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Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

I'm just a caveman. Your modern guitar tech frightens and confuses me.

The electric guitar switch in my brain recently flipped itself back to 'On' after 18 years of hibernation, and I'm feeling like Rip Van Winkle. Where and how do the cool kids learn how to shred these days? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Sep 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me find some slow guitar songs with simple melodies

I really like playing the song "Claudia's Theme" from the Unforgiven soundtrack. I'm not a very good guitar player but it's a slow enough pace and it's so deceptively simple that I can really concentrate on performing the piece or I can just pluck away at it without having to give it a ton of thought. [more inside]
posted by VTX on Aug 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Music nerds, please help me figure out chords on the mountain dulcimer

I would like to be able to tune my 3-stringed diatonically fretted mountain dulcimer, typically stuck in the key of D, to other keys such as G, C, A, F, E, and Am. Then I would like someone to teach me how to figure out the notes on each fret so I can build the chords to play whatever song I'm in the mood for. [more inside]
posted by Buckt on Jun 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Tips for shopping for a mid-level acoustic guitar

I have about $300-400 to spend on a new acoustic guitar that will be gifted to someone who is a classically-trained pianist but would be a beginner on this particular instrument, someone who wants to play music in the vein of Cat Stevens (i.e., pop-folk). There are simply so many options out there that I thought I would ask this site for advice. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jun 10, 2014 - 27 answers

How to learn guitar without the guitar?

I've been playing guitar for about a year. I practice when I can but I spend a fair amount of time sitting around watching TV when I can't have the guitar in my hands but I do have my laptop handy and I feel like I could be using this time to learn some things that don't strictly require me to be playing an instrument. [more inside]
posted by VTX on May 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Fingerstyle Guitar Songs

I'm looking for good songs to practice various fingerstyle guitar patterns. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Apr 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Please melt my face off with some choice licks.

What are the best live guitar videos on youtube I should know about but probably don't? [more inside]
posted by fishmasta on Mar 29, 2014 - 33 answers

Identify old guitar

Hello , can you please help me finding out more about this old guitar. I think it might be a Jazz guitar, my grandpa bought it second hand around 1958. If you read closely on the neck it says "Trademark Clove" and something else unreadable. Here is a couple of images: Guitar 1 Guitar 2 Guitar 3 Guitar 4 It is still playable and sounds good to.
posted by mr_rg on Mar 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me shred with confidence.

New musical opportunities have arisen and I need to find my confidence when playing lead guitar. What are the top tips for playing with a confident and casual attitude? Should I be taking note of any lead guitar players in particular for inspiration? A collection of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by sapien on Jan 22, 2014 - 13 answers

Software for jamming along with on guitar, with tampura?

I play solo guitar, and had great fun jamming along to a tampura, which is an indian drone machine. I'm wondering if there is any software that can replicate this sound, or perhaps an album with 'very' minimal production in a single key. I'm particular interested in playing celtic music, and perhaps the blues also if a chord sequence facility exists? I'm aware there are some complex 'band in a box' midi sequencers that can do this, but I'm looking for a simple solution with high quality looping droney sounds with some organic sounding variance.
posted by molloy on Dec 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Missing Link: Overdrive Edition

Can you help me find a lost link to an awesome guitar-nerdy overdrive review site? [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser on Dec 24, 2013 - 3 answers

You bastards!

I want to hear more pre-solo exclamations. I'm talking about the thing where the vocalist yells something (not just the end of a chorus or verse) to kick off a guitar solo. Examples: You bastards!, Do it! [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Nov 21, 2013 - 51 answers

A guitar and a bottleneck. Amplifier optional.

There are a couple of scenes in the 1986 Walter Hill film Crossroads in which Eugene's character plays some really bluesy, laid-back, heavily-reverbed slide guitar. I really love this kind of blues guitar. Unaccompanied (by vocals or other instruments), haunting, chilled-out. Can you recommend similar performances? [more inside]
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Nov 7, 2013 - 12 answers

Bee-doo-doo-DWEE

I love epic rock guitar solos. I don't like it when singers scream rather than sing. Can you help me build a Pandora station built around these two preferences? [more inside]
posted by meese on Oct 24, 2013 - 16 answers

What are your favourite songs to play on the guitar?

I'm trying to expand the repertoire of songs I can play by myself, just me and a guitar and I'd like to know, what are your best songs to play without any accompaniment. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Jul 27, 2013 - 14 answers

virtunotso

Who are some really good contemporary singer-songwriters that perform often or mostly on guitar, but are not particularly better than average when it comes to technical skill at the instrument itself?
posted by threeants on Apr 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Where can I find a practice room in northern LA/San Fernando Valley?

I'm going to be in Los Angeles for a couple months for work, and I'm going to be staying with a friend. I'd like to be able to practice my acoustic guitar privately, but I'm having little success finding practice rooms. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Apr 2, 2013 - 8 answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

Guitar 101

I want to learn how to play guitar. I know nothing about guitars. Help me! [more inside]
posted by Lucinda on Jun 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Guitar Lessons in Cambridge/Somerville(/Boston?)

I have a friend who's looking to learn (rock) guitar. Any firsthand recommendations for teachers in the Somerville/Cambridge area? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on May 14, 2012 - 3 answers

How to understand (certain) guitar tabs/chord notation?

I like playing the piano by following guitar chords. However I don't understand, and nor can I find any reference material, on what certain chords mean. [more inside]
posted by cdenman on May 2, 2012 - 18 answers

I taught myself to "play guitar" using tabs, but now I would very much like to actually know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this?

I taught myself to "play guitar" (more or less) using tabs, but now I would very much like to ACTUALLY know how to play guitar. Whats the best way to go about this? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Good songs to play on slide?

Guitar players -- what are some good country/folk/blues songs for a couple of intermediate acoustic players, one strumming or picking, the other accompanying on slide? [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Because if the Eagles done with Flamenco is good, Simon and Garfunkel must be great.

I want more spanish guitar covers of popular american songs. Give them to me. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Mar 14, 2012 - 10 answers

I have 3 months off coming up. Think I can get decent at guitar?

I have 3 months off coming up. Think I can get decent at guitar? [more inside]
posted by malhouse on Feb 21, 2012 - 11 answers

The next booming market, music for NICU wards...

What are some nice relaxing songs I can play on the guitar for my son in the NICU ward? [more inside]
posted by Admira on Feb 19, 2012 - 23 answers

Beginner fingerpicking songs?

I'm looking for songs that will help me incorporate fingerpicking into my guitar practice. What are some good songs to start out on? [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Feb 18, 2012 - 14 answers

Most underappreciated session guitarists

Who are the most underappreciated session guitarists in popular music? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jan 11, 2012 - 29 answers

the grungy "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da ... yeah" song from the 90s

Song. Early to mid 1990s. On the UK radio all the time, especially Atlantic 252. Vaguely grunge sounding, with a "dun dun da dunna dun da dunna da da" guitar riff, followed by a pause, then a quiet/bored sounding "yeah". What was it?
posted by scruss on Jan 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find the on-screen music from "Hugo" please!

Any idea how to acquire the source music from the new Scorsese film Hugo? The stuff the band is playing in the cafe and party scenes, in other words? [more inside]
posted by Shotgun Shakespeare on Dec 30, 2011 - 5 answers

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