Renaissance Guitar History and its Contribution to the Music Industry

Renaissance Guitar History and its Contribution to the Music Industry

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Renaissance Guitar History and its Contribution to the Music Industry

 

The vihuela was an early form of a guitar. It had five to six doubled strings made of gut. This early instrument first emerged in Spain, Italy, and Portugal. These instruments were made of thin flat slabs or wooden pieces, which were curved differentiating them from earlier stringed instruments made from wood blocks. First generation vihuelas looked more like the modern guitar but they had a sharp cut on the waist making them look like violins.

 

Over the years, the vihuela has been improvised with the second generation starting around 1490 and it had eight smoother curves. Other notable features of the early vihuela included very long necks with varying shapes, top decoration, and varying placement of sound holes, pierced rosettes, and ports. They also used over two peg styles.

 

 

Contribution of Renaissance Guitars to the Music Industry

Although literature mentions the first guitar in the 13th century, the first version of the modern guitar appeared during the Renaissance. This guitar looked more like the Spanish vihuela and it had four paired strings. The vihuela remained common in Italy and Spain for the better part of the 16th century.

 

 

The Emergence of the Five-Course Guitar

The vihuela had a great impact on the designing and tuning of five-course guitars that appeared in the mid-16th century. The five-course guitars not only replaced the four-course guitars but also set the modern standard guitar tuning of A, D, G, B, and E. Consequently, the number of the frets increased from eight to ten, and finally twelve. In Italy, the sixth-course guitar became quite popular and was made by altering the nut and the bridge to fit another tune peg hole for the sixth string.

 

 

Notable Guitarists during the Renaissance Period

Luis de Milán is an important figure in guitar history. He was a Spanish Renaissance vihuelist and composer. He was the first musician in history to publish vihuela music for the vihuela de mano. He was also one of the first musicians to specify verbal tempo indications in his music. The music of Luis Milan is popular with performers on the present-day classical guitar.

 

Juan Bermudo was a renowned mathematician, composer, and music theorist who focused his attention on the vihuela. His first published work was a dedication to King John III of Portugal, which was done in 1549. In his writing on vihuela, “Perfecting the perfect instrument,” published in 1555, he mentions that his work was checked and approved by Cristobal de Morales, Royal Chapel of Granada, and Bernardino de Figueroa.

 

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Guitar Legends

Guitar Legends

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Guitar Legends

 

Ever wondered what it took for ordinary men with extraordinary music sense to reach the pinnacle of stardom. The world has witnessed the rise of many guitar players who have paved their way and reached the ultimate glory. So, what was the star material that made them the legends that they are? Of course, it must have taken the rare combination of unmatched musical genius, immeasurable dedication, and quality hard-work. They must have been through endless jamming sessions and long practice hours. After all, it’s not a joke to master this splendid skill. It pleases the way, these men rose from their plain conditions and became eternal in the history of musicians. All time great guitar stars are hard to list down; there will always be indifference for the top spots among the guitar lovers. It’s their immense amount of love and loyalty for the legends that would lead to the controversy. But there are some names that have an equal amount of following and respect among all guitar players.

 

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix is the kind of genius that he would demonstrate not only in his recording and films alone but also his stage performances would create a spell-bounding effect on the audiences. Hendrix tore apart the basics of guitar playing, dazzling the listeners with a fresh approach to sound and space innovations like the use of Univibe and Octavia effect. Few people know about a hard time that he had to go through as a child and the effort to reach perfection in his initial years. He had learned by practicing almost persistently watching others play through his tips from more experienced players, and by listening to records. Hendrix started playing from the music class to the local bands and ultimately reached the point of fame. Hendrix had started with humble beginnings and had to face lots of barriers to establish his talent and success came in only after much of frustrated experiences on the ground level.

Some believe that these men did not have to do a lot of hard work, but their success was accountable to something they had a flair for. It’s easier said than done, it’s true that they did had a rare gift of musical genius, but it requires a lot more than that, to be what they are.

 

B. B. King

B.B. King had a revolutionary yet sophisticated style of soloing that would practically influence every electric blues guitarist that followed. Kings too had to face lots of difficulties and hardships and which had forced him to go back. But the maestro returned with preparation and started working with the local bands. He soon realized that he had, what it takes to be a musical wizard, and he then formed his band. The kind of supreme conviction for his goals is something to admire. For over 50 years King has played in thousands of performances and was conferred the prestigious Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. With his matchless style, King had gained visibility with the rock audiences and continued to be cherished by his numerous fans.

