Sunday, August 21, 2011
What's This??? A Grandpa Guitar?
This one is just a little thing for the guys and gals who have never ever picked up or let alone played an acoustic guitar, also known as a "Grandpa Guitar." Sometimes people over look the power of playing an acoustic and think it's wimpy. If you pick up an acoustic and just have yourself and the guitar, you can sound balls to the wall powerful, sad, happy, mean and every emotion known to man without an amp or any effect pedals. Playing an acoustic makes you use your hands to make feelings. Having just the pure sound of wood really makes you make a note count. Your left hand vibrato can sing and scream. Your right hand and make it delicate or make it scream. Even some of the best known electric players had some great acoustic moments. Even the the makers of metal had some beautiful acoustic moments. Black Sabbath's Toni Iommi had songs like "Laguna Sunrise" and nothing is like the acoustic end to "Symptom of the Universe." Guys like Bob Dylan make a career of acoustic songs. Some great delta blues can be played with nothing more than a slide and an acoustic guitar. Check out some of the great blues tunes by the great Robert Johnson. Playing an acoustic can toughen up the ole finger tips too. Playing those thicker strings will make man calluses appear (after some blisters) on the tips of your fingers. Tons of great old time country songs are on acoustic too. Name any Willie Nelson tune. Listen to it. You will hear Willie *cough cough* smokin up that acoustic. You can hear an acoustic sound heavy too. Proof of that is Alice In Chains. Listen to their unplugged album and tell me it doesn't sound heavy. With all these examples of how awesome an acoustic guitar is go get one and get to playing it!!!!
Here is Laguna Sunrise by Black Sabbath http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psm13jUwULo
Here is some Robert Johnson Hell Hound on My Trail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVgH9JqSnQ
And Alice In Chains Sludge Factory http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxtesggCuY