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Playing the Part and Looking the Part: What Guitarists Should Know

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017

Playing the Part and Looking the Part: What Guitarists Should Know

In today’s fast-moving, social-media-centered entertainment climate, appearances are everything. From television actors to musicians and all sorts of entertainers in between, the overall look of professionals arguably defines them more than their actual work does. For example, if an actor stars in a fantastic film, and a few days after it releases, he or she is spotted in public wearing completely unsuitable clothing (to his or her personality), one can bet that the press and social media users will have much more to say about the latter than the former. Moreover, not adopting the right look for an entertainment career can cause one—regardless of talent and potential—to never get off the ground.

The point is that professional entertainers need to look the part, in addition to being skilled.

This idea holds especially true for guitarists, who in addition to playing and performing at their best, would be wise to adhere to a few key appearance guidelines—guidelines that will maximize their appeal and potential career success.

Let’s take a look at some ultra-useful appearance tips for guitarists!

White Teeth Please Crowds

Many skillful guitarists, upon reading this tip’s title, undoubtedly considered running as far away from their computers as possible, in an effort to avoid even thinking about the dentist.

Well, these guitarists can relax—this tip doesn’t have anything to do with going to the dentist, as one can achieve impressive teeth whiteness from the comfort of home by using today’s excellent dental products. For example, pearly whytes, a review website for oral care products, offers great information on whitening strips that are surprisingly easy to use. Therefore, whitening teeth is no longer a hassle.

Briefly, the reasons guitarists should consider improving the whiteness of their teeth are straightforward and important: fans respond positively to white teeth, white teeth look much better than non-white teeth in pictures and especially in film, and white teeth contribute to the “good-looking musician” vibe that so many artists have taken advantage of.

Jeans are Relatable

While every guitarist dresses up differently in public and on stage, the reality is that determining what to wear can often be tough. Instead of going back and forth trying to decide upon an outfit, guitarists should simply stick to jeans. Jeans naturally match the “professional yet exciting” general identity of guitars, and also, can be easily related to by fans. Additionally, top-quality jeans can be purchased for very affordable prices—even from industry-leading companies.

In other words, jeans are a perfect addition to any musician’s appearance, and what’s more is that they feel great to wear and can be purchased for cheap!

Don’t Overdress

“Don’t overdress” is perhaps the most relevant appearance tip that can be given to guitarists. Especially as more and more fans begin to support one’s career, the urge to wear flashy, large, and plainly ridiculous outfits can, for whatever reason, begin to build. This is not recommended!

Guitarists should stick to relatively normal, impressive-looking clothing and overall appearances. Bluntly put, like actors, guitarists are expected by their fans to be both consistent and to-the-point, in terms of the way they look. Thus, while Lady Gaga and Katy Perry—performers—are expected to dress in exciting outfits, Jack White and Leonardo DiCaprio would draw the wrong kind of attention if they did so.

Guitarists should consider shopping for normal-looking clothing that fits their style and personality at one of today’s leading department stores!

These tips are sure to help each and every guitarist in the world attract fans, find success, and entertain as many individuals as possible.

Thanks for reading and good luck!

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How a Dehumidifier Can Save Your Guitar

Posted by on May 30, 2017

Keep your guitars in top shape by helping to preserve them with dehumidifiers. When entering into the hottest months of the year it means a rise in humidity. Humidity can damage the wood and binding of a guitar – rendering it useless if not protected. Mold and mildew also have tendencies to grow inside the body of the guitar in the steamiest, rainiest months.

Symptoms of a ‘wet’ guitar

When a guitar is exposed to high humidity, it’s referred to as a “wet” guitar. Symptoms of a guitar exposed to high humidity levels include the swelling of the wood (mostly in the body of the guitar), stress on the glue joints (separation), a rising dome and pulled strings. What’s one way to protect the life and structure of your guitar? By purchasing a dehumidifier perfect for your instrument space. At Good Air Geeks, there are some thorough reviews for whole house dehumidifiers perfect for finding your ideal dehumidifier to prevent any real damage and maintain the value of your guitar.

Why is a Dehumidifier Important?

Any time there are water droplets or moisture in the air, it can affect your instruments. A dehumidifier sucks in air, removes any excess moisture and expels dry, clean air that will save the life of your guitars. If you’re not sure which dehumidifier is best for your living/music space, check out the whole house dehumidifier reviews at goodairgeeks.com to browse a list of some of the best dehumidifiers on the market and what they can do.

Sites like Good Air Geeks has made buying a dehumidifier a simple process by providing readers with a star rating, specification details, listing the types of machines dependent on need and boiling it down to the top five favorite machines.

Whether you own a large business or small apartment, doing your research will help you choose the perfect sized dehumidifier for your specific needs. Wood, specifically timber, which is what most guitar bodies are constructed of, naturally absorb water. Once the timber is cut and cured to be made into an instrument, the wood naturally dries out but is still susceptible to water absorption depending on the environment. Protect your guitar and learn more about the ideal humidity conditions by browsing the reviews.