 

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton first appeared on the walls of London in 1965, “Clapton is God.” Clapton started with a bang only at the age of twenty and was playing only since he was fifteen. But Clapton had already soloing with an improvisational spirit that has astounded his fans and peers for forty years. He had made an enormous contribution to genres such as psychedelic, blues rock, and heavy metal.

 

Duane Allman

Duane Allman’s contribution to the albums went on to become a part of rock history. Duane was motivated to the guitar by his brother’s guitar playing and also by attending the concert of B.B. King whose music had promptly created a spell on him. Allman had been a cheery light-spirited hippie all his childhood and his adult life. All these men have much in common; they have all strived hard to get to the top and had absolute conviction going all the way through exigent conditions. They not only showed their striking music brilliance they did it so effortlessly that it seemed incredibly easy.

 

These guitarists had an astonishing ability to express, bond with the listeners and tell rich musical tales through playing. There vibrant guitar sound integrated melody and warp and singlehandedly altered the visage of popular music. But one has to remember to that, the kind of power that these stars were able to exhibit was not just a matter of a few practice sessions, but it was tons of hard-work, after which success followed. Once they had success, it was equally demanding to maintain their places and do justice to the kind of expectations of their followers and the music community.

 

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The Guitar: History, Facts, and Benefits

The Guitar: History, Facts, and Benefits

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The Guitar: History, Facts, and Benefits

 

The guitar is a string instrument whose history dates as far back as 4000 years. Researchers associate it with the lute and oud, which are ancient string instruments. The materials used to make a guitar are plastic or wood, and in some cases, metal. Usually, this instrument has six strings. However, it can have as many as eighteen strings or as few as four.

Interesting Facts about the Guitar

• The name guitar originates from the ancient Greek word ‘kithara.’ The kithara was a popular string instrument in ancient Greece.
• In the past, people used animal intestines to make guitar strings. Nowadays, the material used to make these strings in classical guitars is nylon.
• George Beauchamp designed the first electrically amplified guitar in 1931. It went into commercial production in 1932. Today, the electric guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments worldwide. For instance, did you know the sale of electric guitars in the US in 2015 surpassed the one-million units mark?

 

Benefits of Playing the Guitar

• Learning to play different chords on it is a good mental exercise. It can even help you improve your memory.
• Playing it encourages patience, perseverance, and hard work. In other words, you develop a sense of discipline as you learn how to play it.
• This instrument helps you express your emotions and feelings through various songs you can play on it.
• Playing it is an ideal way of relieving stress because it has a positive effect on your body, mind, & soul.

 

Some of the Greatest Guitar Players in History

Jimmy Hendrix (1942 to 1970)

He is one the most famous guitar players in the world. In fact, Hendrix achieved a nearly cult-like status because of their prowess at playing this instrument. For instance, he was the highest paid musical performer worldwide when he was at the height of his career.

 

Eric Clapton (Born on March 30, 1945)

Clapton is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of his guitar-playing skills including 18 Grammy awards in addition to a Brit Award. Rolling Stone ranked him as the second-best guitar player of all time.

 

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7 Good Habits Every Guitarist needs for Success

7 Good Habits Every Guitarist needs for Success

 

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7 Good Habits Every Guitarist needs for Success

 

 

As a guitarist, you will face many challenges and difficulties. Good practice habits will help you to face these challenges and make the progress you wish for. Poor practice habits, on the other hand, lead to frustration and disenchantment, and ultimately you are likely to get discouraged practicing guitar.

Good practice habits are easy to apply. Here are four habits that will ensure you get the most out of your guitar practice and avoid the pitfalls of boredom, frustration or injury.

 

1. Change the strings regularly

There is nothing more important aspect of playing a musical instrument than maintaining it properly. Guitar strings wear out with constant use and even faster become coated in grease and dead skin. So it is necessary that you wipe the strings after playing and also change the strings as often as needed.

 

2. Little and often

Practice guitar often to build your skills quickly. Aim to practice every day, even if you have just a few minutes, pick up your guitar and practice something.

