Friday, May 28, 2010

Artest to the Rescue

Trading Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets for Ron Artest made a positive note for the defending champs. Artest rebounded a missed jump shot by Kobe Bryant and banked on a wild shot at the buzzer. The shot went in, much to the delight of the Lakers and their fans. It was only the second basket of Ron Artest in the entire game and the last shot is the most important of them all giving the win for the Lakers 103-101. Kobe Bryant lead the Lakers with 30 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. The game was very much heading into overtime after the Suns rallied from an 18 point deficit to tie it from a Jason Richardson's bank a 3 pointer after two consecutive tries from the three points line. But that all set up for the heroics of Ron Artest. Steve Nash lead the Suns with 29 points and 11 assists, his best game of the series. Phoenix will come back home in Game 6 and will have another shot to extend the series if they win in their homecourt. The Lakers will try to finish the Suns in that game.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

What You Need To Know About The Cigar Box Acoustic Guitar

If you're in the music scene, you've probably realized by now that you need to do everything you can to stand out. If you show up to a gig with just a regular get-up and regular instruments, you can play your heart out and still not get noticed. Why not jazz up your appearance with something old-school and authentic like a cigar box acoustic guitar?

The indie scene today utilizes a lot of unconventional instruments. Among these are "lo-fi" instruments like those you might find in a jugband or even "children's" instruments like cheap Casio keyboards. Homemade instruments are en vogue as well, so the cigar box guitar, as old-fashioned as it might seem, currently has a certain hip appeal.

Moreover, there's more to the instrument than you might realize at first. These can produce a really great folksy sound to go along with their look, and the result is what you've always been looking for: sheer stage presence. First, however, you need to decide whether you're going to use an online tutorial and commit to making one on your own or buy one premade from someone with experience.

If you do decide you want to buy a guitar from someone, be sure you look around and find a reputable maker. Because these instruments are fashionable, many people try to pass off low-quality models, and while they may indeed look nice, you're not going to get a good sound out of them, ever. Others, on the other hand, may look like rubbish but sound like a Martin. You just have to know what you're going in for, so ask questions.

One thing to take note of is that these are niche items. They are going to be worth the money you pay, so you may as well take the opportunity to inquire about customized models. Most makers probably don't keep a big stock lying around, so it may not be much trouble on their part to use the wood or cigar box brand that you specify. This way you can have a personalized instrument for not much more in cost.

There's a lot to be said for making your own instrument, though. This lends a certain spirit to the device that you may be able to bring out in playing. It'll truly become an extension of you. This, however, is only true if you put the time and labor in. It's possible to cheap out and finish a complete guitar in an afternoon but it won't be good for much besides a child's toy. Still, it's a fun way to spend an afternoon, so it's up to you.
Online tutorials are going to be your best bet when it comes to finding patterns and diagrams for these instruments. The underground scene that supports the cigar box guitar is still relatively new, so you're going to find better info in the digital realm than in regular books or libraries. Try to find tutorials that teach the basics first, such as firmly attaching the neck, placing and cutting the sound hole, and stringing it.

Well, by now you should be well on your way to acquiring your first cigar box acoustic guitar, whether you decide to buy or build it. But why stop at one? It can be addicting to make others, especially when you consider all the modifications you can use to make it your own, or one you can hook up to an amplifier. Give it your best!

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