Which guitar is calling me?

2012 Martin DC Aura Custom2011 Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster2000 Gibson Gary Moore signature Les Paul

I haven’t touched a guitar in a week. Seems longer than that, but I know I just recorded a song a week ago (look for “Year’s End” on my RN profile, if you want to hear it). So I’m feeling the urge to play some more. I’ve been on a Strat kick, lately. And I don’t think I’ve touched my Les Paul in months. But it is my Martin acoustic that is calling me back. The Les Paul can wait. I need to re-string it, anyway. But for now, it is time for some acoustic strumming. Maybe I’ll record a new song. Maybe not. I can’t predict when creativity will strike. All I can do is keep a digital recorder handy for when it does.

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Instrumental Music vs Vocal Music

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It’s hard to be an instrumentalist

Nowadays, if you’re not a singer / songwriter or rapper, your music just won’t get many plays. Long gone are the days when you could turn on the radio and hear an instrumental song on the top 40. Oh, there are a few exceptions, I guess. If you are a fret board acrobat, you can still get a following. I’m no acrobat or shredder – just an instrumental songwriter.

Yes, I used to write songs with lyrics and I actually sang them. I can carry a tune and even used to sing in choir at church, but I don’t have a soloist’s voice. These days, I just prefer to express myself through my guitars. Maybe one day I’ll get inspired to write some more lyrics to one of my songs. Until then, I’ll let my guitars do my speaking. The question is: “Is anybody listening?”

-JRE

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