WELCOME TO FREE GUITAR LESSON VIDEOS

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Aug 142015
 


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PLAYING GUITAR IS ONE OF IF NOT THE MOST POPULAR INSTRUMENT ON THE PLANET AND IN A SHORT TIME YOU CAN BE PLAYING SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE SONGS, WEATHER IT BE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY OR JUST YOU TUCKED AWAY BY YOURSELF STRUMMING THE DAY AWAY. PLAYING THE GUITAR IS A JOY FOR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WORLDWIDE AND CAN EVEN BREAK THROUGH LANGUAGE BARRIERS.

LEARNING THE GUITAR FEELS HARD AT FIRST BUT WITH A BIT OF PRACTICE YOU CAN BE JAMMING AWAY IN NO TIME. GET OVER THE INITIAL ” SORE FINGERS SYNDROME” AND BUILD UP SOME CALLUSES AND YOU WILL BE AMAZED HOW QUICKLY YOU CAN BELT OUT SOME TUNES WITH AS LITTLE AS A COUPLE OF CORDS. SOME OF THE GREATEST SONGS HAVE ONLY 3 BASIC CHORDS TO THEM. D, AM , C ,G FOR EXAMPLE HAVE BEEN THE BACKBONE OF MANY A HIT SONG OVER MANY DECADES.

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Need a Guitar?

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Oct 152015
 
Jameson Full Size Vintage Sunburst Electric Guitar With Tremolo
A full size electric guitar with a classic look and feel at an amazing price will be a great addition to any guitar players collection or a great way to start playing. A full scale 39" guitar, it has 3 Single Coil pickups, a tremolo bridge, pickup selector, volume and tone controls, die-cast tuners and a beautiful high-gloss finish. We are impressed by these guitars at this low price and know you will be too! Includes a guitar cord and guitar picks
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Epiphone LP-100 Les Paul Electric Guitar, Heritage Cherryburst
The Epiphone Les Paul 100 is the electric guitar you want, If you're starting to get serious about your music. The mahogany body with maple top delivers classic solid, heavy tone, while the bolt-on mahogany neck and rosewood fingerboard are easy to play. Features 700T/650R open-coil humbucker pickups and chrome hardware. The Epiphone Les Paul 100 guitar features classic Les Paul design and tone.
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Epiphone SG Special Electric Guitar, Cherry
Now everyone can afford a real SG! The SG Special from Epihone features twin open-coil Humbucking pickups, a Tune-o-matic bridge/Stopbar tailpiece combo for maximum sustain and a fully-carved SG body for devilish good looks.
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Why The Zune Dock Is An Excellent Product

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Sep 262015
 

This article tells you all about the Zune Dock and what is so great about it. From all the huge features that make big differences to all the tiny ones that make the little differences, I will provide you with great examples as to why this product is an excellent product and why Microsoft has done a great job not only making their accessories for the zune mp3 player, but providing the customer service to reach full satisfaction.

This article is about zune dock, zune mp3 player, zune mp3 players, microsoft zune

The zune mp3 player has many accessories that are excellent products and pose very useful in many different situations, one of them being the Zune Dock. This accessory is an outstanding product and has many highlights to it to live up to its expectation. I’m going to let you in on some of the exciting and very positive aspects and features of this product just to show you it’s true potential.

This dock is specifically designed for the microsoft zune mp3 player, so no, iPod’s and other mp3 players are not compatible with this product, but in a sense, for zune owners, that is a good thing. Because the quality of this product, as will be explained later, is very high. Thus, only the people who own a zune mp3 player are lucky and forunate enough to be able to put this amazing dock to use.

You can also purchase a cable that will enable you to sync your zune. This cable will also allow you to charge your zune as well which is very useful because whats better than playing music while charging your mp3 player at the same time, so the next time you walk out the door with your mp3 player while having listened to it through the Zune Dock for hours, you now have full charge still.

The dock comes with an audio/video output with a built-in amp that you can connect to your stereo or television that will make your zune mp3 player experience even more exciting because you will be able to sync your mp3 player with the great sound system you have for your television. Or the other way around, the television having the amazing sound system.

This product also comes with an integrated IR receiver which is compatible with the zune wireless remote. This makes listening to music hassle free. You can now lay on your couch, bed, or relax in your chair without ever having to get up to adjust the volume, change the song, change the station, or turn off the music. Especially when your sound system is all the way across the room, who wants to have to get up from their relaxed position to change a song, or turn down the volume just to answer a quick call. With a wireless remote, all of that is gone, and you no longer have that problem.

