Guitars

Combining Gears for Better Music

By on September 28, 2013

 

Many new guitarists ask themselves this question: What is more important, the guitar or the amp? The reason that they ask often has to do more with money than anything else. They may not have enough money to have top-of-the-line equipment, so they want to know which side they should upgrade first. Are they best to go out and get a $2,500 guitar and pair it with whatever amp they can get with their leftover money, or would they be better off to get a $500 guitar and then spend the money that they have left on the best amp they can get?

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The answer really depends on what you are looking to get out of your setup. If you are interested in playing intricately and precisely, about learning the craft the same way that you would learn how to play the saxophone or the flute, you probably want a good guitar. It needs to have a fast, flat fretboard so that you can hit those solos in stride. You do not want a guitar that makes you a worse player because you have to press too hard on the strings or because you cannot play it cleanly. You want it to reflect exactly what you are doing.

If you want to play in a rock band in the garage – which is what many young guitarists really want to do – you are best off with a $500 guitar and a killer amp. A lot of what you are going to be doing is just playing power chords anyway, so the guitar does not have to be as precise. You can rock out on those chords with anything for around the $500 mark, and you can get many good guitars – with twin humbuckers, whammy bars, and the like – for that price. You need to have a powerful amp so that you can turn it up at band practice, and the raw gain on the amp is going to influence your sound more than the guitar.

As you can see, it all comes down to your goals as a guitar player. Take a look at the Greenfield guitars at LuthiersCollection.com and then look up some of your favorite amps and half stacks, and add up the prices. Find out which combination of gear will give you the best results for what you are going to do with it.

 

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Music Degree

Playing Tunes with a Music Degree

By on September 26, 2013

 

Graduates with a music education degree can use their new found knowledge in a variety of ways. Some of them are teaching music to students in public and private schools. This is a nice option for teachers who prefer to instruct students of a particular age. Some teachers want to work with students who are in elementary school while others want to teach older students in high school. Find out some other favorable work options suitable for people with degrees in music education.

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Some people with a degree in music education are choosing to give private lessons. Instructors who want to choose the students they teach appreciate this option. They can teach several young students or even instruct adults. The instructor may teach music history or perhaps offer lessons on a specific instrument such as piano, violin or the drums. By giving private lessons, a music instructor can make his or her own schedule. If the person is writing a composition or trying to perfect his or her skills on a particular instrument, the lessons can take place at a time of day that allows for those other activities.

A person with a degree in music education may want to write books or articles on the topic of music instruction. This way the person will be helping other teachers to instruct students on music history, famous composers or the finer points of a particular instrument. A person with this degree as well as an interest in writing will likely find this to be an ideal occupation.

Making instructional videos is another option for someone with a degree in music education. For example, if the person has great skill at playing the piano, he or she can give lessons to beginners who want to learn the basics of piano. This can be done with practically any type of instrument. The person is using his or her skills and knowledge in the realm of music to benefit others who want to learn.

Finally, a person with this degree may want to pursue a career as a music professor at a university. This requires an advanced degree, but it is worthwhile for a person who wants to teach college-aged students. The person may even be able to work with a school’s band or orchestra as a side activity. This can be very inspiring work for someone who is devoted to teaching music in any fashion.

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