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A Brief Overview of the Acoustic guitar

Guitars have played an important role in music for thousands of years. Over the years, they have evolved changing to suit the needs of a different genres and musicians. It was through this process of evolution that the classical guitar eventually become the acoustic guitar. Most historians believe that the acoustic guitar, as we’re familiar with it, has been around for anywhere from 100-150 years.

At first glance, the current classical guitar and the acoustic guitar don’t look all that difference. In fact, visually the only real difference appears to be the strings. The acoustic guitar is strung with tightly wound steel strings while the acoustic uses nylon strings. Where the two guitars really vary is the sound. Due to the steel strings, the sound produced by the acoustic is both brighter and louder than that created by the classical guitar. The better sound is why so many country singers and bluegrass pickers favor the acoustic guitar.

It’s hard to see until they’re placed right beside each other, but the body of the acoustic guitar is a bit bigger than its classical cousin and it also has a more slender neck. The reason for these subtle design changes is so that the guitar can withstand the incredible amount of tension the steel strings place on it.

Most popular genres of music strive to incorporate acoustic guitar into their songs, and some genres, such as country, folk, and bluegrass will even have songs where the only instrument accompanying the singer is the acoustic guitar. The range of sounds a good guitar player can produce with an acoustic guitar is truly incredible.

Choosing the Best Bass Guitar for Acoustic Concerts

If you are in the middle of putting together a band with the idea that you’ll be touring the country and putting on acoustic concerts, you’re going to need to make sure you take your time and select instruments that provide the best sound. One of the first instruments you should start with is an acoustic bass guitar.

Since you have your sights set on performing acoustic concerts, you will want to stay away from bass guitars that are made entirely out of laminated wood. While these are affordably priced, they don’t provide the best sound. In the long run, you’ll be happiest with an acoustic bass guitar that’s constructed out of solid parts.

When choosing a bass guitar for your band, you need to make sure that you’re purchasing a bass that compliments the hand size of your bass guitarist. Their hand size will determine how large or small the guitar’s neck needs to be.

Next you need to think about the style of the bass guitar’s body. Most bands are a happy with the sound they get from a guitar with a solid body, however if you like to play lots of toned down country music, bluegrass, or folk tunes, you be happier with the sound a bass guitar with round, semi-hollow body.

Most people are happiest when they choose a bass guitar that has an enclosed machine head. The reason for this is that the unit resists rusts and holds up for several years worth of hard playing.

The final thing you need to consider is how the guitar sounds. Some just have a richer sound than others, and in the long run, you’ll be happiest when you pick one that creates exactly the sound you love.

Acoustic Music Makes a Comeback

There was a time when any acoustic music was really difficult to find. It seemed like even the most traditional artists had decided to use at least a few electronic instruments in their arrangements. The good news is that this trend is changing and now there is a place for high quality acoustic music.

While kids today might not think that the acoustic music sounds good, those of us who grew up listening to it, know that there’s a richness to music that can’t be created with anything other than acoustic instruments.

One of the things that has thrilled many older musicians, is that some of the rising stars have embraced acoustic music. A classic example of this is Brad Paisley. While you’ll find plenty of non-acoustic pieces on his albums, he does a good job of making sure that there’s some stunning acoustic work mixed in. He even managed record chart topping acoustic hits, When I get Where I’m Going and Whiskey Lullaby into fan favorites. Both songs are simple, sound traditional, and will bring a tear to everyone’s eye.

Another powerful acoustic song that recently soared up the charts was Sugarland’s Stay. Not only did this particular piece deal with an evocative subject matter, it also made heavy use of an acoustic guitar and Jennifer Nettles’ powerful voice. It’s an acoustic masterpiece and you have to give the band, who rarely uses acoustic music, credit for realizing that the only way to make the song resonate with listeners was to strip it down to the basics.

Not only has Little Big Town done an excellent job of creating and recording some phenomenal acoustic music, they have also taken many popular songs, including songs recorded by Maroon Five and Lady Gaga, and recording them as acoustic pieces which can be found on YouTube.

Finding Music For Everyone

When you are a part of family like mine, it is rare that you will find yourself without access to music from one genre or another. What I mean by this is that my family loves music. All of us could spend hours listening to music even the baby who is barely a year old to my grandmother who comes to visit us a few times a week. If you walk by our home and don’t hear music of some sort, then you know either we are sleeping or something is wrong!

But there is a catch to our love of music and that is that we don’t all agree on the best type of music. For my husband and I, the best type is the kind that we grew up with and the new music that most resembles that type of music we grew up on. While the others in our family may tolerate it, they definitely don’t choose it over other types of music. Our littlest family member prefers songs sung in cartoon character voices which can lead our oldest child to leave the room quickly.

