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February 22, 2019
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When did language begin? The question is not an easy one to answer. There are no records of the event. "Languages don't leave fossils," notes the Linguistic Society of America, "and fossil skulls only tell us the overall shape and size of hominid brains, not what the brains could do." The scant evidence from evolutionary biology does not tell us when early humans first began to use language, only that they could 100,000 years or so ago.

However, the question also depends on what we mean by language. Before the linguistic technologies of grammar and syntax, hominids, like other mammals today and a good number of non-mammals too, had a wordless language that communicated more directly, and more honestly, than any of the thousands of ways to string syllables into sentences.

That language still exists, of course, and those who understand it know when someone is afraid, relieved, frustrated, angry, confused, surprised, embarrassed, or awed, no matter what that someone says. It is a language of feeling-of sighs, grunts, rumbles, moans, whistles, sniffs, laughs, sobs, and so forth. Researchers call them "vocal bursts" and as any long-suffering married couple can tell you, they communicate a whole range of specific feelings.

"Emotional expressions color our social interactions with spirited declarations of our inner feeling that are difficult to fake, and that our friends, co-workers and loved ones rely on to decipher our true commitments." A study was devised to test the range of emotion vocal bursts can carry.
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The 4N features a thinner ebony fingerboard and deeper neck profile than the N4, Bettencourt's previous Washburn signature. It has a birdseye maple neck, and its body contours have been redesigned. The guitar is made with an alder body with a Stephens Extended Cutaway, a Floyd Rose Original Tremolo with Kahler nut and Seymour Duncan '59 and Bill Lawrence L-500 pickups, complete with a single volume control and three-way selector switch.    

The semi-hollow bass is a modified version of the Artist Series. Made in Germany, it comes in either a vintage sunburst or burgundy blackburst transparent high polish finish. It has a AAA flamed maple top and carved body, a maple neck with ekanga veneer stripes, and a tigerstripe ebony fingerboard. Its 21 frets are marked with illuminated side-dots. It has a pair of MEC vintage single coil pickups matched to a 2-band EQ. 

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Wow, watch this bass solo by Nathan Navarro that uses 40 playing techniques to get 5 years of Bass lessons in 2 minutes!  
Play like Joni Mitchell in Open D

For all the examples in this lesson, you'll need to be in open D tuning. That's DADF#AD, from low to high. If you've not tried this tuning before, it can be surprising how deep and resonant it can make a guitar sound. We're thinking acoustic for the most part, but if an electric is all you have to hand, give it a try. Ideally, you want a guitar with a fixed bridge as retuning can play havoc with floating bridges.

Compared to the majority of boutique amplifiers, The Super Fifteen Magnatone stands out. It is the smallest in the series, but it is nonetheless a stately amp that features 15 watts driving a Magnatone 12-inch speaker custom-made by Warehouse Guitar Speakers. It is loud enough for gigs and has abundant clean headroom. It's output tubes are configured in fixed bias Class AB. Besides letting the EL84s run cooler and extending their life, this also gives it a tighter response.
Among guitarists, Lawson Rollins has carved out a place of his own with his impeccable nylon-string shredding. GP celebrated him for it in the August 2017 acoustic special issue, where we ranked him among 50 "Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists." Since then, however, Rollins has decided to try his hand at steel-string acoustic and - gasp! - electric guitar. The results can be heard on Dark Matter: Music for Film, his new, sprawling 25-track release. 

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