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Seven-string Guitar
The SEVEN-STRING GUITAR adds one additional string, commonly used to extend the bass range (usually a low B) but it can also be used to extend the treble range of the 6 string guitar. The additional string is added in one of two different ways: by increasing the width of the fingerboard such that the additional string may be fretted by the left hand; or, by leaving the fingerboard unchanged and adding a "floating" bass string. In the latter case, the extra bass string lies next to the existing bass strings, but free of the fingerboard in similar fashion as the archlute and theorbo . Such unfrettable bass strings were historically known as diapasons or bourdons. Some types of seven-string guitars are specific to certain cultures such as the Russian and Brazilian guitars
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Howard Alden
HOWARD ALDEN (born October 17, 1958) is an American jazz guitarist born in Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach, California
. Alden has recorded many albums for Concord Records , including four with seven-string guitar innovator George Van Eps . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Musical career * 3 Personal life * 4 Sweet and Lowdown
Sweet and Lowdown
* 5 Awards * 6 Discography * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFEHoward Vincent Alden was born in Newport Beach, California
Newport Beach, California
on October 17, 1958. He grew up in Huntington Beach , playing piano, harmonica, the four-string tenor guitar , and then four-string banjo at age ten
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Bucky Pizzarelli
JOHN PAUL "BUCKY" PIZZARELLI (born January 9, 1926) is an American jazz guitarist. He is the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli
and double bassist Martin Pizzarelli . He worked for NBC as a staffman for Dick Cavett
Dick Cavett
(1971) and ABC with Bobby Rosengarden in (1952). The list of musicians he has collaborated with includes Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
, Les Paul , and Stéphane Grappelli . Pizzarelli cites as influences Django Reinhardt , Freddie Green , and George Van Eps . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Later life and career * 3 Personal life * 4 Guitars * 5 Awards and honors * 6 Discography * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFEPizzarelli was born January 9, 1926 in Paterson , New Jersey. He learned to play guitar and banjo at a young age
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Ron Eschete
RONALD PATRICK ESCHETé (August 19, 1948) is an American seven-string jazz guitarist. He is the first person to record a cover version of " Christmas Time Is Here ", which Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi
wrote for the Charlie Brown television program. CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Discography * 2.1 As leader * 3 References * 4 External links CAREERWhen Escheté was fourteen, he began playing guitar. During the late 1960s, he studied classical guitar and flute at Loyola University in New Orleans. From 1969–1970, he worked in Last Vegas supporting singer Buddy Greco . He moved to Los Angeles, where he played with Dave Pike and Gene Harris
Gene Harris
. Escheté has been an educator since the early 1970s when he taught at community colleges in southern California
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John Pizzarelli
JOHN PAUL PIZZARELLI JR. (born April 6, 1960) is an American jazz guitarist and vocalist. He has recorded over twenty solo albums and has appeared on more than forty albums by other recording artists, including Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
, James Taylor
James Taylor
, Rosemary Clooney
Rosemary Clooney
; his father, jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli
; and his wife, singer Jessica Molaskey . CONTENTS * 1 Career * 2 Discography * 2.1 As leader * 2.2 As sideman or guest * 3 References * 4 External links CAREERThe son of swing guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli
Bucky Pizzarelli
, John Pizzarelli
John Pizzarelli
was born in Paterson , New Jersey. He started on guitar when he was six and played trumpet through his college years. He attended Don Bosco Preparatory High School , an all-boys Catholic school
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Lenny Breau
LEONARD HAROLD BREAU (August 5, 1941 – August 12, 1984) was an American-born guitarist and music educator. One of the most admired guitarists of his generation in musician's circles in Canada and the United States, he was known for blending many styles of music, including jazz , country, classical, and flamenco. Inspired by country guitarists like Chet Atkins, Breau used fingerstyle techniques not often used in jazz guitar . By using a seven-string guitar and approaching the guitar like a piano, he opened up possibilities for the instrument. CONTENTS* 1 Biography * 1.1 Canadian country * 1.2 Turning to jazz * 2 Posthumous honors * 3 Technique and guitars * 4 Discography * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links BIOGRAPHYCANADIAN COUNTRYBreau was born August 5, 1941, in Auburn , Maine, but moved with his family to Moncton
Moncton
, New Brunswick
New Brunswick
in 1948
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Gretsch
GRETSCH is an American company that manufactures guitars , basses and drums . The company was founded in 1883 by Friedrich Gretsch, a 27-year-old German immigrant, shortly after his arrival to the United States. Friedrich Gretsch
Gretsch
manufactured banjos, tambourines, and drums until his death in 1895. In 1916, his son, Fred Gretsch
Gretsch
Sr. moved operations to Brooklyn
Brooklyn
, New York where Gretsch
Gretsch
went on to become one of the most prominent manufacturers of American musical instruments. Most modern-era Gretsch
