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The guitar we all know and love started taking form 4,000 years ago. The earliest stringed instruments were likely bowl harps and tanburs. Researchers think they looked something like the Chilean Bandola with a bowl-shaped body and a couple of cords tied to the end of the instrument’s neck.
Museums around the world have instruments shaped like guitars from places like ancient Samaria and Babylon. There are even wall paintings in Egypt from 1420 BCE depicting people playing instruments that look very much like a guitar. The oldest guitar known to historians was found buried with an ancient Egyptian singer and believed by scientists that it was over 3,500 years old.
To really know a guitar is to understand its history and how it has changed over the years. Thinking of modern innovations, you’re probably imagining the transition from acoustic to electric guitars. Starting as early as the 1920s, the electric guitar was made when Hawaiian and Jazz guitarists, who were trying to increase the volume for concerts, added small microphones inside their instruments. It often caused a lot of high-pitched feedback and did not give off clear audio, so it didn’t really catch on until proper amplification methods were developed in the 1930s and 1940s.
All the classic names associated with famous guitars come from this era. Names like Les Paul, Leo Fender, and Orville Gibson. These are the godfathers of the modern electric guitar. There is so much music that would not exist if it weren’t for their innovations.
When you think of rock’n’roll, you think of the guitarist standing center stage. They always bring their energy to the audience and the crowd often cheers, dances and moves with the beat. Sometimes there is more than one guitarist in the band. There are probably other instruments present too but what grabs your attention is the guitarist.
This instrument lends so much variety when it is played that it is no wonder that it is used in just about every genre you can think of. Some of the legendary Jazz guitarists like Joe Pass or Django Reinhardt played like they made a deal with the devil. You also can not forget about the rock’n’roll hall of fame greats like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton.
There are blues gods such as Stevie Ray Vaughan or B.B. King. All these artists started the same way. By picking up the guitar and trying it out. They saw other great players that they wanted to learn from and emulate. They had their goals in mind and through diligent practice, they joined the greats. Some even joined the rock’n’roll Hall of Fame.
Seeing a live show can make you want to learn to play too. Watching others play helps you pick up new songs and allows your style to evolve. With so many great music venues and halls in San Diego, it is difficult to nail down just one or two good spots to hear a live concert. There a just so many great options.
You could go to the Belly-Up Tavern in Solana Beach to see any number of big-name and local artists jamming live. You could visit Beaumonts in San Diego’s Birdrock neighborhood for their Friday night cover bands. Gallagher’s Irish Pub in Ocean Beach often has a band playing on stage which livens up an already exciting spot.
There are even philanthropies like SofarSounds.com which is a locally run organization that brings artists in all the stages of fame. SofarSounds organize a different show with different musical groups of artists at a different venue a few times each month. Sometimes the stage is at an empty warehouse, other times it is in your neighbor’s backyard.
From the bass guitar to the ukulele, listening to the strings of this instrument is mesmerizing. No matter who is playing or what genre you are listing to, live shows are a great way to spend a summer evening or picnic with a group of friends.
San Diego has an incredible live music scene. If you live here or even have just visited, you’re sure to stop at a bar or restaurant with some live music. This is some super talented guitar players like Laura Chavez who has played the Blues with Candye Kane and Nikki Hill.
There is also Will Castro who has played with the local Punk band Western Settings for years. His riffs are strong and hearty, and the songs instantly hook you in.
There are many skilled guitarists in and from San Diego. Musicians who can be seen around town, play at venues throughout San Diego, and who you can watch and get inspired to learn the instrument. From acoustic and electric to other forms like the bass and the ukulele, all these instruments came from the basis of the guitar. With different sounds from deep to soft, the guitar is always at the center stage regardless of the venue or location.
If you have dreams of playing the guitar and playing at venues to a sold-out show, then the first thing to do is pick one up. It could happen if only you started practicing. Maybe it would be helpful to find a friend that plays, and they can teach you.
But, if you can’t find a friend that plays the guitar you can also find a tutor on an online community like Superprof. The reliable built-in search engine on Superprof’s website can help you find a tutor near you in seconds. From thousands of tutors from around the world, but also just a few minutes from you.
A tutor will help you understand the ins and outs of the guitar strings and guide you to that stage you were just dreaming about. It’s easy to join Superprof and select the right person for the job with zero commitments always. The concerts are around the corner, but you just need to take that first step. Let this be your Wonderwall.
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