Death Of The Six String

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Death Of The Six String

Post by Jim_Fogle » Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:37 pm

Some forum members may find this Washington Post article about the shrinking music industry interesting or enlightning.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics ... 658633f2d1
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Post by greenA2 » Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:09 am

Interesting read, but too focused on electric guitar. As the article admits "starting in 2010, the industry witnessed a milestone that would have been unthinkable during the hair-metal era: Acoustic models began to outsell electric". I'd say this is partly a you-tube effect. It is much easier to be a youtube act with an acoustic rather than an electric, and this century's guitar heroes like Andy McKee have proven this.
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Post by Zoetrope » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:33 am

I'll go further out on a limb and say that the dizzying array of options for electric guitar (just the sheer number of effects pedals let alone amps with built in effects) could freeze a purchase decision indefinitely, whereas acoustics are still just acoustics (for the most part). As a beginner, it would be a really daunting task to figure out what kind of electric setup to get.

I'll toss in that today's first time purchaser probably lives in less square footage and an acoustic is easier to drag from couch to couch, apartment to apartment, than a Marshall stack.

All of this is guesswork of course.
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Re: Death Of The Six String

Post by Jim_Fogle » Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:20 pm

All those ideas have merit. Music and the popularity of different instruments seems to move in cycles. Presently the banjo is popular in country music while the pedal steel guitar is not. A few years ago swing bands were popular and if you have a daughter you may remember boy bands like New Kids On The Bock. John Coltrane, Kenny G and Junior Walker popularized the saxophone while Al Hirt and Herb Albert featured the trumpet. You use to hear instrumentals but now you rarely do unless you see the local on the 8's segment of the Weather Channel.
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Re: Death Of The Six String

Post by The Cracks » Sun Jul 02, 2017 9:33 am

I didn't read the article but I read a great book called "The Death of Music". It's about how mp3's are going a long way to killing the idea of selling recorded music. It's not a dead industry yet but it could be on its way. As to the topic, I think acoustic guitars are more versatile. You can play a pretty, soft song and a "rock" song. Plus you can take them anywhere. Paul McCartney said if had to pick one instrument to play it would be the acoustic guitar (you'll have to hunt Youtube for the interview).

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