Getting a travel guitar to accompany me during my vacation

I love playing the guitar. I am actually very good at it. I also love travelling. During my vacation, I am almost always travelling to a far off country. I love seeing the top tourist attractions in the world. I love seeing strange wild animals and observing their behavior out in the wild. I love to see people of different cultures and how they live. I love to see awesome natural features, and I love sampling the exotic cuisines around the world.

I decided to combine my love of playing the guitar with my love for travelling. This decision came after my last trip to South Africa during my last vacation. On the trip, we had gone for a safari around the Kruger National Park in a group of seven. Four British ladies, an Irish gentlemen myself and another American guy.

During the trip we had had an awesome time. Apart from the remarkable wildlife that we were able to view and the brilliant weather, we were also greatly entertained by Mc Andrew the Irish guy. He was one enthusiastic fellow who had many humorous stories that he joyously told us with occasional addictive hearty laughs. Apart from the many stories and jokes, he also had another surprise. He had a little banjo that he packed in his bag. He was quite good at playing the instrument and he would often entertain us as we drove across the flat sunny savannah or when we were camped at night under the clear starry skies of the African night.

The attention that Mc Andrews had attracted from folks wherever we went due to his banjo playing skills made me greatly envious. This was particularly due to the fact that I knew I was equally or better than him albeit with a guitar.

This is what drove me to decide that I would combine my travels with my guitar playing.

However, I did not have a suitable guitar to travel with. I had my bulky Seagull s6 that simply could not do as a travel guitar. I had to find a guitar that was small light and easily playable. It also needed to be a hardy guitar that would withstand rough treatment that would be inevitable during travels.

During my searches on the internet. I was impressed when I came across a Taylor GS mini review. The Taylor GS, as I read from the review was a small compact guitar that is specially designed for travel. It is small light and easily playable. Despite its small size, the Taylor GS mini does not lose anything in terms of the sound volume and sound quality. Most importantly I was impressed when I saw that despite these outstanding features that were ideal for me, the advertised Taylor GS mini was still quite affordable.

I decided that I would buy thee small guitar. I want to buy it early so that I can also have some time to get better acquainted with it. When I visit Paris during my next vacation, I plan to impress.

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Combining my love for travel and my love for playing the guitar

I love travelling. My vacations are always spent on travels across the globe. I have travelled to all the continents in the world and have been to some of the top tourist countries in the world. I however still have many places that I have not yet visited. I haven’t been to East Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, Egypt, Dubai, Ireland, and many other outstanding places. The next vacation I have, I plan to visit France and especially the romantic city of Paris.

Apart from travelling and visiting new places, I also love music. I am a good singer but I am a better guitarist. I have played the guitar ever since I was a little boy. Due to the many years of experience and the passion of learning more and more, I have become exceptionally good. I believe that if I did not have such a good satisfying job, then I would have become a guitarist in a top band, or maybe I would have become a top solo musician.

During my last vacation, I travelled to South Africa. During the safari that we had in the southern tip country of Africa, we had a lot of free time as we camped on the open savannahs. Our tour group comprised of four ladies from Britain and two other guys, one an Irish guy and the other a fellow American.

The Irish guy had been quite a sport. He was a jovial guy who kept us entertained with many hilarious stories. The icing on the cake was however his banjo. He was travelling with a little banjo and he entertained us a big deal with his prowess at playing the little instrument. The banjo was a great accompaniment as we sang numerous songs by the campfire on the wild plains of the African savannah.

That Irish guy gave me an idea. I could also carry my guitar! I confess that I was immensely jealous of the attention and adoration that that guy got from all the people wherever we went and he would strike up a tune on his banjo.

I am now seriously looking for the best travel guitar in the market. I need to buy a small guitar that is ideal for travelling with on vacation. I am sure that I can enjoy my vacation much more if I can have a guitar to play. I believe I would also entertain many people around me.

My current guitar is a seagull s6, I bought it after reading a seagull s6 review online. It is however a bit bulky to be used as a travel guitar. I plan to still use the internet to search for a guitar that would be ideal for me to travel with. I need a guitar that is not so big and one that is a bit hardy and will not easily get damaged by the rough conditions that are common during travel. I also need a guitar that can come with good packaging i.e. a good bag that I can use to carry the guitar around in.

