Monday, November 19, 2007

Guitar Resources: Lore

I finally took up the guitar in midlife because I wanted to be more interactive with the music I enjoyed. Once you go more than skin deep you open up a wealth of fascinating details and history on the world of the guitar, which increases the appreciation for your favorite music. Here are some resources I have used to increase my appreciation for what makes the music:

“Electric Guitars; The Illustrated Encyclopedia” by Tony Bacon covers the products and history of guitar makers from the well known to the obscure and provides gorgeous photos throughout.
“Beatles Gear” by Andy Babiuk and The Beatles Anthology DVDs really bring home how gear and techniques for live performance and recording evolved into what we take for granted today.
“Led Zeppelin” the two DVD set is a must have, especially if you are not one of the lucky ticket holders for their upcoming concert.
“Austin City Limits” Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan episodes are great. The Stevie Ray Vaughan DVD is especially interesting as it features footage from shows early and late in his career. It really gives you a sense for how he grew as an artist.
“Cream at Royal Albert Hall” is a two DVD set from their 2005 series of live concerts in London. One of the highlights of this resource is the interviews with Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker
Be sure to read the artist profiles and rock history articles in your guitar magazine of choice.

Your appreciation for music goes up when you do more than just listen to it. By taking up the guitar hobby, you are participating in the world of music and that insight serves to increase your appreciation of it. You can gauge your guitar lore knowledge by seeing how many classic rock references you can name in the movie “This is Spinal Tap”!

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