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Please recommend a luthier or guitar technician in NYC

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]
posted by spitbull on Mar 31, 2013 - 5 answers

Thicker strings on a Tenor Guitar

Can I use higher gauge strings on a Tenor Guitar? [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Mar 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me identify this music video

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.
posted by mhjb on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

So what's in Veronica Falls' record collection?

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]
posted by Sonny Jim on Mar 20, 2013 - 8 answers

What is the best way to bow a guitar?

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]
posted by critzer on Mar 19, 2013 - 5 answers

Help make our jam sessions less "jamateur"

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?
posted by ecorrocio on Mar 6, 2013 - 13 answers

Songs/videos that feature the Big Muff

I'm looking for music videos that include an image of a Big Muff guitar pedal or songs that definitely include the use of a Big Muff on the track.
posted by drezdn on Mar 2, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to play the guitar but don't want creepy nails.

Can you point to me some acoustic guitar players who play fingerstyle with their skin rather than their nails? [more inside]
posted by mockpuppet on Feb 25, 2013 - 16 answers

how can i fancy up this simple board?

i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Feb 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

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?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Teach a keytarist all about the guitar.

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]
posted by mcav on Jan 29, 2013 - 10 answers

British Guitar Fakebook, 1975-today

I love playing guitar, and I love British rock/pop/punk (esp. 90s Britpop era). If you were compiling a list of awesome UK music to play on guitar from, say, 1975 to today, what specific songs would you include? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jan 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Name that Song, Acoustic Edition

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?
posted by Seeking Direction on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Do you recognize this guitar piece?

Do you recognize this guitar song (http://vocaroo.com/i/s04KsreM6ql1)? [more inside]
posted by GDWJRG on Jan 5, 2013 - 2 answers

Rock and road

How can I learn to play guitar when I need to travel constantly for work? [more inside]
posted by bargex on Dec 29, 2012 - 7 answers

New 10" Speaker Recommendation

What replacement speaker should I get for my amp? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Good online source for Christmas carol tabs?

Anyone know of a reliable source for guitar tabs/chords for Christmas carols on the web? [more inside]
posted by freem on Dec 20, 2012 - 1 answer

Can't do ALL THE THINGS right now.

In 2013 I will have 2-3 hours a week to spend learning one or more of the following: French, guitar, advanced math (stats, calc). Which will benefit most from this limited amount of study effort? [more inside]
posted by riddler on Dec 15, 2012 - 6 answers

Bad Girls & Slide Guitars

Let's say you're making a playlist called "Bad Girls & Slide Guitars". Let's say the first song is 'Hell on Heels' by the Pistol Annies. What would the next songs be?
posted by signal on Dec 1, 2012 - 27 answers

Looking for noisy, spacey, atypical guitar pedal effects...

I'm looking for guitar pedals that can create noisy, spacey effects like this that can be manipulated live and while recording. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 26, 2012 - 13 answers

Amp modules look great, but how would I use them?

I have just come across a business that modifies existing guitar amp modules, (based on Randall MTS modules) which is interesting and neat (see here for an example of them in an interview with Billy Corgan). However, what I don't understand is how I would use one of these in my own rig. They are, but how would I hook them up? Could I use one to drive a speaker cabinet? Do they need to be in an enclosure? Basically, how would I use one of these modules?
posted by awfurby on Nov 21, 2012 - 4 answers

My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Ouchy Left Hand

What's up with my left hand? I play guitar right handed and have been working out hard and regularly. After 20+ years - no problems. Then I started getting pain in the back of my left hand a few weeks ago and... [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Nov 14, 2012 - 10 answers

Looking for music book author Roger Edison

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.
posted by tommasz on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Help a home recording noob solve direct-input and monitor issues.

Help a noob figure out his home-recording troubles - I don't understand my M-Audio Profire DI or my reference monitors and a few other things. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Japanese translation help in guitar search

I've been looking for a certain guitar (a Yamaha SG 3000) and have lately been looking on Japanese web sites to see if I can have one shipped from there. I've found one I like the look of, but Google Translate isn't being particularly helpful. Could anyone translate the description for me? [more inside]
posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 1, 2012 - 3 answers

What is this effect for the guitar?

What is this new guitar effects device or pedal that has become popular in the past few years? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Oct 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Live acoustic party music

Looking for a list of old-timey popular standard songs to play (guitar/banjo/mandolin/harmonica, etc) with friends in the living room while we drink beer and let the kids jump around. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 20, 2012 - 24 answers

Would crazy glue work?

