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The 6 Kinds Of Guitarists
The Hobby Guitarist
This kind of guitarist plays guitar for themselves and is quite happy playing in their bedroom with no-one listening.. Whether it’s for a love of music or simply a way of bettering themselves they play guitar for fun. These guys and gals lend themselves to both electric and acoustic guitar across a wide variety of genres and styles. Hobby Guitarists normally keep to themselves and get a bit nervous of playing with others and are often terrified at the idea of performing in front of an audience however are quite pleased when shown admiration for their skills.
The Campfire Strummer
This kind of guitarists can be seen with an acoustic guitar in hand strumming along as their friends sing along around the campfire or other holiday or social type events. These players love music and social interaction equally and use music as a means of bringing joy and happiness to their social circle. These players are content strumming basic chords while they sing and don’t require outstanding technical prowess or theoretical knowledge, just enough to have fun playing their favourite songs.
The Garage Rocker
This kind of guitarists is usually heard before they are seen and are usually found in a mix of hobby jams and semi-professional gigs. They will usually have decent musical equipment and love playing with other people and seek performance opportunities frequently. They are the ones most likely to form bands and gig in a hobby or semi-professional capacity. Garage Rockers have mastered the basics of rhythm guitar playing and usually have a solid grasp of most rock and blues soloing techniques which they always seek to improve.
This kind of musician uses the guitar as an accompaniment to their voice and as a tool to help their songwriting. Ever the creative type, the Singer/Songwriter is an artists with music to share with the world through both recordings and live performance. The Singer/songwriter usually favors the acoustic guitar and has a basic understanding of chords and rhythm guitar playing as well as the music theory knowledge and compositional skills to make their own music. Singer/Songwriters are most likely to be solo musicians working to either a semi-professional or professional capacity however with the rise of Youtube and other social media platforms it is easier than ever to share your music with the world.
The shredder (also known as a Finger Wizard or Guitar God) plays hard, fast and has an amazing technical prowess on the instrument (often to the detriment of their feeling and creative skills). Shredders favor speed above all else and will spend hours upon hours building their lead guitar skills in order to intimidate other guitar players. Shredders are all about high gain, brightly coloured pointy guitars and melting the faces off of the first three rows of the audience.
Extroverted Shredders are your stereotypical rock stars and often have the ambition to play in stadiums with thousands of people to admire their epic guitar skills while introverted shredders are often the final evolutionary stage of the hobby musician after years of consistent practice and improvement at home in the bedroom.
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