Why is it that guitar is always thought of as a screaming producer of noise?
Hi, my name is Jack Avarice, or so that is my name in my band. We normally play rock but we sometimes will go to jazz clubs or something like that. Everywhere we call they ask how many guitar we have(dont know why tho). We have three. A rhythm, a lead one and a lead two. When they recieve this information they immediatly say sorry night is booked. Finally we asked someone why and he replied with a dry: "Because guitars are so noisey." Noise?!?! That seems to be the stereotypical thought about guitars. And while some of us will blame music of today we must also look back to the history of the guitar.
The guitar is derived from the medevil lude. It came from Europe where it was also transformed into the now classical guitar. Classical arepeggios are some of the most beautiful things you ever wanna hear. Those, combined with finger picked chords make the classical guitar okay.
Now after much research and advances in technology guitars became electric. The sound was a bit different but not so that it sounded bad. As more of a blues feeling began to emerge thus came the begginnings of rock. When rock started to get popular more people would experiment with the guitar. All kinda of technigues were used, and with the use of pedals and modulators the sound of the guitar would be changed forever.
As the rock scene moved up there became more controversy with guitars. And to add to the controversy a man by the name of Jimmy Hendrix came to the scene. Picture Woodstock '69. Some of you either dont know all about woodstock or nothing of it at all but that is where Jim played the unforgetable version of the national anthem. This giant solo was madepossible with a large ammount of feed back and disortion and many thought it to be a disgrace to our nation. The guitar had changed from a Piano counter part to a new wave of noise pollution... or had it changed at all?
You are all undoubtably asking yourselves ok thanks for the history lesson, no what? Well, now that you have that very vague and brief history we can get onto the real reaosn that guitat is always linked to rock. When you are watching a movie and a rock osng comes on, what does the person listening to it do? Well if its waynes world then they play the best dman air guitar you hve ever seen. Through mocking of rock music in films and such the guitar has become linked to it. When in acutallity most classical, jazz and blues had guitar in them. Now as far as music today,yes distortion has become the big thing and guitar will never go back to the way it was permanently, but what are you going to nnotice more, a man sitting in the back of an orchestra pit playing an acoustic or a man on stage screaming in a mic and playing an insane solo? Its all about what the public sees and what the public wants. In a nutshell the guitar has changed to the times and along the way has had some good rap and some bad rap, but what we all need to to as guitarists is give it back its good reputation, next time you write a guitar riff put a little love back into the guitar and bring it to its former glory so when you go to book a gig and the perosn asks you how many guitars you can say "300000" and the guy will be all the more happier.