Where To Go Once You Are Serious Guitar Player

How do you go about finding the right musicians to join you once you learn to play the guitar. If you are lucky, then you already know lots of people to choose from in your musical circle. But that is usually not the case, and you have to find a reliable source for qualified people. One of the first things you want to consider is what type of music you want to play. Just in the main avenues of Rock, Folk, Country, or Jazz there are lots of subsets that need to be looked at as well. Then there is the feel of the music. In Jazz for example, there is Bluesy Jazz which is a lot more soulful. And there is also a more modern jazz which is upbeat and new age.

modern jazz group

Both forms of Music are jazz, but they had different moods that are portrayed in the music. So when you start interviewing potential band mates, you will want to get their feel on what types of music they like to play. While any two musicians can jam together with no problem, if you are looking for long-term partners then you might want to take this into consideration. The next thing you will want to consider is their position in the band. What I mean by that is are they a leader or a follower? For instance, if you are a lead guitarist and you bring on a bass player, are they a rhythm keeper or do they like to have their sound take control of the song. That means that the bass is a dominant piece of the tune and provides a powerful melody.

If your style of guitar is mostly easy going you may be drown out but such a player. You want to make sure that once you start writing together that there is an equal balance within all parts of the band. Another form of the word position could be seen as levels of responsibility each member takes. Is one of you more of a songwriter and developer while the other can take lead or following position and just pretty much offer support. When you have these two levels working together that is a match made in heaven. But on the other hand if you have two leaders or two followers, there could be a control issue once you start playing your music.

bass players

When J Kois was an online drums player, he was looking for a guitarist to back him up. It turned out that he found someone who offered the same kind of intensity, and they balanced each other out perfectly. Had one been more dominate than the other, it would have caused some problems. One of them would have had to changed, or the music would have been off.

These types of conversations are uncomfortable to have when you first meet someone, but getting these issues out into the open can save you a lot of time and aggravation in the long run. You may want to start such partnerships very casually at first, that way if it doesn’t work out, no long-term commitments were made.

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The History of the Guitar

history of the guitar

It’s pretty hard to find where in history that music began it has always been a fundamental part of culture.  Instruments in history are a little easier to find their origins.  It’s interesting to wonder who came up with the idea of the guitar and what they were thinking at the time.  There have been variations of stringed instruments around for hundreds of years.  What did the first guitar look like; the craftsmanship that went into making it must have been exquisite.  Let’s have a look back in time to the history of the guitar.

The history of the guitar

The earliest mention of the guitar goes all the way back to the 8th century where it was originally called a tavern instrument.  Of course these guitars were a whole lot different than what you can expect to see today.  Speculation is that the original guitars came from Spain, but we can only go back as far as the 15th century in the history of guitars.  The guitar arrived here in America with the original Spanish settlers.  Most people didn’t even take the guitar seriously as an instrument until later in the 16th century.  The original guitar only had 4 strings it wasn’t until the 17th century did guitars have 6 strings.  The mid 1800s showed the guitar being more widely used in music concerts and in shows.  Steel string guitars didn’t make an appearance until the 19th century and that’s when guitars started looking more like what you see today.  Here is a look at the guitar throughout history.

Modern guitars

In the 19th century guitars were firmly established and they were a part of everyday music.  Manufacturers started sprouting up and creating all different types of guitars.  Acoustic and electric were the two staples of guitars being made, though there are dozens of variations of each styles.  In the 1930s Gibson start building the flat top, arch top and electric guitars.  Blues musicians love the arch top with its steel strings.  Electric guitars grew in popularity among jazz and rock musicians who loved the amplified sound.  You can credit the electric guitar for much of the evolution of modern music.

In modern music the guitar is arguably the most important instrument in the band and the manufacturing of guitars is a billion dollar industry.  Guitar collectors pay some serious cash for famous guitars and limited edition productions.  The guitar has changed music completely and there are few other instruments with the same impact on music as the guitar.  While music will continue to evolve with time, and the guitar will continue to play an important role.

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How to Buy Your Very First Guitar

How to Buy Your Very First Guitar

This is the year you are finally going to do it, you’re going to finally learn to play the guitar.  One problem though…you don’t actually own a guitar.  So you’re ready to go shopping and get your first guitar, the only problem is, you know very little about buying a guitar.  We’ve got you covered!  Let us show you how to buy your very first guitar.

What type of guitar

The type of guitar you choose will ultimately depend on the type of music that you want to learn to play.  An electric guitar is going require that you get an amp too.  If you plan to be the next rock n roll star then this is the type of guitar you want.  Acoustic guitars on the other hand play a more clear and distinct sound.  If Jazz, Folk or Blues is more your thing then the acoustic guitar will be perfect for you.  Classic guitars sound a little more mellow and this is more commonly found in Folk music.

The strings

As a beginner be fair warned you are going to have sore fingers after practicing.  Nylon strings will be slightly easier on your fingertips in the beginning.  Your fingertips will eventually develop calluses and that is a good thing, it will make playing a whole lot easier.  For the beginner start with medium light gauge strings for your acoustic guitar.  As you progress and get better you will try different strings and develop your own preferences.

The neck

You probably don’t realize but the width of the neck will also be a factor in the guitar you choose.  Classic guitars will have a thicker neck and it could be a bit of a challenge for a beginner with small hands.  Acoustic guitars will have a narrower neck and be easier to play.  The height of the strings from the neck will also be a factor, the higher they are the harder they are to press down and get the sound you want.

The case

If you want to transport your guitar around safely then you definitely need a case for it.  The case provides protection for your guitar and there are two different options, soft case or hard.  The soft case is fabric and padding and it has a zipper opening to slide the guitar in and out.  The hard case is much heavier but it will protect your guitar from pretty much everything.  Of the two the soft cover will cost you less but it doesn’t give you anywhere near the protection of the hard shell.  The choice will depend on your lifestyle and whether you will playing away from home often.

The price

The price of a guitar can run the gamut from a few dollars all the way into the tens of thousands.  If you’re a beginner trying the guitar for the first time a custom built guitar isn’t necessary.  You can even pick up a half decent one second hand.

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