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About Shenandoah Acoustics

Thank you for visiting Shenandoah Acoustics. This website was started by an acoustic music artist in the Shenandoah Valley. We believe that acoustic music is an art that is often forgotten in today’s age of advancing technology. That’s why we are going back to the basics and renewing America’s love for acoustic music. By featuring the best musicians and acoustic bands to showcasing upcoming concerts and tours, we’ll tell you about all the latest acoustic music news here at Shenandoah Acoustics.

If you are interested in learning how to play an acoustic instrument, we’ll help you with that as well. You will find articles explaining various instruments and we’ll give you tips on how to find a great instructor to give you lessons. If you love acoustic music or you just want to learn more about this old style of music, we invite you to join us as we learn more about performing arts here at Shenandoah Acoustics.

Who Doesn’t Love Acoustic Music?

From the time I was little I loved hearing my dad play the guitar whenever we had a family gathering. The whole family love music of all kinds, but sometimes it seemed that that the simpler the music the better. After I was grown up and out of the house, I decided that I wanted to play the guitar so my dad, being the great person that he is, gave me his old guitar. Though I am still learning, I love to sit down and play the guitar when I need a pick me up.

If that doesn’t work, I know that there is one other thing that will surely do the trick. I had to find a place that offered acoustic music to its listeners. Thankfully there are plenty of places like that around here. Most are local coffee shops, but no matter where I go to listen to some local musicians play acoustically, I love the music that I hear. The sound is simple and easy to listen to no matter what type of mood I am in.

Of course if there is no live music to listen to, I have a great collection of music at home that gives me that same great feeling. Acoustic music definitely has more heart and soul than other types because it is so raw. It is hard to hide or fake real passion when all you can hear is a voice and a guitar. Just listen to the acoustic version of your favorite song and you will instantly know what I am talking about. I find it very difficult not to prefer acoustic songs over the alternate versions.

Has the Ritualistic Music Industry Boosted Prepping?

There is a huge movement that is sweeping the country and it might come as a bit of a surprise to some people. This movement is not based on popularity and it has nothing to do with Hollywood or the rich and famous. The trend is really simple. So what is this trend? Well, the trend is the idea that the governments of the world are lying to us, the people, and that we are in much more danger than anyone will ever admit. This has led to numerous conspiracy theories and crazy ideas. However there is one idea that has really taken root and seems to be a legitimate approach. The idea is that we need to start prepping for the worst and hoping for the best. So lets dig in to how this has anything to do with music.

One of the biggest Internet conspiracy theories is the idea that the world is controlled by this uber large and uber secretive group known simply as the illuminati. The Illuminati are supposed to be the ones that call the shots and they are supposed to be the real power behind the puppets that we call leaders. Of those mentioned to be members of the Illuminati there is one that has deep roots in the music world. His name is Sean Carter a.k.a. Jay-Z. So there you have it. There is the connection between music and prepping. I know, I know. This idea is pretty comical when you think about it but hey, this is what the world thinks. So lets look at real prepping and see if it makes much sense.

Real prepping is all about taking advantage of the time we have and stockpiling goods and materials in the event that the proverbial feces hits the fan. Items such as canned foods, bottled water, diapers, cigarettes, liquor, etc. are said to be of great importance. The reasons being that they are everyday items that we would need in a survival situation and they are also items that can be used to barter or trade. I for one am not going to take a side in this argument I am simply sharing the information that you need to make an educated decision. So with that, here is a bit more on the prepping mindset.

Many preppers are interested in things such as guns, ammo, knives, hunting, etc. these are all activities that seem to appeal to the right wing folks and thus, the left wing folks think this is just another tin-foil hat wearing theory. Who knows? Are you in to prepping?

Acoustic Guitar Calms The Soul

If you have a hard time relaxing and you need to listen to calming acoustic music you should head down to your local music store to purchase a cd of all acoustics. Many times there are kiosks even in local department stores that have all kinds of acoustic music to choose from. At these kiosks you can listen before you buy so that you know you are getting music that you will love.

Music in general is very calming to the soul, but there are some forms of music that outshine others when it comes to being relaxing. I personally think that Acoustic music is one of the most relaxing forms of music out there today. If you don’t believe me, go and listen to someone play the guitar for about 30 minutes and see if you don’t come away with a more relaxed soul. I love to listen to my nephew play his guitar because it relaxes me so very much. He is currently in Nashville trying to make it as a musician.

Another way to enjoy calming acoustic music is to purchase a guitar and learn how to play it. This way you can calm down any time of day or night when you feel stress is about to overtake you. It may take some time to learn but once you learn you will be able to play for others and help them to relax as well. Who knows you may find that you love to play and that you have found a new hobby or even a money making talent. It never hurts to try something you have never tried before, especially when it has the potential to relax you.