Better Air, Better Health

Not only will a dehumidifier protect the well being of your guitar, but it can be beneficial to your health, as well. Dehumidifiers are air purifiers, so the air you’re breathing will be cleaner and better for your body. Better yet, many of these machines are energy efficient and virtually silent, so they won’t affect recording sound and your company will hardly notice them.

Want to sleep better at night? Check out reviews of whole house dehumidifiers for smaller, noise-free machines to get a restful sleep and more productive days! Recently had your basement flood? Help prevent the growth of allergy-causing mold and spores by reading up on high-powered dehumidifiers.

Save Money

Dehumidifiers can also save you money by preserving the life of your instruments that mold could grow on in the most humid climates. Dehumidifiers are perfect for the person on a tight budget and could end up saving you quite a bit of money in the long run due to low instrument maintenance.

These awesome air-cleansing machines can also help reduce air conditioning costs when working in conjunction. The less muggy the air, the easier it is for your air conditioning system to cool down the air, allowing you and your guests to enjoy a fresher atmosphere.

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How to Enjoy Music on a Motorcycle

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

How to Enjoy Music on a Motorcycle

Going for a motorcycle ride certainly has its benefits. Riding a motorcycle allows you to clear your troubled thoughts, as you just enjoy the wind rushing by your face. Another benefit is that motorcycles now allow you to enjoy music while you ride. In the past, you would have only been able to listen to music while you rode in a car. However, recent improvements in equipment and technology has changed that. The following article discusses two different methods of how you can listen to music while riding on your motorcycle.

Ear Buds with Open Helmets

Open Face Helmet

 

As the name suggests, open face helmets leave your face exposed, and just cover your head. These have a looser feel than full face helmets, which tend to feel snugger around the face. Open face helmets allow you to wear ear buds comfortably. The best open face helmets for you will depend on your specific preferences. Some people definitely prefer this style of helmet because it allows them to hear their music while feeling the cool wind against their face. This feeling is definitely not the same if you were wearing a full face helmet. The major disadvantage with this method is the safety element that comes into play. Although open face helmets are very safe, they are considered to be less safe than full face helmets. It is true that they do not cover your face, however they do give you an increased amount of visibility.

Bluetooth Helmet

Bluetooth Helmet

Helmets have been added to the list of products that can incorporate Bluetooth technology. Riding on a motorcycle can still keep you connected at all times. While you are riding, you can get GPS directions, call a friend, or (most importantly) listen to your favourite tunes. This hands free technology is monumental for motorcycle lovers. With Bluetooth, you do not need to worry about ear buds falling out of your ear. You will need to play with the volume settings in order to find the perfect pitch for you. You may need to increase the sound in order to hear the music perfectly with the addition of the noisy wind. The major disadvantage of having a Bluetooth helmet is that you can easily get distracted. You are so connected to everything that you might get caught up in a dramatic phone call, or something similar. You will need to remember to keep your focus on the road.

Conclusion

Just because you ride a motorcycle does not mean that you need to give up your love for music. You can combine your two passions of motorcycle riding and listening to music. Ear buds with open face helmets and Bluetooth helmets are good alternatives for you. In the end, it all comes down to whichever method you prefer. If you would rather feel more of the wind in your face, you might be better suited to the ear bus with the open face helmet. Otherwise, Bluetooth may be your best bet.

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Living Happy As A Part-Time Wedding Guitarist

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016

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Since I was a kid I have always been dreaming of becoming a guitarist when I grow up. When I was 10 years old, my reason for wanting to become a guitarist was my fascination with guitars (this could easily also be the reason I am so hooked to the sygnus guitar). Now that I am older, my reason for staying a guitarist has changed. Well, of course, I do love playing guitars. For me, it is a form of expressing not only my love for music but my outlet of emotions. Guitars are usually associated with rock and roll and I dwell in that genre a lot. However, I also have great appreciation for other beautiful types of music that guitars make.

Believe it or not, I also part-time as a wedding guitarist. Ironic, you might think, but to me, it is nothing but a chance for me to balance out my life and to keep my guitar skills diverse and appreciative of everything beautiful about guitars and the art of guitar playing.

I am always proud to say that I am also a wedding guitarist and I couldn’t be happier.

Here are a few more reasons why I love my job as a wedding guitarist:

  • Decent income – My job has enabled me to have a decent income. I’ve been doing it part-time yet I have steady monthly engagements so the income stream is consistent. I am doing the thing I love the most while earning money. Isn’t that cool?
  • Opportunity to see new places – I am a wedding guitarist for five years now and I’m proud to say that I have travelled to different places because of my wedding engagement. Most of my clients marry in romantic out of town places. What I like most is that I get to travel new places for free.
  • Meet new people – Contrary to the stereotype on rock and roll fanatics, I actually love being surrounded by people. Meeting new people and gaining new friends are some of the priceless reasons of being a guitarist. They would usually come to me and tell me how good I am at playing guitars. Some even ask for my business card because they want to hire me as a guitarist.
  • Self-fulfilment- every time I play the guitar, it gives me a feeling of self-fulfilment. I have not finish my college education because of financial constraints. I don’t have a blue-collared job. However, playing the guitar makes me feel like I have accomplished something in my life. I can say that I am a born musician. I do not have any formal training in playing guitars but my love for music has brought me to where I am right now. Seeing the crowd happy every time I strum the guitar string makes me shiver to the bones.