Another small feature that just shows that microsoft really does care about their customer is that there is even a small spot to place your remote control in so that it never gets lost. How many times have you come home to find that your television controller has been misplaced, and it takes an aggrovating 20 minutes just to find it hidden between a couch cover or under a coffee table. Now you can simply place the remote back on your Zune Dock and your good to go.

One of the best features of this product, which really isn’t a feature of the product itself, is a 1-year-warranty that your dock is backed by. You don’t have to stress if your zune dock falls off the end of your table and suddenly stops working, microsoft will replace it for you up to one year, what a great service to have.

Hopefully this article has helped you learn a little bit more about the Zune Dock, and now you know why it is a very successful and high quality product to have for all zune mp3 player users.

Tips For The Beginner On Acoustic Guitar

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Sep 242015
 

There are some things you should know about beginner model acoustic guitars before you pay out your hard-earned cash. This article will help you to learn what a beginner-friendly instrument the acoustic guitar is.

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The acoustic guitar is the most well-liked instrument for beginner musicians. It is simple to cart around, you can practice on it any time, and it has a very agreeable sound. The acoustic guitar also is something of an unknown quantity for anyone just starting to learn to play, so in this article I would like to come to grips with issues such as the best acoustic guitar to buy for the beginner, what to expect when you take lessons and whether or not you will need to learn to read music. If you are just starting as a guitar player, and you need some guidance, keep reading.

First you will require a guitar. An acoustic guitar for a beginner is often difficult to find. The best guitar is not too dear but painless to play. With the number of low cost, poor quality acoustic guitars being made recently you will perhaps need someone you have faith in to assist you to decide on your first guitar. If you do not know anybody to assist you choose a guitar, then it would be best to launch into your search based on brand names. There are some acoustic guitars in the average price range that are favorably recommended by veteran guitar players:

The Ibanez AC30NT is a nicely-built guitar with an exceptionally agreeable tone.

If you go to your local guitar dealer you might be able to hook up with a Fender beginner’s package containing the low priced but serviceable Fender DG-8S.

Another cheap beginner’s guitar with an excellent brand name is the Epiphone DR-100.

Takamine is another label to ponder with some fully reasonable guitars in their range. If you are constrained by your finances the Takamine G-340 is a good selection.

For a grand looking, great sounding guitar, seek no further than the Seagull S6 but it is a little more pricey than the others.

If you find yourself looking round for a secondhand guitar, look for the brand names I have mentioned.

Your first acoustic guitar lessons will doubtless be taken up with the basics of stringing and tuning your guitar. You might want to learn some guitar music theory to assist you to understand what you are doing when you begin to play scales and chords.

When you are all set up with your acoustic guitar and you have found a teacher or online lessons, you will be looking around for songs that you, as a beginner, might dream of playing. Just center your pursuit on the kind of songs you enjoy. You should find easy versions of your favorite songs that will make use of simple chords that you will still be using as you grow into a guitarist. The easiest songs will be using open chords which will only use two or three of your left hand fingers. You will be strumming or plucking all six strings, but some of the strings will be “open”, that is, not fingered.

If you are wondering whether to learn to read music or just tabs you will find that guitar tabs are the easiest way to go. A few minutes of reading will give you the basic idea behind tablature, and an online search will clear up any rough spots in your comprehension.

You will find that starting out as a beginner acoustic guitar player will not be as difficult as you first imagined, but

The Verve Intellectual Property Case: A Bittersweet Example

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Sep 212015
 

Intellectual property’s tentacles are long and strong. Maybe the largest battlefield in IP is the music industry. Composer, producers, interpreters and license owners might get unexpectedly involved in legal battles regarding the misuse or abuse of a song of their property. Sometimes it is just something as little as a sample of the song but are legal frictions can deal with millions and millions of dollars.

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Intellectual property’s tentacles are long and strong. Maybe the largest battlefield in IP is the music industry. Composer, producers, interpreters and license owners might get unexpectedly involved in legal battles regarding the misuse or abuse of a song of their property. Sometimes it is just something as little as a sample of the song but are legal frictions can deal with millions and millions of dollars.

Time is not an issue to underestimate when dealing with Intellectual Property. If by any chance, you use a song that was written forty years ago, and one of its owners is still alive, he/she can claim unfair use and suddenly, legal lawsuits can flood your desk. When working with someone else’s work, you should be extremely careful, no matter if you already got permission to use it.

