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  • Tips on Buying a Guitar Online  By :
    A number of years ago, purchasing a guitar online site unseen was unheard of. However, the internet has changed the way we do many things, including how guitars are bought.
  • Gibson les Paul  By : Jamie Hanson
    Gibson Les Paul had its debut in 1952 and took the music world in a sweep. In the Les Paul developed an electric guitar, which swiped the entire musical world and it serves the need of jazz-pop artists even.
  • Would You Like To Fiddle Around On The Violin?  By : Dale R Smith
    Have you ever dreamed of playing a violin? I think everyone has secretly had a Walter Mittiesh secret desire to play one, whether with classical music or just plain, old fiddling. One of my distant cousins learned to play the violin when very young, in fact a very classical manner. But, as she grew into young womanhood, it became apparent that fiddling was more to her liking. As a result, and much to her mother's dismay, she became a very good fiddler for hoedown music.
  • The Black Martin Guitar  By : Eddie Black
    The number one thing I look for in acoustic guitars is ease in playing on the fretboard and how close the strings are to the fretboard.This is called the “action”. I have tried out a whole lot of guitars at Guitarcenter, and I must say that this Martin, without question, has some of the fastest action of any black acoustic guitar within this price range.
  • Flugelhorns  By : Toby Carberton
    The flugelhorn is a one of a kind instrument and this article explores everything there is to understand about it.
  • First steps to playing the guitar  By : Mike Wong
    Learning to play the guitar is amazingly fun. In this article, we show you some basics guitar techniques so you can get started.
  • Ten Fun Questions About Violins and Fiddles - How Many Can You Get Right?  By : Arthur Haule
    Although the violin is one of the most beloved instruments in the world, there are many things that even serious violin students don't know about the instrument. Here are ten fun, puzzling, questions that will test you knowledge about violins and fiddles as well as those who play them. Take the quiz for your own enjoyment. Use it to gain your violin student's interest at the start of a lesson. It can even be a great ice-breaker at a gathering of musicians. I bet you'll smile at least once.
  • The History Of Gibson Les Pauls  By : Nevets Notrom
    Gibson Les Pauls have a unique history among electric guitars. In the early 1950s, Fender introduced an electric guitar, which later became known as the Telecaster - it was a runaway success. Gibson was looking to answer Fender with its own solid-body electric guitar. Thus began a collaborative effort between Gibson Guitar Corporation and Frean Donni, a noted jazz musician. Les Paul would not come into the picture until a bit later.
  • Collectible Fender Guitars  By : Nevets Notrom
    Originally named as Fender Electric Instrument Manufacturing Company, it was established in 1946 by Clarence Leonidas Fender. Its instrument models like the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass were not changed since 1950's and 1960's original styles.
  • Steinway Piano: Through the Years  By : Andrew Stratton
    Henry Engelhard Steinway was a cabinetmaker born in Germany where he built his very first piano in his kitchen. As an immigrant in Manhattan, he formed the company Steinway and Sons in 1853. The first instrument sold under the company name went for $500, a mere portion of what they are worth today. With his five sons, Henry went on to develop one of the most requested and revered pianos in the world. Royalty and accomplished musicians alike prefer this instrument above all others.
  • Piano Care: How To Properly Move A Piano Without Damaging It  By : Andrew Stratton
    It is probably one of the heaviest and most valuable pieces of furniture in your house-the piano. Whether it is an upright or a grand, it is likely the centerpiece of a room and, even if you don't play it, you love looking at it. But, you want to relocate it to a different room or to a whole new house altogether. However far you are going with it, there is a right way and a wrong way to move a piano. The wrong way can damage the instrument and affect the tuning.
  • Piano: Why Climate Control Is Important For Piano Maintenance  By : Andrew Stratton
    The piano is an elegant musical instrument that can convey and evoke a variety of emotions with a range from soft lilting tones to aggressive frenzied pounding. It is an instrument to be appreciated and adored.
  • The World's Top 5 Pianos And Why They're The Best  By : Andrew Stratton
    The world is full of fine options; but there are a handful of companies that produce the absolute best. Here are the top 5 world's greatest makers of the beloved instrument.
  • Famous Drummers and Their Drum Kits  By : Jamie Hanson
    Rock world or the jazz world is an exclusive place to find a good drummer. There are many bands whic ...
  • The Evolution of the Acoustic Guitar  By : Jay Villaverde
    Acoustic guitars are descendants of stringed instruments that were found in a variety of cultures thousands and thousands of years ago. As civilizations merged and the world became smaller, the guitar began taking on a unified shape and style. Since then, there has been a lineal evolution of several hundreds of years of instruments that can be directly compared to today's acoustic guitars.
  • The price of used pianos  By : John Jameson
    The price of a used piano is extremely high, well out of my price range. But my daughter really had her heart set on one. As she was performing nicely with her piano lessons, I truly wished to support her to carry on learning to the degree that she might.
