Luthier’s Collection guitars

Experienced musicians have their preferences about their instruments, whether it’s with regard to a specific type or manufacturer.  However, beginners often have many questions about what the best instrument is for them to use while learning. Guitars are one of the most popular instruments, and while the terms classical and acoustic may seem interchangeable, there are differences between the two instruments, and your choice of one over the other depends on a couple of factors.

Classical guitars are also acoustic guitars, but not all acoustic guitars are classical guitars. That sounds like a riddle, but we’ll solve it in a few paragraphs.

There are four main factors that separate classical guitars from other acoustic guitars.

Classical guitars use nylon strings exclusively. Non-classical acoustic guitars can use nylon strings. However, nylons strings would greatly affect the sound quality, so most use steel strings. Non-classical acoustics are constructed of heavier woods to stand up to a more rugged style of playing, but they require heavier strings to produce the full sound they’re known for. Guitars that are designed for classical use are crafted of lighter wood to increase their resonance while producing a softer overall tone. Classical guitars are meant to be strummed or played with the finger tips. The playing style required by steel strings would damage the instrument. Steel string guitars generally use picks, which would damage nylon strings.

There are subtle differences that distinguish the body design of a classical guitar from an acoustic. A classical guitar has a smaller, lighter body, no truss rods on the neck, a wider neck and headpiece cut-outs to increase resonance. They produce a more mellow sound. Steel string acoustics have a thinner neck, which is reinforced with truss rods to handle more force on the strings. They also have solid heads and produce a full, more robust sound.

Musical Style
Classical guitars are designed for playing classical, Latin and folk music, where acoustic guitars can adapt to a range of musical genres, from rock to folk to country.

Ease of Play
Because nylon strings are softer, they cause less pain and discomfort when learning and playing. Steel string guitars take a while to become accustomed to, and generally require the development of blisters and then callouses on the fingertips before playing them becomes comfortable. However, if the student intends to play a musical genre other than classical or folk music, it’s best to learn on a steel string acoustic right off the bat. On a side note, younger children might feel more comfortable beginning on a classical guitar because of the smaller body size, and then switch later if their initial interest remains strong as their lessons progress.

Luthier’s Collection guitars is an example of a website that offers a variety of guitars for musicians of any level of experience.

Disclosure: I was compensated by the sponsor of this post to compose an honest and accurate review of their products or services. Regardless, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I only recommend products and services which I believe will be good for my readers.


Jamaica Trip: Traveling Home



Leaving, I caught the 8:30am shuttle (that played Cool Runnings on the way there!) with Maribeth because if not I’d be on my own at Noon and I didn’t trust myself to make it in one piece. (And I was right because I had major trouble getting on and off the shuttle even WITH help!)  We had to wait for my shoes to get swabbed before we could move on from the security check point.  Can I just point out that NO airport that I’ve visited has chairs before security? (Or in a reasonable walking distance?)  I do not WANT a pat down or to cause issues without being able to take off my shoes – but I can’t walk too far without my brace without there being potential of me falling over.  Get me a chair right before the scanner and I’d be more than willing to go the few steps without my shoes (there almost always are chairs AFTER the check point)

Leaving so early meant I had to spend most of the day at the airport as we arrived at 10:30am and my flight was not boarding until 4:30pm, but I was able to hang with Maribeth until about 1 anyway so it wasn’t too bad. And the airport had WiFi so I pretty much was fine. I also made a friend in a little girl who decided she was going to touch and smack me to try and get me to laugh.

$11 later, we were able to get lunch… I guess I should have gone for something more exotic than Wendy’s, especially if it was going to be so expensive, but oh well.

I slept through pretty much all of my first flight which was nice. Except I missed getting the immigration card to fill out.  Fortunately, I asked for a wheelchair and the woman pushing me told me that I didn’t need one if we went to these new fancy machines. Whew!  I ended up getting pulled for an extra check because one of the guys didn’t like what I said. (I have to bet it was that I was traveling “alone” but was in Jamaica for 5 days – I just wasn’t sure if I needed to go in to the song and dance of “but I met my friends from other states IN Jamaica and we’ve all now gone our separate ways so I am alone”)  They didn’t scan anything and just asked why I was in a wheelchair.  Um, because I can’t walk long distances? They passed me through and all was good.

I ended up getting to my second gate about 10 minutes before we were going to board.  They told me I’d get someone to assist me again but no on came! Fortunately I don’t really need help getting down the jetway.  At this point I just wanted to get home.  I was hoping the seat next to me would be open (last I had checked it was) but a woman was next to me.  Probably the WORST person to fly next to.  Super nervous, doing the sign of the cross before we took off, mumbling under her breath…. and when we were delayed because we had no ground power I thought she was going to demand to be taken off the flight.  It ended up being only about 30 minutes of a delay but thanks to some wind by Norfolk VA where we were flying upwards of 600 mph, we made up the time and landed as scheduled.

It was foggy as heck on the way home though! Very scary but I made it home and was beyond happy that I had taken the next day off since I didn’t get home until about 1:30am.  It was a LONG day.


Book Review: Haunted Rock & Roll


Haunted Rock & Roll tells the story of some of the most famous rock and roll icons and  their ghosts.  The first part of the book is on Rock Star Ghosts and tells stories of 16 ghosts including Elvis, Mama Cass, Whitney Houston and Buddy Holly, among many others.  Each chapter tells a bit about their career, their death and spottings of their ghosts with a bit of a possibility of why they are haunting that particular place as well. (Will.I.Am thinks that Michael Jackson is haunting him, Jim Morrison is haunting a part of a Mexican restaurant – the reason why is actually quite interesting!)

The second part of the book is about Haunted Rock Spots – 7 places where rock stars have spent their time that appear to be haunted – bars, clubs, concert halls and studios.  I know that a few bands I follow have mentioned a couple of haunted venues so I believe it!

Section 3 is about Premonitions, Signs and Omens.  John Lennon had a fascination with the #9 – he was born on it and died on it – if you go by the date it was in London when he was killed. The Beatles were discovered on the 9th and there’s just a lot of information about John and this number.  Which leads to the 4th section which is Rock N Rolls Most Famous Curses and Mysteries – one of the 9 (!) featured is the 27 Club.  Which is all of the rock stars who have died at the age of 27, but what is 2 + 7?  9!

If you are interested in the paranormal and mysteries revolving some rock stars and their death and the afterlife, then you should check out Haunted Rock & Roll.  A fairly quick read and full of some very interesting information and theories!

I received a free e-copy of this book in order to write this review.  I was not otherwise compensated.

About the Book

From rock and roll’s pioneers to its contemporary rebels, explore how the greatest names live on after death—in unexpected and frightening ways. Combining two of America’s great passions, celebrities and the paranormal, Haunted Rock & Roll covers rock’s entire supernatural history.

Explore rock and roll’s most iconic idols, haunted locations, and infamous legends through evidence and testimonials from renowned ghost hunters and researchers. Discover thrilling stories of Michael Jackson, Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, Amy Winehouse, and many more stars seen haunting their favorite bars, clubs, and homes. From the early days through the present pop music era, rockers have followed the same motto: Live fast, die young, and leave a restless spirit.

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