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Does your guitar sound like it's producing honey and possibly housing a beehive?  If you've got a lot of buzzing coming from your guitar then there's usually one of two places it can come from.  The first one has to do with the make-up of the guitar itself which can cause fret buzz.  The other cause may be due to fact that you're not fretting your strings properly...

1. Not fretting strings properly

The first and most common reason for buzzing on your guitar is not fretting the strings properly when playing chords or notes.  What does 'not fretting a string properly' mean?  It simply means you're not pressing down hard enough on the strings when you play them.  This kind of problem will manifest itself clearly when playing the more difficult guitar chords like C and F and also when playing barre chords.  If you're someone who's just started out with the guitar, it might be difficult to fret all the string perfectly when you're playing chords (since your hand might not be strong enough or your fingers flexible enough). 

It's not somthing to start worrying about, with time and enough practice your skill will improve and you'll start fretting the strings hard enough without even focusing on it - it'll just come naturally.  New guitar players usually struggle with this kind of buzzing related problem for a couple of weeks or a month and after that it disappears.

2.  Guitar Fret Buzz

This kind of buzz had nothing to do with what you do or don't do.  It's a sound purely produced by the guitar itself and is probably due to a minor fault in the make-up of the guitar, something which can easily be fixed by yourself (by changing the strings or tuning) or by a luther/guitar technician at a guitar shop.  This kind of buzz is an undesirable effect and it's something we want to get rid of as soon as possible.

How do you know if you've got fret buzz on your guitar.  Well an easy way to test it, is to simply pluck a couple of strings one by one (both open and fretted on different frets) and listening for a zingy, buzzing sound that accompanies the note.  If you're fretting the note properly and you're still picking up buzzing, you've most likely got guitar fret buzz that needs to be dealt with.

I won't go into all the solutions of getting rid of buzzing guitar strings due to fret buzz here, since it's already cover in a different section.  Head on over the Guitar Fret Buzz FAQ for some detailed instructions on what you can do to fix it.

Having problems with buzzing guitar strings?  This page will you understand how to avoid fret buzz when playing guitar...

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