In 1997, the British band The Verve sampled an orchestration in one of their songs, “Bittersweet Symphony”, from the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time”. Prior the release of the album, the group did the proper negotiations concerning the license agreement with the Rolling Stones to utilize the sample. When the album came out, the song was a complete hit and reached number 23 on the Billboard Charts. After the sudden success of the song, the Rolling Stones argued that The Verve violated their license agreement because they use too much of the sample in their song. The Rolling Stones ended up collecting 100% of the loyalties of the song. Members of The Verve argued that the Stones got greedy when they noticed the sudden success of “Bittersweet Symphony”.

As a result, the Rolling Stones sold the rights over the “Bittersweet Symphony” and it became part of many commercials and publicities. Allen Klein, Rolling Stones’ manager licensed the song to Nike and to Vauxhall automobiles. Both brands utilize the melody for multi-million dollar television campaigns. Even worse, when the song was nominated for a Grammy, The Verve was not named as a nominee, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were. This is just a little example of moral rights dealing with intellectual property. The song hit top of the charts and not one members of The Verve enjoyed a cent of its success.

If these types of situations happen with amazing groups, who supposedly are not interested in more money, anything can happen to regular people who may get exposed to these inconveniences. Get acquainted with the respective regulations and laws so that no economical issues may come up in case you are planning to use someone else’s inspiration!

The Pros Of The Zune Car Charger

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Sep 192015
 

This article is all about the Zune Car Charger. I will give you an inside look on what features this product has as well as what makes this an excellent product. There are quite a few features that outshine iPod accessories and I will tell you what they are. If your looking to purchase a zune car charger, I recommend this article before making your purchase.

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This product, the Zune Car Charger, is also known as the Zune Car Pack, and it runs around $79.99. It has tons of features that will simply dazzle you. Lets get started with that.

First off, I’d like to start off by saying who this is for. This product is for anyone who enjoys listening to music through their mp3 player in their car. Its extremely useful for anyone taking a long road trip and doesn’t want to be changing cd’s every hour or so. All in all, if you have a zune, a car, and money to spend, then this product will definitely be worth your while.

The great thing about the Zune Car Charger when compared to say an iPod adapter or something of that sort, is that with the iPod adapter you have to change the fm station to the one that you think works best for you, and then you have to change it on the adapter and so forth. But the

Zune product completely eliminates that by having auto-tuning, it will automatically tune itself into the best possible braodcasting station around, thus you will not get the best performance possible, you don’t have to do any work to get it. This also allows you to be safer on the roads as you will not have to worry about looking in weird places to adjust the station on your adapter as well as your deck, it simply does it by itself.

Another feature of this Zune Car Charger that is simply amazing is the fact that is charges and can be played at the same time. Although a lot of other adapters do the same, the idea in itself is great.

Not only are you being able to enjoy your mp3 player in the car, listening to whatever you want to listen to, you are getting full advantage of this product by also charging your mp3 player. So, now when you leave your car and you want to take your mp3 player with you, you no longer have to worry about your mp3 player being uncharged for wherever you are going.

The fm part has two different presets for those who are taking a distance trip that will be going from station to station as you travel through cities. This makes it easier on you so you really don’t have to deal with all of the busy work just to listen and enjoy your music.

This Zune Car Charger also comes with a dashboard grip pad so that you can place it anywhere on your dashboard without falling or anything. This is definitely helpful for those who don’t want to reach all the way down in the corner of the car just to change the song, they can simply grip it within hands reach and it makes it a whole lot easier.

This product is made by Zune, therefore you will know that this product is specifically made for zune mp3 players, so that it is compatible for all zune mp3 players no matter what. How unforunate would it be to buy a car charger and not be compatible with the mp3 player that you are using.

With Zune making this product, you are also ensured quality and reliability. The zune mp3 players are excellent mp3 players that many people are missing out on, and there are also going to be a lot of people missing out on the Zune Car Charger.

But, that just means you are going to be taking full advantage of what Microsoft has offered you. A great mp3 player along with a great accessory to accommodate with it. All in all, this product is an extraodinary product for anyone who loves listening to music in their car, going on a long road trip, or needs a quick charge every now and then on the go.

The Nylon String Acoustic Guitar

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Sep 182015
 

The audiences of today are still captivated by the mellow sound and expressive qualities of the nylon string guitar. Learn how you can share your feelings with the world using this beautiful instrument.

