Free Your Guitar, Free Your Mind

Playing an electric guitar
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NPR Music offers a free jazz guitar primer.

The electric guitar has only existed since the 1930s, but it’s spawned an amazing amount of innovation, in both construction and technique. The electric guitar already has some weighty history behind it: As with classical music and the violin, or jazz and the saxophone, rock music has claimed the six-stringer as its own. But while rock gives the electric guitar fire, avant-garde jazz musicians often re-think the instrument beyond its basic, melody- and rhythm-based functions.

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