Tag Archive: guitarists

The History of Blues Guitar

Blues Guitarists

Blues Guitar: History The Blues is a genre of music originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States, including Mississippi, around the end of the 19th century. It developed from roots in slave songs and incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants and ballads. In the early 1920’s and 1930’s, guitarists like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Robert Johnson, and Lonnie Johnson ruled the roost as the most influential performers. They used slides to play their music. These slides were usually made from knife blade or the broken or sawed off neck of any bottle were christened as bottle necked guitar. Rooted in African tradition, this became a fascinating aspect of the Blues guitar music that seemed mostly unaccompanied and…
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Reviews of some Great online guitar lesson websites

Guitar players today are much luckier than when I was starting. Not only are there more great quality guitars cheaper than ever, but you can also find huge amounts of information, help and lessons on the web for every ability and style – some free and some paid. The problem is that there are almost too many guitar lessons to choose on the web. To add to the confusion, the quality varies hugely. Anyone with a guitar, a webcam, and a YouTube account can put up a so called lesson… but that doesn’t mean they are good or useful! As LeftiesGuitars helps left handed guitarists (actually any guitarist) make great guitar and gear choices, we thought we would review a selection of online guitar lessons….
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Should You Learn to Play Right or Left Handed Guitar?

Right handed or left handed guitar

If you are a lefty and thinking of taking up playing the guitar, should you play right or left handed? Hopefully this article will help you answer this tricky question! A lot of right handed players would say go right handed, but how would they know what is best for a lefty?  If you hadn’t driven a Ferrari would you be qualified to give advice to on what it’s like to drive one?  Obviously not, and the same applies to the guitar! So hopefully this article will clear everything up……. Should You Play Guitar Left Handed or Right Handed? Only you can answer this question!  Don’t let anyone tell you that one way is better than another, try right handed and left handed guitars for…
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7 of the best Left Handed Folk Guitarists

The Gipsy Kings

In this article we highlight 7 of the very best left handed folk guitarists in the world. Cesar Rosas Cesar Rosas is one-half of the legendary group Los Lobos’, and is known as one of the great left-handed guitarists to grace the music scene. Los Lobos’ (Spanish for “the Wolves”) is a multiple Grammy Award–winning American rock band from East Los Angeles. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. They gained international stardom in 1987, when their cover of Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” topped the charts in the U.S., the UK and several other countries. Though his choice of guitar has changed over the years, he usually…
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Review of GuitarLessons.com FREE online guitar lessons. Nowadays, anybody who wants to learn how to play the guitar is basically faced with two options. You can choose between getting a private tutor and taking online guitar lessons. One reason why the second option is the most favored is because it`s cheaper and more convenient. In a lot of cases, the lessons are totally free. There are lots of online platforms for learning to play the guitar but today we are looking at guitarlessons.com. We shall discuss some of the major features of the site as well those that we think make it a great option. However, where necessary, we will also point out the downsides of using the site. It’s for everyone Guitarlessons.com is one…
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Check out Express Guitar. To be honest Express Guitar is probably not one of the best guitar courses but for the price it’s not a bad choice. It consists of downloadable PDF books, audio MP3s and YouTube videos. I would say it is mainly for beginners but some more experienced players will find it useful as a refresher. The course is the work of Mike Hayes, a professional guitarist and instructor, who started playing for country dances, concerts and parties at the age of 13. Over the years he has shared the stage with many top international acts including rock guitarist Phil Emmanuel, jazz great George Golla and renowned Hawaiian guitarist Jerry Byrd. He also has a lot of experience as a tutor having begun teaching others in the late…
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Review of “Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath” Tony Iommi

Iron Man Front Cover

Iron Man: My Journey through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi was born 19 February 1948 and is an English songwriter, producer, left handed lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath. As left handed guitarists go, Tony Iommi is unique in more ways than one! Without him and Black Sabbath there may not have been heavy metal!  Also, while working in a factory as a teenager, he lost the tips of the middle and ring fingers of his right hand in an accident; an event which crucially affected his playing style – how many guitarists play with plastic fingertips? Only the one and only, Tony Iommi! This book is Tony’s story of his life (although…
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Review of Left Handed Guitar Fretboard and Chord Chart Instructional Poster

Left Handed Guitar Fretboard and Chord Chart Instructional Poster

Review of Left Handed Guitar Fret board and Chord Chart Instructional Poster This is a fantastic poster / chart for any beginner or intermediate left handed guitar player. The instructional guide is a great size to hang on the wall or have in your guitar case so you have it for easy reference wherever you practice, it is much easier than having to flip through a book. This chart shows the notes of the guitar on the fretboard and an easy to understand chord chart which includes the most used major chords and their minor and 7th chord variations. Of course this information can easily be found in books, but here it is on one easy to read chart! If you want to play like…
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Review of Moz Left Handed Full Size Thin Body Black Acoustic Electric Guitar package

This Moz Left Handed full size thin body acoustic electric guitar is beautiful and this package is perfect for students or beginners. It has a truss rod adjustable neck for you to tone better. It a very clean sound and is both powerful and beautiful.  It is not a cheaply made guitar. You will love its reliable quality, craftsmanship and enjoyment of playing! It could also be a wonderful gift for you or the one you love! Whats included:- Black Finish with Specially Designed Photo Quilted Top Left Handed, Cutaway Design, 2 Band EQ,  and Truss Rod Adjustable Neck Rosewood Fingerboard, Rosewood Bridge, Selected Honduras Linden Top, Back and Side Overall Length: 41 inch, Thickness:3 inches, Scale Length:25.5 inch, Nut Width:1.69 inch, 20 Frets  Durable…
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Fender CD-100CE Dreadnought Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar Review

This guitar looks great and sounds great finger picking or with a pick and has a very crisp, clean sound. The body, and make-up of this guitar are excellent as you would expect from a Fender, so it should last a long time – probably longer than me! The built-in tuner feature is amazing as well as the tone and volume adjustments.  For the price, it would be hard to find a better sounding guitar. What Fender say about the CD-100CE Left-Hand The left-handed CD-100CE dreadnought cutaway delivers great sound, looks, feel and value, with a natural-finish spruce top, and mahogany back and sides. Upgrades include a new black pickguard and mother-of-pearl acrylic rosette design, rosewood bridge with compensated Graphtech® Nubone™ saddle, white bridge pins…
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