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E|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9...

What is this musical technique / style (?) called? Consists of a simple pattern that becomes more complex as the song progresses till it reaches full maturity. [more inside]
posted by Upal on Mar 7, 2011 - 11 answers

Where can I learn to play traditional instruments in Hawaii?

I'm travelling to Hawaii this summer and want to spend a couple of days learning ukulele, steel guitar or slack-key guitar in the traditional Hawaiian style. I have some music background so I'm looking for more than just a tourist novelty class. Any suggestions from local experts? [more inside]
posted by ChristopherS on Mar 7, 2011 - 6 answers

Who makes the guitar that Emmylou Harris is playing?

Emmylou Harris ordinarily uses a Gibson acoustic guitar, but on some songs (notably The Pearl) she uses a crazy guitar with its lowest string lifted off the fretboard as a drone. Who makes it? Here is a (mesmerizing) video of her playing The Pearl And here is a photo of her playing it. (The pic shows the luthier's mark on the headstock, but I do not recognize it).
posted by capnsue on Mar 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Guitarfilter: Direct Injection

Guitarfilter: I am looking to find the best DI (Direct Injection) box for my needs. The most important things to me are: 1.) Active not Passive 2.) Has two outputs, one to USB for PC recording and one (as bypass or as wet) standard 1/4" to feed to amp 3.) Low latency. [more inside]
posted by kjl291 on Mar 3, 2011 - 13 answers

Help Me Find A Small Guitar for a Beginner (Me)

I would like to learn to play the guitar. I think I would like to start with an acoustic. I have a small (7.5") finger span and slightly damaged left hand. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Jan 26, 2011 - 12 answers

There's a world where I can go...

Name that song: from This American Life 149, about 29 minutes in. It sounds like an electric guitar cover of The Beach Boys' "In My Room", but it has no vocals, and doesn't sound like the cover by Grant Lee Buffalo.
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Jan 24, 2011 - 7 answers

Guitar chords for Yiddish song "Margaritkelach"?

Guitar chords for Yiddish song "Margaritkelach"? [more inside]
posted by Sar HaPanim on Jan 23, 2011 - 2 answers

Help make my musical journey a great one!

As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

Need to learn me some new gittar songs.

Need to learn me some new gittar songs. [more inside]
posted by lpsguy on Jan 14, 2011 - 21 answers

How do I teach my left-handed son how to play the guitar?

My son wants to learn guitar; I know how to play, but I'm a righty- he's a lefty. I'm looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Jan 12, 2011 - 25 answers

Marshall's Guitar?

What's the Takamine guitar that Marshall Chapman is playing here, and where can I buy one?
posted by partner on Jan 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Why do all my valve amps keep breaking?

Why do all my valve amps keep breaking? [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Jan 5, 2011 - 7 answers

Passion, grace and fire

Feed me music! Fast paced acoustic guitar jams and anything related. [more inside]
posted by pyrom on Jan 5, 2011 - 24 answers

What are some quality short-scale guitars?

What are some quality short-scale (22") guitars in the ~$400 range? [more inside]
posted by Pericardium on Dec 30, 2010 - 8 answers

Help me identify an acoustic guitar

Help me identify an acoustic guitar [more inside]
posted by rinsemedown on Dec 29, 2010 - 12 answers

Metal solos in A Minor pentatonic?

I've been learning to play metal guitar for the last couple months, and my guitar teacher asked me to bring some tabs with (preferably relatively easy) lead parts in A minor pentatonic scale. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed on Dec 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Best electric guitar resources?

What are some of the best resources on the electric guitar? Any medium is welcome: books, videos, articles, etc. Money is not an issue; if there's a really good reference that costs thousands of dollars, I'd like to know about it. Collectively, I'd like these resources to cover everything a professional electric guitarist would need to know, from technique (basic and advanced) to related tech (amps, effects units, etc.) to guitar maintenance. Thank you!
posted by archagon on Dec 12, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me navigate the world of diy audio kits with respect to guitar amps!

I finally figured out the perfect gift to get the boyfriend but am having trouble finding what I want. Help me navigate the world of diy audio kits with respect to guitar amps! [more inside]
posted by joydivasian on Dec 10, 2010 - 6 answers

There are more than three chords!?!

Looking for songs that are not too difficult to play and feature a guitar, bass and female vocalist. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Dec 9, 2010 - 22 answers

Looking for Guitar Teacher

Looking for recommendations for a guitar teacher in the Fairlawn, Ohio area. Older beginner student, interested in electric blues.
posted by Lone_Wolf on Dec 7, 2010 - 0 answers

Let me sweep pick your brain: who made this guitar?

Help me identify this vintage electric guitar I found. There are no discernable markings of any kind, save what appears to be a serial stamped inside the control cavity. [more inside]
posted by SamuelF on Dec 7, 2010 - 12 answers

How to play a banjo, electric or acoustic guitar with a violin bow?

I recently saw the Music Tapes perform, and the lead guy played his banjo almost entirely with a violin bow. I ordered this cheap (but new) bow yesterday. Anybody have any tips/experience playing the electric or classical guitar or banjo with a bow? [more inside]
posted by Corduroy on Nov 29, 2010 - 11 answers

I want to play what they want to hear

Guitar/Music filter: what handy tools can you recommend to remind you of the songs you can play, for those occasions when you're asked to perform out of the blue and your mind goes blank. [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

You're 8 and want to play loud music. Your instrument (of destruction) is...

