Calling all instruments and vocalist who just like music, “The new artist”.

What can we talk about on my page to keep you and other new artist coming back for more. First step I think you the new artist should submit a video performance. And allow your peers to view it and give feedback. Let’s talk about better ways to practice and what work for you and others on certain thing in your routines you or others may have or may have not used.  In turn this will be fun watching each other grow and develop into an music artist. Record anywhere I think that will bring out our best creativity. If you send it I promise I will post good or bad so look at your video yourself and be sure you want it posted.  Let the musicianship begin.

The Harp Guitar a piece of History.

You don’t see too many harp guitars in use. They’re somewhat rare.

A harp guitar can easily be described as basically a combination of the harp and the guitar, with several more strings than what you’re accustomed to seeing on a normal acoustic guitar. With a history dating back over two centuries, the harp guitar is unique. The American version is known for its hollow arms, double necks and/or harp-like frame, accommodating extra bass strings.

Back in the early 1900s, the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Company in Kalamazoo, Michigan, made harp guitars. One model, from 1919 for example, is a sixteen course style instrument with a spruce top and birch back/sides. GIbson made four styles of harp guitars from about 1903 thru the 1920s.

What makes a guitar a harp guitar? It looks like a guitar, but can have several “floating” unstopped strings that can be used for individual plucking. Typically, there’s at least one unfretted string off the main fretboard, played as an open string.

There are acoustic versions of the harp guitar as well as electric ones.

Did you know Alaska Specialty Woods offers the best grade dyer harp guitar boards made from non-figured Sitka Spruce? These boards are cut from a tree that blew down prior to 1963. With a nice grain and some occasional bear claw starts, this wood helps make for a stunning harp guitar look.

The Evolution Of The Electric Guitar

References to the guitar more or less in its modern form date back to the 14th century. In its infancy it had four courses of double strings and a rounded body like a gourd or a pumpkin. Its mother would not recognize it today!

Around the sixteenth century the guitar was a popular musical instrument amongst the middle and lower classes of Europe, and as it increased in popularity it began to undergo a change of shape. Luthiers began making instruments with single strings instead of courses and experimented with its form until, by the 19th century, the body of the guitar was made wider, and flattened out. In the twentieth century the wooden tuning pegs which adjusted the tension of the strings were replaced by metal machine heads. Now we have the shape that the modern electric guitar is based on.
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Free Guitar Chord Charts

This article will show you how to make the best use of free guitar chord charts that you can find online. As the internet changes, sites go down and new ones come up, so I won’t risk this resource going out of date by discussing where to find your free guitar chord charts, just how to use them to kick start your guitar playing.

You can easily get together a nice collection of chord charts and lyrics to your favorite songs to help you learn to play the guitar. If you feel that you should be learning a whole bunch of musical theory and how to read musical notation, but somehow feel it’s just not you, then that’s okay – start with what you feel most enthusiastic about. Once you have started to learn using guitar chord charts you have bought or downloaded for free, you might see as you go along that you will need to know a little bit about musical theory to see how chords and scales fit together. If, however, you are comfortable learning chords to your favorite songs, then keep at it.
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Easy Guitar Tabs

Guitar tabs are an easy solution for you if you have no idea of how to read sheet music but are constantly bugged by the notion that you want to be a guitarist. Guitar tabs are easy to learn and allow you to begin playing songs right away, even if you are not familiar with them. Once you have bought your first guitar, it is time to begin looking for easy guitar tab versions of some songs to find out what it feels like to be a guitar player. Which songs you need tabs for depends on how you see yourself as a musician.

Do you want to play your favorite songs chiefly for your own amusement or do you want to aim your repertoire at a potential audience? Let us look at your audience for a minute. The most popular songs in the world are all from years gone by. If you sit a bunch of people aged between ten and fifty down and play songs at them you will find some universal favorites, and they will all be old songs. If you want to please a random audience, your ultimate goal should be to have about one hundred popular songs ranging from the 1940’s to the present, but you could probably narrow the range to just include songs going back to the sixties.
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