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Oscar Schmidt OD312CE

Oscar Schmidt OD312CE

Oscar Schmidt OD312CE

Jaime Diaz, Staff Writer

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My area of expertise is the guitar. Twelve string guitars in the Mexican Regional Genre in general. I have been playing the guitar for a little more than a year now without any live help, all my teachers have been YouTube videos. My main YouTuber I learned the chords and skills needed to play the guitar properly from is named Jorge Aguilera. Now there are many YouTubers that help with playing the guitar so it makes it easier to learn on your own than before. Some other YouTubers that I learned from are Juan Diego and Raul Jimenez. There are many styles for playing the guitar and many different genres like jazz, country, pop etc. There is one person, one guy who made me admire the guitar extremely. Jose Ariel Camacho Barraza also known as “La Tuyia.” Ariel Camacho was a lead singer in a band called “Ariel Camacho Y Los Plebes Del Rancho,” which was a group of 3 people; a guy with a tuba, a guy with a 6-string guitar and the lead singer and lead guitarist with a 12-string guitar. Unfortunately Ariel Camacho died in a car crash in 2015 just when he was starting to grow and although the band stopped for a moment, they decided to add another member to the group and continue Ariel’s legacy. Till this day Ariel Camacho’s music is still being played. Ariel had a very unique way of playing the guitar and adding emotion to his music which inspired me to play like he did with his guitar. I started playing with a small 6-string 40” beginners guitar, and after about 6 months I earned some money and decided to go for a 12-string guitar, an Ibanez AEG1812II. I acquired more knowledge about guitars, which is why I sold my Ibanez in the beginning of 2018 due to some problems found with it. In order to play the guitar well, and feel comfortable, you need to have the right guitar. The action on the string to the neck of the guitar should be low, so you don’t have to press too hard down on the strings, which causes pain in the tips of your fingers, especially with “Sierreña Music,” which is the genre I play. That was the most important thing my Ibanez lacked. Though I had great moments with my guitar and learned a whole lot more, I had to let it go and now I am currently waiting for my all white, 12-string, Oscar Schmidt OD312CE guitar which, in my opinion, would fit me. I have been losing skill these past 3 months without a guitar and it is understandable because of the lack of practicing. There are a bunch of tips for learning the guitar, but number one is practice. I interviewed my cousin Oscar Martinez who started playing guitar before me and asked him, “What is the key to learning guitar?” His response was, obviously, practice and dedication to this instrument. What made Oscar play the guitar was all the free time he has at his house and while he was looking for a hobby he came across that beautiful instrument. Playing the guitar is something I am extremely thankful of  encountering because it’s a great way to cope with problems or stress, which is why I praise Ariel Camacho so much because thanks to him that genre came back and became popular, now there is many bands that carry either a tuba or bass, a 6-string guitar and a 12-string lead guitarist. I don’t look to be in a band or anything I just want to be able to play for my family because it’s something they admire as do I. Although my fingers feel like pressing down on blades after sometime of playing, I will never stop loving this beautiful coping mechanism that is the guitar.

Ibanez AEG1812II

Ariel Camacho Y Los Plebes Del Rancho

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