What tips do people have for hardening fingers so they're good for extensive guitar playing. [more inside]
HipsterFilter: help me de-lame-ify a friend's playlist for guitar busking [more inside]
Help me understand how guitars (steel-string and classical) are built. [more inside]
Looking to record classical guitar music near me for a reasonable price - I am thinking of posting something up at the music school at the nearby university, and maybe a guitar shop or two in town if I can do that, and making some recordings with willing musicians. Is this a reasonable concept or a blindingly stupid idea? If it's workable, what sort of price range should I pay the musician(s)? [more inside]
How do I get rid of stiffness from my fingers? [more inside]
How do I convert my Palm into a guitar player's best friend? [more inside]
I have a 1997 Telecaster Plus with a rosewood fretboard that I'd like to darken up a bit. [more inside]
What's a good, warm tube amp to go with a Gibson SG? [more inside]
I'm looking for a bluegrass mandolin and/or guitar teacher in new york city - specifically someone near Columbia University or on the upper west side (or who would travel there for lessons). Have tried finding one on craig's list and looked at flyers at music stores. Any suggestions on how to find such a teacher, or knowledge of such a person?
Guitar filter: Looks like a 3/4 sized acoustic guitar, popular in the 1930's, tuned EADGBE like a normal guitar (I think) but one octave higher. Produces a nice "crystal" sound. The one I saw looked like it had a Martin logo on it, but can't see anything like this on the Martin website.... [more inside]
What's the best guitar store in the South? [more inside]
Where to start learning a musical instrument for the musically inept? [more inside]
Summer. The evening is starting. Friends gather around on the beach. I have my acoustic guitar. They ask me to play something. What to play ? [more inside]
Can you help me identify an instrumental piece of music heard in a tv science documentary? [more inside]
Sometimes, but not always, when I play my acoustic guitar, I get this dark "dirt" on my fingertips... [more inside]
I bought a guitar on Ebay "significantly not as described"-- should I send it back? [more inside]
I have a Martin Backpacker Guitar that I love. I bought it 2nd hand and haven't taken all that good care of it, so the back of the neck has a fair number of small dents (like it would get from being banged against sharp edges) in the wood. This looks crappy and is distracting when moving up and down the fretboard, especially using a slide. What method could I use to fix theses nicks? I'm thinking some sort of wood-paste and fine sandpaper, but don't want it to come out looking like crap. Please don't use brand names, as I'm in Chile and while I can probably find the same products, they'll have different names.
Help me clear up all the guitar stringing advice I've received. Should you remove all the strings from your guitar and then add the new ones, or change the strings one-by-one? [more inside]
How do I learn to play guitar and sing at the same time? [more inside]
Name that tune please :: PBS is great, and the songs in their promos are actually just as good. Currently running is a promo that ends with the words; "Be More ~ ThirteenHD" (this is PBS Thirteen's High-Def channel which they broadcast in NYC & possibly elsewhere?). The music which accompanies it is a piece that I'd classify as sort of a Blues/Rock/Jazz instrumental. My Question: Name that tune!?! [more inside]
I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
Help me rock out. [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a good guitar teacher in San Francisco? [more inside]
We've got a couple last details to work out for our wedding in May in Boston. What we really need is a limo and someone to play classical guitar for our ceremony. Finding either of these isn't hard, what we really want is recommendations to try to narrow down the field to ones that people have had good experiences with.
What little things separate a hack guitarist from a decent one and how does one make the transition? [more inside]
What's the music in the (International #1) trailer for The World's Fastest Indian? It's the guitar riff that begins right after the line, "It's what we're here for"--cut to a shot of a red vehicle speeding down the Bonneville Salt Flat. It's used again after the zoom-in on Anthony Hopkins and the VO, "Burt Monro's not ready to finish yet, I'll tell you that mate." Quicktime: small, large.
What is the effect on Steve Hackett's guitar solo on the live version of Counting Out Time? It's definitely weird pitchy and I'm boggled as to what it is...My first thought was a Mutron Biphase, but I after listening to it a few times I don't think so...If any early Genesis/Steve Hackett fans can help, much thanks!
In Bob Dylan's book Chronicles, Vol. 1 he describes an esoteric numerological scheme for playing guitar, saying most melodies are based on the number 2, but that he's taken it to the next level by choosing what to play based on the number 3. Can anyone explain what he is talking about? [more inside]
I recently had a baby boy and I have some music-related questions. [more inside]
I've gotten my 5 year old a 1/2 size guitar for Christmas. I remembered as he picked it up for the first time from under the tree this morning- that he is left handed. I'd like to be able to teach him the basics. Should I restring the guitar for a leftie, or teach him to use his right hand for strumming? What do most left handers do? Should I train him Jimmy Hendrix style?
Reggie Bush highlight tape riff? [more inside]
At the end of Abbey Road, John, Paul and George are trading guitar solos and the section ends with John playing a guitar part that sounds like a howling or blaring car horn. How did he get this sound? Is it feedback? Or is it maybe some kind of pedal effect?
Someone bought me an electric guitar two years ago. Maybe one. I never played it. When I hauled it out of the closet yesterday and took it out of the bag, I discovered that one of the strings was off; it is no longer attached at either end. How unfortunate. Especially for someone who has no idea what to do. How do I fix the guitar?
My friend is selling his rare signed guitar... It's signed and played by Shigeru Miyamoto of Nintendo fame. What's the best way I can get the word out? I was thinking of submitting it to sites like BoingBoing and the like, places which would carry the story of a guitar with a nice story behind it being sold, but a lot of the places frown on "self-linking". Since it's not me selling it, I dunno if that would apply. Any suggestions?
Alternative, interesting Xmas songs needed for a performance. Must be playable on guitar with one voice accompaniment. [more inside]
What was the first band to employ dual-guitar harmonized "solos"? What are some good bands who have employed it?
Who's the guy who played guitar upside down... [more inside]
I'm looking for information about medieval guitar music, specifically useful scales/chord progressions, techniques, and (especially) tabs. [more inside]
DYI Guitar players: anyone finish a mahogany soildbody with tung oil? Any tips for the virgin? [more inside]
What electric guitar should I buy? I currently have a dreadful Encore (£60 second hand) and need advice on a second guitar. Budget: £300 - £500. Music style: tech/math rock. Skill level: been playing for two months, practice two hours a day. I need advice on: makes and models, where to buy from, whether to buy new or used. I don't care about name-brands - I just want something good.
Looking for guitar music with finger picking... [more inside]
Guitarists (and other musicians), how did you make your move from player to songwriter? [more inside]
Magazine recommendations: poetry or guitar... [more inside]
Bar chords - still painful after 10 years. Anyone have tips? [more inside]
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]
Inspired by this thread and this comment, my mefite compadres, I ask you: what are your favorite guitar solos?
I would like recommendations for pretty and simple Spanish/Latin American guitar pieces. [more inside]
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]
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]
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? 30 second snippet from the Amazon [more inside]