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Rising to the challenge and becoming a top female guitarist

I fell in love with the guitar at a very young age. Maybe it was due to the influence of my big brother or maybe it was the influence of my love for cowboy ballads that amplified the romanticism of the guitar. My brother was a music student in college and he was quite adept at playing numerous musical instruments. The pipe organ was his best musical instrument and he had won many competitions playing it. I however loved him playing the guitar.

My brother played the guitar on Sundays when we went to church. And he was quite good at it. I on the other hand had discovered my singing talent quite early and was singing in church. Many times my brother would accompany my singing with his guitar. I enjoyed the singing much more when I was accompanied by my brothers guitar. However I had a notion that the guitar was an instrument for men.

When I grew a bit older and I came to know about great female musicians who were also guitarists, my conceptions changed. I started viewing the guitar differently and decided that I would learn playing it.

My brother was taken aback when I suddenly asked him to teach me playing the guitar. He had always assumed that I was not interested in playing the guitar. He was eager to teach me.

Due to my extreme interest for learning to play this awesome instrument, I was able to learn playing the guitar very fast. Soon I was playing simple songs comfortably. My only problem was that I did not have a guitar of my own. Many times my brother would go away to school and take his guitar with him.

I decided to buy a guitar with my savings. I however did not know anything about buying guitars. I went into the internet and decided to do some searches and learn more about guitars before buying one. During my searches I was particularly fascinated by an Epiphone dr-100 review that I came across. The comments that this guitar had and the descriptions of it made me choose it.

Still on the internet I was able to learn of a great offer that was being given to anyone who would buy the Epiphone dr-100 guitar and buy an amplifier for the guitar. I was particularly tempted by a fender blues jr review that described the awesomeness of this guitar amplifier. Although I would have wanted to capitalize on the offer, I did not really need an amplifier as of yet and so I ignored it and just bought the guitar.

My new guitar soon became the center of my life. I would quickly do my school work so that I could have time to practice with my beautiful guitar. I was able to find many tutorials over the internet that helped me learn many new tricks on playing the guitar.

I plan to continue perfecting my skills as a guitarist. Coupled with my singing skills, my goal is to become another great female vocalist and guitarist.

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The tough challenges musicians encounter when forming a band

The creation of a rock band is not easy. Despite what many people think when they see the glamorous life lived by rock stars, forming a successful band is not easy. It is a long tough journey that many begin and never get to the end. During the forming of a rock band there are many challenges that come about that may eventually force the band to disband or to fade away into insignificance. I have experience of this.

As a teenager I had great dreams of growing into a great musician. I was blessed with a good singing voice and I was quite good at playing the guitar. I could play great bass guitar and was also good at rhythm guitar. I was however without direction. I did not have a clear path set out for my future. I thought I had found the perfect path for my future when I joined some two other musicians and we formed a rock band.

Trio Sound was the name that we chose for our band. We had all met individually on different occasions before when we were presenting solo gigs on small shows within the township and had developed mutual respect for each other. Ian was a vocalist who was also good on the piano. Jack was also a talented vocalist but his main strength was in the drums. We came together deciding that Ian would be our lead vocalist while I would be on the guitars and Jack would be our drummer.

We were all quite talented in our areas and since we all had some skill in song writing, we thought that our road to success would be short and easy.

We decided to be meeting at least three times every week. We decided to be practicing at Ian’s home where they had a huge garage and their neighborhood was ideal. Here we would not be a nuisance to anyone.

We decided to buy new gear for the band. This is where our troubles begun.

I had an old Seagull guitar that I had used for ages. I had bought it after I had read Seagull guitar reviews that had praised its quality and fame. However we now needed a guitar that was fit for a rock band. The guitar had to have a “cool” look to it. We also realized that we needed some other musical appliances that we would need when we went on tour.

One of this was a base amplifier. For any musical band, it is important that the sound be amplified as much as possible to be able to reach a large audience. The sound should however not get distorted in the process. We therefore decided that we would do all we could to get the best base amp. We also needed good mikes and the other appliances for the PA system.

This first hurdle was enough to cripple our aspirations of making it big as a rock band. We were never able to raise the necessary funds to buy all the equipment. After several months of little progress, we eventually lost interest and ventured into other activities.

