Free Guitar Tuner Looking for an online guitar tuner? Here is a simple soultion for you beginner musicians looking to get that six string guitar in tune. There are so many tuning options and variations that it can be confusing at first for a beginner guitarist. First I would recommend starting with a standard tune (EADGBE) to get you started. Unless you are trying to […]
Music Theory Want to learn some basic music theory? Watch the video above. In addition, here is a checklist of some things that should JUST BE LEARNED! understanding-basic-music-theory Learning basic music theory is an absolute must if you intend on communicating with other musicians. Whether you are writing a song together, playing a live gig, or just jamming at the crib with some […]
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Guitar Harmonics – Video Instructional Tips And Tricks To Playing Guitar Harmonics Harmonics are played every time you pluck a note. Most of the time, however, you do not hear them. What you hear is the fundamental (sometimes called the first harmonic). The fundamental is the loudest sound produced, but it is accompanied by several harmonics. “Playing harmonics” on guitar is actually playing “artificial harmonics.” […]
[shortcode1] Tuning A Guitar – Standard Tuning For 6 String Guitar Sick of those guitar tuning videos with distorted sound and/or only play the note 2 or 3 times which doesn’t give you enough time to properly tune each note? Those types of guitar tuning videos are really frustrating and you end up having to stop, start and repeat the video in order to hear […]
[shortcode1] Super Easy First Guitar Lesson – Guitar Lessons For Beginners – Stage 1 – The D Chord Guitar Lessons For Beginners Stage 1: The D Chord More Info & Help: In this guitar lesson for beginners we are going to be checking out the a super easy first guitar chords, the D chord, possibly your very first chord. 🙂 Find the related course notes […]
Kennedy Jones or Jonesey (1 August 1900 – 6 September 1990) was an American guitarist and music writer. He was a pioneer of the “thumb picking” style often associated with Merle Travis…
He was born on a farm in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He received his inspiration from his mother Alice who played several instruments. He married Irene Hicks, a pianist, and they performed together early in his career. He claimed to be the first guitarist to play using a thumbpick – at a square dance in 1918. Previously thumbpicks had been used only for the banjo or hawaiian guitar. He also played the fiddle and declined to join Merle Travis’s band The Drifting Pioneers.
Jones composed the thumbpickers anthem “Cannonball Rag”, but when Travis recorded the tune in the 1940s, the latter received the credit.
In 1939 Jones moved to Chicago. He played in several bands, one which included his sons, Donald and Kennedy Jr. His daughter Farre Lee too was an accomplished guitarist/singer, who regularly performed on radio station WLW. In the 1950s Jones moved to Cincinnati close to his daughter.
Travis, Mose Rager and Ike Everly all claim to have been influenced by Jonesey. All four men were honored by the construction of The Four Legends Fountain in Drakesboro, Kentucky.
He is buried at Bridgetown cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.
His youngest son Donald E. Jones, along with his eldest son Kennedy, played alongside each other on the TV program The Midwestern Hayride.
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