Parts of a guitar

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The electric and acoustic guitars, what parts do they consist of, below is a diagram that shows you the parts of both, Study that so you become more familiar with your guitar.

The main physical difference between the two are the thickness of the body, where the acoustic is thicker, as it is a hollow chamber, to resonate the sound, through the hole, and the electric, which usually has a solid body, and is connected to an amplifier via a phono jack cable, so we can hear it.

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Parts of a acoustic guitar on the left, and a electric guitar on the right.

Vinyl records

Have you chosen to turn back to vinyl records

What made you, make that decision. I have bought one record myself, but I am yet to buy the turntable. It is incredible to see the latest tracks coming out on vinyl and CD, so why is this happening.

Turntables are now and have been very hot topics in music. You have deep pockets, the market will accommodate you, you have shallow pockets, it will also accommodate you.

From the extreme end to the basic, they are all covered.

Basic consumer turntable

Records or Vinyl’s as they are known have been around a long time

Tension in my arm

Are you like me and have trouble with tension in you arm when playing. I am having trouble twisting my hand around to get to the right position for playing.

Are you like me and have trouble with tension in you arm when playing. I am having trouble twisting my hand around to get to the right position for playing.

Are your fingers weak, I have an answer that might help you, video coming this week.

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Guitar now tuned

Hi everyone, finally have gotten to tune my guitar, and sorry I did not get to record it, I will next time. However it was rather interesting tuning the strings.

Hi everyone, finally have gotten to tune my guitar, and sorry I did not get to record it, I will next time. However it was rather interesting tuning the strings.

Electric guitar

I started of on E string which is the top thick one, that tuned in rather quickly, and proceeded down, going through each string, however it did not run smoothly on 4th and 5th string, they both took considerable time to tune them.

I ended up solving the problem by tuning up with the tension, then released the tension, this way was the only way I found that I could tune these two strings. It seemed like I had to stretch these two strings before they would come into tune.

I have finally achieved my guitar tuning, so I will be tuning the guitar on video. do that shortly.

So lets appreciate what I am saying there, each day of practice you do need to retune your guitar, that is essential.

How does a piano work?

A piano is a beautiful but complex instrument, I am talking about the weighted key type, not the plastic keys. meaning the sounds are not computer generated, as modern piano’s do have plastic type keys on timber frames here are a few videos that might help you to understand the intricate workings of them.

The complicated workings of a piano.

So as we can see, that beautiful instrument you like to sit at and play is indeed superbly intricate instrument.

Electronics in audio

What’s an electronics page doing in a music website, well very easy answer, without electronics we would not have modern music, so as you will appreciate the two are totally linked together

How do we hear an electric guitar. Normally we patch a phono cable from the guitar to the highz input of an amplifier to hear it?. So what does an amplifier consist of.

The electronics to boost a very tiny signal of Millivolts from the guitar, up to something big enough to drive an amplifier, and finally a loud speaker, which is powered by 240 volts AC, now that really shows you I am Australian. but now you get my drift, just how important Electronics is in music.

I will not go into the subject deeply, as that area alone is massive, but I will talk basic electronics as in cables and plugs at this point, and give you links to a course you can do on basic electronics practical and theory.

Yamaha PSR-510
Yamaha PSR-10 Keyboard

Now please understand, I am not saying you need to know the circuitry of an electronic keyboard, that’s likely impossible, but just an understanding of basic electronics, even to know the difference in the plugs, what job are they intended for, as you don’t mix them around.

Open reel deck

At one stage I had two turntables and a cassette deck, then a trip to Adelaide in South Australia, which is where I live, I discovered the world of open reel decks. The open reel deck I purchased was the TEAC X10R which was complete with DBX compression system. Unfortunately I no longer have this unit. The deck below is the same model, but without the DBX unit.

There is something special about the operation of an Open reel deck, the large reels turning, the mechanical operation of the solenoids, and motors picking up speed.

I still have a fully operational JVC SVHS video deck.

We all love music

We all love music, whether you just like chilling to your favourite tracks, or you are at the other end of the scale and love to produce your own music, and that also includes computer-generated music, I will include it here, as I do have an older Yamaha keyboard PSR-510 for those who are interested, it does have midi, and yes I would love to upgrade it to USB keyboard.

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Yamaha Keyboard PSR-510
Yamaha PSR-10 Keyboard

Sitting gathering dust now I have an M-Audio Delta 1010 card which works perfectly, but of-course Windows 10 does not support it, I had some success with Linux

Let us take a small look at some of the history of recording music, as there are some incredible ways to record it but also listen to it.

Turn table, now having a resurgence
Vinyl record spinning on turntable

We have gone from analogue recording and playback, namely the record player for playback, and music being mastered on tape.

We now have the digital recording, so now we have the purists, who don’t like digital and would rather have analogue. Here we have the arguments, on both sides and will delve into both.

Learning to play a piano

There are two different type of piano I refer too, the acoustic one, which has the strings in it on a massive metal board, which are struck by the hammer, or the electronic keyboard type, which fits into a smaller space, and delivers it sound via a speaker, and is computerized.

Here is the acoustic type which we are all familiar with.

Acoustic Piano

The acoustic piano has weighted keys, and a mechanism which moves a hammer and strikes the string. the strings which are wire, similar to a guitar, are tension-ed over a metal frame, and resonate, when the hammer strikes the string.

These types of piano’s are usually miked to get the sound out to a bigger audience.

Then we have the electronic variety, they can be weighted keys, for the feel, as they are electronic, and produce their sounds via various methods, including synthesizer, or actual memory banks which have the recorded sounds on chips

You will hear their sound via a built in speaker, or patch cable, to an external amplifier, or through a mixer.

Electronic keyboard.