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Points to remember when shopping for musical appliances

Shopping is an activity that we all must engage in one time or the other. We often do the frequent shopping for items such as groceries and foodstuffs and this is a relatively easy undertaking since we know exactly what we want, we know where to get it, and to top it all, we have done it many times before and so are quite experienced.

Shopping can however become quite complicated when you are tasked with shopping for items that you are not quite familiar with, you do not know exactly where to find them, and you have never shopped for them before. These are items that are not mainstream items. A good example of such items is musical equipment. Unless you are a musician, you are a businessman who deals with music equipment, or you are a music equipment enthusiast, then you might have a very tough time buying musical equipment.

Below are some major things to remember when shopping for musical equipment

Is it the right instrument? This is a paramount point that you should ponder on before buying a musical instrument. If you want to buy a musical instrument for yourself, is it the instrument that you really want? You should never buy a guitar if what you really need is a piano. Your choice will usually depend on your skill or your passion.

If you are buying the instrument as a gift, consider the same points. Will the recipient know how to play the instrument or does he or she have a passion for the instrument?

Is it the right size? Musical instruments come in various shapes and sizes. Be sure of the size you would like i.e. a size that you would be comfortable handling or a size that your recipient will find comfortable for them. This is especially important when buying a musical instrument for a child.

Is the musical instrument in good working order? A musical instrument like any mechanical gadget should be thoroughly checked before purchasing. A faulty instrument will not produce the ideal sound or it may have some other issues. One should also check if it has any signs of developing future problems.

One should check and see that the instrument is a good quality item although this usually goes hand in hand with the cost of the instrument

Is the instrument within your budget? Musical instruments at the musical store have different prices. The variance in prices is usually as a result of many factors. The main factors are the manufacturing company, and the quality of the musical instrument. Top quality items usually have a higher prices than low quality items. Famous or prestigious manufacturing companies also tend to sell their items at higher prices than less prestigious companies.

Another important thing to do when shopping for musical instruments is to visit several musical stores to compare the prices of the item you want to buy among the stores you will visit. It is often that you will find musical stores selling the same item with the same warranty conditions but at different prices. In this case, you might want to buy your musical instrument at the store where you will get the best bargain.

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Identifying and developing musical talent in children

Developing talent should be done as early as possible in a person’s life. This is because talent needs to be nurtured and made better with time. In today’s world, there is very high competition in the world of arts. Talented people are working day and night to hone their skills. As such, without sufficient training and perfection of skills, your talent may not be recognized since you will always be under the shadow of people who can perform better using the same talent.

Perfecting a skill takes time and that is why talents should be developed early. The earlier that one starts developing their talent the better their advantage over others having a similar talent. A common talent that we can look at where early development is necessary is music.

Truly exceptional musicians are born, then they are fine tuned into perfection. Honing a talent can take a long time. In music it is best to start nurturing the talent when the individual is a child.

Unlike many other talents, it is easy to identify musical talent in a child. A child with a talent in music will often show some interest in a particular area in music. For example, a talented singer may start making melodious sounds even before they start talking. If the child is destined to be a player of musical instruments, they may start making music by hitting objects, rubbing objects, or blowing objects. The biggest sign however is their interest in musical sounds.

Once a child is seen to be interested in music, they should be exposed more into musical realms so that their specific talent is identified. For example, it is at times difficult to establish the right instrument for a child. A child may show interest in making melodious sounds using objects but you may not know immediately what instrument they will be good at. Before going out and investing lots of money on the best digital piano for beginners for your young daughter, be sure that she is talented in the piano and not the guitar.

It might take quite some time to identify the right instrument for the child. A good approach would be to enroll the child to a children’s music school. In a children’s music school there are music teachers who have been specifically trained to work with children. They also have all the resources available to train the children with. The children music schools have all kinds of musical instruments ranging from guitars to drums.

The instruments at children’s music schools are also specially made for kids of different ages. A child will therefore have the optimum experience using the instrument. If you decide to train your child from home, and you want to buy a musical instrument for them, you may not be able to know the right size for your child. It might be also very expensive buying one instrument after the other before finally getting the right musical instrument for your child.

At a music school, the teachers know how to monitor the development of the child. The child is also likely to develop faster due to the influence and challenge from the other children in the school.

