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]
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]
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]
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]
How can I wire a bass so that the volume and tone knobs are bypassed? [more inside]
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]
In the preliminary stages of learning to play a guitar - is persistent fingertip numbness to be expected? [more inside]
Help me diagnose my (probably user-induced) intermittently crackling tube guitar amp! [more inside]
I bought a book with classic tabulatures fifteen years ago, lost it, and want to buy it again. [more inside]
What the heck is the guitar Colin Hay (ex-Men-at-Work) is playing here? Or in this video? [more inside]
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.
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]
What are some songs that sound like this one? Difficulty: it's a remix of a song from a video game soundtrack. [more inside]
What is a good-sounding electric guitar that's easy on the budget? [more inside]
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.
Do I risk damaging my nice acoustic guitar by keeping it on a wall hanger? [more inside]
will my ps2 usb rock band guitar and drums work on 360 rock band?
Exquisitely terse guitar solos? [more inside]
Which beginner bass should I buy, the Ibanez GSR200 or Peavey Milestone III? [more inside]
I'm thinking of getting a new amplifier! [more inside]
What kind of bass guitar am I looking for? [more inside]
Guitarists: How do you wish you had started? [more inside]
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.
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]
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?
Can anyone recommend a guitar shop in central London that does simple set-ups and electrical overhauls? [more inside]
I like to take my acoustic guitar to parties. As well as songs and karoke, what else can I do? Examples inside. [more inside]
Craig's list help, please. [more inside]
MusicFites: Can you suggest some good acoustic guitar sing-along songs for a post-wedding party? [more inside]
I recently purchased a left handed acoustic guitar (i'm a lefty). Apart from the Old Town School of Folk Music, where in Chicago can I learn to play it? [more inside]
Guitar filter: My awesome wife got me this guitar to take with me on my frequent business trips. I consider myself an "advanced beginner" - I.E. - I enjoy playing casually, but don't know as much as I would like about the actual mechanics of the guitar. Which leads to this restringing question: [more inside]
Where are the best places to buy used music gear online? [more inside]
Help my brother sing songs with kindergartners as part of his student teaching curriculum [more inside]
Please recommend slide blues guitar artists to me, particularly modern ones. Love the sound, not sure where to get it. Solo guitar with no vocals is preferred, but by no means necessary. Acoustic strongly preferred.
[Geezer Filter:] Help me dredge up the name of a rock ballad from around 1969-1970? [more inside]
Anyone know the chords in the Cullen Gaylean arrangement of "Wayfaring Stranger"? Or any other arrangement that does not use minor chords in the verse? [more inside]
I'm looking for a guitar tab for the song Zhdat by the Russian band Marakesh, but I cannot navigate the murky Russian internet waters. Help?
Looking for good rock acoustic guitar music, no vocals [more inside]
What songs could me and my friend play for a summer party? It needs to be for Piano and Guitar...Suggestions? :/ [more inside]
Please recommend good songs for slide guitar + singing. [more inside]
Help me make my electric guitar sound electronic. (Please dissect these Daft Punk and Justice songs with me.) [more inside]
I'm trying to get my guitar/synth configuration working -- a project I've been at for YEARS. I finally have everything but still cannot get it to work. I think I need the right cable configuration (from the pedal to the synthesizer) to connect my Hagstrom Patch 2000 guitar and pedal to my Arp Odyssey III. But I'm not sure what that configuration is. [more inside]
LongShotFilter: I once was in a music store in Northern California and while waiting for a friend I picked up a mini acoustic guitar which was selling for around $75-150 (I think) in order to pass the time. To my great surprise, I loved the feel and sound of this cheap small guitar, and would have bought it at the time but was broke. Now I need to find it again... [more inside]
Please help me identify this old Gibson guitar. What is the model? http://tinyurl.com/2wxccjj
What are some of the best guitar riffs of the 21st century? [more inside]
Some guy is selling a guitar that belongs to me on his website, in Dallas. I am in Los Angeles. The guitar has been missing since 2005, when a con-man borrowed it from me who subsequently sold it to pay off the mafia or something. I didn't realize I had been duped for a long time. I was stupid and shouldn't have trusted him. He was impossible to get a hold of and strung me along for months and disappeared but I didn't file a police report because I didn't think they'd be able to find the guitar. Now I just want the guitar back, and I know I have the legal right to it. So what do I do? file a civil suit? call the police in Dallas? [more inside]
I've been playing acoustic guitar for a bunch of years now (and am so-so at it). I really like those transitional moments between chords -- stuff you can throw in to make just strumming along a bit more interesting; things like the turnaround in Alice's Restaurant, but even really simple things like -- starting on a D chord and leading on the low e string 0-2-3 to get to a G chord. What are your favorite little phrases like those? Or, alternatively, do those have an official name I can google? Or, alternatively alternatively, any good websites or books for that kind of thing? Oh -- I mostly play with a pick, so I'm more interested in phrases you can play that way.
My roommate and I wish to host a karaoke night, where I play guitar and he plays piano. What songs should we play? [more inside]