With the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a sort of meter stick for success, the museum’s 32nd annual induction ceremony, like every year, is kind of a big deal. This past April saw the world’s brightest musicians honouring each other at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Exciting collaborations and rare line-upswere the highlight of the night, as Snoop Dog and Alicia Keys played tribute to Tupac Shakur and Geddy Lee helped out on bass at the Yes reunion. It was a truly special night as the Hall welcomed ELO, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Nile Rodgers, Tupac, and Yes to its library.
Like most people, you probably wish you were there for any one of the once-in-a-lifetime performances. From Pearl Jam’s 1991 original lineup to Lenny Kravitz’s tribute to Prince, there was an extraordinary act for every musical taste. But maybe you have dreams of being at the ceremony not as an attendee but as an inductee yourself! If that’s the case, you have a long road ahead of you.
Consider how many artists and groups that get snubbed every year. There are lists upon lists of those eligible bands that should be inducted and yet — for whatever reason — haven’t been given the honour. Google them and you’ll find a case for most bands, including Soundgarden, Judas Priest, and T-Rex—all ground-breaking musicians in their own right. What hope do you have if you can’t even play the guitar?
Not much of one, that’s for sure! The first step towards international stardom is becoming a musician. If you fantasize about mastering a Yes solo then you’ll need to become one with the guitar. As a beginner, you have a lot to learn. For one thing, you need to figure out what kind of guitar to start on. For some people, they know immediately whether or not they prefer the acoustic or electric guitar, but for others, it might not be a clear ‘either/or’ scenario.
You might like the bright, sharp sound of a Fender guitar like the Stratocaster or Telecaster; you might prefer the smooth velvet notes of a Gibson; or you might just like both, plus the HI-FI tones of a semi-acoustic Taylor. You won’t know until you check out your local music store and start playing around with their guitars. If you live in Canada, there’s no better place to experiment than your Long & McQuade local guitar shop. With over 50 locations across and the country and 50 years in the business, they have the best selection of acoustic and electric guitars for any player, novice or expert. They also have the music reps who can help guide you through your first purchase.
Once you have a trusty axe in your hand, then there’s nothing left but to practise, practise, and practise some more. You won’t get a good feel for the strings unless you put in the time to get to know your instrument. Here’s where having an instructor can help. As an accomplished guitar player themselves, they can help you learn the tricks of the trade faster than if you were on your own. Plus, they’re a great sounding board for any ideas or questions you might have.
Let’s face it—most of the musicians inducted into the Hall have taken lessons, and if not, then they were their own teachers, investing years of their lives to finding out everything they need to know. It’s the first obstacle standing in your way to Hall of Fame stardom. Admittedly, there are about one million more, but you never know what the future holds. So make a trip to your local music store and take the first step towards achieving your dreams.
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