First and foremost you need to look at your instrument. Take a good long look at it and answer this: is it an electric guitar or an acoustic one? For those of you who did not know — yes it does make a difference. There are musicians who prefer acoustic and there are those who prefer electric.
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For them the gauges of the string sets are different. For you too, they will be different, so make sure you are looking at the right type of strings, dedicated to your instrument. Now that we know the basics, here comes stuff that is a little more detail oriented. The gauge of your strings determines the fullness of sound they produce and the ease of play.
The thing is that blues loves itself some thick, saucy sound that feels tangible. At the same time blues guitar players enjoy bending and in general playing with their notes. This means that a certain level of malleability is appreciated. This means that most blues guitar players will find the medium gauge the most comfortable for them.
That is 0. Now there are still those who like to make life harder for themselves. These people will sway between light and heavy gauges. Whichever you choose there will be a tradeoff — the easy bendability and high malleability of the light gauge strings comes with a flatter sound and much less durability. The opposite is true for heavy gauges — they will be much harder to bend and play with but they will produce a much thicker tone as well as be much more resistant to your picking. The material you should definitely consider making your strings of is definitely Chrome.
The tones produced by this material are very warm and less resonant, giving you the chance for much more speed in your playing. This does not mean that other materials are much worse — in actuality you can use any material you like for playing blues music, it is just chrome is more prevalent in the genre thanks to its characteristics. After going through the list of the best blues guitar strings and the general discussion about them, you might find yourself picking up a set or two. You might find yourself sitting in a room, full of light, smoke and silence.
You will stare down your guitar as you string it up, reflecting on what you have been doing wrong up to the very point in time you are in. Guitar techniques, musical riffs, chords, tones you found to be not good enough to compare to the greats that once were. You might find yourself wondering, why you keep playing, day in day out, when you cannot achieve anything those before you have already achieved. You will keep playing something, but you will not feel like it can compete. Now that might not make a lot of sense right now, but think of it this way: the man was not trying to measure up to anyone.
He was not competing with anyone. He did not try to play fancy guitar because his guitar playing was not intended to impress anyone who came before or after him.
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His music existed only because he wanted to play it. It was his own child that was created for the sake of himself, enjoyment and fun. It was pure musical genius because it was a musical reflection of who he is. Take a pointer or two from him then. Admiration does not mean you have to compare yourself, it means you can learn from them and build upon them. It means that you have the chance to use their influence to build something unique. Escape will close this window.
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Add to cart. Almost gone. There's only 3 left. There's only 1 left. Item details Handmade. It is much easier to learn to how play a cigar box guitar than it is to learn how to play a regular 6 string guitar. Delta Blues and early American Folk music that was played on these homemade guitars was created by people who most often could not read music.
Nor did they know any music theory or what chords and keys were. Many of them could not even read the written word! The truth is you DO NOT need to know any math, chords, or complicated music structure to play great sounding 3 string cigar box guitar. If the people who played old time Blues music did not know music theory or complicated math, than neither do you.
On this DVD I will explain early American music from the 's to the 's and how to play it on 3 string guitar. We are going to learn and study lessons that I have broken down in small learnable step by step building blocks that we will then put together to achieve that heavenly Old-Time Delta Blues sound.
I remember when I was younger, I was trying to learn from some slick Hollywood type "Blues" teacher. When he talked it sounded like he had a mouthful of marbles. He spoke clearly, but it was all just a bunch of babble to my ears. Needless to say I never learned a thing from his lessons. I was Not the type of person who could grasp, "it's a G chord with this note divided by the root and added with a minor 7th, I remember thinking to myself, "How am I ever going to learn? I found it too hard and frustrating to learn by looking at confusing fingerings or colored dots or watching fretboard farts by some fast playing music teacher who was using big words and fancy math.
I needed clear English! Now flash ahead up to today.
I have been building and playing guitar almost 30 years. I picked up the guitar and fell madly in love with it at 16, I am now I have been building and selling cigar box guitars for 12 of those years. Red Dog Guitars All of those years of experience playing and building only cigar box guitars has given me a higher understanding than most people about 3 stringed instruments.
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If you want to learn to play great 3 string guitar, the biggest tip for success I can share is "how to hear and think" in simple terms. Most of those pro Blues music teachers make it way too complicated than it needs to be. This DVD is not like the other standard "hard to learn" courses that every one else has. I will explain how to play guitar in clear everyday English. I offer correct explanation of the techniques, how to TUNE the guitar correctly, and how to get a truly authentic and vintage sound, and on your part, you will only need patience and practice.