbull
on Mar 31, 2013 -
I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb
on Mar 24, 2013 -
So, lately I've been listening to the new Veronica Falls album. I'm drawn to songs like this
] and this
: pure, jangly, motorik fuzz-pop. I need more, many more, songs along the same lines. So, who's mining this Black Tamourine-style
vein of music at the moment aside from Veronica Falls? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim
on Mar 20, 2013 -
I want to play bowed electric guitar on some recordings. How best to optimize the sound and technique? Best type and size of bow? Best strings? [more inside]
posted by critzer
on Mar 19, 2013 -
My guitar pals and I have decades of playing time among us, though none professional. We're not entirely devoid of talent. We have a reasonable understanding of music and pretty good repertoires. And yet...
And yet our sessions are always meandering, improvised, "ok sounding" affairs. We have a fun time. We play a wide range of songs ... But the overall quality of sound produced leaves a lot of room for improvement. Not cacophonous, per se, but not fit for public consumption either.
I'm wondering what we can do (aside from practice, practice, practice) that might improve our musical output, to take it to the next level. What are the things real musicians would do - in approach or arrangement - that we should try?
posted by ecorrocio
on Mar 6, 2013 -
I'm looking for music videos that include an image of a Big Muff guitar pedal or songs that definitely include the use of a Big Muff on the track.
posted by drezdn
on Mar 2, 2013 -
Can you point to me some acoustic guitar players who play fingerstyle with their skin rather than their nails? [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet
on Feb 25, 2013 -
i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
posted by andreapandrea
on Feb 9, 2013 -