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How do I keep my fingers agile in cold weather?

How do I get rid of stiffness from my fingers? [more inside]
posted by Zero Gravitas on May 20, 2006 - 4 answers

How do you make a Palm a guitarist's best friend?

How do I convert my Palm into a guitar player's best friend? [more inside]
posted by bd on May 20, 2006 - 2 answers

Darkening a rosewood fretboard.

I have a 1997 Telecaster Plus with a rosewood fretboard that I'd like to darken up a bit. [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold on May 19, 2006 - 11 answers

What's a good, warm tube amp to buy?

What's a good, warm tube amp to go with a Gibson SG? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull on May 18, 2006 - 17 answers

Bluegrass guitar or mandolin teacher in NYC?

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?
posted by davidvan on Apr 21, 2006 - 9 answers

Guitar or ukulele or what?

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]
posted by oxala on Apr 4, 2006 - 12 answers

A Perfectly Good Guitar

What's the best guitar store in the South? [more inside]
posted by catfishjohn19 on Mar 31, 2006 - 11 answers

What instrument should I learn?

Where to start learning a musical instrument for the musically inept? [more inside]
posted by KirTakat on Mar 30, 2006 - 38 answers

They are staring at me. I must oblige.

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]
posted by XiBe on Mar 29, 2006 - 45 answers

music heard in a tv documentary

Can you help me identify an instrumental piece of music heard in a tv science documentary? [more inside]
posted by funambulist on Mar 28, 2006 - 2 answers

what's this crap on my fingers?

Sometimes, but not always, when I play my acoustic guitar, I get this dark "dirt" on my fingertips... [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 24, 2006 - 12 answers

Should I return guitar or fix it?

I bought a guitar on Ebay "significantly not as described"-- should I send it back? [more inside]
posted by InfidelZombie on Mar 9, 2006 - 12 answers

Fix my guitar's neck

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.
posted by signal on Feb 23, 2006 - 7 answers

Stringing a guitar properly

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]
posted by beammeup4 on Feb 9, 2006 - 22 answers

How do I learn to play guitar and sing at the same time?

How do I learn to play guitar and sing at the same time? [more inside]
posted by Paul KC on Feb 4, 2006 - 17 answers

Name That Tune :: PBS ThirteenHD Promo

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]
posted by Jhaus on Jan 31, 2006 - 2 answers

Which guitar for a beginner?

I'd like to buy a beginner's acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jan 20, 2006 - 24 answers

I wanna rock.

Help me rock out. [more inside]
posted by ikkyu2 on Jan 17, 2006 - 17 answers

Who's a good guitar teacher in San Francisco?

Can anyone recommend a good guitar teacher in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by autojack on Jan 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Limos and music in Boston?

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.
posted by JonahBlack on Jan 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Hack guitarist wants to become less of a hack.

What little things separate a hack guitarist from a decent one and how does one make the transition? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jan 10, 2006 - 24 answers

Name That Tune

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.
posted by fandango_matt on Jan 5, 2006 - 7 answers

What is the guitar effect on Steve Hackett's solo on Counting Out Time?

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!
posted by vurnt22 on Jan 2, 2006 - 3 answers

Mysterious Bob Dylan musical theory

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]
posted by johngoren on Dec 29, 2005 - 23 answers

Songs for Children

I recently had a baby boy and I have some music-related questions. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Dec 28, 2005 - 19 answers

New guitar for leftie string it jimmy hendrix style?

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?
posted by Dag Maggot on Dec 24, 2005 - 32 answers

Bush Highlight Video Riff?

Reggie Bush highlight tape riff? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing on Dec 8, 2005 - 2 answers

What on earth is that sound?

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?
posted by gfrobe on Dec 3, 2005 - 6 answers

How do I replace my guitar strings?

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?
posted by punishinglemur on Dec 1, 2005 - 19 answers

How do I get the word out about my friend's auction?

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?
posted by unrequited on Nov 27, 2005 - 10 answers

Christmas music for guitar

Alternative, interesting Xmas songs needed for a performance. Must be playable on guitar with one voice accompaniment. [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Nov 9, 2005 - 20 answers

was it thin lizzy?

What was the first band to employ dual-guitar harmonized "solos"? What are some good bands who have employed it?
posted by kenko on Nov 6, 2005 - 39 answers

Upside down guitarist?

Who's the guy who played guitar upside down... [more inside]
posted by dr. fresh on Oct 22, 2005 - 7 answers

Medieval rockout

I'm looking for information about medieval guitar music, specifically useful scales/chord progressions, techniques, and (especially) tabs. [more inside]
posted by baphomet on Oct 16, 2005 - 8 answers

DYI guitar tung oil finish

DYI Guitar players: anyone finish a mahogany soildbody with tung oil? Any tips for the virgin? [more inside]
posted by dong_resin on Sep 22, 2005 - 4 answers

What £300-£500 guitar to buy?

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.
posted by pollystark on Sep 19, 2005 - 15 answers

Seeking contemporary guitar music with fingerpicking.

Looking for guitar music with finger picking... [more inside]
posted by tomble on Sep 16, 2005 - 28 answers

How did you become a songwriter?

Guitarists (and other musicians), how did you make your move from player to songwriter? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Sep 6, 2005 - 22 answers

Poetry and Guitar Magazines?

Magazine recommendations: poetry or guitar... [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Aug 28, 2005 - 10 answers

Why do bar chords hurt my hand?

Bar chords - still painful after 10 years. Anyone have tips? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Aug 18, 2005 - 15 answers

women never really faint

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 - 11 answers

Favorite Guitar Solos

Inspired by this thread and this comment, my mefite compadres, I ask you: what are your favorite guitar solos?
posted by fingers_of_fire on Jul 26, 2005 - 54 answers

Spanish Guitar Music

I would like recommendations for pretty and simple Spanish/Latin American guitar pieces. [more inside]
posted by sciurus on Jul 14, 2005 - 3 answers

Please, not another wedding music question...

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 - 12 answers

Going lefty on guitar

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 - 14 answers

guitar effects question

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]
posted by mecran01 on Jul 6, 2005 - 5 answers

Preamp

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 - 5 answers

best acoustic guitar recording technique?

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 - 19 answers

Lo-Fi Indie Folk recommendations

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 - 42 answers

Good small tube guitar amp

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 - 14 answers

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