NO NEED TO BUY A DRUM KIT
This Christmas there is no need to buy the budding drummer in your life a DRUM KIT.
Let me explain, …..If you have decided to become a DRUMMER !! your first and most important function is being a time keeper.. for which you will need a metronome .
The second most important thing you will need is a practice pad , this can be very fancy , ranging from a brightly coloured one , to one with a rim , for practicing your RIM SHOTS , or just a plain black flat one that will go on a flat surface , or a 14” round one to fit on your snare drum ( if and when it ever arrives 🙂
The third item you will require is a pair of sticks, in fact you will need two pairs when you get going ( a heavy pair for practicing and a lighter pair for playing. )
These items can all be purchaced in store and are not expencive , but these pieces of equipment are the basis for your DRUMMING CAREER .
Please call into the store for any further help , ideas or information, and remember …. HAPPY PLAYING from your team at ESSANESS MUSIC
The most important thing to remember about rock n roll is that its dance music . When you play rock n roll people want to dance and dancing requires a strong steady tempo and a good rhythm .
If you plan to be the rhythm guitar player in a band , then it is your responsibility to keep a solid flow to the tempo , your job in the band is very important .
The only equipment you will need is a guitar and a plectrum .Although most playing is done standing up , most guitarists practice sitting down , simply cross your legs and rest the round part of the guitar on your right thigh , you are ready to begin…
Don’t worry about tuning , ask a friend or bring it in to us and let the ESSANESS MUSIC Team tune it for you , and don’t forget to ask about any current offers in house or tips and ideas on how to improve ..
We will be holding mini workshops on all aspects of guitar playing from absolute beginner to a working ( or not depending !! ) standard.. Ask in store when the next one is …..and enjoy playing !!! The Essaness Team
Guild Serial Numbers
A question we have been asked about recently is that of serial numbers for GUILD and I wanted to help clarify the situation.
To this day no official GUILD document has been reported that would give any indication into GUILD’s early serial numbering system.
The earliest GUILD guitars that have been reported so far have potentiometer codes that don’t date back any further than the 5th week of 1953 , all of these were electric archtops.
The serial numbers of these early instruments have a 4 digits and no instruments with serial numbers below 1001 are known to exist.
Since the GUILD COMPANY was officially registered on 24th
October 1952, the start of production was announced
On 17th April 1953 , it would be correct to assume that
Setrial numbers 1000 or 1001 would be the first .
All early GUILD guitars have the serial number written
On a label, but since the M 75 did not have a label the
Number was stamped into the back of the headstock.
This does not tally with the list printed in the “ Gruhn’s
Guide To Vintage Guitars “ however the list compiled
After 1955 and further seem to be reliable , so if you
Have any queries , please let us know … from the Essaness
Team … Happy Playing .
Digital Technology attained sound reproduction never before possible for drummers looking for natural sounds from their drums.
This demand was met by having thinner shells with reinforcement rings for a full bodied natural sound ideal for recording.
For the first time the player had the freedom to choose him or her ‘s type of wood or blend of Maple Birch or African Mahogany the depth and thickness of the shells, hardware or colour to create a one of a kind to the player’s requirements.
Dozens of prototypes were made and tested using “ blindfold “ listening tests, then finally they were recorded live and praised for the high standard of balanced sound achieved .
A drum set is like no other instrument where each drum was an instrument with its own unique sound with its own thickness, wood blend and bearing edge and that was only the beginning .
Please reply or comment on any of these blogs… Happy Drumming from the Essaness Team
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 ..
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