  • 1959 Stratocaster Vintage Guitars  By : Jeremy Hier
    Mid 1959 Stratocaster vintage guitars have a slab rosewood fingerboard with white "clay" position dots. The fingerboard radius of this Fender guitar is 7.25". The bottom fingerboard is flat. Vintage Fender Stratocasters made July 1959 and after basically will have rosewood fingerboards.
  • Les Paul Vintage Gibson Guitars  By : Jeremy Hier
    Les Paul vintage Gibson guitars were first produced in 1952. These guitars were the first solid body electric that Gibson had made. The 1952 version of the Les Paul vintage guitar has a gold top nitro-cellulose lacquer finish, and no serial number.
  • Rickenbacker 4003 Electric Bass Guitar  By : Jeremy Hier
    The Rickenbacker 4003 electric bass guitars can be traced back to the original 1928 patent. This bass guitars pickup is renowned for its unbelievable clarity and wide range response. The 4003 electric model is a single, hum protected design with high power output. Adjustment screws lower and raise units according to the guitarists preference.
  • Vintage Electric Guitars  By : Seth Miller
    The ultimate form of any collectable art is by large a fine American made vintage guitar. Other than paintings and sculptors that are experienced only visually and by touch, guitars can by heard and appreciated audibly. Guitars are widely used musical instruments that are known to have a long life.
  • Know More About The Violin  By : James Hunt
    The violin is a stringed instrument that you play by pulling a bow across the strings. It belongs to the stringed instrument family that contains the same instruments as the viola, cello and the double bass. The violin is the smallest instrument in this group and the one with the highest sounding pitch.
  • Top Three Cheap Les Paul Guitars  By : Steve Morgan
    Les Paul guitars are normally priced in the thousands. If you look around there are some cheap Les Paul guitars to be found. Good cheap Les Paul guitars can be found for under $500 dollars. These types of instruments can provide years of playing enjoyment.
  • Gretsch White Falcon Guitar - Rockers Rave about this One  By : Steve Morgan
    The Gretsch white falcon guitar is top of the line - with a top of the line price. This is the guitar for professionals or long time accomplished amateurs with money to buy the best.
  • How Gibson Guitars Are Made  By : Steve Morgan
    The Gibson Guitars Hummingbird model is one of their most loved guitars. Players of Gibson guitars often wonder how the great Gibson Guitars Hummingbird model is made. Made in Nashville, Tennessee, the Gibson Guitars Hummingbird model is made much like their other models.
  • Famous Fender Stratocaster History  By : Steve Morgan
    Fender Stratocaster history begins with the man some people call the king of surf music. Dick Dale is the man who some believe invented surf music as early as the 1950's. No, it wasn't the Beach Boys. It was Dick Dale.
  • Get to Know Your Headphones  By : Ed Pudol
    When it comes to the design of the headphones, then you can choose one that will best suit your application. Clip-on headphones do not have headbands, the earpiece can easily be attached to your ears. There are also wireless headphones that are available. Ear buds are made up of earpieces that can fit the inner part of your ear.
  • Clarinet Sheet Music  By : Kristy Annely
    Clarinet sheet music is different than other sheet music, since the clarinet has a limited tone production. Unlike the piano, which is called the "mother" of all instruments, the clarinet is distinguished between various types of flats. In music, a flat is used to reduce the semitone that produces a lower pitch.
  • Gibson Vintage Sunburst Guitar - A Collectible  By : John Kain
    One of the most collectible guitars is the Gibson Vintage Sunburst Guitar. It's worth more than most guitars and is considered a high demand collectible. An early Les Paul Standard with Cherry Sunburst in original condition will usually cost around $200,000. If that's not a collectible guitar, I don't know what is.
  • Pianos: A Historical Peek-a-Boo!  By : Suzanne Macguire
    The word 'piano' is an Italian derivation of gravicèmbalo col piano e forte (literally harpsichord with soft and loud tone); later abbreviated from 'pianoforte'. Historical records credit the invention of the piano to a single individual named Bartolomeo Cristofori of Padua, Italy.
  • The Saga of Player Pianos  By : Suzanne Macguire
    The late 19th century witnessed the rise of the most important musical instrument of the time- the piano. The popularity of American music further boosted the demand for pianos, with more and more people desiring these instruments within the bounds of their homes.
  • Tips For Selecting Highly Collectible Reuge Music Boxes  By : Kim Thompson
    When you think of collectible Reuge music boxes, think of the best and most exclusive music boxes available on the market. But how you can be sure that you have indeed purchased a highly collectible Reuge music box? We�ll be covering how you can find and select such music boxes in this article.
  • A Quick History of the Drum  By : Matt Chang
    Percussion instruments are perhaps the oldest type of musical instruments in history. The voice, of course, was probably the first instrument, with percussion coming in as a close second. When you think about the drum and percussion, in it's rural beginnings, you may think of tribal beats from Africa, and maybe the Polynesias.
