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Guitar Lessons Online Issue Date: 05-21-2017

Cool Spots image Have you ever wanted to learn to play the guitar? Justin Guitar, justinguitar.com, was created by a music instructor who wanted to make lessons available to anyone interested in learning. There are more than 1,000 video lessons available at the site. Take the Beginnerís Course to get started and then move on to the Intermediate Courses, where you will be able to choose from your favorite genres of music to play. There is even a series of lessons to help you learn to play the ukulele, if you prefer a smaller instrument. The Reference section will answer many of your questions about scales, guitar gear and technique.

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Country Style Issue Date: 11-04-2012

Cool Spots imagePut on your dancing shoes, because you'll be grooving to the music as you listen to and explore the history of country music at Dreaming My Dreams, countrymusichalloffame.org/singmebackhome. Begin in the 1960s and discover the decadeís music, famous instruments and awesome performances When Two Worlds Collide. Click on albums such as Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and hear tunes that are still popular. Move on to Long-Haired Country Boys to discover the fiddle and the rowdy sound that remain in today's country music. So Much Cooler Online highlights artists you'll definitely recognize, such as Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

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Strummin' Away the Day Issue Date: 09-14-2008

Cool Spots imageIf you're in a guitar groove, rock out with the Experience Music Project's Timeline, www.empsfm.org/flash/guitbass/index.html. Wander through the melodic timeline at the bottom of the page and select any of the guitars. Did you know Vivi-Tone's electric guitar was the first solid-bodied electric guitar, or that the Vega Electric has a trapeze-shaped tailpiece? Treat your ears to the Walking Bassline, where the guitar of your choice will strum out a tune. Be sure to listen to them all, from the harmonizing guitars to the funky bass beats.

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Plug In And Play Issue Date: 02-20-2000

Cool Spots imageFrom rhythm and blues to rock 'n' roll, the arrival of the electric guitar changed the music world forever. At the Lemelson Center's Electric Guitar exhibit, you can tune into how musical innovators cranked up their sound a few decibels thanks to this way-cool instrument. From invention to most recent use, you'll discover the history of the electric guitar. Plug in and play at http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/theguitars.htm. Read all about how the electric guitar was first shunned as a novelty-only to find its way into concert halls, conservatories and classrooms worldwide. You can also read about how guitars are designed and how they work. And jam with the best, including Chuck Berry and Eddie Van Halen. Strap on your Fender Stratocaster and prepare to play.

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Play It Loud Issue Date: 06-21-1998

Cool Spots imageWhether it's rock 'n' roll, jazz or the blues, there's no mistaking the brash sounds of the electric guitar. Thanks to the Lemelson Center's Rise of the Electric Guitar Web site, you'll be able to meet the makers and players of this musical breakthrough at http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/electricguitar/theguitars.htm. You'll discover how the guitar was invented and how famous makers, from Gibson to Rickenbacker influenced its design. For those new to the guitar, audio clips demonstrate how the instrument works. Plus, there are profiles on such guitar legends as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. It's time to strap on a Fender Stratocaster and make some noise!

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