Two or Five 30-Minute Private Guitar Lessons from Chicago Guitar Instruction (63% Off)

Chicago Guitar Instruction - Chicago

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Instructor Billy Redfield meets students in their homes to train them in guitar, an instrument he's mastered in his 17-year musical history

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required. 24-hr cancellation notice required. On-location lessons; valid within 30 miles radius of 60604. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Chicago Guitar Instruction - Chicago: Two or Five 30-Minute Private Guitar Lessons from Chicago Guitar Instruction (63% Off)

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  • $45 for two 30-minute private guitar lessons (a $120 value)
  • $99 for five 30-minute private guitar lessons (a $270 value)

Chicago Guitar Instruction's Billy Redfield can teach you to master the electric guitar's power. To learn how that power works, read on:

Electric Guitars: Turning a Magnet into Music

It's a common high-school experiment: moving a magnet through a coil of copper wire to create a tiny electric current. But like anything else found in high schools, this principle proved ideal fodder for rebellion and exploration. Electric guitars create sound when metal strings vibrate within a magnetic field generated by the pickup. The current generated by the now-magnetized string is fed into an amplifier, which then broadcasts the pitch of the plucked string. These complex interactions make the electric guitar’s sound more expansive and unpredictable than other instruments, making it a key character in the story of early rock ‘n’ roll.

Players discovered one unique property of the instrument early on when they overloaded their speakers with volume, clipping the tops of the sound waves and creating harsher, fuzzier sounds. Later, players began intentionally applying effects devices, such as the wah-wah pedal, which modulates sounds into a register that resembles a trumpet or human voice. Other distinctive enhancements include the whammy bar (also called a “tremolo” or “vibrato arm”), which modulates pitch at the touch of a hand by tightening and loosening the strings to create the "dive-bomb" sound made famous by surf guitarists and such psychedelic innovators as Jimi Hendrix.

The first truly modern electric guitar arose in the early 1930s. George Beauchamp, a Los Angeles musician, was dissatisfied with early experiments with attaching amplifiers to acoustic guitars—they created feedback and their signals were weak. Working at home, Beauchamp created a primitive pickup by coiling his wire with such improvised tools as the motor of his family's washing machine. The resulting guitar had a tiny body taken up almost completely by the ad hoc pickup, earning it the nickname the Frying Pan.

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