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Famous Musicians and Their Famous Guitars

You know how they say: It’s not the gear, it’s the ear – Which means that music equipment doesn’t matter that much at all, you just have to know how to use it. But still, it’s nice to sometimes wonder what type of instruments other, famous musicians use. We’ll take a look at some big guitar players today (and rockstars too) and find out which guitars are their favorite ones.

Kurt Cobain

Although he have used almost infinite amount of guitars in his career, a couple of ones definitely stand out and it seems like he loved those. As far as the brand goes, he used Fender the most, they even made him a special guitar called Jag-stang. That’s really a mix of his two favorite guitars: the Jaguar and Mustang.

If you’re also in love with Fender guitars, you can read more about their models on IndieHQ – they found out which are the best acoustic guitars after comparing dozens of them.

 

Willie Nelson

His obviously favorite guitar is the Martin N-20. He even said that after this guitar is gone, he will just quit his career. Might just be an exaggeration, but it shows how much he loved it.

 

Prince

The next guitar was beloved by Prince, and also featured in Purple Rain (film). His favorite guitar goes by the name of Cloud and was made in 1983, by David Rusan.

 

Neil Young

He have been using “Old Black” guitar for over 40 years, which is an amazing fact itself. Although this guitar is pretty heavy, and Neil even admitted it caused him back pains, it’s amazing to see how dedicated musicians can be to their instruments.

 

Paul McCartney

The last one we’re going to take a look at today is Paul. If you like Beatles, you probably remember their violin-shaped bass guitar – Hofner Bass. Many bass players wanted to use the same model, which was very symmetrical and pleasing, but all they had was “cheap” replicas.

 

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Best Music Videos of 2018 (So Far)

We decided to spice up our blog (just a tiny bit) and create a post just around music videos. We can all agree that it’s getting better and better – Musicians are making more money, which results in Filmmakers and Cinematographers getting paid more, and having more filming budget. That’s why some of this year’s music videos blew our minds. Let’s take a quick look at top 5.

Ariana always suprises with her music videos. This one is obviously 80% done with CGI. But still, it took a lot of effort to create it. There’s actually some behind the scenes videos and it looks crazy to see how they made this!

 

This one is really a throw-back to 80s and I love them for that.

 

Now, some of you might say “Oh, but this one isn’t that good at all, meh.”. And I agree, it’s not the most cinematic or high quality video, but the way they matched music with visuals is outstanding.

 

This one really blew me away. It’s great thought out and beautifully shot. Right on!

Music History

Music is almost as old as the human race itself, although many historians argue as to the exact age of the first musical instrument. A musical instrument is defined as anything that can be used to produce a rhythm, or tone. Because of that, scholars state the first ‘true’ musical instrument known to man was a pair of human hands which could be used to clap along to singing in order to hold a beat. Beating on fallen trees, hollowed out logs and stones with a stick was another way early man expressed musical ability.     

Research has shown that some of the earliest instruments created by man, specifically for the purpose of creating musical tones, are flutes dating back to Egypt in 3100 BC made from hollow reeds. These reed ‘flutes’ were one of the only musical instruments known until 3000 BC when the Sumerians began to create stringed instruments called ‘lyres’. By 1500 BC, more modern instruments were coming about: horns made from cow and goat horns, and even an early form of trumpet made from hammered bronze. These horns were not only used to make music, they are also thought to have played a large part in helping shepherds call their herds and flocks.      

Because these early instruments had a very short range of tones, the music produced by them would not sound like modern music. Historians believe the songs written during the early days of human life were very basic and simple, although no written songs have been found to support their theories. In fact, the first written song found has been dated to 4,000 years ago, long after the invention of the first musical instruments.      

Instruments were created out of the need to have a way to express what we as humans are feeling, when words just aren’t enough. Music is enjoyable to many people because it allows them to express their feelings without having to speak, and is also a way to bring together groups of people who may otherwise have nothing in common. Aside from the emotional benefits, listening to music has also been proven to have physical benefits as well. Studies have shown music has the ability to lower high blood pressure levels, ease headaches, and even lift depression.

Music has the power to lift your mood, ease worries, and express sadness, which makes it enjoyable to almost everyone. When words fail, music speaks to not only the mind, but also the heart and soul.