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The nylon string acoustic guitar has a softer, mellower sound than the steel string guitar. Strangely, modern audiences can still be spellbound by the depth of feeling of a nylon string guitar. It’s entirely up to you which one you choose to play. I could cite a list of artists who used either nylon or steel string for this or that record, and make a wild guess or two at why the artists made the choices they did, but the bottom line is that if you want a deep, quiet sound that doesn’t compete with your singing, the nylon string guitar is the way to go.

When you go out to buy a guitar, go past the general music store and on to your local guitar dealer if you have one. That way you will have a guitar expert guiding you and not some dufus who only plays two-and-a-half chords. Don’t let the guy in the store automatically steer you to the top-of-the-range guitars, and equally don’t succumb to your inner cheapskate. Pick a guitar that you like the look, sound and feel of, then come down in price range if you really need to.

To get some idea of the range you could be looking at, the Alvarez Masterworks Series MC90 Classical Guitar, a more pricey instrument, has solid rosewood back and sides, western cedar top with precision scalloped bracing, mosaic rosette and gold tuning pegs with tortoise buttons and sells for over $600. The Alvarez Regent, a beginner’s model, is about $150. Of course there are many grades of price and quality in between.

The kinds of music that the nylon string guitar was designed for are classical and flamenco music. Classical guitar music is classical music composed for other instruments but arranged for the guitar, and classical style pieces composed especially for the guitar or other stringed instruments. There is a wide repertoire of music composed in the medieval or renaissance eras for the vihuela or mandolin and arranged for the guitar which can be extremely enjoyable and satisfying to play. Flamenco music is a folk music of Spain, and is usually comparatively technically advanced simply due to flamenco being a “flashy” kind of music. If you are interested in exploring either of these kinds of music I suggest you go to YouTube and check out the classical or flamenco guitar videos. John Williams (the British guitarist, not the Starwars guy) and Julian Bream are two obvious starting points for classical guitar. Paco De Lucia, Paco Pena and Sabicas will open your heart to flamenco.

We can’t finish without mentioning the nylon string guitar-driven folk music boom of the 1960’s which has given us a lot of great music which can be easily picked up by beginner guitarists. The music of Pete Seeger, Burl Ives, Joan Baez or The Kingston Trio still holds some interest for modern guitarists.

So that is an overview of the world of the nylon string guitar. I hope you have found something to spark your interest.

The Mystique Of Acoustic Guitar Solos

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Sep 172015
 

The acoustic guitar is still cabable of weaving a spell over today’s electronically jaded modern audiences. This article introduces some modern devotees of the acoustic guitar.

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The acoustic guitar still holds a fascination for music lovers even after all these decades of our ears being bombarded by electric guitar music. Electric guitarists love playing with the sounds they get from different tone settings, effects, the use of the different pickups and feedback. The acoustic guitar has only the tone given to it by the wood it is made from and the skill and inspiration of the guitar player. So let us take a look at some acoustic guitar solos and the guitars and guitarists who made them.

If you do not know the name Erik Mongrain, you will find some examples of his guitar playing on video sites on the internet. I came across a very nice solo called Air Tap. He was given an acoustic guitar when he was fourteen, and learnt to play it by ear. While he learnt and experimented with the guitar he discovered the technique of sitting the guitar in his lap and tapping, the strings and body to produce music. If you go looking for him on the web you will find pdf files of his music and tutorials on his techniques.

Paco de Lucia introduced the world to a new brand of flamenco in the 1970’s and paved the way for a new generation of flamenco guitarists who were inspired by his passion for oriental scales and jazz influences. Entre Dos Aguas was an improvisation begun during a recording session because the LP Paco and his accompanying musicians were working on was short on material. The resulting rumba was a worldwide hit and established Paco as a force to be reckoned with well outside the boundaries of Spanish folk music. Paco sponsors his own line of flamenco guitars.

Back in the 1990’s MTV decided to coax guitar hero Eric Clapton into playing some songs without the adornments provided by an electric guitar and amp. The resulting album won Grammy awards, gave Clapton’s career a shot in the arm and reinvented the song Layla as an acoustic showpiece. The solo on Layla is far removed from the original theme conceived by Duane Allman which made the song a rock anthem.

In the late 1960’s Mason Williams surprised himself by writing and performing an acoustic guitar solo which became a hit and remained popular for the decades since. The tune was called Classical Gas, and is striking for its simplicity and popular appeal. Classical Gas was born in an era when instrumentals such as The Lonely Surfer, A Walk In The Black Forest and Love Is Blue were standout hits for musicians who were otherwise unknown. But only Classical Gas retains the ability to make people sit up and listen.

