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Christmas Music Helps Melt The Blues Away

Are you starting to feel the holiday blues? Are you dreading Christmas because you simply cannot afford to buy your loved ones what you know they want? I know, I am in the same boat right there with you! You know what can help? Music! Christmas music is the BEST way to stay in the holiday spirit even if you don’t have the means to make Christmas awesome this year as far as gifts, you can make it a happy fun time for all by boosting your mood with Christmas music!

I started listening to Christmas music in my car almost a month ago! Believe it or not I found a station that started airing Christmas music that early! I was sort of down this year because I don’t have a steady job that will allow me to be able to purchase the items my daughter wants so I began listening to Christmas music very early on. I am glad that I did because my daughter and I are having the best time this holiday season just enjoying the moments each day. Sure Christmas morning may be a bit slim, but our hearts are full of fond Christmas carols and the fun and excitement that surrounds Christmas. I was just telling her today that I am having a blast making cookies, watching Christmas movies each night with hot coca and spending quality time together singing Christmas carols as we drive down the road and she agreed this is a fun happy time of year. She knows that we don’t have the money to get her a lot of presents, but she is enjoying the season regardless because the Christmas music has made our hearts as happy as a lark!

About Shenandoah Acoustics

Thank you for visiting Shenandoah Acoustics. This website was started by an acoustic music artist in the Shenandoah Valley. We believe that acoustic music is an art that is often forgotten in today’s age of advancing technology. That’s why we are going back to the basics and renewing America’s love for acoustic music. By featuring the best musicians and acoustic bands to showcasing upcoming concerts and tours, we’ll tell you about all the latest acoustic music news here at Shenandoah Acoustics.

If you are interested in learning how to play an acoustic instrument, we’ll help you with that as well. You will find articles explaining various instruments and we’ll give you tips on how to find a great instructor to give you lessons. If you love acoustic music or you just want to learn more about this old style of music, we invite you to join us as we learn more about performing arts here at Shenandoah Acoustics.

The Death Of Acoustic Music

Over the years there has been much written regarding the rise and the fall of the music industry. Some have argued that online sites such as Napster and LimeWire are to blame for the fall. Others will argue that the taste for music has changed and the industry has not been able to keep up. While these are all fun things to talk about, the reality is that the music industry has gotten away from music itself. Gone are the days of a person simply strumming their guitar and singing along. Instead we are force-fed groups of people that we are told are popular, pretty, and that we need to imitate. Nowadays the musical industry is interested in selling an idea instead of a song. This is why people like Brittney Spears and Nikki Manaj are famous. They are not artists. They cannot even carry a tune. Instead they offer a glimpse of what some would call beauty.

Real music was born out of the love for music. Carrying an acoustic guitar on your back, strumming it when you could, and simply enjoying the music where the keys to musical success. Those days are gone. The only way to save the musical industry is to allow it to die. Allow the corporate CEO types to suffer a great loss. Once the scene dies completely it can be remade into what it should be. Allow the electronic devices to go away and you will be left with an acoustic set that no one can rival. Acoustic music was the beginning and it will be the rise of a new generation.

Electronic vs. Acoustic

In the world of music there is always going to be a battle between the electronic folks and the acoustic folks. Some will argue that they are the same but the reality is that they are worlds apart. I personally am a fan of the acoustic sets but I also have a deep respect for the electronic folks as well. I enjoy the electric guitar but there is no replacing the acoustic models. If you are new to music then this might seem petty but if you are a regular or if you have years of experience then you understand the conflict. Acoustic music is a form of music that does not rely on the power of electronic distortion. That is all you get with an electronic guitar. When you use an electric model you are simply running your music through a set of wires and a box and thus you are left with a distorted signal of what your music use to be. Acoustic music is much different. Acoustic music forces the player to be more accurate and more precise.

If you are torn between the love of electronic models and acoustic models, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, what is the sound that you are going for? If you are trying to recreate a thrash metal band or if you are going for a Metallica sound, some will tell you that you need an electric guitar. But the reality is that you can play the same types of music with an acoustic. Acoustic models are not as loud but they will play the same music.

Searching for The Right Guitar

When it comes to guitars there are literally hundreds of choices that you could make. Guitars are very similar to cars. There are some made in other countries, there are some that are made in the United States, there are some that are expensive, and there are some that are cheap. In reality, if you are looking for a great guitar then you are going to have to spend a large sum of money. Great sound is not achieved with sub-par gear. The first step to finding a great guitar is weeding through the garbage. This might mean that you should shop around for the best guitars. Spend some time at the local guitar shops. Ask the local band players what they play. Always seek outside advice before making your purchase. There are also a few other areas that you need to address as well.

What type of sound are you going for? What is the look that you are after? Are you interested in electric models or acoustic models? I would suggest that you go for an acoustic model simply because it is more versatile and the sound is universal. Everyone enjoys an acoustical guitar. Further, if you can play the acoustic you can play the electric. Finally, when searching for the right guitar you need to be true to yourself. First, understand your ability. If you are a newbie then you need to purchase a guitar that you can learn on. Do not try to mimic someone else. Be true to yourself and to your music. Second, don’t go crazy buying items you do not need. A simple acoustic guitar can and will deliver all that you need.

Nirvana Unplugged

In 1992 there was a new wave of music that was starting to take the country by storm. The younger generation, known simply as generation X, was tired of the typical musical scene and they were aching for something that they could identify with. This is when Grunge rock became very popular. Some will argue that Grunge rock was a fad and that it was not very good, but history will show that this form of music not only inspired a generation but it revived an industry that needed new blood. Nirvana was the face of this new music scene and they were hugely popular. Based out of Seattle Washington, the group became famous almost over night. The front man was Kurt Cobane. He had crazy guitar skills and his voice was much different than anything on the radio at that time. He had the whine of a Bob Dylan but the power of a David Lee Roth.

The real high point in the careers of this band was in 1992 when they performed live on MTV. Many have played MTV before but none had ever played in an unplugged environment. This simply means that the music was acoustic. It was a raging success. The ratings where huge and the people loved the new music. Acoustic music has a smoother tone and it allows the user to really feel the music. Instead of being suppressed by electronics the music is allowed to freely flow. If you have never watched this scene from 1992, you need to search for it. It might just change your opinion of acoustical music.

My Acoustic Guitar Lessons

I am a 67-year-old man that has never been able to play any type of musical instrument. I have always wanted to play music and I have even dreamed of playing. But the real ability to pick up a guitar and learn the music has always been a fleeting aspect of my life. It wasn’t until recently that I even thought it was possible for me to ever play the guitar. There are several reasons that I would give. The most common reason would be that my fingers where to big and I could not adequately hold and pluck the strings. However I have recently decided that life is too short for me to have regrets. I decided that I wanted to learn and I made the investment to make that dream a reality. I recently bought a new acoustic guitar and I signed up for lessons at my local guitar center.

The guitar is an amazing piece of equipment. I wanted something that would last so I decided to buy a Martin. It was expensive but I figured that if I spent a large sum of money I would be more inclined to actually see the process through. The lessons have been going great and I have really been progressing through the chords and the notes. I have really taken up with the songs of Bob Dylan. I love his music and it brings me back to a time in my life when things were easier and much more fun. I am excited about this new journey and I can’t wait to play a song for my new fans.