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Growing up into a rock star guitarist

Growing up I always wanted to play the guitar. I had first seen a lone man playing a guitar on the street for tips when I was about six years old. He had been quite enthusiastic about his playing and my word! He was playing great music! As a little kid I was fascinated at how he strummed the strings on his guitar. By then I did not understand what his left hand was doing moving up and down the guitar arm. My eyes were fixed at the strumming right hand which I assumed was the reason for the sweet music that emanated from the big box which he held close to his heart.

We were on our way to church and my mother impatiently whisked me away. I reluctantly followed her casting backward glances to the guitarist. I inquired from my mom what that strange box was. She nonchalantly replied that it was called a guitar. Obviously my next statement was… “Can you buy me one?”

She did not buy me a guitar. Well, not then, but eight years later when I was fourteen.

My parents finally bought me a guitar when I was fourteen after they had had ascertained that my love for the guitar was not just a passing fad. They were also motivated to buy me my first guitar when they realized that I had talent in playing the instrument.

My talent was discovered thanks to a guitar that one of the church members had bought and had been carrying it with him to church. When I saw him with the guitar, I had approached him and declared my interest. He had been very kind and had offered to give me some lessons on playing the guitar. He however strictly warned me against being too rough on the strings lest I broke them.

Within a short time I was playing the guitar during the church choir special song presentations. My mother bought me a guitar.

With my own guitar my skill grew exponentially. I discovered many new tricks in playing the guitar.

By the time I grew up into an adult I was a renowned guitarist in my home town. Many recreational spots would hire me to play for them. When the tube amplifiers were invented, I quickly got the best tube amplifier to improve the sound during my shows. With a greater audience, and being able to produce better quality music, I was soon making very good money from my gigs.

After some time a local budding musician with a great voice approached me and requested that we form a music group. The idea was perfect and since I liked his music, we quickly made a great pair. After a short while we got a drummer and another guitar player and formed a rock band.

Having a band we could now tour around the state. My tube amplifier was however too bulky and delicate for the rough travelling that we could afford. So I had to get a solid state amplifier. However, I had to get the very best solid state amplifier that would at least come close to the quality of the tube amplifier.

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The healing power of music

Music is the medicine for the soul. I am a true believer of this slogan. Many times I have turned to music when I am in poor psychological shape and music has always come to my rescue. When I am down and stressed by life issues, I turn to music. When I am lonely, I find the perfect companion in music. When I am tired, I get soothed by music. Music is always there for me.

Music unlike a close friend is never busy or unavailable when you need it the most. Many times I am in situations where I am all alone needing urgent emotional help and the only help I get comes from music. The advantages of music is that it can be stored in gadgets such as MP3 players, phones, and other portable musical gadgets. All you then need are some good earphones that once you plug them in, you can be immediately teleported into another world.

Music is not demanding. When you have a human companion, you have to compromise many of your preferences so as to accommodate your partner. For example, you might have to suffer through a boring movie while your partner enjoys the movie. You might have to change many aspects of your lifestyle too. With music, there is nothing like this, in fact music is always there to satisfy you and not the other way round.

Music is not expensive. Once you have purchased some music records, you can listen to them for as long as you wish. Other sources of enjoyment or recreation can be very expensive. For example, a simple visit to a recreation resort might end up costing you lots of money for a short visit. And any time you visit the resort again, you have still have to pay again. This is the same for many other sources of recreation including all kinds of shows, parties, eating out, camping, and many other recreational activities.

Music is not a source of peace and tranquility for listeners only, it is also provides an escape for musicians. Especially people who play musical instruments. Many instrument players find great pleasure and relieve in playing the instruments. Playing some soothing melody on the guitar or piano can have a great healing effect on the souls and mind of the player.

Different musicians find solace in different kinds of musical instruments and different kinds of music. There are some who will find the slow music soothing while some may find fast tempo highly amplified music soothing. Many people, especially the young, find loud hard rock or heavy metal music soothing. It all depends with ones preferences. At times the preference of the kind of music may vary depending on what is troubling one.

For example, if one is heartbroken due to love, some people will want to be soothed with slow sentimental music that will give them hope of a brighter future. Some will however turn to hard music which will somehow give them the strength to get over their heartbreak. In some instances, the same person will want different kinds of music at different times to get over the same issues.

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Stepping Up To Life

Life is not a bed of roses; it’s a “Game of Thrones”, where each and every action you take challenges you mentally, physically and emotionally. Life will take a test in which you may not pass at the first instance. Failure is inherent and it is what which breeds success.

