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Country Guitar - The Constant in Country Music

Country Guitar - The Constant in Country Music

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For related Country Music topics please visit http://countrymusic.web44.net
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Published by: Daniel Fernando De Nicolo on Jan 06, 2012
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 ==== ====Country music is the most enjoyable to relax and dream.www.countrymusic.web44.net ==== ====Among all the different genres of music available today, country music still remains one of themost popular. Its roots stemming from the immigrants in the Maritime Provinces and the SouthernAppalachian Mountains of North America, it has spread across countries far and wide. The distinctsound and melody of country, accompanied with the image of a performer with a cowboy hat,boots, and his country guitar strapped across his body is an image everyone, regardless of age, isfamiliar with. You may associate the acoustic or steel guitar immediately to the country genre but its roots wereslightly different. The original musical instruments that were most commonly used for this type ofmusic were the Irish fiddle, the German dulcimer, the Italian mandolin, the Spanish guitar, and theWest African banjo. Despite the different origins, the common denominator is that they all belongto the string family. As the genre evolved, however, and reached its peak, beginning in the 1920's all through the1940's with artists like John Carson, Samantha Burngarner, and Riley Puckett, the country guitarstepped out more prominently into the limelight. This could possible be attributed to the fact that the first few performances of country music werehumble and devoid of the amplifiers, drums, and ceiling high speakers that we accredit to theconcerts of today. Country music concerts of the past, notably in Nashville, Tennessee, simplyrequired the presence of the musician, his guitar, and his songs. There actually was very minimaltechnology used at that time. Moreover, The Grand Old Opry, the most famous country musicstage in America, only allowed acoustic guitars on the theater platform when it first opened. It wasonly in the late 1940's where performers were allowed to use electric and steel guitars on theirfamous stage. From this, the fundamental role of the guitar becomes evident in the history of thismusic genre. In truth, the guitar was truly considered the central instrument in country music. Throughout itshistory the guitar has remained constant in the identity of country. There certainly have beenvariations, however. During the golden era of country music, the 1930's, the pedal steel guitar wasintroduced and utilized by legends such as George Hones and Porter Wagoner. In 1938, Bob Willsadded an electric guitar to his ensemble - a trend that other musicians caught on and greatlybenefitted from. Other percussion instruments, mainly the drums, were scorned by early countrymusicians as "too loud" and only became a staple in country bands by the 1960's. Listeners of today easily distinguish this type of music by that signature country guitar twang. It isalso this that has influenced so many other styles of music, namely rock and roll and pop. It stillcontinues to be a strong presence in the music industry that we know today, as country music hasmillions of fans to its name. Its simplicity and clean guitar melodies have withstood the years and

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