I have a question about a crack in the body of an acoustic guitar. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Oct 17, 2012 - 10 answers

A nice acoustic bass guitar at a reasonable price?

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]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

What do these songs have in common, and where can I find more like them?

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]
posted by Room 641-A on Oct 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Duh-na na-na na-na na-na. Bass.

Aspiring bassist, and advanced guitarist, wants to know: what are the canonical rock and roll bass riffs? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 3, 2012 - 50 answers

Name That Song

Identify this song please! I'm making a mixtape of songs with distinctive vocal flourishes and there's a snippet going through my head that I just can't place. This song's building to a crescendo and the singer yells "Whoo!" followed by three piano chords that sound almost like percussion (bum! bum! bum!) before continuing on. [more inside]
posted by psoas on Oct 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Which books did Jerry Garcia read that helped him learn to play?

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.
posted by idzyn on Sep 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden?

Cheapest way to ship a bass guitar from London, England to Gothenburg, Sweden? [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Sep 28, 2012 - 2 answers

How do I learn to play a song on guitar?

How do I learn to play a song on guitar? [more inside]
posted by iftheaccidentwill on Sep 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Are there any guitar pieces even remotely inspired by Ovid's Metamorphoses?

Does anyone know if there are any Classical nylon-string Guitar pieces (preferably decently easy ones) that were inspired or even partly based on mythology included in Ovid's Metamorphoses? [more inside]
posted by HowToBeAGentleman on Sep 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Guitarmy

Why is it that when you play guitar, your fretting hand is not your dominant hand? [more inside]
posted by to sir with millipedes on Sep 3, 2012 - 20 answers

"Somebody That I Used to Know" is an Elliott Smith song, godammit

Catch me up on what's happened in rock music in the last 10 years? [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Aug 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Acoustic Guitar Shopping Filter

Does anyone make something like a Yamaha APX Thinline but with a thicker neck? [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 21, 2012 - 4 answers

What hardware should I choose for my guitar build?

I'm taking a guitar building class as an elective, but have little to no knowledge about guitars. Advice/opinions on my build options? [more inside]
posted by LarrenD on Aug 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Tube guitar amp blowing fuses - suggestions?

My Egnater Tweaker 40w head is blowing fuses. Possibly lightning-related, or possibly not, but I need to fix it. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane on Aug 13, 2012 - 14 answers

Suggestions for Brazilian Music

I'm looking for a Brazilian piece of (folk?) music to use with a short video I'm making on football/soccer. [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Aug 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Blame it on my wild heart.

Are there guitar chords for this version of Stevie Nicks's "Wild Heart" on the internet anywhere? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 7, 2012 - 4 answers

Tips for leading singing

I need tips for leading a group of about 30 youth, ages 11 to 18, in singing (hymns, contemporary Christian, camp songs, et cetera). Most of the youth know these songs already but some don't like to sing. Lyrics will be projected on a wall. I will be playing guitar and maybe ukulele. I am 17 and introverted, but I think I can do this! [more inside]
posted by gray17 on Aug 4, 2012 - 14 answers

They call me Ol' Dainty Fingers Jefferson

What's a good bass for a person who plays a short-scale guitar? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 1, 2012 - 13 answers

"ooh la la" song with hot electric guitar?

What was this "ooh la la la la..." song with the hot electric guitar that I heard the other night? [more inside]
posted by smcameron on Jul 27, 2012 - 4 answers

Babe: Nephew in the city

My 17yr old nephew is staying with me in London for a few days next month, as I'm taking him to his first gig. He likes graphic design, Jack white and playing guitar. What cool things should he go, see and do? [more inside]
posted by mippy on Jul 20, 2012 - 10 answers

My chief regret in life/Guitar Shopping

I sold a Dana Bourgeois Slope D guitar and have always regretted it. I can't really afford to buy another one. What's a good alternative? [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jul 20, 2012 - 8 answers

Teach a singer new tricks on the guitar

Guitar-playing filter: Absolute beginner here, having just picked up my first acoustic guitar. Between choir and piano lessons, the music theory isn't an issue, but I do have a couple of questions I hope you MeFi's can answer. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Jul 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Looking for country/alt-country along the lines of Cash, Guthrie, early Dylan, etc.

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!
posted by allseeingabstract on Jul 1, 2012 - 31 answers

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