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Introducing the Dreadnought Guitar
Oct 20

Introducing the Dreadnought Guitar

By Monica | News

The Dreadnought is by far the most popular acoustic guitar in the industry. Originally invented in 1916 by C.F. Martin & Company, the dreadnought was significantly larger than other acoustic guitar styles of the day.

(This is a guest post by the team of heartbreakerguitars.com)

At the time, most acoustic guitars were significantly smaller than what modern musicians would be used to today. There was little need for a loud, bold guitar tone because the music of the era did not favor the instrument over its venerable cousin with a centuries-long history being played by some of music's greatest names – the violin.

Similarly, as an instrument of accompaniment, there was little need to use an acoustic guitar when the piano was a more versatile and prestigious choice. Most venues at the time had their own piano, so singers and performers could simply sit down and start playing their songs without having to bring their own instruments and tune strings.

For early 20th century guitar players, the guitar's main role was to back up the piano in the context of a folk or blues band. The instrument's preeminence in jazz was still a decade or two away. Tin Pan Alley, the musical publishing nexus of the day, was thoroughly unconcerned with guitar music.

The Dreadnought Changes Everything

Dreadnought Guitar

All of this changed with the advent of the dreadnought-style guitar. With a much broader body, a mahogany back, and a spruce top, this guitar had a deep, bellowing tone that could rival many of the other instruments in a folk ensemble.

This was particularly attractive to country musicians, who could rely on this guitar to stand out in an ensemble even when the fiddle and banjo players were both performing at maximum intensity. The guitar's rich tone always came out, and generally with a deep tonal range that supported the mostly male voices it accompanied.

This was important in band contexts that often lacked a powerful bass sound. Unlike pianos, string basses were hard to come by and nobody wanted to be the unlucky one to carry one from town to town. Thus, the dreadnought guitar became the go-to musical foundation for innumerable country artists of the era.

It was Gibson's 1940s and 50s dreadnought-style guitars that would really break the mold and make this style dominate the industry of which it was a part, however. The breakthrough occurred when blues artists like Gary Davis and Mississippi John Hurt began to favor the big, earthy tone of the instrument and – most importantly – began to play it alone, unaccompanied by piano, fiddle, banjo, or percussion.

Moving on into the 1960s, famous names like Bob Dylan became so closely associated with the style that people began to forget there ever was a different type of acoustic guitar. Fast forward to today, and dreadnought-style guitars like the beautiful African Blackwood custom set, the standard for rich tone and endless sustain.

Dreadnoughts like the Bourgeois with its extra large sound hole very literally set the tone for what a dreadnought acoustic guitar should sound like. You can check out Heartbreaker Guitars to see their selection of Dreadnought guitars!

best gifts for guitar players
Oct 14

The Best Gifts for Guitar Players: 20+ Options to Choose From! (2017)

By Monica | News

Guitar players have a lot of gears that they should invest. It is not sufficient anymore that you have a guitar only. The music industry is different from what it is used to be 10 or 20 years ago. If you don't have the right amenities, then you can't keep with the latest tunes and play styles.

If you have friends or family members who are avid fans of this instrument, it would be great if you endow them gifts from time to time. There is no need to be flashy about it. As long as you can give an item that they can utilize during their practice or live performances, you are already making a difference!

But if you are clueless about what to get, then this article is perfect for you. In here, I have listed some of the best gifts for guitar players out there. These following recommendations are taken across the entire price range. Therefore, you can always have a choice, depending on your spending capacity! Check these cool selections out!

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how to transpose music
Oct 04

How to Transpose Music: 4 Easy Steps to Follow

By Monica | Guitar Techniques , News

Musical aficionados already know a thing or two about transposing. But for those who are still new to this concept, I will be guiding you. In simple terms, the act of the changing the key of any musical piece is technically called as transposing. And learning how to transpose music is quite necessary, especially if you want to improve the quality of your crafts.

In any given circumstances, a particular major key is transposable to another major key. The same thing applies to minor keys. Of course, you can transpose a major to minor key or vice versa. But it would involve a lot of elements that it goes beyond the simple art of transposing.

Some people would want to avoid transposition. Let me tell you that it is not prohibited at all. However, you can always reap benefits if you study transposing. If you are aiming to be a top-tier arranger or composer , this particular skill is very imperative.

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5 string banjo tuning
Aug 28

5 String Banjo Tuning: How It Is Done Properly

By Monica | News

It is not an open secret that tuning a 5-string banjo is a difficult thing. In fact, keeping this instrument in constant tune is quite a challenge, especially to amateur players. The kind of sound that an out-of-tune banjo produces is more awry than conventional stringed instrument like the guitar. Therefore, if you want to learn the appropriate method for 5 string banjo tuning, read this tutorial religiously.

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what is a dreadnought guitar
Aug 14

What Is A Dreadnought Guitar (And Other Things You Need To Know)

By Monica | News

If you have been into guitar lately, you might have realized that it has different variants. Most of the time, the variations are commonly found on acoustic guitars. For example, we have the classical instruments and the Flamenco. Moreover, you might have at least hear the term dreadnought while you are casually browsing on your local guitar stores.

What is a dreadnought guitar? It is a question that can baffle even those that have been playing the guitar for quite a time already. You wouldn't encounter this terminology unless you immersed yourself in the world of guitars. Fortunately, it is not a difficult thing to understand. In fact, this guitar jargon is actually a basic concept that every player should know.

In this article, we will elaborate the meaning of a dreadnought. Trust us. It is not as dreary as what you think.

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