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