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Welcome to the Guitar Noticeboard! Post any requests for guitar-related articles here, and use this space for any other discussions regarding guitar-related articles on Wikipedia in general. Please post under the appropriate headline, or create a new one if this is needed.

Requests for new guitar-related articles[edit]

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Could anyone explain how to add harmony to a tune? e.g. how to discover which chords could be used to accompany a simple one voice tune.


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If you're playing a Blues based harmony, you have to find the tonic chord first, and than follow through the harmony:

1 1 1 1 4 4 1 1 5 5 4 4 1 1 5

The numbers represent degrees on the scale. For instance, if playing on C:

C C C C F F C C G G F F C C G

Note: The chords will only work if you playing on 4/4

Hope i've helped you.

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First, as stated above, find out what your tonic chord is. That's easy. You just figure out what scale you're playing in (most of the time, you might change key temporarily in a melody to spice up a tune) and look at what the tonic of that scale is. Prime up yourself with an online encyclopaedia. I can't think of one to use right now, but articles on Harmony and Chords ought to clue you up a little more before you start harmonizin', yo.

Let's say you're playing in C Major, which has the notes: C D E F G A B. Easy. Your tonic would be C Major, which comprises the notes of C, E and G. Note how you have a root of the chord, skip a note, get the third, skip a note, get the fifth, to reach a chord. Therefore the chords in C Major are:

C major (CEG) D minor (DFA) E minor (EGB) F major (FAC) G major (GBD) A minor (ACE) and B diminished (BDF)

From then on, just experiment. If you reach a point in your melody where you think you need a chord change, like you can hear it going to happen in your head, look at what note you're playing. If you're playing the G note, you can play a basic C major, E minor, or G major underneath it, as they've all got the G note in them.

That ought to clear things up.

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Hi everyone, newbie here, I did a search for self tuning guitars and keywords of the like and didn't find anything, so I thought a page or two on self tuning guitars would be worth the effort. I found some great stuff... can I link it here? Not really html-literate in any great sense but can make do, if someone would like to help or point me in the right direction that would be great. I guess I'll just start writing in Word and see what I come up with. Elvisfromtj 08:39, 5 April 2007 (UTC)

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How can you see which kind of (bass)guitar brands make what kind of (bass)guitars? Like Gibsons makes more "deep" sounds and Fender more "sharp" sounds? What are the criteria of those sounds? Thanks.

Guitar-related articles in need of updating[edit]

I've copied this from my statement on the effects unit page: Across the "effects unit", "effects pedal" and "guitar effects" pages, there appears to be a lot of redundant content. People are arguing on the "effects unit" page against merging "unit" and "pedal," but could we perhaps retitle "effects unit" to be multi-effects unit, or "rack effects (unit)? I feel that just 'unit' is somewhat vague, and if we agreed to just write about rack effects, or multieffects units, and said as much, it might be more clear. A distinction would have to be made between rack and floor multieffects units. -dialectric User:Dialectric

I agree! Steve CarlsonTalk 00:42, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Other discussions[edit]

Hi people - I'm lucky enough to own a 1981 Westone Rainbow 1 (version 1) - I have a few decent photographs and am wondering if they would be wanted for the WESTONE wiki entry. It is a bit of a special instrument as part of the Matsumoku history as it was actually used for the original 1981 Westone catalogue (link). I wasn't certain if it was appropraite to upload images without discussion, so here I am:) I do think they might look great on the site.
Incidentally, if anyone here (as a group of guitar lovers) has any knowledge of where I can pick up this catalogue, I'm trying to locate one to frame and keep with the instrument.
All the best, Ash
ashlan (talk) 02:25, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Anything else... Does anyone know much about "Ventura" guitars. They are Asian made from the '70's. I'm looking at a 12-string electric, circa. early '70's, but the seller doesn't know much about the history. Thanks.

Not the right forum for this. Check out the Harmony Central forums. Good luck! Steve CarlsonTalk 00:44, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Guitar Portal Link[edit]

There are several pages about famous composers and guitar players that don't have the "Visit the Guitar Portal" link on them. I'm completing some of them from here, but I don't know the number of pages that need the link. I could use a little help here. The template is:


I would suggest anypages tagged as Wiki Project Guitarist pages are valid candidates. An easy link for these pages can be found through the projects Assessment Page. (see: Wikipedia:WikiProject Guitarists/Assessment) Perhaps the FA, GA A, B and then START assessed pages could receive the portal link first. Manufacturer/Equipement pages are all very good candidates along with the notable players pages. 142.167.77.147 16:48, 21 April 2007 (UTC)

Audio clips for electric guitar related articles?[edit]

It would be very useful to have audio clips for all the articles that are about gear-related topics, such as effects pedals, distortion, guitar amplifiers, etc. I think these would be most effective if someone recorded a short dry clip using a direct box and then having various members re-amp that clip through different rigs, so that the variance due to playing style and the guitar itself is minimized and the tonal contribution of that particular piece of gear is maximized. I think it would be better if the clip wasn't a song but instead a series of short exercises that employ the most commonly used playing techniques (strumming chords, arpeggiation, single-note runs, double stops, bends, palm mutes, etc), so the user can hear how that piece of gear interacts with that playing technique. I guess it would be best if we standardized on a microphone too - we should probably use the Shure SM57 since it is in such widespread use for this application. What do people think about this idea? Comments? Steve CarlsonTalk 16:11, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Good idea, and you have identified a major problem: standardizing sound clip quality. Good luck with that one --Zanthorp (talk) 04:03, 14 August 2008 (UTC)
I know we can't get perfect standardization, given all the factors involved, but I think we can agree on something that sounds halfway decent without requiring that all contributors go out and buy a Neve 1073 and record in acoustically similar environments. I'd bet that once we get a dry clip recorded and get the word out, someone with a reamp box and access to lots other gear will go nuts and do a lot of the work for us, in the process introducing a great deal of "standardization". It's worth a shot, nothing lost if it doesn't take off, except the time taken to record the dry clip and upload it. Any suggestions on how to keep the dry clip short while still touching on all the important playing techniques? Or would it be better to have multiple clips? Steve CarlsonTalk 07:24, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Luthier's Register (or list) proposal[edit]

I am new to Wikipedia, but not new to guitar. These days I am fortunate to own a wonderful acoustic custom built by a hobbyist luthier friend. If we established a register of luthiers divided into geographical locations (Location, name, web site URL or contact email), guitarists would then have the option of checking out luthiers in their state or area, rather than buying a factory made instrument from a music store.
The advantages: The hand made variety are usually made from superior/exotic tonewoods, customized to the guitarists specs (fret board width, scale length etc), and either "voiced" or "tap tuned" to suit the playing style. A good luthier can build a customized instrument that plays and sounds better than the factory built variety. Hearing is believing! What do you guys think of this idea as a service to the guitar playing community? --Zanthorp (talk) 03:49, 14 August 2008 (UTC)

Problem is... Wikipedia is not a community service. It's an encyclopedia. Your proposal to create, what is essentially, an advertising list violates several Wikipedia policies. Read WP:NOT and WP:SPAM just as a start. Libs (talk) 04:02, 14 August 2008 (UTC)