The guitar is ancient... it dates back to the dawn of mans entrance in time on Earth. It's very specific tuning of the notes that appear across it's six strings at any fret has been unearthed in artifacts discovered dating back 70,000 years, and most likely to be even further, as archaeologists dig deeper into the origin of sound and music.
In the Age Of Guitar Series... here displayed, are a few of the more recent images... and by recent you can see clearly that does not mean from yesterday. The most ancient of guitar images and their ancestors are yet to be found... and perhaps they will soon, but as time has it, often many representations and actual physical objects are eaten away by thousands of years of decay and may be lost forever.
The music in this video is a short clip from my recording "Ancestors", a guitar solo with background effects. The recording is available in it's full length on iTunes and over 200 music sites Worldwide... as a single download... or as a streaming audio on Spotify and similar providers of music around the globe.
Here is my own music store site link...
with sample clips of some of my recordings in the general market, many others are either in select markets elsewhere in the world, in commercials or films... or no longer available...
Thanks... Craig Smith Guitarist
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First as seen in ancient cave paintings dating back tens of thousands of years man appeared to have created the hunting bow. However in more recent studies it is believed this small bow was perhaps not used for hunting at all... but for producing sounds... and the beginning of music. From here, many years beyond additional strings were added and the harp was born... and it wasn't much longer that it was realized by stretching out the bow section of early harp the strings could lay flat on a neck... even with frets, and The Guitar Came To Be. This was thousands of years ago, and then somewhere only hundreds of years back the frets were removed and the basic violin family emerged. Incidentally, the piano was not creaqted until 1727 or so.
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Guitar... The Holy Grail of Creativity
We Are The Creators... We Are Man!
Creativity is in our hands, and has been since the dawn of mankind. We are the only species of animal on the planet that continuously pours out new ideas every second of every day, and has been doing so for as long as any historic records have been kept... and even far beyond that into the deepest past of pre-history.
We Are The Creators... We Are Man.
We all come into this life with an immediate abundance of ability to be the "Next Big Thing" in any area of life we should so desire to explore. We are born into the Natural World of Creativity... with all the connections in place, like those of the processors and programs of a brand new computer, just waiting to be presented with ideas and images from the outside that will take us on an inner journey of imagination to discover who we really are and were meant to become to the world. Then... it starts to happen... The Shut Down, like perhaps a computer virus that takes over from the outside of our true self... and slowly... bit by bit... piece by piece blocks, controls and destroys all the great things we could have uncovered and offered to the rest of the world. It seems almost deliberate, as if those around us in our lives... from family, friends, teachers and later others in our working environment... everyone, everywhere has taken an oath based on perhaps the fear of change, a pledge to stop us from the uniqueness of ourselves. It's as if they want us to follow a specific road map... or guidance system that "keeps them safe from us". Why is this... What is it that they are really so in fear of... is the fear really based on their concern that we will be better off by complying, or that they will be less threatened. This is the question and a dilemma for ourselves as to how we can not be infected by this virus of insecurity when they are the carriers of it. It seems to be their sole purpose only is to take over our lives, destroy our potential of individuality... and protect themselves from the fear of any type of change. Just like the pathology of any infectious disease, or a computer virus... We Are Gradually Taken Over To Become "THEM", and serve only their wants and needs. How can we protect ourselves, how can we immunize our creative mind to this epidemic of fears that is focused on us so that to comply and do only what the program allows.
Have we forgotten... We Are The Creators... We Are Man! Creativity is in our nature and in our hands, and has been since the dawn of mankind. We are the only species of animal on the planet that continuously pours out new ideas every second of every day, and has been doing so for as long as any historic records have been kept... and even far beyond that into the deepest past of pre-history. Our very essence is Creativity and , we were put here, placed here... or whatever to continuously bring about Perpetual Change. If we have any purpose in life at all it is that, to create and move the world into the future with our ideas and what we make and bring into reality. Why are people so determined to slow things down to a halt, to cause things to stop... or to say in other way... To Imitate Death, that condition where there is no movement.
In my art... music, there has to be movement... music is like a living organism at it's best... ever changing, twisting stretching and exploring new worlds of sound. Music is non-static design, it is A Sound Sculpture in Sound, always In Motion. Music moves like all healthy living things... not trapped, inhibited, restricted or enslaved to any outside force... Not Dead. Music is A Pure, Living... Creative Flow of Energy, unfolding before our ears... as if they were eyes. This is what has made music a very special and important part of our lives... it is a pattern or blueprint of life itself. Like DNA music shapes our lives mysteriously in ways we cannot even begin to know. Music takes on a journey to our own soul, a place we seldom can visit without such a guide, a guide to a part of our self we cannot experience any other way.