It’s 11pm on a cold Friday night. You’re in a restaurant. The meal is over and a few people are lingering over drinks. The pianist left a while ago and your attention drifts over to the black baby grand in the corner of the restaurant.
What kind of musician are you? Are you the person who comes home from doing whatever you do, and you play your guitar as a way to decompress from the day? Or are you the person who wakes up and picks up the guitar, and spends every waking second working to become the best guitar player in their area? Maybe you're a little bit of both—who knows? But one thing that I know for sure is that there is something about your playing you want to improve.
So you want to play piano. But before you can even begin to consider notes and rhythm and squiggly lines that give you migraines, you must first find an instrument to play on.
With advancing technology, more sophisticated musical instruments became possible, and during the 20th century, peaking in the ‘60s and ‘70s, the electric guitar became an institution for musicians and a battlefield of competition among the great guitar players of the era. From Les Paul to Page and Hendrix the explosive possibilities of electric guitar reached their full potential.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you have already heard the timeless adage, “Practice makes perfect.” Unfortunately, sloppy practice can likewise make for sloppy imperfections; which, too often, can turn into troublesome bad habits over time.
13-year old Rachel Rodgers of John Jay Middle School can offer an opinion on the flute player that most readily comes to mind for those of us raised on classic rock. "I've only heard him a few times," said the eighth grader of Jethro Tull, "and he's really good." Sounds a little light on the Ian Anderson, and makes you wonder what they're teaching these kids in school today?
Over time, there have been some gifted child prodigies who have used their musical talents to dazzle people and make a name for themselves. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is one of the most famous historical prodigies. There are many stories of how he entertained European heads of state during his tours with his sister, Maria Anna (Nannerl; 1751-1829), who was also a talented young musician. Young Mozart composed a wide range of works which include symphony, opera, and concerto, before he was ten years old.
Honestly, amongst my modest seven synths or so, this is my current favorite and has captivated me since it’s purchase. The filters wail, patching is powerful, and the modulation capacity is wobbly. Do not underestimate this synth for a moment. It may not be the prettiest out there, but god damn does it get the job done.
Do you own a guitar? Do you plan to own a guitar? Either way, you already know or will soon know that it’s quite an exciting and nice feeling when you bring home one. This musical instrument gives you the power to unleash your inner emotions. It helps to bring out your musical skills and creativity -- playing your first ever song on your first ever guitar is super special. If you have already played on multiple types of guitars such as acoustic, electric etc. you may already have a favourite.
We've covered where standard tuning comes from in my previous post (if you haven't had a chance to read it, here it is), and in all honesty, standard tuning is surprisingly important to being able to play the guitar. When you learn to play in standard, you're continuing the tradition of chordophone instruments, the tradition of Spanish musical history, and the history of the most popular instrument in the world. That's pretty wicked.
How long have you been playing guitar? Some people can't even remember that far back. But what if I asked you how long you've been playing in standard tuning?
Yes, we all know that if you aren't a true guitarist if you don't play one of the "Big Four" guitars (Strats, Teles, LPs and SGs). Well, I'm here to tell you that is 100 percent FALSE.