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April 23, 2020
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For sixty years, conventional wisdom has told us that women generally did not perform rock and roll during the 1950s. Like so many cultural forms into which we are initiated, through education, personal interest, and general osmosis, this popular form of Western music-now a genre with seventy years under its belt-has functioned as an almost ideal example of the great man theory of history.

It can seem like a settled fact that Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and their celebrated male contemporaries invented the music; and that women played passive roles as fans, studio audience members, groupies, personifications of cars and guitars.

The recognition of rare exceptions, like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, does not challenge the rule. But Branstetter's Women in Rock and Roll's First Wave project almost single-handedly does.

The reality is, however, that hundreds-or maybe thousands-of women and girls performed and recorded rock and roll in its early years. And many more participated in other ways: writing songs, owning or working for record labels, working as session or touring musicians,designing stage wear, dancing, or managing talent.

Women's careers didn't always resemble those of their more famous male counterparts. Some female performers were well known and performed nationally as stars, while others had more influence regionally or only in one tiny club. Some made the pop charts, but even more had impact through live performance. Some women exhibited the kind of wild onstage behavior that had come to be expected from figures Jerry Lee Lewis or Little Richard-but that wasn't the only way to be rebellious, and others found their own methods of being revolutionary.
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On the cover of the Tone Note Music Method for Guitar is a connect-the-dots picture of a guitar. Even though you are familiar with connect-the-dots pictures, there are four very important ideas that every connect-the-dots picture teaches which help us to connect-our-thoughts:
    1. Start at the beginning
    2. Continue in order
    3. The end connects to the beginning, and
    4. When the last dot is connected you can see the picture!
There are many places you could start a connect-the-dots pictures, but there is only one true place to begin.
In other words, start and beginning are not the same... unless you start at the beginning.   

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The Jazz Strat merges the contoured body of a Stratocaster with the neck, vibrato and pickups of a Jazzmaster. The guitar has an alder body with a lacquer finish, a Medium "C"-shaped maple neck and a 9.5"-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets.It features period-correct American Vintage '65 single-coil Jazzmaster pickups on the bridge and neck. These are controlled by master volume - with treble-bleed - and master tone knobs and a 3-position toggle. 

The post-war period of the early 50s was a time of great innovation. Following major advancements in instrument design after the war, radical developments at Fender saw the release of both the seminal Esquire and Broadcaster by 1950. In 1952, Gibson's Les Paul Model similarly heralded the beginning of a new era in guitar building. As creativity flowed between musicians and guitar builders alike, popular culture and music technology moved forward in tandem and a new style of instrument began to take shape, beginning with Fender's Precision Bass in 1951, followed by the Gibson Electric Bass or EB-1 in 1953. 
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Tone Note Music Method for Guitar is the prequel to Guitar EncycloMedia.It is written for the guitarist who has been playing for a little while, but is confused by traditional guitar methods. Tone Note Music Method for Guitar provides the perfect solution to this problem by presenting music in a way that is simple and clear, easily applied, and does not require the reading of staff notes or TAB. Tone Note Music Method for Guitar cleans the slate so you can discover what you need to know, when you need to know it!      
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In 1961, Gibson decided it was time to restyle the Les Paul model it had introduced in 1952. With Fender's more modern-looking models eating into its sales, Gibson thought it might gain back some of its market share by giving the Les Paul a sleeker look. That decision didn't sit well with the guitar's namesake. Les Paul never liked the resulting Gibson SG model, with its thin body and twin pointy horns. In the video above, the late guitarist and inventor explains exactly what about the guitar bothered him.
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Having been consistently impressed by the range over the years, but that doesn't mean we let their makers, the veteran amp-modelers Tech 21 NYC, get away with anything less than the very best. After all, they're charging a fair chunk of change for their units, and they also make some pretty big claims - not least, in the last year or two, promising to make your bass tone resemble that of Dug Pinnick, Geddy Lee and now Steve Harris of Iron Maiden.

Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016) was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was 5 feet 2 inches in height but showed the world that the smallest people can have the biggest impact. He is widely regarded as the pioneer of the Minneapolis Sound in the 1980s. Prince was a peculiar man, striking our interest with unusual fashion and thought-provoking art. Let's now honor a great legend by looking back on his great success as an influential artist and share a few interesting facts about our beloved Prince.
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