So if you play the acoustic guitar a little and would like to learn how to play solos, you can use the world wide web to
learn more about soloing techniques for acoustic guitar. One easy way to start is the clawhammer technique used in folk songs, or you could learn to improvise your own licks using the minor pentatonic or “blues” scale. If you are stuck for an idea on how to begin improvising or making up your own tunes, start with a nursery rhyme or some other popular melody, and begin adding notes to it and changing things around to produce something original.

The Lure Of The Nylon String Guitar

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Sep 162015
 

Many people are unaware of the beauty of the music made by the nylon string guitar. The versatility and player friendliness of this instrument make it worth considering for any musician wanting to expand his repertoire.

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As a fan of the electric guitar and an enthusiastic player of acoustic music, I would like to share some of the most fascinating aspects of the nylon string guitar to give you an idea of the beauty of this instrument as a stepping stone for beginner guitarists or as the subject of a lifelong devotion. Although a nylon string guitar fan can go on and on about the wonderful mellow sound and the potential for extracting new meaning from music, maybe we can focus on the more practical aspects of the nylon string acoustic like the different styles of music played on it and the advantages it can hold for an amateur or professional guitarist.

First let’s talk about the types of guitars using nylon strings. Many experts say the flamenco guitar with its dry sound is more typical of what a guitar was like before the emergence of the sonorous and lyrical sound of the classical guitar which evolved in the first half of the twentieth century. The flamenco guitar has always been common in some areas of Spain, and it is simply the musical instrument used by a family or group of friends to play the local folk music. The classical guitar was developed to play the classical style compositions which became popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. A descendent of the classical guitar is the basic nylon string acoustic guitar you see in music stores today. It lends itself to the accompaniment of all types of songs and was made popular in the 1960’s folk boom by artists like Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul And Mary. These artists captured the public’s imagination with their songs and planted the sound of the nylon string guitar firmly in the realms of popular music.

The sound of the nylon string guitar is much more peaceful compared to the brighter sound of the steel string acoustic. Another major advantage of the nylon string guitar is that it provides musical accompaniment to songs without distracting attention from your vocals.

By the way – did you know that players of electric guitars or steel string acoustic instruments need to develop callouses on their left hand fingers? Nylon strings are generally a little kinder to your hands. You will find that your nylon string guitar is easy to tune and you can just pick your guitar up and play it at any time of day or night without disturbing anybody in the immediate environment. Also the wider fret board allows you to play chords and single notes without accidentally touching the wrong string.

Nylon string guitars are kinder to finger picking guitarists. Anybody can learn finger style guitar on nylon strings without running too much risk of breaking fingernails, plus you will be pleased at how your first finger picking efforts are rewarded by the more beginner-friendly tone of the nylon acoustic.

Now you have some idea of the attractive aspects of the nylon string acoustic guitar, I do hope you will find some time to devote to this beautiful and, in recent times, neglected instrument.

The Influence Of Blues Guitar On Modern Music

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Sep 152015
 

This article traces the history of the influence of the blues music in general and thr guitar in particular on our culture.

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Anybody interested in modern music sooner or later asks the question, “Where did it begin?” Well, if you leave blues guitar music out, you will not have much of an answer. So let us look at where the blues came from, where it went and who it met on the way. We will also take a look at the “blues guitar sound” and how it has its unique effect on our feelings.

The blues as a musical phenomenon began around 1911 when W.C. Handy published popular songs, notably “Memphis Blues” and “St Louis Blues”, which affected the hearts and souls of the black people. By the nineteen twenties the general population were beginning to hear this new music through its influence on jazz. Early blues singers like Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday sang with jazz bands while others played with “jug bands” accompanied by fiddle, kazoo and washboard.

Of course to people like W. C. Handy who were brought up singing in church, the piano was the natural instrumental accompaniment to their songs. But the guitar is portable and always was popular so it had to have a place in blues and jazz. Blues guitar players like twelve string guitarist Leadbelly and future electric guitar player B.B. King were making sure the guitar would be an integral part of the blues. Other blues guitarists made their living in smoky saloons playing slide guitar using a bottle neck or the blade of a knife to fret the notes.

After the Second World War young artists like Elvis Presley and Bill Haley were wrapping the blues in a new package called “rock’n’roll” and the players of the electric blues guitar like B.B. King were heralding the arrival of the lead guitar, soon to be a great attraction for both musicians and audiences. Throughout the evolution of the blues the guitar had always taken its turn for solos in jazz bands but now it competed with the singer for the attention of the audience.

