Monthly Archives: January 2009

Fresh sound of old time Americana–on guitar

“I get young girls at my shows and they sit there screaming at me. It happens all the time. I’ve no idea why, it’s a mystery. I’m old enough to be their grandfather! It’s a miracle what playing a guitar does – it transforms you into someone else. I just wish it had transformed me 40 years ago…” Read article here.

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Guitar Hero VS real guitars

It seems that at least some guitar manufacturers are asking the question: shouldn’t real electric guitars be as easy to play as those plastic push button guitars?

Why are they still making guitars with “real” strings that are difficult and boring to learn how to play and really make your fingers hurt? What is the point? Do we still slaughter our own cows? Dig our own wells? Work in the turnip fields for 18 hours a day, six days a week? No. Buttons have proven themselves to be much easier and more efficient…We demand piece-of-piss-to-play button guitars now. And pre-programmed “hurdy gurdy” guitars that actually play both louder and faster the harder you crank the handle. And living guitars made out of pain-sensitive clone flesh with screaming Jagger-lipped mouths at the end of the necks that vomit a milk-like substance over the first five rows of the baying crowd at the end of each particularly impressive guitar solo. Read article here. (Note: please allow for at least some tongue-in-cheek context.)

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Guitar breaks

All is quiet. It is eight o’clock on Sunday morning. Through the frosty windows of the Barnett Hill hotel and conference centre, in Guildford, Surrey, the countryside looks like a Christmas card. Suddenly, the tranquillity is shattered as a hail of guitar notes is forced at breakneck speed through some kind of distortion effect…the weekend begins with everyone introducing themselves, stating their influences and explaining why they are there. “My name is Edward, and I have been playing since time began, but I know nothing about the guitar whatsoever,” says Edward, whose e-mail name, it later transpires, is axewarrior. “I’ve been playing the same solo for 30 years,” says another grey-haired chap. “I’d like to get some fresh ideas.” Read more here. And go here for Guitar Break–The Guitar Getaway. Yes, and there is a Guitar Break channel, from which the following video came:

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