I'm trying to play the song "Sweet Jane" by the Velvet Underground. I can play the song on guitar or bass. I can sing along to the song. But it all falls apart if I try to do both. Does anyone have any tips for me? [more inside]
posted by 6550
on Aug 3, 2005 -
I would like recommendations for pretty and simple Spanish/Latin American guitar pieces. [more inside]
posted by sciurus
on Jul 14, 2005 -
Needed: "Romantic songs of the 1930s/40s/50s that are very easy to play on guitar". My brother has asked me to sing "something" at his mostly secular wedding on August 13. No piano available, *maybe* a guitar player of unknown skill level. He seems to want something romantic and 1930s-50s American pop. He's mentioned "It's Only a Paper Moon" with enthusiasm, but I'm not sure that would be easy enough to play on guitar. [more inside]
posted by amtho
on Jul 11, 2005 -
I'm a left-handed guy who's been playing guitar, right-handed, for about 4 years. I'm thinking of going lefty and wondering what other people's experiences with the switch have been. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyMeat
on Jul 7, 2005 -
I really like the sound of the intro guitar on Modest Mouse's song "Worm vs. Bird." It's a sort of compressed, almost tubular sound. I am an electric guitar n00b. Is this sound somewhat replicable with a simple pedal purchase, or do I have to go buy some obscure vintage guitar and run it through a tube amp built by elves or something?
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posted by mecran01
on Jul 6, 2005 -
Guitar Modification: I have a Taylor 214 acoustic with a Martin Thinline Acoustic pickup, but no preamp. What sort of preamp should I get installed? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van
on Jun 27, 2005 -
Home recording question: for those with limited funds and limited equipment, what's the best method of accomplishing a big, full, warm-sounding acoustic guitar sound? [more inside]
posted by highsignal
on Jun 25, 2005 -
I've just discovered The Mountain Goats (John Darnielle) courtesy of Large Hearted Boy
and some positive online reviews. I love the fact that he used to record albums into a boom box, and has a voice and singing style that are quirky but oddly compelling. Any other recommendations for acoustic indie lo-fi folk (if that is a category)? [more inside]
posted by craniac
on Jun 18, 2005 -
What's a good, small tube guitar amp? Something small enough to practice with, but loud enough to gig moderate-sized places. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky
on Jun 17, 2005 -
Was the riff in Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" given to Mark Knopfler by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, or is that just a myth?
posted by mr.marx
on Jun 3, 2005 -
JazzFilter : help me name that song, which I can only reproduce the first few notes. [more inside]
posted by XiBe
on May 28, 2005 -
I'm already thinking about summer (maybe too optimistically at this point) but I know for sure that our plans include some camping trips. I'd like to bring my guitar along for kicks, but I don't know what to play. What are some good (not cliche, not sappy, etc) songs that would be good? Keep in mind that I'm not amazing at guitar, nor am I amazing at singing.
posted by devilsbrigade
on May 22, 2005 -
I have an old Yamaha SE110 electric guitar with a damaged nut, and I purchased a cheap replacement at one time, but it was too tall, and I didn't feel like filing it. So, are there certain types of nuts besides locking and non-locking and different materials, such as sizes that are specific types of guitars?
posted by angry modem
on May 10, 2005 -
Will be traveling in Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen, and Beijing about a week from now. Any recommendations on where to find decent mandolins and guitars at good prices?
posted by ZenMasterThis
on May 4, 2005 -
My daughter's birthday is in 3 weeks & I'd like to get here an effects pedal for the stratocaster she appropriated from me, but I'm largely clueless. Would like to keep cost around $100-150. Any suggestions on brand/model/features?
posted by Pressed Rat
on May 3, 2005 -
I'm playing a wedding in May, after having responded to a CL post requesting a wedding guitarist who could play dylan. The bride and I have exchanged e-mails, and it seems that the only song she demands is "I want you" by Bob Dylan. I have carte blanche for the rest of the songs. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat
on Apr 11, 2005 -
For the musicians out there (guitar)....what exactly is reverb? Distortion? Dissonance? Delay? And what are some marquee songs where I can hear them distinctly?
posted by Mach3avelli
on Apr 10, 2005 -
I'm looking to record on my PC ( I have adequate Hardware) some music using guitars, bass, vocals, and some other instruments. I need suggestions for a good software program to use (money is not a problem) for the basic recording/tracking and a good program to create drum tracks from scratch. Please see extended explanation for more details. [more inside]
posted by derekislost
on Mar 18, 2005 -
I play rudimentary guitar and am looking for a book that will give me the chords and words for loads of the 'classic' tunes that people like to hear in the pub or round the campfire. (That's classic as in popular and timeless not classical...) [more inside]
posted by penguin pie
on Mar 10, 2005 -
Does anyone know how to make a bottleneck guitar slide? I tried google and couldn't find anything reliable. Bear in mind that running to the hardware store and buying expensive equipment is out of the question. Obviously there'll be SOME expense, but things like electric belt sanders simply aren't going to happen. Thanks in advance.
posted by shmegegge
on Mar 4, 2005 -
Awhile back I saw Grant Tennille (Trans Am, Idyll Swords, Black Taj, Jimi Hendrix Inexperience) play guitar through a big, red, kidney-shaped effects pedal. I'm a certified Music Junkie, but an Equipment Ignoramous. Any idea what it might be? He seemed to get a variety of sounds through it (echo, vibrato), and one of my mates commented that it was a popular pedal to have. Little did he know I was considering getting one for him as a gift, assuming it can be ID'd.
