Like a Kid in a Guitar Shop

I am one of many people whose interest in music goes far beyond plugging myself into my mp3 player and absorbing myself in the hits of my favorite groups and musicians. I am one of those people who need to be actively making music and my instrument of choice is the guitar. When it comes to buying a new guitar it takes me absolutely ages to make a choice, due to the fact that when I enter a guitar shop I am like a kid in a toy store.

Like a Kid in a Guitar Shop

It does not matter if it is a huge musical instrument mega store or a small family run business, my eyes just light up at the sight of dozens of my favorite instrument just sitting there waiting to be picked up and played. Of course, you cannot just go in and point at an instrument and say, "I will have that one!" There are many tiny details that have to be taken into consideration. When choosing a guitar, first impressions count and so the look of the instrument will be the first thing that attracts you to it. Then comes the real business of deciding if it is the right guitar for me. It is all very well for the guitar to look good, but of course it has to sound good as well.

Another consideration is the guitar's 'action'. This is a guitarist's term for how easy it is to play really and is determined by how much pressure you need to exert when holding the strings down to play a chord or note. It is a personal choice and so you have to try several guitars in the guitar shop before you find the one with the best action. Well, that is my excuse and I am sticking to it.

I usually allow at least a whole afternoon when looking to buy a new guitar, because I always have to play at least a dozen before I find the right one. Admittedly it is quite often the first one I pick up, but I have so much fun playing all those brand new guitars that I cannot help myself. There are a wide range of makes and models to choose from and most music stores carry a good range of guitars in stock. You can choose from acoustic guitars, electric guitars and even guitars with 12 strings. They even cater for left-handed guitarists. I have never understood why they have to have differently configured guitars - after all, has any one ever seen a left-handed piano for left-handed pianists? If you don't believe all this, take a trip to your local guitar shop and see if I am not right.

Zoe Robinson is an enthusiastic writer in the subject matter of music, guitars and guitar accessories. The websites recommended by Zoe Robinson have been thoroughly researched and come highly acclaimed from direct experience. Take a look at a great range of guitar straps today.

by Zoe L Robinson; Thursday, March 15, 2012 @ 06:49 AM [1851]

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History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

History of the Electric Guitar - Music Technology

The fame of the electric guitar started in the big band era when guitarists wanted to amplify their guitars to compete with the large brass sections in jazz orchestras. Earlier, electric guitars were mainly made up of empty acoustic bodies with electromagnetic pick ups attached, to convert the sound into electrical energy for amplifiers.

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