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    Fabulous Musical Christmas Gift Ideas!

    28 November 2018 1:13:39 PM AWST

    Music Mart has some truly special Christmas gift ideas for your musical friends and loved ones. Click here to see our special range and much more!

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    A Brief History Of The Electric Guitar

    18 October 2018 1:41:56 PM AWST

    The invention of the electric guitar revolutionised the music industry.

     

    Many people associate the electric guitar with famous 20th-centurymusicians and it can be argued that it was one of the most iconic instruments of the time. Here’s a brief history of the electric guitar and its rise in popularity.

     

    The electric guitar was primarily invented for the desire to play the guitar and hear it at a louder volume. This was a rather big desire during the big band era in the 1930’s. The acoustic guitar struggled during this era to be heard and there was a need to increase the volume of the guitar.

     

    Electric Guitars can be first traced back to Rickenbacker and Beauchamp in the 30’s. They are considered to be the people who first commercially created a viable modern amplifiable electric guitar.  Their hollow body amplified guitars were produced for the big bands. The first documented performance using an electrically amplified guitar was by Gage Brewer in Kansas, in 1932. By 1946 Leo Fender-designed a solid body electric guitar. Although there were other solid body prototypes around this time, Fender’s Telecaster electric guitar became the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar. Gibson Guitars followed in pursuit, releasing their own solid body guitar by 1952.

     

    The 20th century saw advancements in technology and a newfound sophistication in musical instruments. By the 60’s and 70’s, the electric guitar had become a much-loved instrument.  The following years saw legendary musicians Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page change the music industry with the electric guitar their partner in crime.  These musicians attracted worshipping followers that fell in love with the sounds of the electric guitar. The aggressive sound of the electric guitar became a characteristic of the genre rock and roll.

     

    For many years the electric guitar appeared on the stage of many famous bands and musicians. Unfortunately, the electric guitars of this time were too expensive for ordinary buyers, thus creating a demand for affordable options. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that Japanese manufacturers released reasonable priced electric guitars that still had good sound quality. In doing this it put pressure on American companies like Gibson and Fender. This finally pushed them to produce their own affordable lines of the instrument. 

     

    The electric guitar is played the same way as an acoustic guitar. The only difference is that it uses a pick up to convert the vibrations of the strings into electrical impulses which then can be amplified. The strings are usually made out of metal and the guitars are made with solid, semi-hollow and hollow bodies. An instrument cable (or wireless) is plugged into an amplifier. Most modern electric guitars feature 6, 7 or 8 strings. Without an amp, electric guitars make very little noise.

     

     

    Today, electric guitars remain a key musical instrument. You can find the key sounds of the instruments in a variety of genres. There is little to indicate that the guitars reign is over and instead reports have shown that in many markets guitar sales are on the rise and have many more optimistic times ahead. Even with today’s music scene favouring pop stars and rappers, the sounds of the guitar and more specifically the electric guitar remain loved by many around the world.

     

    At Music Mart, we have a huge selection of electric guitars for sale, from makers like Fender, Gretsch, Ibanez, Yamaha and Cort. We offer a large range of styles and budgets perfect for all levels of competency, even left-handed models.

     

    If you would like to learn more about our electric guitars, contact the MusicMart team today!

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    A Brief History Of The Electric Guitar

    18 October 2018 1:41:21 PM AWST

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    Weird & Wonderful Musical Instruments

    6 September 2018 9:40:26 AM AWST

    Did you learn an instrument growing up?

     

    Statistically speaking, it was probably one of the ‘Big 5’- the most popular instruments for young children learning to play (being Piano, Guitar, drum kit, Violin or Voice).

     

    This month, your friends at Music Mart will walk you through some of the most bizarre and unique instruments ever created- some of them are beautiful, truly incredible brilliant works of engineering, and some are, well, downright ridiculous. In any case, they are interesting. Here they are:

     

    The Wheelharp.

    If you’re a true fan of handcrafted musical classics, check out the Wheelharp. Despite its antique look, it’s a new instrument developed by Jon Jones & Sons. The Wheelharp gives you the ability to orchestrate a full chromatic scale of sixty-one actual bowed strings. It’s like having an actual string orchestra at your fingertips. The instrument’s design is truly breathtaking and its complex bowels are equipped with a damper system and an electronic pickup system to help you create enchanting musical masterpieces.

     

    The sound created from the Wheelharp is eerie, and a little unnerving. This instrument is perfect for developing intensity in film scenes and other orchestral uses.  Bizarre!

     

     

    The Singing Ringing Tree.

    It’s more of a fixed sculpture than an instrument but then again, so are windpipes, kind of. The massive musical monument is situated at Crown Point above the town of Burnley, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Built by artists Mike Tonkin and Anna Liu, it was completed in 2006. It’s probably the best and most famous piece of a series called “Panopticons” in the Lancashire Pennine Hills.

     

     Its sound is truly haunting, both in the good and the creepy sense! Have a look for yourself here!

     

    The American Fotoplayer. 

    Have always wanted to be part of a band but don’t know a single musician? The American Fotoplayer is the instrument for you! Developed by the American Fotoplayer Company between the years of 1912 and 1925, this amazing instrument was specifically designed to provide music and sound effects for silent movies. The beauty of this gigantic and complex piece of musical equipment is that playing it requires no musical skill whatsoever. You’re basically pulling chords, pushing buttons and pressing pedals. An electric motor, an air pump, and some piano rolls do the rest.

     

    The Glass Armonica.

    The Glass Armonica is one of those things that came out of a dream. Invented by Benjamin Franklin in 1761, it’s capable of producing angelic sounds you’ve heard only from water tuned wine glasses. And that’s exactly what the Glass Armonica consists of, except the arrangement is much more convenient for playing. Built from custom-blown rotating wine glasses nested inside of each other, this amazing instrument allows for more than two glasses to be played at the same time. In terms of how it’s played, it works much like a piano. Tchaikovsky’s “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from the Nutcracker is one of the best ways to enjoy one of Franklin’s favourite inventions.

     

     

    Love salad? Love music? We do too!

     

    The Nan brothers from Beijing have combined the two by making musical instruments out of vegetables. Their father who is a music teacher has encouraged them to study music and a few years ago he has come up with the idea of fashioning instruments from potatoes, pumpkins and basically anything you can drill a hole in.

     

     

    For all music-related inquiries, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Music Mart today!

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    Ever wanted to know what listening and playing music does to your brain? This month we delve deep into the relationship between mind and sound and explore some of the hidden benefits of listening to your favourite tunes! Click here to read more.

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    Thinking about whether your child should learn an instrument? Before you think anything else, the answer is yes! Find out some of the best reasons why in this month's blogpost out lining some of the lasting benefits of learning an instrument from a young age. 

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    The ukulele, which was originally created in 19th century Hawaii, is an adaptation of the Portuguese machete – not the weapon, but rather a small guitar-like instrument – which was introduced in Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. 

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    Have you ever heard the phrase ‘music therapy’? If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth looking into, as some of the most prominent musicians and researchers of the 20th century believe it can have a huge impact on our mental health and well-being. 

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    If you’re an aspiring pianist who wants to take advantage of the latest musical innovations when choosing which instrument is right for you, you’ll likely be faced with this common question – digital piano or keyboard? 

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    6 Fun Facts About the Trumpet

    5 February 2018 7:50:31 AM AWST

    Used as early as 1500 BC in battles and for hunting, the trumpet has a long and rich history. Part of the brass family, the trumpet (and variations of it) have been used as a musical instrument since the late 14th and early 15th century; but just how much do you know about the humble trumpet? 

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