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Products That Will Give Your Garden A New Look

If you haven't decorated your garden space in a while, you may be out of fresh ideas. There are many types of products available to give your garden a new look. You can stick with one theme or mix and match the products for a more carefree and relaxing style. While there are many choices, you dot need to scratch your head in frustration, just take a look at the following products. They can help to beautify your garden, as long as you're ready to put in a little work.

If you're seeking depth and design in your garden you can find it by utilizing the larger plants that you already have in your garden. You can mix and match the heights and depth by planting annuals alongside of perennials. You'll appreciate how easy it is to garden when you combine bulbs with annuals and more. Browse through catalogs and focus on what you like. Mix and match colours or go for all one colour scheme and you're sure to appreciate how easy it is to get that garden of your dreams. Only you can let your garden geek flag fly, so get out there and get moving on designing the garden that you've always dreamed of. It's only a shovelful of dirt away. Anyone can do it, it's so easy and you'll have fun outside in nature working in your garden.

Wind Chimes

The sound of wind chimes is both beautiful and soothing, which takes this garden accessory the perfect items for a relaxing space. Wind chimes are available in a variety of colours, styles, and materials, although aluminum is the most common. With a set of wind chimes in your garden, you'll be able to hear the soft, gentle relaxing tones throughout the day and night.

Antique Style Sage or Ivory Duck Decor

A great way to add whimsy and colour to your garden is by adding a sage or ivory duck statue. These statues have a weathered appearance which gives your garden an old-time feel. You can have more than one duck statue, which can be placed near a small pond or fountain, similar to those found in gardens of yesteryear. If you want to create a charming outdoor scene, why not choose multiple ducks and line them up in a row.

Barnyard Birdhouse

Singing birds are a welcome addition to your garden. A barnyard birdhouse, placed in a nearby tree will give those birds a place to call home. Make sure there are appropriate food and water sources in the area to keep the birds happy and you'll be able to draw beautiful avian creatures right to your backyard. The barnyard birdhouse will add a rustic feel to your garden and the family of birds will give you some beautiful music to work to.

Butterfly Garden Stakes

Garden stakes can provide colour to your garden. This decorative item is the finishing touch which will make your garden come to life. While it may be difficult to get real butterflies to come to your garden, you can place these butterflies exactly where you want them. The butterfly garden stakes come in a red colour that catches the sun, causing it to glimmer in the light. You can add these butterfly stakes to your plants or place them along the walkways.

Open G Guitar - For The Blues And More

Joni Mitchell once said that she used abut 50 different guitar tunings in her performances, which is quite a lot for any guitarist. I wouldn't like to tune up and down several times in any one performance. Of course, it's best to have several guitar on hand for different tuning and styles, but not 50! It's probable that they were subtle variations on the basic open tuning patterns open D, open G and open C, which originally came from the Delta blues men in the deep south of the United States. The first guitars were not that great quality, even you got hold of a factory made one (guitars were often home made).

The Sears company revolutionized shopping with their mail catalog which happened to include basic Stella guitar models. They cost just one dollar, but even this was a stretch for many in the black community after the ending of slavery. The weather in the Mississippi Delta was hot and humid, a disastrous combination for an instrument made of wood, which tended to expand and contract making it very difficult to keep in tune. This is one reason why open G was popular. If one strummed the fingers across the open strings, then a G chord sounded. Similarly, if frets 5 and 7 are barred, a different chords is formed, and using these three, a basic blues could be created.

A favorite technique was to use a bottleneck or metal slide and slide it up to the required note with a little vibrato created by wobbling the finger holding the tube. This created a nice sound and also gave a little leeway to search for, and find, the right note without it sounding amateurish. This is how the typical delta blues sound was created. Other kinds of songs can be created by finger picking open G, but other chord shapes need to be learned as the ones used for normal tuning just won't do - see it here.

Three of the main exponents of this style (although there were many) were Robert Johnson, Son House and Muddy Waters. Muddy Waters later was a major force in Chicago style electric blues, but in his earl Mississippi days he was fantastic at playing bottleneck, claiming to have been playing 'Walking Blues', made famous by Robert Johnson, before Johnson himself recorded it. The older Son House was an obvious inspiration for both men and his powerful singing style coupled with the ringing bottleneck sound if his National Steel guitar was an incredible experience.

What Are The Different Types Of Blues Guitar Music?

Historians believe that the first music that could rightly be called blues appeared in the Mississippi Delta in the Deep South of America in the late 1890s. African slaves would sing or chant so-called 'field hollers', which were often in the call and response format and these songs helped the work flow. This type of song was closely linked to spirituals sang in the Churches at that time and were not often accompanied by any kind of instrument.

The very first guitars and fiddles were home made and not very high quality. This fact, and the humid weather conditions were major factors in the creation of bottleneck blues, where the guitar was might be tuned down to open G or D, for example. This kind of song was often very basic, with just four lines of verse and no chorus. Very often, the first three lines of the verse were identical, and the fourth brought in a small variation.

In normal guitar tuning, a particular fingerpicking style developed called 'monotonic bass' and was common throughout all regions. The fingers generally picked melody on the treble strings, while the thumb hit one or two bass notes to keep the beat. The string was damped or muted heavily just after sounding, so that it became more of a 'thwack' than a musical note. It was a lot like a drum beat and this theory makes a lot of sense, as drums were actually outlawed for the black community in the early 1900s.

In the early part of the century piano music became popular but was obviously restricted as pianos are much more expensive than guitars. A young brothel pianist called Scott Joplin created highly syncopated piano instrumentals and called it Ragtime, probably after the type of dance popular among the Negro community at that time. A particular feature of ragtime piano music is the bum-chick sound of the left hand bass patterns. Some guitarists realized that this could be simulated using the thumb alternating between the bass strings of a guitar and ragtime blues or Piedmont style was born.

The very best guitarists took both of these styles and combined them, creating some very exciting music indeed. Such players would alternated their thumb across the basses, but could switch to monotonic bass when required to produce the desired musical effect. Many took the style even further and used the thumb to pick any string at all. The thumb is truly king when it comes to fingerpicking the blues, whatever style is played.