Electric Guitars and Their Sound
Nothing quite fills in a band and their songs sound like the electric guitar. The range of notes is perfect from the Low E to the high E on the 24th fret. In a band, all instruments are important. The drum fills the beat while adding it’s own musicality to the song. The Bass holds down the notes of the song and puts a backing sound that pulls drums and the rest of the band together and can move a song with it’s own harmony. But the guitar put’s it together also. It is the staple of the band like the violin is to an orchestra. Though you can not really argue over which instrument is the most important. The guitar adds a majority of the melody and harmony of each song barring the vocalist which is usually considered the solo of the instruments.
The electric guitar was first created in the 1920’s and started to go more into mass production with the invention of the solid body from the late1940-s into the 1950’s. Once used with the amplifier and the electric guitar was becoming more widely used in a lot of Rock and Roll bands and was in Blues and also Jazz respectively. The amplified electric guitar had it’s own sound and it could get that feeling of Rock so that it was used increasingly in the 1950’s and 1960’s.
The Drums, The Bass, any other instrument and the Electric guitar had all seemed to compliment each other almost perfectly. Where many instruments filled an orchestra, the orchestra of the Rock era were bass, drums, and electric guitar and as well vocalists.
Somehow the electric guitar is for the most part more noticeable. The way it looks even, sleek and enamoring, the perfect fit usually to the body and the exact right length, not to big or small. The sound penetrates through the rest of the music of the band. In between the Bass clef and suited perfectly in the Treble cleft with notes low or soaringly high. A majority of chords are easy to play once mastered because of the strings follow in 4ths except the G to B interval. But the sound through the amp is like no other that being said that the amp is a good quality one.
With effects the guitar becomes the most versatile rivaling the synthesizer. If one really wanted they could play the most outlandish and unique, bizarre music they could with some of the effects processors that are there, inventing new sounds for hours on end.
Still with all of the amazing effects out there more guitarists are content to play either a clean or dirty sound with just minimal effects as one reason might be that they can overshadow ones playing abilities that they want to highlight as well as the sake of the melody and harmony of the song.
What is it though about it’s sound? Especially with distortion in good amp? The wire strings and range make it perfect for the sound of the electric guitar. It is unlike any other instrument. It does not always need to be at the front of the song though. It is also perfect for accentuating parts and adding nuances in the right places. You can pick it, pluck it, strum it or play long sustaining notes. With equalization you can really dive into the different sounds it makes. With use of different delays: short, slap-back, long it gives it a new character and with each effect and each experimentation that you make it’s like crafting a new instrument. These days if you get the right gear you can create almost any sound you like with perhaps an exception to the digital and analog sounds of the keyboard and synthesizer unless your guitar is hooked up to midi pick-ups and has access to a synthesizer’s module.
Maybe the electric guitar is most used in Rock, some Pop, Heavy Metal and is not used in todays radio marketplace as much as it used to. Though there are enough recordings with it so far. It would be a real loss if the electric guitar was used less and less frequently. There should always be enough room for it and the possibilities with musicianship, tone, and effects use, there is still a lot of uncharted territory for making songs and music with the electric guitar.