As a wedding guitarist, I can truly say that I have done something good in my life. It gives me a feeling of joy because I get to take part of the lives of two people in love, two people who promised to share the rest of their lives.

And who knows, maybe one day I would get married to, and I know that I may not be the guitarist for the whole wedding event, I will be sure to play at least one fine tune for my future sweetheart during our wedding.

Guitarist Wedding Cake

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Music and Time

Posted by on Jun 27, 2015

Image Credit: ajournalofmusicalthings.com

Image Credit: ajournalofmusicalthings.com

There are discussions about how the music of this generation has degraded and is of lower value than the songs of years past. Some claim that the old ballads make more sense and are the “real” music because there is a decent tone, rhythm, pitch, and all other factors that categorize something as music. Furthermore they claim that today, there is just but “sound”. There is no harmony and that all these singers do lately is make a bunch of noise and say a bunch of repetitive words that mean very little or have no significant value at all.

On the other hand, patrons of today’s music call their type of music, evolution, an art and a science, that the message need not be heard in the lyrics alone, but also in the music itself. That is why when it is a song of love and passion, it sounds mellow but when it is a song of hate, there is barely any synchronizing tone or rhythm, just as how hate tends to be in the heart of a person.

Both parties of music, the old and the new, have strong points and weak points. And to argue about it would lead to nothing since all those who like old ballads will continue to like them no matter what others may say, and same goes for those that love the new generation of music.

It would help everyone, especially all music lovers out there, if they get to see that there is still something common about the old classics and the new genres of music.

For one, there is still this great devotion to write about the beautiful things like love, happiness and the girl of your dreams. It is this kind of passionate words and sweetness in music that unites all music lovers to appreciate whatever the age of the song and singer may be. Music has always been the song of love and beauty and hope hence to actually hear that in the music of today, no matter how “ridiculous” it may sound for some, the message is love and nothing can ever make that an ugly thing.

The promotion of beauty in music has also become a positive influence in all people, especially the younger generation. Music lovers are choosing to always be healthy and beautiful not because of narcissistic reasons, but because the songs are implying the value of having a good and fit body.

Another thing similar between the music of the past and of this generation is the use of instruments. While it is true that today, the music industry is more equipped with advance music technology, it still does not compare to the music that “original” instruments make, such as guitars, pianos, and drums.

Nothing can ever be the same because time is always changing and moving forward, however, if you just look deeply, you can still see that despite all the differences, similarities can still be seen and appreciated.

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Untold Tale: How my Passion for Guitar and Music Started

Posted by on Jun 13, 2015

Image Credit: jailguitardoors.org.uk

Image Credit: jailguitardoors.org.uk

When I was young I grew up with everyone around me turning heads to books. It’s not all that bad but then all I had was the outdoors. It had nothing but people and cars bringing nothing but noise and ruckus. Everywhere I turn to there was nothing but noise overlapping the sweet sound of nature.

There is a nearby jail near our old hometown and I usually stay at a local charity place to help out other people. In this place, some prisoners who are about to be set free from jail, come to this place and help out with the place, doing household chores as their form of disciplinary actions.

I do not remember all of their stories but one. There was this convicted fellow, for murder, who claims that he was set up and had to serve time that wasn’t his.

I for one do not believe anything I hear right off the bat but this guy certainly got to me. I remember the first time I saw him, he had this smile in his face that paints out bliss even though he had to endure all those years.  This smile is for certain that it is not due to his nearing freedom, it was because of something else.

I was really curious of how this man managed to keep that smile.

At around lunch time, when he had his break, I did not see him pick up spoon and fork for he had no food with him and still he smiles. The reason behind this left me in awe. It was when I saw him pick up an old small guitar that I knew how he keeps that smile. He was not alone in this world full of noise. He had his music with him all along.

I wasted no time and sat quickly in front of him without even noticing that I did this out of spite. The music he had with him filled me with joy and I felt a new passion spring out. The sounds coming out from the guitar he was holding got me mesmerized and brushed away my skepticism of this man.

I did not realize how fast time flew by or just how short his break was. He had to go back to doing chores for people leaving me still lost on what to do. As days pass by, I waited for him on the same spot where I saw him hoping that he’ll be there playing his guitar.

The week after he started teaching me how to play the guitar. My fingers are short and stubby so I never really got it at first but he did not give up on me. He spent his breaks teaching me and right before going back to his cell, he’d spend more time teaching me. This went on for a week until he was gone. I learned that he had gone back home to his family that was long waiting for him to come back.

Now I understand why this smile has never left him as it has done on me. My passion for guitars that sprang that day gave me another reason to face this world full of noise and get through the hearts of other people, using only this string instrument known as guitar.

I have built my world, passion and career through guitars, and as I start a new chapter of reinventing this string instrument, I will always remember the day that a very unlikely fellow led me to where I am. today.

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