Most serious guitar players can precisely describe their first guitar. They can tell you what it felt like as they ran their hands down the smooth wood and how it sounded when they first started strumming those beginner's chords. The musician feels an intimate connection, and many guitarists speak of "that one special guitar" like it was their first love.
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Many guitar players obsess over the major gear in their rig: guitars, amps, microphones, and effects. While those items do the heavy lifting, the smaller choices in gear can still have a major impact on the sound and performance of any musician. Sometimes it’s the way the strings react to the magnets in the pickups, sometimes it’s as simple as the texture of your guitar pick. Every piece of gear matters, and we all have our preferences—some even cause heated debate!
Why record at home? The reasons can be as diverse and detailed as modern music genres. Freedom, cost savings, and creativity are just a few of the reasons to start tracking on your own today. Having a home studio, however minimal, can simultaneously give you instant results and the luxury of more time.
Music is extremely powerful. From the time we are in our mother's womb, it molds and shapes us, affecting our development and mood. Later in life, music reflects and alters our emotions in a way nothing else can. One real way that music changes lives is by helping to heal past trauma and even cope with mental and emotional disabilities.
What is your first association with the violin? It’s likely of priceless antique instruments being played in grand orchestra halls. Though this scenario certainly does exist, the world of the violin is much more diverse. Contemporary musicians use it in electric and acoustic forms, with string, pedal, and amplification choices to create memorable performances and stretch the boundaries of its sound in the studio.
The acoustic guitar can be used for much more than ballads and singing Kumbaya around the campfire. Rock, folk, experimental, and even classical musicians are breaking new ground with the acoustic guitar. Whether you are a newcomer, or a skilled guitar player looking to explore new sounds, the range of instruments (and what you can do with them) has never been greater.
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When it comes to selecting the right amplifier for your electric guitar or bass, it pays to be particular. Your amp can make a huge difference in the sounds you have at your fingertips. Some would argue that choosing the right amp is just as important as choosing the right instrument.
Regardless of your specific drumming ability and the type of music that you play, buying a drum set is a big decision. It is easy to either keep it too simple, pick up a three- or five-piece drum set, and just not think about it again, or to make things too complicated by getting wrapped up in the dozens of decisions that you can make about various types of equipment. Whether you are in the process of buying your first drum set or you're interested in upgrading a few key components, you can get some great insight about drum gear from some professional drummers.