Why is guitar music becoming less popular? (or The Joy Of Electric Guitar)
I started a conversation on a site mostly populated with an older boomer crowd and got some interesting answers, so I'm curious what some of you good folks think about all this. (One of the good points made there was that, going further back from rock to jazz, the same could be said for other non-computer musical instruments like trumpets and saxophones, so I think the same questions apply there as well.) Here is what I wrote:
We've discussed the decline of rock ad-infinitum here so that's not really where I'm going with this. It's more about the sound of the electric guitar.
When I first got into rock and roll, what pulled me in the most were the styles of playing of six major favorites: Jimi Hendrix, Mick Taylor, Harvey Mandell, early Larry Coryell, Pete Townshend and Cream-era Eric Clapton. Many other favorites were to follow (especially J Mascis). But it wasn't just their style that drew me in, it was equality their respective tonal qualities- those magic sounds produced by electric guitars played through cranked vacuum tube amplifiers.
Those sounds still thrill me today by creating rapturous leaps, charged by the neurotransmitter acetylecholine, between the neurons in my brain. The end result is a feeling of ecstasy. And I know a lot of other people in my age group who share this kind of joy. It has to be either that or an awfully large portion of my baby boomer generation were just going along with the deal because it was "cool". But I don't think so. I think a lot of us found pleasure in the magic of the sound of the electric guitar.
So now I'm told this kind of music is not so popular today. I'm not trying to be critical of younger generations who generally seem to be less inclined to being excited about these sounds. I just don't honestly know why that is or how it could be.
“In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
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