All of my male Batangueno friends know how to play the guitar. Or at least they try.
It’s undeniable that one’s mood would be a lighter one once he strums or plucks that good ol’ six stringed acoustic.
Now, what song did you first play with the guitar?
My “learning the guitar pieces”, if I remember it right, are Nirvana’s “About A Girl” and “A Horse With No Name” by America (the band) and of course a couple of Eraserheads’ hits.
Moreover, there would always be a song that could fit one’s feelings. So guitar playing, given its not-so- complicatedness, may well be considered as everybody’s cup of tea.
A guitar virtuoso specializes in a certain field like the lead, bass and the rhythm guitars and he may have a specific guitar to effectively play his role in a band.
And here are the characteristics of each:
Lead- a lead guitarist plays melody lines, instrumental fill passages, guitar solos, and occasionally, some riffs within a song structure. The lead is the featured guitar, which usually plays single-note-based lines ordouble-stops.
In rock, heavy metal, blues, jazz, punk, fusion, some pop, and other music styles, lead guitar lines are usually supported by a second guitarist who plays rhythm guitar, which consists of accompaniment chordsand riffs, often played with a distortion effect.—Wikipedia.org
Ian Umali (P.O.T.), Manuel Legarda (Wolfgang), Francis Reyes (The Dawn), Perf De Castro (Rivermaya), Jack Rufo (Neocoulours) played anthemic guitar solos many times in their music careers. Darius Semana (Parokya ni Edgar), MataasnaKahoy’s very own, plays simple yet very effective riffs all throughout his band’s discography.
Bass- is normally a four or five string guitar which plays low and droning notes. Also, the Bass is said to be the backbone of any song.
A bassist’s playing should always be in cohesion with that of the drummer’s for the song’s groove to be solidified.
One of the more notable bassists in the Philippine music scene is Mally Paraguya (P.O.T.) Ricci Gurango (Barbie Almalbis) and Buddy Zabala (Eraserheads, The Dawn).
Rhythm- a guitar that provides rhythmic chordal accompaniment for a singer or other instruments in band or any other musical ensmble- wikipedia.org. It is the second guitar, so to speak. Second to the lead, that is. (the Bass is on a league of its own)
Ebe Dancel (Sugarfree, Cambio) efficiently and effectively plays rythm for his bands.
But we here at the WOWBatangas home like it warm. We prefer Reinier’s acoustic playing over any other mind boggling electric guitar raucous . Pair it with Miss Gerlie’s voice and JR’s or Alva’s beats on the cajon then the proverbial stress would surely be lessened, if not thrown outside the window.
Upon mastering the basics of the guitar, I learned that it also is a good tool to impress the ladies. The single ladies, that is. So guitar is, indeed, a need for those hopeless romantics out there. The sweetest “OO” may not be that elusive if you have some decent guitar playing to back it up.
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