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Three Fingers vs Four Fingers for Lead Guitar Playing 
I read your sound advice about not parroting your inspirations for guitar and agree wholeheartedly. My question comes from observing these wonderful guitarists …

Is my guitar instructor doing more harm than good? 
I've recently enrolled in music school and I chose to learn to play the guitar. I've never played the instrument, but it's one I've always dreamed of …

Analysis of Always With Me, Always With You by Joe Satriani 
I loved your site when I first stumbled upon a wonderful explanation of Solo Analysis: Remember When by Guthrie Govan . Please kindly help me out …

How to Mimic The Vocal Melody in Your Guitar Solos 
How do I make my guitar solo sound like words/vocals from my songs? I do not mean doing this by using a talk box although that sounds cool too. In …

The "Rules" of String Bending on Guitar 
Typically, in a blues solo, when using a pentatonic minor(or blues) scale, the most common notes to bend are the b3, 4 and b7 of the tonic or key scale. …

Playing Guitar with Fat Fingers 
I am a beginner, my problem is that I have quite fat and meaty fingers. When I play chords I tend to block the down strings and buzz up the bass strings. …

Changing Scale Over the IV Chord 
I've really progressed since I learned about your lessons - thank you so much. I have recently heard Mark Knopfler's beautiful solo over "Knockin' on …

Improving Down Stroke When Sweep Picking 
I've been playing guitar for just about two years now and I've started to practice very difficult techniques so I can master than as soon as possible. …

Finding a Playing Style 
I feel that I have hit an enormous brick wall in my guitar playing. I've been learning more and more but I don't have a specific style developed for …

Playing Guitar and Banjo 
Hi. We are Seniors and just starting to learn to play the guitar. I have heard that if you learn to play guitar you can play banjo as well. Is this …

Slash Licks When Transitioning Riffs 
I'm a huge Slash fan and although I'm not the most talented guitar player, I enjoy messing around with some of his riffs and licks. I've noticed that …

How to Compose Thrash Metal Solos 
Hello :) I am following your lessons regularly and completed scales, chords, arpeggios. I can play them efficiently on my guitar. I am very interested …

Best Way To Hold a Guitar Pick 
This may seem like a stupid question, especially for someone who has been playing for more than twenty years! Recently, I have come across some great …

Fingers not strong enough after years of playing 
Hey, I've been playing guitar for over 5 years yet my thumb/fingers feels like it's had a 2 hour work out after playing the guitar for only 10-20 mins. …

Missing finger 
I am missing the little finger on my left hand. Should I reverse my guitar strings and strum with my left hand? I would like to study classical and flamenco. …

root 5 and root 6 scales 
Hi, can someone please answer this? I ask a guy what scales he uses most and he said root 6 major root 6 minor root 5 minor When I tried to …

The Importance of Learning Standard Notation 
What is the importance of learning standard notation? I can detect the timing of eight, sixteen, quarter notes etc. but the actual notes on staff I'm not …

Guitar practice time 
Hey, it's Landon. I am starting my guitar lessons this weekend but I am really focused on practicing guitar daily and consistently to build up speed in …

Help on correct picking posture 
I am a slightly in between beginner to intermediate guitar player but I am stumped on one problem. Recently on a youtube video a guy showed that his way …

How do I practice guitar to ensure progress? 
How would you recommend practicing guitar for an intermediate guitar player (my technique is good but my theory is very weak)? I have found that if …

Do Jumbo Frets or Medium Frets Play Easiest? 
Question: This is a simple question. Do guitars play easier with jumbo frets or medium frets? Answer There's plenty of discussion in forums across …

Beginner Guitar Frustration at the One Year Mark 
I've been playing for about a year, as a total beginner, on a daily basis for about one hour or an hour and a half. I've learned the basic chords …

Blisters and Painful Calluses From Playing Guitar 
I've been playing beginning guitar for close to a year now and am getting blisters between my left fingers and a large painful callus on the inside joint …

How to Find Chords in a Specific Key 
Hi there, I am a beginner singer songwriter and I would like to know how you find all the chords that would fit into a specific key. Lets use the key …

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Which Scales for Metal Solo? 
Hello, I'm struggling to create a solo for my song. I've made a demo track and backing track goes like this... Download link Rhythm guitar is …

Pick Angle and Picking Dynamics 
Hey, thanks for the answer about my palm muting problem. But there's another one thing that I'm never sure about, and that's pick angle. Should I keep …

How a Capo Changes Key 
I wrote my first song on guitar. I put the capo on the third fret and then I used the chord shapes for G, Am, Em, and C/B. I am trying to determine …

Rhythm Slashes Next to Chords 
I've been learning guitar for a while now and beside the songs that my teacher writes out for me she writes a chord and then these slashes or lines? for …

Where to Look When Changing Chord 
Hello Well, I'm a beginner and so far I have learned the A, D and E chords but I have a problem. When I strum each chord and move to the other do …

Changing Direction When Sweep Picking 
When descending on an arpeggio, I don't know the most efficient motion when turning the sweep in the other direction. Also, what is the most efficient …

How To Remove Audio So I Can Hear Guitar Parts 
Okay so I understand having some background in theory helps with learning songs by ear, and just training your ear naturally. Im working with that. But …

How to Start Learning Guitar 
Hello and thank you for being available to answer questions about things of which I know nothing. My son is interested in playing the guitar, but I …

Chords Belonging to the Major Pentatonic Scale 
The C major pentatonic scale consists of the notes in the following pattern: C -w- D -w- E -(w+H)- G -w- A -(w+H)- C If the possibilities of formation …

Should I Learn Chords or Scales? 
Responses in red! I am absolute Guitar beginner (More than a month old). I have a little idea about the notes and scales. And I don't have any …

Hand strengthening exercises 
Can you recommend any hand strengthening exercises (bear in mind I am female!)? I get very frustrated at how little time I can spend practicing, especially …

Alternate picking and sweep picking 
I have been practicing alternate picking all these while and have recently started to practice sweep picking. What i want to ask is that is it a good …

Frustrated with Guitar 
Sometimes I get frustrated with learning. Is this normal to be frustrated? I'm stuck with learning on a classical guitar for the next year when I'd rather …

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