True improvisation on a musical theme is playing variations during a performance. During a performance it gives the musician an opportunity for expression , when we hear musicians jamming in the shop in a relaxed setting and we find it gives them an opportunity to push themselves , no matter what their level is and whatever style be it on acoustic , electric or classical guitars.
When we set up a guitar in our workshop it will be tailored to the customer and his or her requirements in respect of style of playing gauge of string and action required on the instrument. We would have a profile of the customer if they are regular or they have just walked into the shop.
After gathering the information to build a profile of the playing style of the customer and then and only then do we go to work to deliver the standard of quality that is a trade mark of the shop, no matter if it is a “ Full Monty” which means we check the action, intonation, polish and buff the body and lemon oil the neck and a new set of strings for €15.00 or a full or partial refret with structural or cosmetic work to be carried out we would give a quote and authenticate the work after it is finished.
All this just to be able to jam or improvise… but we feel it is important to “ Get It Right “ policy as Eric Clapton remarked “ The only planning I do is a minute before I play I try to think of something that will be effective , but I never sit down and work it out, but if the instrument in my hands is performing to its ability that’s all I can ask for.
Happy Playing from all the team in ESSANESS MUSIC
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 ..