Gretsch
guitars are manufactured in the Far East
Far East
, though American-made "Custom Shop" models are available. In 2002, Gretsch
Gretsch
entered a business agreement with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC). Under the terms of that agreement Fred W
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George Van Eps
GEORGE VAN EPS (August 7, 1913 – November 29, 1998) (often called the Father of the Seven-String Guitar) was an American swing and mainstream jazz guitarist. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Discography * 2.1 As leader or co-leader * 2.2 As sideman * 3 Bibliography * 4 References BIOGRAPHY George Van Eps was born in Plainfield , New Jersey, into a family of musicians. His three brothers were musicians. His mother was a classical pianist and his father, Fred Van Eps , was a ragtime banjoist. George Van Eps began playing banjo when he was eleven years old. After hearing Eddie Lang
Eddie Lang
on the radio, he put down the banjo and devoted himself to guitar. By the age of thirteen, in 1926, he was performing on the radio
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Raphael Rabello
RAFAEL BAPTISTA RABELLO (October 31, 1962 – April 27, 1995), was a virtuoso Brazilian guitarist and composer. During the 1980s and 1990s, he was considered one of the best acoustic guitar players in the world and played with many famous artists, such as Tom Jobim , Ney Matogrosso , Paulo Moura , and Paco de Lucia . CONTENTS* 1 Biography * 1.1 Early years * 1.2 Early musical career * 1.3 Later career and success * 1.4 Final years * 2 Legacy * 3 Discography * 4 References * 5 External links BIOGRAPHYEARLY YEARS Raphael Rabello was born in Petrópolis
Petrópolis
, Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
, Brazil
Brazil
. He was the youngest child of his family, which included many musicians. His sister Luciana was a well-known cavaquinho player and his other sister, Amélia , became a singer
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Yamandu Costa
YAMANDU COSTA (born January 24, 1980 in Passo Fundo ), sometimes misspelled Yamandú, is a Brazilian guitarist and composer . His main instrument is the Brazilian seven-stringed classical guitar . Costa began to study guitar at age seven with his father, Algacir Costa, leader of the group Os Fronteiriços (The Frontiersmen) and mastered the instrument after studying with Lúcio Yanel, an Argentine virtuoso who lived in Brazil. At age fifteen, Costa began to study southern Brazilian folk music, as well as the music of Argentina
Argentina
and Uruguay
Uruguay
. Influenced by the music of Radamés Gnattali , he began to study the music of other Brazilians, such as Baden Powell de Aquino , Tom Jobim and Raphael Rabello . At age seventeen he played in São Paulo
São Paulo
for the first time at the Cultural Circuit Bank of Brazil; the concert was produced by Study Tone Brazil
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Guitarra Séptima
The GUITARRA SéPTIMA or GUITARRA SéTIMA is a Mexican guitar with fourteen strings, strung in seven double courses. This guitar is smaller than a six-string guitar and also has less resonance. It had popularity in the 19th century. Some manuscripts have been found, like the one by Antonio Vargas, of 1776 in Veracruz
Veracruz
, where a seven double-course guitar is mentioned, as well as methods by José Guarro and Guillermo Gómez. REFERENCES * INAH (1988). Atlas Cultural de México. Música. México: Grupo Editorial Planeta
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United States
Coordinates : 40°N 100°W / 40°N 100°W / 40; -100 United States
United States
of America Flag Great Seal MOTTO: " In God We Trust
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Semi-acoustic Guitar
A SEMI-ACOUSTIC GUITAR or HOLLOW-BODY ELECTRIC is a type of electric guitar that originates from the 1930s. It has both a sound box and one or more electric pickups . This is not the same as an acoustic-electric guitar , which is an acoustic guitar with the addition of pickups or other means of amplification, added by either the manufacturer or the player. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Usage * 3 Variations * 4 Gallery * 5 Examples * 6 References HISTORYIn the 1930s guitar players and manufacturers were attempting to increase the overall volume of the guitar, which had a hard time competing in loudness with other instruments—especially in large orchestras and jazz bands. This led makers to try a series of designs that focused on amplifying a guitar electrically through a loudspeaker. In 1936, Gibson made their first production run of electric guitars. These guitars, known as ES-150s (Electric Spanish Series) were the first manufactured semi-acoustic guitars
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Archtop Guitar
An ARCHTOP GUITAR is a hollow steel-stringed acoustic or semi-acoustic guitar with a full body and a distinctive arched top, whose sound is particularly popular with jazz , blues , rockabilly and psychobilly guitarists. Typically, an archtop guitar has: * 6 strings * An arched top and back, not a flat top and back * A hollow body * Moveable adjustable bridge * F-holes similar to members of the violin family * Rear mounted tailpiece , stoptail bridge or Bigsby tremolo * 14th-fret neck joinCONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Construction * 3 Various use of the term archtop * 4 Bass guitars * 5 Other variations * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Bibliography * 9 External links HISTORY A 1918 "The Gibson" acoustic guitar, with a 13th fret neck join, circular soundhole and floating bridge. This was a transitional model with no f-holes and a much smaller body than the classic archtop
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