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I GOT AN ELECTRIC GUITAR

Ever since  Fleetwood Mac, Queen and good ol’ Eric Clapton roaming the Earth or more so on my Dad’s record player, I have always air guitared it out- yes we are talking since I was about 5 (there are many embarrassing videos of me hopping about to some Johnny Clegg and Savuka). Yeah well they call me the “headbanger”, what can I say..

For the past few years, I have been eager to try out either the drums or guitar- because I found that beating the stool to a pulp using some cocktail sticks from Italy or pretending my violin was a Fender just wasn’t working! And after a few years of ponderment (?), I did it. I just went and asked my wonderful parents if I could get a guitar, convincing them in the process that I wouldn’t be a dilletante in the field of electric guitaring. THEY SAID YES, and boy does it feel good. Imagining yourself playing the guitar in the mirror isn’t quite the same as holding the smooth built-in neck of your classic ebony Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plaintop and watching the light reflect of its shiny black surface- ahh the joy. Not to mention its ultra cool sidekick the Fender Mustang 1 V2 (the amp is so important) AND TOGETHER THEY WILL FIGHT OFF THE EVILS OF THE WORLD.

YES I NEED TO EXPRESS MY PURE EXCITEMENT AND LADILADILADSDSDKFKLF;kldjf;lkdjs (excitement, joy and hyperactivity summed up in one long beautiful word).

But what’s the point of playing something, if you don’t know how it works?

So this is obviously just a simple explanation, but hopefully when I go on to study engineering at (Oxford (MY MIND’S TELLING ME NO (because let’s face it, that is WAAy too hopeful) BUT MY BODY, MY BODY’S TELLING ME YEAAAHAHH))(bracketphilia again) I will understand everything like sugar on a pancake (with lemon, don’t ask about the analagy, I write what pops in my head, no more.)

If you play an electric guitar without an amp, it doesn’t make much sound because it doesn’t have a sound hole, like the acoustic guitar has. So the electric guitar, unlike the acoustic guitar, has pick-ups (my gorgeous gitarra has humbucker pick-ups, but you can also get single coil pick-ups as well), the electric guitar normally has a pickup at the neck and near the bridge. When the metal strings are played, the pick-ups beneath the strings create electric sound signals, which are then sent to the volume and tone controls and then to the amplifier.

Pick-ups work by producing a magnetic field (they contain magnets)  around the strings and coil of wire. When the strings vibrate, they cause the fields to vary in strength. Because the field is changing, it creates a varying electric current in the coil of wire, which is then sent off to the volume and tone controls.

The amp, works by amplifying (so punny) the weak signal of the guitar by increasing the voltage, thus increasing its power (power=current x voltage). The amplifier contains lots of transistors to regulate the stronger flow of current from power supplies. The amplifier can use the transistors and other components to change the sound of the guitar as well.

Now I don’t want to bore anyone, so there will be another post all about the amaziinginosity of transistors (awesome new word right there.)

I’M GOING TO VAMPIRE WEEKEND

Words can literally not describe my complete joy and excitement. asdfjhdjfhsdfkjhdflakjsdf (According to danisnotonfire that is TRUE internet slang) <——this is how I feel right now. I mean wow, I know that there is no real purpose to this little post, no argument or essays (like those to come) but what the hey…it is Vampire Weekend. Oh lordy, I think I will cry when I see them- well that’s one more thing to tick off of my bucket list (next is Beyonce!) but never fear it isn’t like I am old yet- although I am closer to 30 than to 10….

But vampire weekend, they manage to balance great music with lyrics that aren’t always about sex, bitches, money, drinking and/or partying (which, very unfortunately is what most popular songs are about now e.g. Miley Cyrus‘ absolutely abominable new song, every Nick Minaj song and most Flo Rida songs- anyone notice how he just sings in a monotone?) . Although I can’t say that I understand all of their songs, most of them mean something to me in their own way (going deep) and their videos don’t have half naked women prancing around men, which is more than I can say about Robin Thicke who has basically created a porn video.

BUT

I don’t like them just because they seem a little intelligent and don’t flow with the status quo (rhyming genius, yes yes), it’s because their music is just- I can’t describe it, it’s that good. The drums in Cape Kwod Kwassa Kwassa are magic, the base in Campus is eargasmic and the vocals in just about every song is ahsdkfkadfdkjf.

So yeah just a little excitement from me, so sorry about the really bad grammar….

Hasta luego

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