You will often find that you reach the end of your 15 minutes with plenty of questions or ideas. If you stop, these questions and ideas will feed your motivation to return and practice again as soon as you can. On the other hand, if you plug on for ages you might finish your practice session wishing you never have to do another.

 

3. Practice effectively

If you don’t have regular practice schedule, then you should develop one! Your guitar practice should comprise different techniques, slow playing, fast playing, or rhythmic playing and more. Don’t just go playing what you enjoy playing during solo practice sessions, but alternatively remember to devote some time to the stuff you find difficult.

 

7 Good Habits Every Guitarist needs for Success

 

4. Focus on one thing

The focus is an important factor in the success of your guitar learning. If you try to learn everything you will quickly become frustrated and overwhelmed.

Focus on only one style of guitar playing to learn at a time. You are very likely interested in many kinds of music that require different skills and knowledge. This is great, but if you try to learn them all at the same time you will be easily overwhelmed by the work required.

 

5. Have a routine

To have regular, short, focused practice sessions you need to know what to work on in advance. If you come to your guitar practice sessions with only a vague idea of what to work on you will waste time figuring it out.

Set aside a regular time to plan out your practice in advance. Identify the skills and knowledge you want to acquire and set practice activities for them. You can plan as far or as little ahead as you want. At a minimum, it’s a good idea to map out at least one week’s practice.

 

6. Keep an open mind and ear

Only because your favorite guitarist uses a Marshall stack or a Mesa Boogie combo, and just plays a Fender Stratocaster or say a Gibson Les Paul does not mean that you have to do what he does. All of the prominent player’s sounds are always unique and exclusive, and it goes beyond just the equipment used. Think of the diverse sounds produced by for example Jimi Hendrix or Hank Marvin and even Eric Clapton – they are all Strat players but all sound different from each other.

 

7 Good Habits Every Guitarist needs for Success

 

7. Fun

It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking only of your shortcomings and the things you want to play “one day,” when you are a better guitarist.

If you don’t keep in touch with the fun of playing guitar, though, learning can become a drag. The best way to have fun is to make the most of the skills and knowledge you have today. Simply play your favorite songs or find other musicians to play and learn with. Don’t worry about your mistakes, and don’t wait until you are a perfect guitarist before you play.

 

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Idolizing The Prominent Guitar Players

Idolizing The Prominent Guitar Players

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Idolizing The Prominent Guitar Players

 

There are a vast number of people, whether they are guitar players, or simply lovers of music, that have their very own guitar heroes. It is these heroes that may have inspired you with music and given you the motivation to learn how to play the guitar.

Below are some of the prominent guitar players who have compiled groundbreaking profiles in the history of guitar playing.

 

George Harrison

This famous guitarist was a member of the Beatles. He remains to be idolized by many people for his skill of guitar playing, even after he left the Beatles to proceed with a solo career. He is remembered for being a great man who played the guitar with a huge amount of emotion and feeling. He is also regarded as among the greatest guitar players of all time in rock and roll.

 

John McLaughlin

This great guitarist is known for his rock and jazz music. Even though he had many roles in the music field, it was his guitar playing that excelled him and made him famous. He started playing the guitar as early as age 11 years, and he made a great discovery in the music industry with his guitar playing.

 

Robin Trower

This British guitarist became an idol in the 1970’s. He became well known for his unique tone and felt along with a touch of the blues. “Bridge of Sighs” was one of his famous albums, which is considered to be the best among his many albums.

 

Randy Bachman

This guitarist was a member of two highly famous Canadian bands by the names of BTO and Guess Who. He is not one of the most known guitarists, however, he has made remarkable contributions to the music industry and guitar playing. His talent for writing, as well as his guitar playing, is also second to none and has contributed with these in the success of the above named two bands.

 

Carlos Santana

This famous artist received his fame, not only for his voice but also for his lead guitar playing. His music consists of a blend of Latin, African, blues and rock rhythms along with percussion. He has produced top quality albums and also won a lot of awards in the music field. One of his records which should be listened too, which is in the bracket of top selling music, is the “Best of Santana.”

 

There remain to be other guitar players who serve as deserving idols or role models when it comes to playing the guitar. The important thing about such guitar players is that they make large contributions in influencing individuals to love and enjoy music through the guitar. They are role models to beginners and serve as inspiration as well as aspiring professional guitar players.

 

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