The other kids really like listening to anything, but they thoroughly enjoy show tunes. I don’t know where they get this from, but I have a sneaking suspicion it could be from Grandma. The funny thing is that Grandma is the one who likes every single type of music that we play around the house. So often the best way to make sure that everyone gets a turn listening to what they like is to let Grandma choose the songs when she is visiting. It is kind of fun now knowing what kind of music you will hear next!

Learning The Acoustic Guitar

I have always desired to play a musical instrument. I have always thought it would be fun and exciting and even a great way to meet new and exciting people. So when I was in the 7th grade I bought my first drum kit. I played those drums for years and I actually became fairly decent at playing the instrument. But it was not the instrument that I wanted. I wanted a cool way to meet girls and so I knew that I needed the guitar. I liked the electric guitar but I thought the acoustic guitar might be the best way to go since it could be played anywhere and at any time. So I talked my parents into buying me an acoustic guitar and I started trying to play it. The thing I learned right away is that this instrument is very different from the drums. With the drums you keep the beat and you offer filler for the rest of the band. But when the guitar is involved it is the main attraction.

Learning to play the acoustic guitar was very hard and I must admit that even to this day I have not yet fully understood the bets way to play it. I can play a few chords and I can pick a few notes but I still cannot play a shred or even a really cool song. So here is what you need to know about the whole process. First, you need to fight the urge to play your favorite songs. This will do nothing to help you long term. You need to learn music theory as well as music itself. Once you are able to find and play the individual notes on the guitar you will be able to play anything. Do not limit yourself to one song when you can play hundreds. Playing the acoustic guitar is fun and liberating but it will require time and patience.

Who Doesn’t Love Acoustic Music?

From the time I was little I loved hearing my dad play the guitar whenever we had a family gathering. The whole family love music of all kinds, but sometimes it seemed that that the simpler the music the better. After I was grown up and out of the house, I decided that I wanted to play the guitar so my dad, being the great person that he is, gave me his old guitar. Though I am still learning, I love to sit down and play the guitar when I need a pick me up.

If that doesn’t work, I know that there is one other thing that will surely do the trick. I had to find a place that offered acoustic music to its listeners. Thankfully there are plenty of places like that around here. Most are local coffee shops, but no matter where I go to listen to some local musicians play acoustically, I love the music that I hear. The sound is simple and easy to listen to no matter what type of mood I am in.

Of course if there is no live music to listen to, I have a great collection of music at home that gives me that same great feeling. Acoustic music definitely has more heart and soul than other types because it is so raw. It is hard to hide or fake real passion when all you can hear is a voice and a guitar. Just listen to the acoustic version of your favorite song and you will instantly know what I am talking about. I find it very difficult not to prefer acoustic songs over the alternate versions.

Acoustic Guitar Calms The Soul

If you have a hard time relaxing and you need to listen to calming acoustic music you should head down to your local music store to purchase a cd of all acoustics. Many times there are kiosks even in local department stores that have all kinds of acoustic music to choose from. At these kiosks you can listen before you buy so that you know you are getting music that you will love.

Music in general is very calming to the soul, but there are some forms of music that outshine others when it comes to being relaxing. I personally think that Acoustic music is one of the most relaxing forms of music out there today. If you don’t believe me, go and listen to someone play the guitar for about 30 minutes and see if you don’t come away with a more relaxed soul. I love to listen to my nephew play his guitar because it relaxes me so very much. He is currently in Nashville trying to make it as a musician.

Another way to enjoy calming acoustic music is to purchase a guitar and learn how to play it. This way you can calm down any time of day or night when you feel stress is about to overtake you. It may take some time to learn but once you learn you will be able to play for others and help them to relax as well. Who knows you may find that you love to play and that you have found a new hobby or even a money making talent. It never hurts to try something you have never tried before, especially when it has the potential to relax you.

Acoustic Music Is Very Calming

Music in general is very calming to the soul, but there are some forms of music that outshine others when it comes to being relaxing. I personally think that Acoustic music is one of the most relaxing forms of music out there today. If you don’t believe me, go and listen to someone play the guitar for about 30 minutes and see if you don’t come away with a more relaxed soul. I’m telling you it works! Better yet, why not put on some acoustic music at your next massage hour and see how good you feel afterwards!

If you have a hard time relaxing and you need to listen to calming acoustic music you should head down to your local music store to purchase a cd of all acoustics. Many times there are keyosks even in local department stores that have all kinds of acoustic music to choose from. At these keyosks you can listen before you buy so that you know you are getting music that you will love.

Another way to enjoy calming acoustic music is to purchase yourself a guitar and learn how to play it. This way you can calm yourself down anytime of day or night when you feel stress is about to overtake you. It may take some time to learn but once you learn you will be able to play for others and help them to relax as well. Who knows you may find that you love to play and that you have found a new hobby or even a money making talent. You never know unless you give it a try! You have nothing to lose but a ton of stress!

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.