The Sound of The Acoustic Guitar
It is generally agreed the principle of all acoustic guitars producing sound is the same, when you strike a string on a guitar you apply energy to make it vibrate.
When the string vibrates it is not enough to create sound that can be heard clearly, it can be thought of as being like a tuning fork which vibrates when struck but the sound is inaudible until it comes into contact with a mass of lower density which can then transmit vibrations in the air and becomes audible .
This is why acoustic guitars have hollow bodies that have carefully designed soundboxes . The energy of strings vibrating is transferred to the sound box via the bridge and saddle over which they pass, the sound box vibrates in sympathy with the strings to create an audible sound.
The projection and volume of the sound waves can be heard up to a reasonable distance, a simple way of showing this is to play both an acoustic and electric guitar un pluged and see the difference in volume, showing the sound box is producing the volume whereas the electric is only a mounting block for pickup’s , bridge and controls.
In conclusion the sound from the acoustic is generated via the sound box and the electric sound is produced with amplifer and speakers, Happy Playing ..
The basic shape of acoustic guitars has not changed , from the Standard flat top , the Dreadnought or flat top to the Classical. The characteristic figure of eight featuring the upper bout, the waist and the lower bout, but the relative dimensions often vary.
The smaller upper bout enhances the upper or treble frequencies while the larger bout enhances the bass or bottom frequencies . Try dropping a coin through the sound hole into the sound box of the guitar and try shaking the instrument so it rattles around, moving from bout to bout to demonstrate the sound difference.
The overall size of guitars varies from one type to another, Flat top steel string acoustic range from the “standard” size up to the larger “jumbo” size and back to the “ Dreadnought “ shape.
The Standard acoustic instrument is very similar to the Classical guitar in many ways in both shape and size. The Standard Flat top is 102cm overall, 37cm at the widest and 12 cm deep, while the Jumbo is 103.5cm overall, 41cm wide and 12.5 deep, the Classical being 98cm overall, 37cm at the widest and 10cm deep. Happy Playing .
DIGITAL PIANOS AND KEYBOARDS
Digital Pianos and Keyboards in Kilkenny can be seen in Essaness Music.
They were to make practicing and playing fun, weaving a riveting tapestry of sound worthy of a concert hall instrument.
Wether you’re a beginner or a pro, you’ll be inspired by the rich ,pure and responsive tone from the moment you hit the first chord.
The real feel of the piano and recording options together with the huge music database of voices and styles will have you playing all the time, why not call in to www.essaness.com in Kilkenny and see what YOU think . Happy Playing…
LATIN and SPANISH RHYTHMS
Up until approx fifty years ago the Spanish guitar was the instrument of choice played by the majority of guitarists in the world, it was unusual for it to be played with a plectrum as it was broadly accepted that the fingers got the best sound for the styles of music played on the Spanish Guitar.
The range of styles played on the Spanish guitar is still greater than that of the steel guitar and is still the only style accepted as a legitimate classical instrument.
The original Spanish flamenco used songs and ballads related to the area and used mostly open chords based on the 1-v-1 structure, this progression is standard in flamenco music, and is used with minor scales. An important part of the right hand technique is called “ rascuedo “ .
With the right hand fingers clenched there is a flicking motion , so that the finger nails play three or four down strokes in quick succession and the palm drops down to provide a damping effect, letting the thumb alternate with the fingers and play bass notes independently
Practice this technique and we can then move on to more styles. Happy Playing
THE ONE FRET PER FINGER RULE. In the world of classical guitar playing the concept where each finger on the left hand should be responsible for every string on that fret, a fret space for every finger, so the left hand can cover four frets, and the finger board is covered in three hand positions. Hand positions in the begining will require practice as the fourth finger will be very important as the student advances, but will become easier in time. The guitar is one of the few instruments where it is possible to play the same note in more than one position, therefore finding the best position to use is important when learning a new piece or arrangement. By using the one fret per finger rule playing a melody line will usually be easier as each finger moves to cover a new fret, first position covers frets 1 to 4, second position covers frets 5 to 8 and third covers frets 9 to 12 . Have a go at this and let us know how you get on. Talk soon, stay Classy ..
A NEW BEGINING FOR DRUMS AND GUITARS… Post war Japan and USA was a time for new influences and a generation of Jazz and Big Band players were looking for new and affordable musical instruments. Mr Katsumi Yanagisawa started in a small factory of less than 300 sq ft with 2 workers in Sumida, Tokyo on April 2nd 1946. Over in America Leo Fender had split with his partner ” Doc Kauffman ” and had started work on a new design with a clean sound without feedback problems, the result of the work was the “Broadcaster ” which went into manufacturing in early March 1948. The neck on the guitar was removable for convenience , like a banjo and could be replaced within minutes. The neck was made of maple as blonde finishes were popular then, Natural finish bodies were made of ash and painted ones made from alder. The Pearl Drum Co was making basic drum kits, marching drums, concert drums and timpani and Latin instruments and had 30 employees.