In this world, you will meet two kinds of people. One who is scared of success and the other who face life with bravery, turning every opportunity to success. The second path is the one to be followed. Take part in something which will help you have a new beginning. The basic and important question remains the same: How to do it?

How to step up in your life?

1) Start with a positive spirit

Even before you start, never tell yourself that you can’t do it. You know that making a new beginning will be difficult and yet you have to face it. So ward away any negative thoughts from your mind. Instead, start planning on how you will make a start. Always have the feeling that, “Yes I can do it”. This will make things much easier and lighter for you.

2) Plan your steps

Don’t start haphazardly. This will never work out in your favour. Begin with what is more important to the least important.

3) Always look for inspirations

Life will never deceive you in case you need inspiration. Look around and you will find innumerable evidence of those who have faced black days like yours and struggled, only to survive successfully.

4) Be confident

Never lack confidence in what you are doing. Yes, your confidence level will be tested and your activity questioned. Have faith in what you are doing, because only you know that it will prove beneficial for you. Confidence will give you an encouragement which will help you to continue working.

5) Distance yourself with Negative People

Because they will be the one spreading rumours behind you and criticise your work in every step. Interact with people who can motivate you and help you move forward. They will refill your confidence and energy level.

6) Aim Big

Never stop dreaming big. You won’t get caught for dreaming big at least. And try to put that dream into practice and never let anything hinder you from materialising your dream.

One of the biggest steps you can take is to never dwell in the past. What has happened can’t be repeated. Instead, try to make your future bright by nurturing the present. One thing you must remember. If you wait for happiness and peace to step up on your door, then you are completely in the wrong direction. Perseverance, hard work and struggle are the three things along with patience which will make you happy in the long run.

So, if you want to make a worthwhile change in your life, get rid of your comfort zone and come out to the real world.

In Search Of A Soulmate

Is this the person who is my soulmate? This question haunts almost everyone searching for his/her true love. The answer is simple yet complex since this is a subjective viewpoint. We meet someone in this world with whom we immediately click, with whom we feel at our own true self.

Let us take a quick trip to see whether you have truly got your soulmate or not.

How to know that he/she is your soulmate?

  • You two share a strange connection through a mere eye contact.
  • When you both meet, you feel like knowing each other for decades.
  • They know very well what to do when you are angry or excited.
  • They are aware of your antics, what you like and what you don’t.
  • There is a comfort zone prevailing between you two. A simple hug from them relieves you from the stress. You feel secured and protected in his/her presence.
  • They encourage and challenge you at every step to prosper.
  • You agree and disagree on almost the same thing.

Are these the signs you find in your soulmate? If yes, then you are really lucky. But when we feel that this is the right person for us with whom we must settle down, we suffer our biggest heartbreak in the hands of that person. But a fact is disappointment while finding our true love is something not new. Heartbreak, agony, disappointment distress are the part and parcel of this journey.

But there is no point in remaining sad if you are disappointed. You must show courage to get over that feeling or else you submerge in a sea of sadness. This will drive you to despair.

How to get over disappointment?

1) Realize that disappointment is part of your life

This will make life much easier. Each and every person in their life has faced frustration. What you need to realize is that regretting will get you nowhere. You have to analyze what went wrong in your relationship.

2) Communicate

There is nothing better than trying. If you want to mend your relationship, the ideal way is to calm down and have a talking. Make sure that doesn’t transgress into a bitter fight or quarrel. Shouting and screaming will obscure the logic behind the talk.

3) Walk Away

If nothing works out, held your head high and walk away from the relationship. There is no reason to remain stuck in a bad relationship. You should know that you deserve better than that person. Yes, the pain will sting, it’s akin to shattering your heart, but it will prove beneficial in the long run. There is no point in remaining disastrous.

4) Have a positive approach

Remember that play from Shakespeare, “All’s Well That Ends Well”? This means, until and unless everything is perfect and positive, you cannot take it to be the end of your relationship. Immerse yourself in what you enjoy, make new friends, pursue a new passion, meet new people and above all, learn from your experience. Who knows that along this way you may meet that perfect person who will enrich your life?

Finding your soulmate is not a simple task. Be careful since it’s a matter of your heart and life. Remember, disappointment signals that things are changing for the better in your life.