April is International Guitar Month. Let’s Celebrate! Day 1

White Guitar

I love the guitar! I can’t say enough about this instrument, but I have 29 days, so I’m going to use them to share the interest that I have about the guitar with you.

bucketThe Bucket List

First, if you have ever wanted to play the guitar, please give it a try. What are you waiting for? This is an instrument that doesn’t cost a lot to get you started.

If you find the right guitar teacher, you can be playing basic chords by the end of the first lesson. Did you know that most songs are composed of only three or four chords? If you learn those three or four chords and you can play just about anything.

Acoustic Guitar

Acoustic Guitar

If you are an adult, a good type of guitar to get you started is an acoustic. They are inexpensive and they will be easy for you to play.

electric_guitar

Solid Body Electric Guitar

If you have a child at home that you would like to start playing guitar, start them off on a solid body electric guitar. This is the easiest guitar for kids.

If you are a guitar player, celebrate International Guitar Month by putting a new set of strings on your guitar.

Featured Guitarist for April 2nd

les_paul2Les Paul
Birth name – Lester William Polsfuss
Born – June 9, 1915 Waukesha, Wisconsin, US
Died – August 12, 2009 (aged 94) White Plains, New York, US
Genres – Jazz, country, blues, rock and roll
Occupation(s) – Inventor, musician, songwriter
Instruments -Guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano
Years active -1928–2009

Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, which made the sound of rock and roll possible.

Les taught himself how to play guitar and while he is mainly known for rock music he had an early career in country music He is credited with many recording innovations. Although he was not the first to use the technique, his early experiments with overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects and multitrack recording were among the first to attract widespread attention.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s, and they sold millions of records.

Les Paul & Mary Ford Show: World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

To learn more about Les Paul, visit http://www.lespaulfoundation.org/

If you live in the Modesto area and would like to learn to play the guitar, contact me at 209-380-7369.

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