April is International Guitar Month. Michael Mitchell and Audrey Williams have put together a display of guitar-related books and materials to celebrate International Guitar Month. The guitar is a versatile, widely played musical instrument. You can find the guitar used in a variety of musical genres: flamenco, blues, jazz, rock, country, western swing, folk, bluegrass, soul, funk, punk, and classical, to name a few.
There are many types of guitars too, such as steel, bass, solid body electric, hollow body, resonator and variations of each. Guitarists can convey emotions through the fretboard; playing the minor 7 chords create a sadness while playing a mix of major and seventh chords make a cheerful sound. Listen to “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals for the differences between these chord progressions, then listen to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Guitar music can range from celebratory, romantic, philosophical, rebellious, depressive, to angry and protesting. People come together where music is played.
Here are a few of the many eBooks available from the library:
- Rockin’ the borders: rock music and social, cultural and political change
- Feeding back: conversations with alternative guitarists from proto-punk to post-rock
- Technology of the guitar
- Teach Yourself VISUALLY Guitar
- Hendrix on Hendrix: interviews and encounters with Jimi Hendrix
- Van Halen rising: how a Southern California backyard party band saved heavy metal
- When I left home: my story
Micheal Mitchell and Audrey Williams,