posted by jenleigh
on Mar 3, 2005 -
I'm an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist. I play a Martin OOOc-15e. Lately, I've been considering buying an electric guitar for similar purposes, as well as some heavier blues stuff. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by The White Hat
on Mar 1, 2005 -
I have a pretty fancypants guitar that I'm trying to sell. Should I try to sell it on eBay, or go to a local guitar store? [more inside]
posted by cmonkey
on Feb 28, 2005 -
My wife's dad bought an Ibanez acoustic when they were travelling to Guatemala in the mid-to-late seventies...It is kinda flashy, looks to have been made in Japan, but that is all I can find out about it. Oh, and the tag inside says 2605...I am looking to see if there is more to be found....Can anyone suggest a good site for such things?
posted by Richat
on Feb 19, 2005 -
For you pickers out there: I'm in need of some online resource for country & western guitar riffs. It can be any style or period of country (Merle Travis to Ricky Skaggs). Would prefer tab and/or video but mostly just a big emphasis on country music. I've tried a number of sites but maybe I'm missing a good one?
posted by KevinSkomsvold
on Feb 15, 2005 -
Why are electric guitar pickups designed the way they are? Wouldn't it be a lot more effective to run a weak current through the strings and have single coil pickups without magnets? The wiring would be slightly more complicated, but I'd think the increased signal to noise ratio would justify this. I'm assume I'm missing some big drawback or inviability though.
posted by fvw
on Feb 15, 2005 -
GuitarTechFilter: I have purchased some replacement pickups (humbuckers) for an old Les Paul. Rather than paying the $60-80 bench time to have the local music shop do it, I was considering doing it myself. In order to do this, what kind of soldering gun do I need? Any particular gauge/weight of solder? What else do I need in terms of equipment to pull this off? [more inside]
posted by Flem Snopes
on Feb 14, 2005 -
A friend left her guitar at my house while she moved to the West Coast, so I hung it on one of those guitar hooks to get it out of the way--until it came crashing down two days later, suffering a huge crack in the headstock. Since it's a Gibson Sonex with a bolt-on neck, can the neckpiece simply be swapped out? Is there a good place to get a spare piece? What are the options when a guitar sustains serious neck damage? I assume I'll be paying for it since it was in my care at the time, but then again, I was never asked to babysit--it was just left behind. I guess that leaves me with another, stickier dilemma...
posted by dhoyt
on Jan 21, 2005 -
I just bought my first electric guitar (Fender Telecaster Mexican) and I absolutely love it. Ever the gearhead, I really want to upgrade the pickups to get a better, tailored to me sound. I've searched around to find some kind of guide, but I have come up empty. I'm looking for a really clean, sharp and twangy sound with less extra noisy buzz than I am getting now. Any suggestions/resources?
posted by bakerwc1369
on Dec 10, 2004 -
Does anybody know what guitar tone is used in certain TMBG and U2 songs? The most prevalent example is in the TMBG song "Ana Ng." During the chorus of the song, the guitar goes into this tremolo rapid-fire tone that maintains an even volume and has this nice rhythmic effect. It occurs at around 0:36 in the song. Any help would be appreciated.
posted by dagnyscott
on Nov 19, 2004 -
GuitarAmeaturQuestion: I'm performing with my guitar tonight (I'm playing, someone else is singing). Now I can play the song alright, but this will be my first time playing in front of a large group since I started playing (about 6 months ago). During the auditions for this event I got nervous enough that my fingers trembled slightly making it hard for me to play (obviously).
Any tips on how to stay calm during the real thing and play okay (besides the cliched "picture them in their underwear" thing)? Advice from guitar players and non-guitar players alike is most welcome.
posted by Stauf
on Nov 6, 2004 -
Suggestions for getting a vintage electric guitar appraised (and possibly sold) in Los Angeles? (solo inside.) [more inside]
posted by scody
on Nov 3, 2004 -
Guitar Tablature Software: I'm looking for pro stuff I could actually use to publish with. I'm thinking PostScript or PDF output is therefore a must. It's gotta do the rhythm-notated tab. Is this pretty much Sibelius vs Finale, or are there other options?
posted by weston
on Oct 22, 2004 -
HaveGuitarWillTravelFilter: Has anyone flown with a guitar lately? How did you secure the case? Any tips? What did you do with it at the hotel when you wanted to go out without it?
posted by mischief
on Oct 21, 2004 -
Guitar Tabs. Does anyone know of a web site that explains how to translate guitar tablature into standard music notation? Or, if this is relatively easy to explain, would anyone like to do that?
posted by epimorph
on Oct 20, 2004 -
Guitarists and gearheads! I need assistance connecting an electric guitar and a microphone directly into a MOTU 828 soundcard. [more inside]
posted by fishfucker
on Oct 12, 2004 -
I'm looking for some good road trip music, specifically instrumental music, acoustic guitar if possible.
posted by 4easypayments
on Oct 12, 2004 -
Gearheads and axe-masters, hear my plea: I want to go from a standard Strat to an ideal guitar in an affordable and sensible manner. [more inside]
posted by cortex
on Oct 6, 2004 -
I'm in the market for a nice, shitty, beautiful, hideous electric guitar. (More Inside) [more inside]
posted by dhoyt
on Sep 17, 2004 -