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How to Play Guitar like Synyster Gates, Slash, and Herman Li.

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How to Play Guitar like Synyster Gates, Slash, and Herman Li.
...you should try to replicate your favorite artist's licks and solos. It can be a ton of fun, and it can catapult your abi...

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Breakthrough Technique That WILL Increase Your Guitar Shredding Speed.

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Breakthrough Technique That WILL Increase Your Guitar Shredding Speed.
It didn't matter how many times I practiced it using the chromatic scale exercises with the metronome. My left and right hands just wouldn't sync up, and I didn't know why.That's when I decided to go elsewhere for new exercises. Google lead me to Bur...

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Why You Aren't Improving As A Guitar Player.

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Why You Aren't Improving As A Guitar Player.

Here's the thing about playing guitar. Its a perishable skill. That means it requires upkeep to maintain your skill level. Most of us know and understand that. That's why we try to play every day. The trouble is...

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How To Get Perfect Guitar Intonation in Five Minutes

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How To Get Perfect Guitar Intonation in Five Minutes

What is Intonation?

Intonation is the uniform distribution of notes along the fretboard. Each fret corresponds to a note. We set intonation to ensure that each fret's note is as close to in tune as possible. It can be hard to grasp at first, but stick with me here.

How do you adjust intonation?

   You adjust intonation by changing the the length of the guitars strings. This is done via a set screw at the end of each string saddle. 

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How To Fix Guitar Buzz...The Right Way

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How To Fix Guitar Buzz...The Right Way

Common Causes of Guitar Buzz

1. Pickup Height (Too High)

- Pickups are too high and contacting the strings and creating a buzz.

2. Neck Relief:

-Your guitar neck is too straight or has a slight back bow thats causing your strings to vibrate against the frets. (This can also create dead spots on the fretboard, where notes don't ring out.)

3. String Action (At the Bridge)

- Your Bridge is a little too low causing the strings to vibrate against the frets.

4. String Action (At the Nut)

-The nut slots are cut too deep allowing the string to contact the 1st,2nd, or 3rd frets.

This style is adjusted via The key here is to find the sweet spot between lowest bridge height and string buzz. (It is common practice to have the treble side a bit lower due to the smaller string diameter, meaning you can have nice low and comfortable action.)

 

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