Why is it that when staying in the same key, when the backing band / bass changes in some way, the notes that "feel right" on the guitar change? (Lots more inside) [more inside]
I really like a certain (non-distorted) electric guitar sound which makes use of pitch bend (often pedal steel, but sometimes just a tremolo bar) to create a gothic/apocalyptic mood. It's often heavily reverbed, giving the overall impression that the band is playing wasted at the bottom of a cistern. I'd like to find more songs like this. Examples inside. [more inside]
Reverb. Tremelo. A dusty guitar twanging in the shimmering heat. Somewhere out there, in this endless, lonesome expanse, there's a place for me. Help me find songs and musicians who are searching for the same thing. [more inside]
I'm looking for examples of clever guitar solos/improv that lean towards note selection rather than technical flash. More Louis Armstrong, less Joe Bonamassa. Preferably rock/indie/pop, thinking outside the pentatonic box. Who should I be listening to? [more inside]
Question posted on behalf of Mr. Killian. My husband is using a MIDI controller (ART X-15 Ultrafoot) to control a multi-effects signal processor (ART SGX2000) for his guitar. But he can't seem to figure out how to make the expression pedal perform an octave sweep. He can get it to turn on/off the effect, but no luck trying to get it to sweep (a la Tom Morello in Killing In The name Of and Like a Stone). Any MIDI masters out there can help?
I saw this funny and cool YouTube video with two musicians playing on one double-neck guitar. Unfortunately I don't have the link anymore and I've forgotten the names of the musicians. [more inside]
I really like the combination of ominous sound and surf guitar influence in East Bay Ray's work with the Dead Kennedys. (Examples would be "Police Truck" and "Too Drunk to Fuck".) Are there other bands who do a similar sort of evil surf sound?
I'm curious what kind of guitar Mark played on Unrest's albums Imperial f.f.r.r. and Perfect Teeth. [more inside]
I'm looking for the name of the artist that made a album I saw a numerous times while I was record shopping in SF but can't seem to find in Seattle. [more inside]
I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
I'm looking for good songs to practice various fingerstyle guitar patterns. [more inside]
What are the best live guitar videos on youtube I should know about but probably don't? [more inside]
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.
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]
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.
Can you help me find a lost link to an awesome guitar-nerdy overdrive review site? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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?
I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
I play piano. Recently I got a keytar (!) because I wanted to have something more portable to play, and to experiment with other sounds. The keytar has lots of cool "lead guitar" sounds, which are cool, but I have some questions that a guitarist could best answer. In the end, I want to be able to describe the kind of guitar sound I'm looking for in ways a guitarist would understand. [more inside]
Yesterday I heard this song in a Chipotle, but I regularly hear a snippet of it on some NPR (specifically WGBH, Boston) program. A link to my sluggish GarageBand interpretation is attached; the actual song is at a much, much faster tempo. I don't remember any vocals. http://www.watzatsong.com/en/name-that-tune/366507.html What's it called?
How can I learn to play guitar when I need to travel constantly for work? [more inside]
What replacement speaker should I get for my amp? [more inside]
I'm looking for guitar pedals that can create noisy, spacey effects like this that can be manipulated live and while recording. [more inside]
As a favor for a friend I'm trying to find contact information on Roger Edison, who has written or edited a number of guitar and music books for Alfred over the years. Most of his books are long out of print, unfortunately. Web searches have proven fruitless and I was unable to get anything useful from Alfred themselves. He has been producing books since at least the 70s but I've only actually been able to get my hands on one and there was no information on the author in it. Any pointers to either Edison himself or where I might want to look would be appreciated.
What is this new guitar effects device or pedal that has become popular in the past few years? [more inside]
What are some suggestions for a nice acoustic bass guitar (not a stand-up bass fiddle; not an acoustic-electric) that I can purchase for my son at a VERY reasonable price? [more inside]
I'm an huge Everlast fan. Finding others songs or artists that are like his rap-heavy songs is easy; please help me find more like his acoustic guitar-heavy songs. [more inside]
Which books did Jerry Garcia read that helped him learn to play? I'm not much of a deadhead, but I do have great respect for Jerry Garcia's playing, especially acoustically with David Grisman. In my own study of music generally and guitar specifically I've been venturing out of pentatonic scales into the major scale and associated modes, as well as trying to become a more knowledgable and lyrical improviser. I'm in a wormhole of reading tons of interviews with Jerry and he commonly refers to learning heaps about the guitar by "reading the books" that have come out since the last time he "read the books" about guitar/music. These interviews have been mid seventies to mid to late eighties. I'm wondering: What books was Jerry reading that were so valuable in helping him develop his playing? He never seems to reference them specifically. Anyone know what kind of literature was coming out and of good quality in that era? Thanks.
How do I learn to play a song on guitar? [more inside]
Catch me up on what's happened in rock music in the last 10 years? [more inside]
I'm looking for a Brazilian piece of (folk?) music to use with a short video I'm making on football/soccer. [more inside]
I'm looking for new & modern country/alt-country artists along the lines of Uncle Tupelo, Richard Buckner, early Dylan as well as Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie, and so on. Masterfully played acoustic guitar and bluesy tendencies a big plus!
I want to learn how to play guitar. I know nothing about guitars. Help me! [more inside]
I have a friend who's looking to learn (rock) guitar. Any firsthand recommendations for teachers in the Somerville/Cambridge area? [more inside]
I like playing the piano by following guitar chords. However I don't understand, and nor can I find any reference material, on what certain chords mean. [more inside]