The blues music instrument of choice for many musicians today is the electric guitar, and in the 1950s and 60s, the Gibson Les Paul Electric guitar was a staple of jazz and blues recordings.
The Les Paul was a solid performer, and the Gibson played well on the guitar, but it also played well with other instruments, especially the electric piano.
It had an electric-string bridge, a bass guitar neck, and a pickup that was usually the same as that used on the electric guitars of the day.
These were known as the “piano bridge,” and a new technique emerged that gave them the look and feel of a standard electric guitar.
This was called “fretboard” guitar, named for the French word for fretboard.
The technique was first adopted by blues guitarist John Cale in the early 1960s and became the standard for electric guitar guitar fretboards in the 1970s.
Today, most electric guitars are fretboard-based.
It’s not surprising that the Gibson “frettboard” technique has a big influence on modern blues guitarists, as it’s the most commonly used method for playing traditional blues songs.
In fact, it has inspired some of the greatest guitarists of the 20th century, including Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, and John Coltrane.
When you learn the basics of how to play electric guitar on this page, you’ll know how to: • Play an easy-to-play, easy-sounding blues riff.
• Pick up the “frets,” the strings that make up a guitar’s fretboard, and bend them to create your sound.
• Play a variety of chords and scales, from traditional rock to blues to jazz.
• Use a wide variety of effects and sustainers, including tremolo, humbuckers, and more.
The best guitar playing in the world is the work of a great guitarist, and fretboard guitarists have made a huge impact on the sound of popular music.
• Learn the history and technique of this iconic instrument in this new book, Guitar Lessons: From Blues to Jazz.
This book is available in e-book format, or you can order it from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other major book retailers.
This article originally appeared in Guitar Lessons, the official newsletter of the National Guitar Museum.
It was produced by James G. Puckett, the editor and publisher of Guitar Lessons magazine.
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