Category: Varieties

Electric Guitar Technology 101

By: Kenny Auyoung

It is a curious paradox of the music industry: guitarists, particularly rock guitarists, are often thought of as trendsetters when it comes to fashion and culture; but when it comes to their instruments, they are notoriously conservative.

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Innovations such as active electronics, guitar synthesizers and Steinberger’s intrepid steps into the field of headless instruments in the 80’s have failed to make much of a dent in the market. Gibson and Fender continue to dominate the electric guitar market much as they did in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Even with the entry of new competitors into the market over the years such as Ibanez, Paul Reed Smith and Charvel/Jackson, the electric guitar has remained essentially unchanged with one to three magnetic pickups and a mess of wires connecting them to the controls. But things may be about to change!Continue reading Electric Guitar Technology 101

Electric Guitar Technology 101

By: Kenny Auyoung

It is a curious paradox of the music industry: guitarists, particularly rock guitarists, are often thought of as trendsetters when it comes to fashion and culture; but when it comes to their instruments, they are notoriously conservative.

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Innovations such as active electronics, guitar synthesizers and Steinberger’s intrepid steps into the field of headless instruments in the 80’s have failed to make much of a dent in the market.

Gibson and Fender continue to dominate the electric guitar market much as they did in the 1950’s and 60’s. Even with the entry of new competitors into the market over the years such as Ibanez, Paul Reed Smith and Charvel/Jackson, the electric guitar has remained essentially unchanged with one to three magnetic pickups and a mess of wires connecting them to the controls. But things may be about to change!Continue reading Electric Guitar Technology 101

Left Handed Guitars

By: Larry Green

Learning to play musical instruments is always a pleasure. Generally, the musical instruments are designed and sold for the majority of people. As most of the people use their right hands to do their work, guitars are designed exclusively for those right handed personalities.

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This does not mean that left handed people don’t deserve their own musical instrument.

If you love to play guitar, but the normal guitar is very difficult for you, then you should search for left handed electric guitars or left handed acoustic guitars according to your choice.Continue reading Left Handed Guitars

A Brief Description of Terms Used In Guitar Playing

By Courtney Pancost

It is said that the forerunner of the guitar, the lute, was created by the Greek god, Apollo. In India, it is believed that the sitar, another stringed instrument from which the guitar is descended, is sacred to the goddess Saraswati.
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And one of the most popular tales about the guitar is the story of how it was pressed into service to play a hymn of praise to Jesus Christ at a Christmas Eve mass when the organ of the church broke.

It’s no wonder that the guitar has a history of association with the divine. The range and styles of music that can be played on the classic stringed instrument is incredible.

From the intricate fire and beauty of classical Spanish and flamenco guitar to the down-home country sounds of good finger-pickin’, the guitar is a versatile and beautiful instrument.

Modern-day guitars have a hollow or solid body, a neck with frets, and a tuning mechanism that is called the machine head. They may be acoustic, or electric, and are one of the most popular instruments in the world.Continue reading A Brief Description of Terms Used In Guitar Playing

It’s Easy To Learn How To Play Fingerpicking Guitar

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Finger picking guitar is another alternative for someone looking for variety to spice up their guitar playing.

With a little practice it can be the basis for interesting and compelling solo pieces.

Using guitar finger picking it is much easier to skip strings, or to play non-adjacent strings at the same time, so there are advantages, even for new guitarists.

Basic Guitar Fingerpicking TechniqueContinue reading It’s Easy To Learn How To Play Fingerpicking Guitar