  • Stradivarius Violins - Made By A Famous Italian Craftsman  By : Daniel Wright
    The name of Antonio Stradivari resounds with every would-be violin player, and each is well aware that Stradivari's creations, named for him in the Latin version of his surname, are inimitably crafted musical instruments. Stradivarius violins have gained international renown both for the clarity and loveliness of the music they produce and the incredible prices would-be buyers are willing to pay.
  • Amati Violin Attributes  By : Daniel Wright
    Music has a transcendent quality that seems to connect us with our spirits. The calming, meditative power of music has been obvious for a long time. Musical instruments abound, some popular favorites being the electric and acoustic guitar, piano, drum, flute, and saxophone. Listening to a truly beautiful composition with a complex melody can literally bring us to tears.
  • French Violins - The Three Wise Men  By : Daniel Wright
    French violins are among some of the most popular old violins today. Among the more famous French luthiers of note were J.B. Vuillaume, Nicolas Lupet, and Charles Francois Gand. Let's take a brief biographical look at each of these three French and the techniques they used in their craft.
  • German Violin Maker Legends  By : Daniel Wright
    Among the most popular old violins are those from the original German luthiers. Some of these more famous makers are Jacob Stainer, Matthias Klotz, Sebastion Klotz, and Leopold Widhalm. This article will take a brief look at the lives of these German luthiers and their contributions to the world of violins.
  • Italian Violins - Masters From The Cremona School  By : Daniel Wright
    Remarkable craftsmanship is evident in the Italian violins of old. The devotion of the early Italian luthiers to this instrument is evident. One only has to listen or gaze upon a violin made during this era to see that it has earned the reputation of a "holy grail" of violins. In this article, a brief look at three master crafters from the Italian school of Cremona will be examined.
  • Collectible Drum Sets  By : Richard Romando
    Drums are considered important musical instruments because they lend vital rhythm and backbone to any type of music whether it is jazz, rock, country, pop or classical.
  • Guitars: Today's Most Popular Musical Instruments  By : Jim Brown
    The most popular musical instruments used by country music artists today are the guitars. During any performance at the Grand Ole Opry, a musician can be seen playing a bass, steel guitar, electric guitar or a guitar made from polished woods. The stage at the Grand Ole Opry will be filled with musicians that have other popular musical instruments, too.
  • Collecting Unique Musical Instruments  By : Ron McCluskey
    Those of us in western civilizations are accustomed to a large variety of instruments. However, there are many types of instruments that you will never see in any orchestra. They are, however, worth your consideration, both for their uniqueness of structure, but of sound.
  • History Of The Dean Guitar  By : Johnny Stall
    The Dean Guitar Company was established in 1976 by luthier Dean
    Zelinsky, who was only 18 years old at the time. Dean Began
    playing guitar when he was 9 years old and was restoring old
    beat up guitars by the time he was 16. He would buy an old
    Gibson SG with a broken neck, fix it, play it for a few weeks
    and then sell it. Dean Zelinsky also employed his karate
  • Guide to the Types and Styles of the Ukulele  By : Chris Robertson
    The ukulele is a very small guitar that originated from an island in Portugal called Madeira. This instrument was called "braguinha" in Portuguese. In 1879, travelers took a ship from the island of Madeira to Hawaii. Craftsmen who witnessed this instrument being played were fascinated and began producing it for Hawaiians. The instrument was nicknamed "ukulele," which actually means, "jumping flea.
  • Accordions Are Enjoying a Resurgence in Popularity  By : Chris Robertson
    Although most people can conjure up a mental picture of an accordian, many do not realize that there are several different kinds of accordions, developed over the years for specific musical genres.
  • A Brief History of Danelectro Guitars  By : Jon Blanx
    It all started in 1947 for Danelectro Guitars. The company was founded by Nathan Daniel and began making amplifiers for department stores Sears Roebuck Co. and Montgomery Ward. Nineteen fifty-four marked the first year that Danelectro started producing solid body electric guitars and amplifiers under the Danelectro name although many were sold by Sears in their "Silvertone" line.
  • A Journey To The Guitar's Past  By : James Brown
    Way before the most contemporary electric guitar came into being
    and way before synthetic materials were utilized, a guitar was
    defined most of the time as simply "with a fretted, long neck,
    wooden and flat soundboard, a flat back, with incurved sides."
  • The Piano - Key, Hammer And String - Part 1  By : Mike Shaw
    The piano, while similar in some of its features too many other kinds of musical instruments, differs materially in several important points from all other kinds. It resembles the Violin, Harp, Guitar, Zither, Dulcimer, in its being stringed. It resembles the Drum, Triangle, Cymbals, Tambourine, Dulcimer, in its being dependent on percussion for the production of its tone; and it resembles the Organ, Clarinet, Concertina, in its being keyed.
  • Different Types of Guitars  By : Patrick Carpen
    The guitar is one of the most popular musical instruments, and it has earned a world-wide fame throughout the decades for its melodious sound and tone. These amazing instruments are found in a wide variety of sound quality, playability, and in terms of overall appearance.

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