Use the Best Electronic Cigarettes for Acoustic Musicians

There was a time when I thought the secret to great acoustic music was talent. Since I had plenty of that, as well as some high quality instruments, I didn’t think I was going to have any trouble making it big in the music industry. Now that I’m older and have been around for a while, I know better. There’s nothing easy about this business. I’ve also learned that even those who put in a lot of work and who have tons of talent don’t always make it.

While I’m not the world famous acoustic musician I once thought I would be, I have reached a point where I’m really happy with the music I produce, the artists I’ve worked with, and the fact that most of the time, I’m able to earn a living wage from my music. After years in the business, I’ve learned a few things about what it takes to reach success.

No matter how good a musician you are, in order to produce a good sound, you need to have good instruments. Don’t try to make do with a poorly made instrument. The sound produced will be lousy. It’s better to save up until you can afford the good stuff. It’s equally important to make sure you take care of your instruments, if you do that, they’ll continue to make sweet music.

I’ve also learned that it’s really important to have someone you trust who can handle the business aspect of your life. Making music can help you earn money, but only if you’re willing to manage that money. For a long time, I was able to handle everything on my own, including keeping track of how much money I made, calculating expenses, and figuring out what I needed to charge for each gig. When I started to enjoy some success, I found I was too busy to keep up with everything so I hired a business manager to handle the business side of things for me.

One of the hardest lessons I learned was that it’s really important to hire someone who knows what they’re doing and who has a great reputation. The first manager I hired nearly ruined me. I was much more careful when I chose the one I now use. I also learned that even though I have a business manager, but I also have to at least pay attention to how much money I have in my accounts and rough idea about how much I’m spending and how much I’m earning.

If my business manager hadn’t made a mess of my finances, I would have never tried out electronic cigarettes. I was really stressed and needed the nicotine, but I didn’t have the extra cash to pay the high taxes attached to traditional cigarettes. I was able to purchase the best electronic cigarette starter kit I could find with a promotional discount. That was my biggest expense. After that the only thing I had to worry about buying was the cartridges and those don’t cost much at all. I have found that the best electronic cigarettes had a great taste and a fantastically dense cloud of vapor. Best of all, after I started using the best electronic cigarettes I could find, I noticed that my voice sounded much better, less gravelly and this made my music more popular than ever. Now whenever I see a young musician smoking, I tell them about electronic cigarettes, and urge them to give the devices a try.

Acoustic Music Is Very Calming

Music in general is very calming to the soul, but there are some forms of music that outshine others when it comes to being relaxing. I personally think that Acoustic music is one of the most relaxing forms of music out there today. If you don’t believe me, go and listen to someone play the guitar for about 30 minutes and see if you don’t come away with a more relaxed soul. I’m telling you it works! Better yet, why not put on some acoustic music at your next massage hour and see how good you feel afterwards!

If you have a hard time relaxing and you need to listen to calming acoustic music you should head down to your local music store to purchase a cd of all acoustics. Many times there are keyosks even in local department stores that have all kinds of acoustic music to choose from. At these keyosks you can listen before you buy so that you know you are getting music that you will love.

Another way to enjoy calming acoustic music is to purchase yourself a guitar and learn how to play it. This way you can calm yourself down anytime of day or night when you feel stress is about to overtake you. It may take some time to learn but once you learn you will be able to play for others and help them to relax as well. Who knows you may find that you love to play and that you have found a new hobby or even a money making talent. You never know unless you give it a try! You have nothing to lose but a ton of stress!

Christmas Music Helps Melt The Blues Away

Are you starting to feel the holiday blues? Are you dreading Christmas because you simply cannot afford to buy your loved ones what you know they want? I know, I am in the same boat right there with you! You know what can help? Music! Christmas music is the BEST way to stay in the holiday spirit even if you don’t have the means to make Christmas awesome this year as far as gifts, you can make it a happy fun time for all by boosting your mood with Christmas music!

I started listening to Christmas music in my car almost a month ago! Believe it or not I found a station that started airing Christmas music that early! I was sort of down this year because I don’t have a steady job that will allow me to be able to purchase the items my daughter wants so I began listening to Christmas music very early on. I am glad that I did because my daughter and I are having the best time this holiday season just enjoying the moments each day. Sure Christmas morning may be a bit slim, but our hearts are full of fond Christmas carols and the fun and excitement that surrounds Christmas. I was just telling her today that I am having a blast making cookies, watching Christmas movies each night with hot coca and spending quality time together singing Christmas carols as we drive down the road and she agreed this is a fun happy time of year. She knows that we don’t have the money to get her a lot of presents, but she is enjoying the season regardless because the Christmas music has made our hearts as happy as a lark!