My son (8) wants to be Les Claypool. While I can't fault his source of inspiration, I'm not sure starting on the bass is the right way to go--and if it isn't, where do we start? [more inside]
posted by elfgirl on Nov 23, 2010 - 59 answers

Learning to play acoustic guitar: Should I wean myself off looking at the strings/fretboard while practising chords, or will this naturally come later?

Learning to play acoustic guitar: Should I wean myself off looking at the strings/fretboard while practising chords, or will this naturally come later? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 15, 2010 - 19 answers

Is the Big Volume and Tone Knob lobby behind the lack of wiring straight pickup-to-jack diagrams?

How can I wire a bass so that the volume and tone knobs are bypassed? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 13, 2010 - 5 answers

Fun or interesting materials for easy-to-make custom pickguard?

Help me think of creative-but-cheap-and-easy-to-work-with materials I can use to make a pickguard for my new, cheap, Strat-like guitar. Challenge: I have virtually no access to specialized tools much beyond an X-Acto knife/utility knife, drill, and file. [more inside]
posted by dilettanti on Nov 4, 2010 - 9 answers

In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is fingertip numbness to be expected?

In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is persistent fingertip numbness to be expected? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 2, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me fix a crackling guitar amp.

Help me diagnose my (probably user-induced) intermittently crackling tube guitar amp! [more inside]
posted by unSane on Oct 24, 2010 - 8 answers

No no, it goes "naaah-nah-nah, naaah-na-nah"

I bought a book with classic tabulatures fifteen years ago, lost it, and want to buy it again. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Oct 22, 2010 - 4 answers

What guitar is Colin Hay playing?

What the heck is the guitar Colin Hay (ex-Men-at-Work) is playing here? Or in this video? [more inside]
posted by mmoncur on Oct 14, 2010 - 9 answers

Wood primer for guitar painting?

I"m about to paint a electric guitar body. It's completely stripped of hardware and paint, and has been sanded. I'm going to use acrylics or enamels. Should I put down a primer before starting on the colors? Or something else to seal the raw wood ,like a clear varnish? If so, what kind of primer would be good for wood? I know that I"ll need to do a few layers of varnish/lacquer after the paints have dried , but I'm wondering about the undercoating primer. And if someone has a recommendation for paints, please tell me. I'm painting a multiple color "scene" not just a flat overall body color. Thanks.
posted by Liquidwolf on Oct 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Tone deaf for B?

When I try to tune a stringed instrument (guitar, uke, autoharp), the B string always sounds off to me, no matter what I do. Why? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Peppy upbeat electric guitar with string background?

What are some songs that sound like this one? Difficulty: it's a remix of a song from a video game soundtrack. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

A good-sounding, but budget friendly electric guitar for a guitar noob?

What is a good-sounding electric guitar that's easy on the budget? [more inside]
posted by RaDeuX on Oct 7, 2010 - 39 answers

Desperately need to find the pedal steel guitarists' prayer! Well, it's not really desperate, but would really like to.

Where can I find the pedal steel guitar player's prayer, an humorous, obscure poem only relevant to pedal steel guitarists? I am sure I've seen it on the web somewhere at some point in the not-too-distant past, but my google-fu has failed me.
posted by wsg on Oct 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Dangling by a string

Do I risk damaging my nice acoustic guitar by keeping it on a wall hanger? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Oct 3, 2010 - 9 answers

will my ps2 usb rock band guitar and drums work on 360 rock band?

will my ps2 usb rock band guitar and drums work on 360 rock band?
posted by lrodman on Sep 27, 2010 - 5 answers

It's time to smile.

Can you help me figure out the key/chords for Xavier Rudd's "Time to Smile"? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Sep 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Exquisitely terse guitar solos?

Exquisitely terse guitar solos? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 17, 2010 - 60 answers

Which used bass?

Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
posted by domnit on Sep 16, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me find a midsized guitar amp!

I'm thinking of getting a new amplifier! [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 16, 2010 - 18 answers

Bassist seeks bass for serious, long-term relationship

What kind of bass guitar am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Sep 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Pro brain, kindergarten skills

Guitarists: How do you wish you had started? [more inside]
posted by range on Aug 31, 2010 - 29 answers

Guitar Hero Kick Pedal Dead

My Guitar Hero drum's kick pedal is dead. I looked online but there are a lot of options and mixed reviews for most of what I found. What's the best mix of frugality and "not going to die on me"-ality that I can find? I'm not opposed to buying an entire new set if that makes more sense.
posted by theichibun on Aug 28, 2010 - 4 answers

What gauge/type of strings for 3/4 scale steel string acoustic?

Guitarfilter - my son has a 3/4 scale acoustic steel-string guitar, and he wants some new strings. I'm a bit of a guitarist myself, so I know how to change them no problem, but before bebopping down to the local guitar shop, I'm curious - what gauge strings are best? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Aug 28, 2010 - 14 answers

Tonerite for acoustic guitar substitute?

I have been thinking about getting a tonerite for guitar. I have no doubt that they work, but don't really wanna spend $150.00. I am trying to think of a less expensive, but suitable substitute that will vibrate the instrument in the same way. I am thinking an aquarium aerator with its tiny motor may fit the bill. Tell me how wrong I am and why. Any other ideas for a sub for the tonerite?
posted by wsg on Aug 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me kill the crackling

Can anyone recommend a guitar shop in central London that does simple set-ups and electrical overhauls? [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Aug 17, 2010 - 2 answers

What party games with guitars are there?

I like to take my acoustic guitar to parties. As well as songs and karoke, what else can I do? Examples inside. [more inside]
posted by Cogentesque on Aug 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Craig's List advice

Craig's list help, please. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Aug 11, 2010 - 29 answers

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