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guitar is a musical instrument, that both accompanies through the use of chords and as a melodic instrument that makes use of single notes. It is used in a wide variety of musical styles, and is also widely known as a solo classical instrument. It is most recognized in popular culture as the primary instrument in blues, country, pop, and rock music, and it is also an important instrument in jazz. The guitar is usually associated with a six-stringed format but variations include that of the four-, seven-, eight-, ten-, and twelve string guitars. Other variations are those of acoustic guitars, semi-hollowbody electric guitars, solidbody electric guitars as well as guitars with more than one neck (see Gibson EDS-1275). Guitars are designed, made, maintained and repaired by luthiers. Electric guitars are plugged into guitar amplifiers and many pop and rock performers use electronic effect pedals to modify the sound. The bass version of a guitar is called the electric bass.
(born 24 April 1941) is one of the world's best-known
. Born in
, Williams was taught initially by his father Len Williams. At the age of twelve he went to
to study with
. Later, he attended the
Royal College of Music
, studying piano because the school did not have a guitar department at the time. Upon graduation, he was offered the opportunity to create such a department. Being such a lover of the instrument, he seized the opportunity and ran it for the first two years. Williams has maintained links with the College (and with the Northern College in Manchester) ever since.
Anniversaries for October:
major-thirds guitar-tuning is a in which repetitive tuning chords are raised an octave by shifting all notes by three strings on the same frets (illustrated)? ... that
was one of the few people whom Jimi Hendrix invited to play along with informally, in the middle of a show? Eric Clapton ... that, while the
standard guitar-tuning E-A-D-G-B-E includes one major third amid four perfect fourths, the B-F-B-F-B-F has only augmented-fourths tuning tritone intervals? ... that the bass player
was killed by a night club bouncer, after sneaking onstage at a Jaco Pastorius concert? Santana ... the British band,
The Yardbirds, started the career of three famous guitarists, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page? ... that
s guitar, Lucille, was named after a woman at one of his concerts who caused a fight between two men that eventually led to a fire? B.B.King' ... that the
Russian guitar's open-G tuning D-G-B-D-G-B-D approximates the D#-G-B-D#-G-B-D#? major-thirds tuning ... that, on Bad Company's song "Can't Get Enough", the "ringing" guitar uses an open
? tuning constructed from C's overtones ... that
, in addition to aiding in the creation of the guitar that bears his name, was a pioneer of Les Paul multitrack recording? ... that the music of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, and Arnold Schoenberg inspired the jazz-guitarist
to invent Ralph Patt major-thirds tuning?
I use heavy strings, tune low, play hard, and floor it. Floor it. That's technical talk. ”
It's not particularly rocket science. It's a pencil and a delay pedal. ”
Trained fingers might as well be trained seals unless there’s a mind flexing behind them. ”
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