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So, guys today we are going to discuss a very popular and mostly used musical instrument. This is one of the most promising modern musical instruments and is used by almost all the band’s performances and the musical concerts. The instrument has a very important role to play in the songs and is gaining its popularity day by day. Well, this fascinating musical instrument is an Electric Guitar. The Musical Instrument | Electric Guitar is sometimes referred to as simply Guitar or Solid-body Guitar.
As I said that the Electric Guitar is a modern musical instrument that is gaining its popularity day by day it is also important to know that the instrument was invented in 1931 and since then gaining its importance in the music industry.
Structure Of The Musical Instrument | Electric Guitar :
An Electric Guitar is a fretted string instrument that has strings which are typically made of steel. These Guitar strings can be picked or strummed or fingered to convert their vibrations into electrical signals. The vibrations of the strings are sensed by a pickup (commonly a magnetic pickup) that uses the principle of electromagnetic induction. The Musical Instrument | Electric Guitar cannot drive a loudspeaker on its own due to the generation of a very weak electric signal, hence it is plugged into a guitar amplifier before this signal is sent to a loudspeaker, which makes the sound loud enough to hear. Many a times effects such as reverb or distortion or overdrive are used to modify the signals, with “overdrive” being a key element of the sound of the Electric Guitar as it is used in blues and rock music.
The Musical Instrument | Electric Guitar can be of many types such as solid body guitar, a variety of hollow body guitar, the types of guitar based on the number of strings used in it like the six-string, seven-string or the twelve-string electric guitar. Of these, the six string electric guitar is commonly used, tuned at E, A, D, G, B, E, from lowest to highest strings. The lowest pitch is the thickest string and vice versa.
The following image shows the layout of pitches on a standard tuning of a six-string guitar, which is tuned E, A, D, G, B, E, going from the lowest pitch to the highest pitch. The table depicts the same pattern as the one that will be observed by an electric guitar player on its fretboard. In the table, zero (0) represents the nut of the guitar and 5 represent the fifth (tuning) fret.
Playing Techniques Of The Musical Instrument | Electric Guitar :
The sound of a guitar can also be heavily affected by various new techniques developed and not only by electronic sound effects. This is called extended technique.
Some of these extended techniques are:
- String bending
- Tapping (with both hands applied to the fretboard)
- Hammering on technique
- Pinch harmonics or artificial harmonics (squealies)
- Volume swell, (the volume knob is repeatedly rolled which produce a violin-like sound)
- Sustainers (that are built into the guitar itself)
- Palm muting (on the classical and acoustic guitar)
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