After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

Howling Coyote Sound

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Howling Coyote Studio designs CD covers and labels. Personally I play mostly electric guitar to relax and unwind. My equipment list includes: Epiphone Les Paul, Parker P30, my first home made guitar (a telecaster copy with a bigsby bridge) and a Roland GR30 guitar synth with a GK2a pick up, also a few effects pedals, MXR comp, Tremolo, and Wah pedals. For recording, a Mackie mixer with lexicon effects rack and Boss GT8, Mac Laptop with DAW software. I also have a Korg midi keyboard with some old school midi sound modules, Korg NS5R and E-mu Xtreme Lead, Korg Wavesation A/D, a Korg microX keyboard and a Korg Kaossilator Pro.

Guitars

"The guitar is a small orchestra. It is polyphonic. Every string is a different color, a different voice"- Andres Segovia. There are many different kinds of guitars, such as acoustic, semi-acoustic (also called electric acoustic), hollow body, jumbo guitars and more. Guitars can be one of many different shapes, sizes and colors and are used in a variety of musical styles, such as country music, rock and roll, jazz and latin. The electric guitar uses the pickup to sense the vibrations of the strings electronically and sends them as an electronic signal to the amplifier, which sends them on to the speakers. The sound can be altered to suit the guitarist. There is a volume control on the guitar itself and tone control knobs to change the sound tonality. These knobs give you plenty of flexibility on modifying the sound from your guitar to suit yourself and your desired genre of music.

Guitar effects come in a wide variety, although most effects are variations on four basic themes, which are distortion, dynamics, reverb/delay, and pitch modulation. The most commonly used effect is overdrive and distortion although there are hundreds of different effects available. It can be more difficult than it sounds to learn how to use an effect pedal to its best potential and it takes a lot of practice and experimenting to get some good sounds.

A multi-effects device is a single electronics effects pedal or rack mount device that contains many different electronic effects. Multi-FX devices allow users to "preset" combinations of different effects, allowing musicians quick on-stage access to different effects combinations. Newer units also include Amp and Speaker modeling (simulation). For help on getting set up you might checkout this web site on ...Beginner Guitar HQ

The Ukulele (pronounced "oo-koo-le-le")

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The ukulele comes in four sizes from smallest to largest: soprano (the original size) concert and tenor (created in the 1920s) baritone (created in the late 1940s). The ukulele is a fretted instrument fitted with four nylon strings tuned to G C E A. (Note: this is the normal tuning for the ukulele) The instrument can be played with the bare fingers. This method of playing is known as 'finger style.' Another way of playing the ukulele is by strumming it with a ukulele plectrum. But the most popular method of playing the ukulele is with the bare fingers using complex strumming techniques.

"...whenever you went round George's house, after dinner the ukuleles would come out and you'd inevitably find yourself singing all these old numbers"

Paul McCartney

The ukulele is relatively easy to play. It is probably the easiest of the stringed instruments to learn. Ukuleles offer many features. They are lightweight, easy to pack around and great to travel with. Ukes put a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. Ukuleles range from $20. ( tourist trinkets) $50. to $150. (beginners) $250. to $500. (intermediate) $1000. and up (pro). You can play all types of music, rock, jazz, folk, hawaiian (where it all began). Pick one up and have some fun.