Blues guitar can be played in any key that takes your fancy and comes in three basic forms: eight bars, for example “Heartbreak Hotel”, sixteen bars like “Saint James Infirmary” and twelve bars like “St. Louis Blues”. For some reason the twelve bar blues form is way more singer-friendly and popular with audiences than the other two, and it is the basis of many great songs outside the blues idiom.

If you go poking around the internet you will find that the blues scales are just your garden variety major and minor scales except that the third, fifth and seventh notes are played flat. However, you may be astonished to learn that blues players managed for centuries without knowing about European musical theory. They learnt to sing and play from their families and friends just as many of the young white blues players of the nineteen sixties learnt from imitating the artists they heard on records.

And this is where the blues takes another direction. After years of imitating their idols something odd happened to the white blues guitar players in Britain and the USA. They developed their own authentic, original styles. The older blues players even began using the new arrangements of classic songs and adopting some of the unbluesy musical innovations introduced by young white guitarists like Eric Clapton. So the beat goes on. A foreign culture influences American popular music and in turn gets fresh input from a new generation of guitar players from all over the world.

The Evolution Of The Electric Guitar

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Sep 142015
 

The first electric guitars were made in the 1930’s in response to a demand from guitarists in bands whose rhythmic stylings could not be heard above the other instruments. This challenge began the evolutionary process of the solid body electric guitar.

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References to the guitar more or less in its modern form date back to the 14th century. In its infancy it had four courses of double strings and a rounded body like a gourd or a pumpkin. Its mother would not recognize it today!

Around the sixteenth century the guitar was a popular musical instrument amongst the middle and lower classes of Europe, and as it increased in popularity it began to undergo a change of shape. Luthiers began making instruments with single strings instead of courses and experimented with its form until, by the 19th century, the body of the guitar was made wider, and flattened out. In the twentieth century the wooden tuning pegs which adjusted the tension of the strings were replaced by metal machine heads. Now we have the shape that the modern electric guitar is based on.

The first electric guitars were made in the 1930’s in response to a demand from guitarists in bands whose rhythmic stylings could not be heard above the other instruments. The main problem with these electric guitars was that feedback was coming through the amplifier from the vibration of the guitar’s body. This challenge began the evolutionary process of the solid body electric guitar.

The early electric guitars had sound holes in the body that were smaller than the sound holes of conventional guitars. In 1924 Lloyd Loar, an engineer with the Gibson factory, used a magnet to change guitar string vibrations into electrical signals, which could be amplified through a speaker. Now it was possible to build guitars that did not possess sound holes but could be heard clearly through an amplifier. Amateur guitar players were able to get their hands on electric guitars through the efforts of Paul Barth, George Beauchamp and Adolph Rickenbacker who founded the Electro String Company in 1931. Their guitars resembled steel guitars, and were played in the guitarist’s lap using a slide.

Modern electric guitars are made of many thin layers of wood glued together. The top layer is often a more attractive wood to give the guitar a pleasing appearance, and the other layers are of a wood which gives a good tone such as poplar or ash. The use of laminates endows the instrument with the robust body and tonal quality that would be impossible in one piece of wood. The original solid body guitar was however, made from one piece of wood. In 1941 Les Paul turned a railway sleeper into an amplified stringed instrument. He called it “The Log”. When production of his instrument began he stayed with the conventional guitar shape to give his market a familiar image to relate to. Les Paul’s invention marketed as the Gibson Les Paul is still extremely popular.

In the 1940’s, the Fender Broadcaster Electric guitar came into the world. Nobody really noticed until Arthur Smith used a Broadcaster to record “Guitar Boogie” in 1949. After being renamed the Telecaster, it was put on the market in 1950. Another Fender model, the Stratocaster, caught guitarists’ attention with its distinctive tone and light weight. It’s still the second most popular guitar in the world.

Ibanez, Jackson, Paul Reed Smith, ESP and Yamaha have made solid body electric guitars with original designs, distinctive shapes and new materials mixed with modern technologies to produce more efficient and versatile electric guitars. Today`s electric guitars produce tones varying between futuristic music or quasi-acoustic sounds.
In the 1960’s, effects boxes introduced fuzz, delay, echo and the wah-wah sound to the arsenal of sounds available to the modern guitarist. A pedal operated by the guitar player’s foot turns the effects on or off. Now guitars contain software that lets guitars sound like other types of guitars or reproduce the sound of other musical instruments. With developments like the latest self-tuning guitars, maybe the old joke about a guitarist “phoning in” a solo will become a reality!

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