What is the best guitar for a beginner to use? Is one particular type better, or easier to play than another? New students have often asked my opinion about this. Perhaps you are wondering about it too. I think it's a really good question. Here are some of the reasons why...
The instrument you choose is going to be your close partner for several years, or maybe even life. It makes perfect sense to learn all you can about the different types that are available. After all, it is a …
A songwriting forum is a good place where songwriters can meet like-minded people and share ideas. Members can seek advice on how to improve their lyrics, promote their songs, find helpful resources and much more! As the Good Book says, "iron sharpens iron," which simply means that we grow and learn by exchanging ideas with others.
Songwriting is often a very personal experience. So being vulnerable and exposing your material may seem a bit scary at first. Even so, a forum is a great …
Did you know that The Monkees were one of the biggest acts on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in the late 1960s? Davey Jones was the front man for the group. He played tambourine and was the primary lead singer. Mickey Dolenz also sang lead on several songs and played drums. Michael Nesmith was the lead guitar player and Peter Tork played keyboard.
The band had three #1 hit songs: I'm a Believer, Last Train to Clarksville, & Daydream Believer. Take a fun trip down memory …
Out There Tour 2014
Last night (August 5th) James and I went to the Paul McCartney Concert, way "Out There" in Missoula, Montana. We thought it would be fun to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary under the "Big Sky" listening to one of the most successful songwriters of all time. After all, an opportunity to see someone of Paul McCartney's caliber doesn't come along that often in our neck of the woods.
The concert was held on the University of Missoula campus. Just behind the Grizzly …
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I grew up during the Vietnam War era. My oldest brother served in the Navy during the early years of the war when I was still very young. By 1968 my other brother and his best friend decided to enlist in the army rather than wait to be drafted. They were told that if they signed-up under the "buddy …
ELECTRIC GUITARS HAVE CHANGED THE WORLD!
Electric guitars were first introduced onto the music scene sometime during the 1930's. They began a revolution in sound and technology that still continues into our present day of computers and internet innovation.
After Rock and Roll was born in the 1950's the electric guitar began to grow in popularity. It didn't take long for it to become one of the most coveted instruments of all time.
Things really began to take off when the Beatles …
Buying a guitar is an important decision, so you'll want to know what to look for before you make a purchase. Check out this video and the article below for some tips and advice on how to make the right choice.
There are many different types, styles, colors, makes, and models to choose from. The question is, which one is right for you? How much should you spend?
If you're not careful you could end up spending a lot more money than you really need to. On the other hand, getting a "deal" may also get you a lemon.
The basic skills required for playing guitar are the same regardless of the style of music you like. However, when you're thinking about buying a guitar, you'll find some instruments are better suited for a particular style than others. Knowing your own musical tastes can help you decide whether you should buy an electric or an acoustic instrument.
For example, if you like Rock'n Roll or Jazz music, an electric guitar would be a good choice.
Acoustics are well suited for those who prefer Bluegrass, Folk or Classical music. Taking these things into consideration before you buy can help you to avoid costly mistakes.
Are you a beginner, intermediate, or advanced guitarist?
When it comes to buying a guitar for beginners, I usually recommend either a classical or an electric guitar, as they will be the easiest on the fingers.
Students with small hands might consider a 1/2 or 3/4 size acoustic or classical instrument.
Musical style, personal preference, quality and price are the key determining factors to consider when buying a guitar for intermediate and advanced players.
What is the tonal quality of the instrument?
Tonal quality refers to the unique sound of each individual guitar. When you strum the strings or listen to it being played what do you hear? Does it sound deep, bright, soft, dull, tinny? The instrument should resonate (transmit the full vibrating quality of it's sound) clearly.
How is the action?
The action of …
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