The 61st Music Grammy Awards, in my opinion, were one of the best Grammy Awards ceremonies in recent years. Alicia Keys did a great job as a host.
For us who watched on the television, eyes were glued to the set to see H.E.R. at the Grammy Awards 2019. She has been behind the scenes for a very long time and was geared to perform live. One other thing I noticed is almost all the guitar players used Fender electric guitars!
There were times I wondered whether the new technology was here to kill the electric guitar, just like the way guitar hero tried, but I found out it is just the opposite. It is the advanced technology that will improve the sound quality of the electric guitar.
My take now is that we will always have guitars and the players and the concept of strumming and fingering the chords will be the same. In some cases, the design of guitar body could come in different shapes but the principles of playing the guitar will always be the same.
Watching the live perfomances, I saw quite a few guitar models, but what stood out most were Fender electric guitars! I was able to spot the Flea’s Active Jazz Bass, a Telecaster and a Duo Sonic guitar.
It was quite impressive to see Lady Gaga being backed by a band with four guys on Fender guitars.
Janelle Monaé played her songs on a Fender Duo Sonic, Shawn Mendez played a Fender Telecaster and Post Malone joined the Hot Chili Peppers and played a custom Telecaster while the bassist played his signature bass guitar, the Fender Flea Active Jazz Bass.
Out of all the Fender electric guitars, one unique guitar that caught my attention was the clear Fender Stratocaster. The young artist, Gabriella “Gabi” Wilson, famously known as H.E.R. (Having Everything Revealed) used this guitar to deliver one of her best performances.
The solo in “Hard Place” is short but she played it brilliantly. It came almost at the end of he song but she did some syncopation with the guitar and her voice. This proved that H.E.R. was a very talented artist.
The clear Fender Stratocaster is a unique guitar. From far it looks like a fragile glass but in reality the body is made out of Acrylic materials. it is pure transparent and you can see all the wires and electronic gadgets you don’t see on a regular guitar.
The process of manufacturing this guitar is very sophisticated and requires patience when drilling the holes to avoid the body from cracking. Everything is done with precision.
What I saw in H.E.R., is the influence she has and will motivate young women to start playing an electric guitar. It is very rare to see a young woman on vocals and play the guitar solo like her. Although she is more of a private artist, I am predict we will see more of her often.
Fender conducted a survey and the results showed that 50 percent of the guitars sales are from women. H.E. R performance proves the point that women are on the rise playing the electric guitar.
Soon it will be no surprise to see women lead the men playing in playing the electric guitar. It will be just the same as back in the day when young men wanted to play like Jimi Hendrix while ladies stood in the sidelines. Those days are gone!
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