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Post 47: Electric guitar sounds

"Now we know why we like it"

“Now we know why we like it”

I am spanning the musical genres this week the last post recommended some 18th century French music but today we are at the other end of the spectrum. I had my first foray into music written and arranged for an electric guitar quartet performed at a fairly new small venue, The Forge in Camden. My colleague Ella (an erstwhile electric guitar player herself) and I went to a gig by a group called Ludi led by guitarist Adrian Lee. The music was inspired from a wide range of sources, including Joni Mitchell, Philip Glass and medieval composer Guillaume de Machaut. It was exciting to hear the electric guitar being played in such a new (to me) and subtle way. It would be lovely to work with the group here at the museum once we have a slightly bigger and more acoustically suitable space to use. So it was a useful and enjoyable research evening. Check them out here where you will also find links to their newsletter and musical examples.


My electric guitar epiphany continued when one of our residential neighbours gave me the heads up about an article on page 22 of the Times, (24 July 2014). Apparently a scientist has mapped out the physics of a virtuoso guitar solo (in mathematical equations) and proved electric guitars use the same patterns of sound as a human voice. I went to the original paper entitled “String Theory – The Physics of String Bending and other Electric Guitar technique.” Here is a link to the article – ok I confess I was lost at the first fundamental frequency equation perhaps I should stick to the listening rather than understanding.


Enthusiasm level: Embracing the sound
Progress: Technical
Quote: “Two watermelon mojitos please”


About Sarah Bardwell

Handel & Hendrix in London Trustee and leading the team that is reinstating, in the adjoining building, Jimi Hendrix's London flat to open to the public. Quirky twist of chance meant that baroque legend Handel lived at 25 Brook Street in the 18th century and that rock legend Hendrix lived next door in the 1960s.

One comment on “Post 47: Electric guitar sounds

  1. nitrogenfootprint
    24 July 2014

    “proved electric guitars use the same patterns of sound as a human voice”.

    Eric Clapton said in his 80s South Bank Show special that when he play’s a solo he’s singing but through the notes played on the guitar.

    It’s taken this long for science to catch up.

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