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Help me find some slow guitar songs with simple melodies

I really like playing the song "Claudia's Theme" from the Unforgiven soundtrack. I'm not a very good guitar player but it's a slow enough pace and it's so deceptively simple that I can really concentrate on performing the piece or I can just pluck away at it without having to give it a ton of thought. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Painted good guitars?

Is there a place online (either a store or a site that facilitates merchants or a single merchant) that sells custom or just awesomely painted upscale (Taylor, et al) guitars?
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jul 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Suggest me some simple guitar + voice songs.

My wife is learning guitar and would like to have a repertoire of songs to practice which have simple guitar plus female voice. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 13, 2014 - 18 answers

How much for the bass? (not a fish)

Wife bought this (used) bass guitar back in 1988ish. Kramer Spector IV. Never used it. Wants to sell it. Appears to be in very good condition. No clue about the value -- poked around a few forums/sites, didn't find anything particularly helpful. Now turning to Mighty AskMeFi for info on what we can reasonably expect to ask/get for it.
posted by davidmsc on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

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 - 7 answers

Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar

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 - 27 answers

Gillian Welch without David Rawlings?

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 - 6 answers

Bad rhythm guitarist wants to take the lead.

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 - 8 answers

How to learn guitar without the guitar?

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 - 11 answers

Help me to arrange folk songs!

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 - 5 answers

Fingerstyle Guitar Songs

I'm looking for good songs to practice various fingerstyle guitar patterns. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Apr 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Please melt my face off with some choice licks.

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 - 33 answers

Identify old guitar

Hello , 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: Guitar 1 Guitar 2 Guitar 3 Guitar 4 It is still playable and sounds good to.
posted by mr_rg on Mar 28, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I record stereo guitar through my Profire 610 device?

How can I record stereo guitar through my Profire 610 device? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Feb 15, 2014 - 13 answers

Can anyone tell me the style of guitar playing on this track?

Can anyone tell me the style of guitar playing on this track? Link. Thanks
posted by pilibeen on Feb 11, 2014 - 7 answers

Monitor speaker recommendations

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 - 11 answers

Help me shred with confidence.

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 - 13 answers

Wood Inlays on a Guitar

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 - 11 answers

Guitar Hero controllers on PS3 and XBOX360?

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 - 3 answers

Software for jamming along with on guitar, with tampura?

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 - 5 answers

Missing Link: Overdrive Edition

Can you help me find a lost link to an awesome guitar-nerdy overdrive review site? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Epiphone Les Paul Baritone Guitar

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 - 6 answers

You bastards!

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 - 51 answers

Identify a classic rock song by outro (butchered approximation attached)

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 - 4 answers

A guitar and a bottleneck. Amplifier optional.

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 - 12 answers

How do I make my amp less bassy?

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 - 18 answers

Bee-doo-doo-DWEE

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 - 16 answers

Song ID Filter

What artist/song is playing at the 27 minute mark of This American Life Episode 76: Mob ?
posted by 12%juicepulp on Oct 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Guitar help for the aimless picker

Give me songs to play my guitar to [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Oct 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Your Rocksmith is so unlike your Rock.

What open source games and learning resources are available similar to the game Rocksmith? [more inside]
posted by munchingzombie on Oct 1, 2013 - 1 answer

I'm looking for a fake cheap guitar from ten years ago

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 - 7 answers

Do I have to return this guitar amplifier?

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 - 7 answers

Acoustic guitar shredding?

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 - 31 answers

What guitar is this?

What guitar is Jack Hues playing in this awesome Wang Chung cover of a Modest Mouse song?
posted by xmutex on Aug 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Any thoughts on acoustic basses?

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 - 12 answers

What are your favourite songs to play on the guitar?

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 - 14 answers

Guitar-lele!

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 - 14 answers

Guitar filter: What are the chords for this cover of Santa Fe by Beirut

This guy has the only worthwhile acoustic cover of Santa Fe by Beirut on Youtube. This tab sounds really wrong to me. The first two chords in the progression (F# and B) are good, then I'm like, whaaa? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Classic tones for less

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 - 12 answers

Is that a tenor guitar in the Pistol Annies' 'Family Feud'?

In the Pistol Annies' track 'Family Feud', there's an instrument I can't identify. I think it might be a tenor guitar with a lot of reverb? [more inside]
posted by signal on May 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Need more Zappa-esque guitar.

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 - 8 answers

Air travel with a guitar

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 - 12 answers

virtunotso

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 - 14 answers

How do I go about selling a 1973 D-28 Martin Guitar?

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 - 10 answers

Where can I find a practice room in northern LA/San Fernando Valley?

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 - 8 answers

Please recommend a luthier or guitar technician in NYC

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 - 5 answers

Thicker strings on a Tenor Guitar

Can I use higher gauge strings on a Tenor Guitar? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me identify this music video

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 - 4 answers

So what's in Veronica Falls' record collection?

So, lately I've been listening to the new Veronica Falls album. I'm drawn to songs like this [live version] 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 - 8 answers

What is the best way to bow a guitar?

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 - 5 answers

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