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The electric bass is similar in both appearance and operation to the electric guitar, but is actually a descendent of the upright acoustic double bass. The double bass had long been an integral part of the jazz rhythm section, but the increasing need to compete with amplified instruments – not to mention the transportation problems caused by its sheer ...

Source: The Illustrated Complete Musical Instruments Handbook, general editor Lucien Jenkins
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An electric guitar usually has a solid wooden body with no acoustic resonance. All the sound is created by the vibration of strings being translated into electrical signals by pickups and then amplified. History The modern electric guitar has its origins in the Hawaiian or steel guitar, particularly popular in the 1920s and 1930s. These instruments were the first examples ...

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The electric steel guitar (also known as ‘Hawaiian guitar’ or simply ‘steel guitar’) is a solid-body, steel-strung instrument that relies on pickups and amplification to produce its sound. It has its origins in the Hawaiian music of the late-nineteenth century and is similar in sound and playing technique to resonator guitars such as the Dobro or National. Playing Technique The ...

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with only a shallow waist. In the Baroque period, players seem to have switched over to an instrument with six courses (six or 12 strings), which remains the standard guitar configuration. The instrument at this time became less like the lute and makers invariably built guitars with flat, rather than curved, backs. Tuning varied, but seems to ...

Source: Classical Music Encyclopedia, founding editor Stanley Sadie
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The guitar is a plucked stringed instrument played resting on the lap. Although it has a long history – thought by many to reach as far back as the ancient Greek lyre known as the kithara – it is best-known today in the design of the Spanish guitar-maker Antonio de Torres Jurado (1817–92). The modern or classical guitar developed from the ...

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The term ‘guitar synthesizer’ refers to a system consisting of a guitar controller interfaced to a synthesizer sound-module. Such instruments afford the guitar player access to not only synthesized (or sampled) emulations of guitar sounds but also to a vast array of electronic tones and instrumental simulations. In this way, the guitarist can bring techniques, such as string bending ...

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, the vihuela was among the accomplishments of both Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile; it seems to have been an instrument of the elite. The name of the guitar has encouraged some to trace its origins to the ancient Greek kithara. The biggest question, however, is whether it was adopted from Arabic musicians or was already native ...

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Illinois. He learned violin in elementary school, continuing with the instrument in high school, before playing acoustic bass for three years in an orchestra and later teaching himself guitar by ear. Jones studied art and sculpture in Los Angeles before working in a Hollywood character shop sculpting models. His work appeared in several movies, including Ghostbusters 2 and ...

Source: Rock Guitar Heroes, consultant editor Rusty Cutchin
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Master of guitar-generated sound effects, Adrian Belew (b. 1949) makes his Parker Deluxe guitar not only sing but also scream, squawk, roar, tweet and talk in elephant tongue. Best known for his time in King Crimson during the early Eighties as comic foil to Robert Fripp’s relatively nerdy straight man, Belew is one of the most ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guitar Heroes, consultant editor Rusty Cutchin
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new techniques to the vernacular. His use of banjo tuners with carefully placed stops to enable mid-phrase pitch modulations is downright revolutionary. And while capo use is common in fingerstyle guitar, Legg’s employment of custom-made partial capos, slotted capos and half capos is as singular as it is mesmerizing. Finally, his pitch modulation via string bending on chord ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Guitar Heroes, consultant editor Rusty Cutchin
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1988 Iron Maiden: Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son 1997 Psycho Motel: Welcome To The World 2010 Iron Maiden: The Final Frontier Personalities | Steve Stevens | Billy Idol to Guitar Idol | Guitar Heroes ...

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In 1974 he joined Chick Corea’s band, Return To Forever, remaining until 1976. In RTF Di Meola was first noted for his technical mastery and fast, complex guitar solos and compositions. Di Meola built on his reputation with his first solo album Land Of The Midnight Sun (1976). He branched out to explore Mediterranean cultures and acoustic genres ...

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had more style and presence than Albert King (1923–92). At 6ft 4in (1.93m) and 250lbs (113kg), he cut an imposing figure onstage. Equally distinctive was his Gibson Flying V guitar, a right-handed instrument that King played left-handed and upside down. This gave him an unusual, tormented sound when he bent the strings on his fretboard. He also used ...

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in Leominster, Herefordshire in 1943. The son of a musician, Lee started his musical career on piano, but like many of his generation, took up the guitar upon the arrival of rock’n’roll, inspired in particular by Buddy Holly. He played in various bands after leaving school at the age of 16, before becoming lead guitarist ...

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power trio’s 20 studio albums have achieved gold sales. Born Alex Zivojinovich in Fernie, Canada, in August 1953, Lifeson grew up in Toronto and received his first guitar at the age of 13. He drew inspiration from the usual crowd of guitar heroes, like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, and in the autumn of 1968, ...

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