The Death Of Acoustic Music

Over the years there has been much written regarding the rise and the fall of the music industry. Some have argued that online sites such as Napster and LimeWire are to blame for the fall. Others will argue that the taste for music has changed and the industry has not been able to keep up. While these are all fun things to talk about, the reality is that the music industry has gotten away from music itself. Gone are the days of a person simply strumming their guitar and singing along. Instead we are force-fed groups of people that we are told are popular, pretty, and that we need to imitate. Nowadays the musical industry is interested in selling an idea instead of a song. This is why people like Brittney Spears and Nikki Manaj are famous. They are not artists. They cannot even carry a tune. Instead they offer a glimpse of what some would call beauty.

Real music was born out of the love for music. Carrying an acoustic guitar on your back, strumming it when you could, and simply enjoying the music where the keys to musical success. Those days are gone. The only way to save the musical industry is to allow it to die. Allow the corporate CEO types to suffer a great loss. Once the scene dies completely it can be remade into what it should be. Allow the electronic devices to go away and you will be left with an acoustic set that no one can rival. Acoustic music was the beginning and it will be the rise of a new generation.

Electronic vs. Acoustic

In the world of music there is always going to be a battle between the electronic folks and the acoustic folks. Some will argue that they are the same but the reality is that they are worlds apart. I personally am a fan of the acoustic sets but I also have a deep respect for the electronic folks as well. I enjoy the electric guitar but there is no replacing the acoustic models. If you are new to music then this might seem petty but if you are a regular or if you have years of experience then you understand the conflict. Acoustic music is a form of music that does not rely on the power of electronic distortion. That is all you get with an electronic guitar. When you use an electric model you are simply running your music through a set of wires and a box and thus you are left with a distorted signal of what your music use to be. Acoustic music is much different. Acoustic music forces the player to be more accurate and more precise.

If you are torn between the love of electronic models and acoustic models, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, what is the sound that you are going for? If you are trying to recreate a thrash metal band or if you are going for a Metallica sound, some will tell you that you need an electric guitar. But the reality is that you can play the same types of music with an acoustic. Acoustic models are not as loud but they will play the same music.

Searching for The Right Guitar

When it comes to guitars there are literally hundreds of choices that you could make. Guitars are very similar to cars. There are some made in other countries, there are some that are made in the United States, there are some that are expensive, and there are some that are cheap. In reality, if you are looking for a great guitar then you are going to have to spend a large sum of money. Great sound is not achieved with sub-par gear. The first step to finding a great guitar is weeding through the garbage. This might mean that you should shop around for the best guitars. Spend some time at the local guitar shops. Ask the local band players what they play. Always seek outside advice before making your purchase. There are also a few other areas that you need to address as well.

What type of sound are you going for? What is the look that you are after? Are you interested in electric models or acoustic models? I would suggest that you go for an acoustic model simply because it is more versatile and the sound is universal. Everyone enjoys an acoustical guitar. Further, if you can play the acoustic you can play the electric. Finally, when searching for the right guitar you need to be true to yourself. First, understand your ability. If you are a newbie then you need to purchase a guitar that you can learn on. Do not try to mimic someone else. Be true to yourself and to your music. Second, don’t go crazy buying items you do not need. A simple acoustic guitar can and will deliver all that you need.

Nirvana Unplugged

In 1992 there was a new wave of music that was starting to take the country by storm. The younger generation, known simply as generation X, was tired of the typical musical scene and they were aching for something that they could identify with. This is when Grunge rock became very popular. Some will argue that Grunge rock was a fad and that it was not very good, but history will show that this form of music not only inspired a generation but it revived an industry that needed new blood. Nirvana was the face of this new music scene and they were hugely popular. Based out of Seattle Washington, the group became famous almost over night. The front man was Kurt Cobane. He had crazy guitar skills and his voice was much different than anything on the radio at that time. He had the whine of a Bob Dylan but the power of a David Lee Roth.

The real high point in the careers of this band was in 1992 when they performed live on MTV. Many have played MTV before but none had ever played in an unplugged environment. This simply means that the music was acoustic. It was a raging success. The ratings where huge and the people loved the new music. Acoustic music has a smoother tone and it allows the user to really feel the music. Instead of being suppressed by electronics the music is allowed to freely flow. If you have never watched this scene from 1992, you need to search for it. It might just change your opinion of acoustical music.