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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Electric Guitar

While there are many who claimed to be the ‘father of the electric guitar’ they were actually designed by those who already made the instruments and not hobbyists or someone messing around with a new design. The first one was introduced to the world in 1931 and was designed by a man named George Beauchamp. It was a one piece cast aluminum design that looked like a frying pan and it met with some success, so much so that the company went on to create other models, one called the Electro-Spanish Ken Roberts which allowed musicians a full 25″ scale with seventeen frets that were apart from the fretboard. They only produced a handful of these guitars, however and it is thought that only ten are still around today.

In the era of big bands that dominated the music scene generations ago, the guitars needed to be heard with the other instruments, not drowned out by them. You may think that the first documented recordings then were from a big band, but they weren’t. Instead, they were from Hawaiian-style players back in 1933. The sounds lent themselves to jazz and blues and that’s where we find some of the most influential guitarists, those who transcend time and are considered the greats of the genre.

Names like Alvino Ray, Danny Stewart, George Barnes, Lonnie Johnson, Les Paul, Memphis Minnie and T-Bone Walker besides many more were all early proponents of the new fangled electric guitar. Many artists today still credit them for influencing their style. While musical tastes change, these early entrepreneurs took a simple instrument and made it into something we all can relate to, whether we play or not.

Insecure Lines From Songs

On this track from Hatful of Hollow Morrissey claims “I know that I’m the most inept that ever stepped.”

She’s So High by Tai Bachman

The son of Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and Bachan Turner Overdrive scored a Top Ten hit in the Nineties with this tune, in which he asks, “What could a guy like me ever really offer?”

Rocket Man by Elton John

The early Seventies witnessed rock and roll’s fascination with the planets and the stars, as David Bowies sang about an oddity in space while Harry Nilsson gave us a tale about wanting to be a spaceman. Sir Elton contributed this ballad, which concludes with the refrain “I’m not the man they think I am at home.”

Substitute by the Who

Pete Townshend wrote the line, and Roger Daltrey delivered it with all the power that made him the voice of the quartet. “My fine looking suit is really made out of sack,” the chorus explains.

It’s Not Meant To Be by Tame Impala

Kevin Parker could probably warrant several examples in this category, but the highlight would be a track from Inner Speaker. He finally concedes that “in all honesty, I don’t have a hope in hell” after several unsuccessful attempts t convince himself that the girl might like him.

Always by John Gorka

The folk singer often takes a light approach when discussing depressing topics such as loneliness, aging, or even death, so it should be no surprise that he would land a lyric on this list. “Try not to get too jumpy, or you will face will get lumpy, and you’ll start looking like me” he warns in the second verse.

Guitar Accessories

String cutter

The string cutter and winder are useful tools for those that needing to change the guitar strings. The guitar string is often longer than needed and cutting the excess means there is less left hanging around the tuning pegs.

Tuners

A crucial step to complete before playing the guitar is to tune the musical instrument. This is possible by using one of the many tuners. One of the most precise options is to use the electronic tuning device. A clip-on tuner is very easy to use and simply mounts to the headstock of the acoustic or electric guitar. They are designed to detect the frequency of vibrations and ignore any background noise to make a really useful and accurate tool.

Humidifier

A purpose made guitar humidifier is a practical piece of equipment for the owner of an acoustic guitar. This type of guitar is made using multiple pieces of thin wood which in very dry conditions can start to crack or warp. But, with the proper humidity range maintained in the storage area of the guitars, there is less need to worry about this type of damage. Also, the need to use a humidifier isn’t so necessary for those that use an electric guitar.

Inspirational Female Singers

One of my favorite inspirational singers is Jennifer Russell. Jennifer combines the high mysticism of Mother Mary and numerous other ascended masters and angels with the soft sounds of piano. She plays piano in a very beautiful way. Of course her CDs are layered with bass, guitars, string instruments, drums and angelic voices. The result is songs that make your soul sing. She has an abundance of releases- ‘Lie down in that grass’ (one of my favorites), ‘One with the One’ (another favorite), ‘There is Only Light’, and so many more. A lot of her songs will draw the listener right into a meditational bliss. I often listen to her music while driving long distances. Her vision has to do with empowering the world through songs that open the heart. Go ahead, Google her!!

Another one of my favorites is Gia Ciambotti. Her powerful, sultry voice immediately moves the listener. Her song ‘Right as Rain’ blends spirituality with daily human experience. It gives me a sense of peace and easy-going joy. Gia is one of those artists where you feel like you’ve known her for years at the first meeting. She is always right in the pocket with her sometimes raspy, sometimes angelic voice. I highly recommend her!

Georgia Anne Muldrow is another incredible female musician. Her voice emanates hip-hop, jazz and a variety of vibrational sounds that blow me away. Her song ‘Great Blacks’ is nothing short of transformational. With lyrics like ‘My direction has shifted from being ignorant and gifted suicidal and explicit to being humbly committed and prayerfully submissive to the source of all existence’ you just know that she’s an incredible force to be reckoned with… And with her mom being the amazing Rickie Byars-Beckwith, we know she’s got it going on.