Is the electric guitar slowly dying?

music news 14/07/2017

According to Washington Post, electric guitar sales has been plummeting over the years.

George Gruhn, a 71-year-old guitar dealer said that what we really need now are guitar heroes.

He notes that kids these days aren't emulating modern day guitarists such as John Mayer or Mark Tremonti.

Andy Mooney, Fender's chief executive also told the interviewer that although Taylor Swift plays a guitar and she's widely idolised by many young girls, he believes that her fans are more interested in Taylor Swift's looks rather than her guitar skills.

Despite what Mooney has said, there are many other female guitarists out there that would have been more fitting as a guitar heroine than Taylor Swift, one of them being Annie Clark from St. Vincent who is quickly becoming popular among the young today. She is also the first solo female performer in 20 years to have won a Grammy for Best Alternative Album. Would heroines like her be able to inspire the future generations to come?

The Washington Post article has sparked up some controversial conversations. Down in the comments section, ztienapm says that his 16 year old son is interested in John Frusciante, the ex guitarist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, and has found Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Hazel along the way, proving that there are still some teenagers out there who are passionate about playing the electric guitar. 

Another commenter, Bryce Menchaca, disagrees with Gruhn's perception, noting that John Mayer is the very reason why he plays the guitar and John Mayer has led him to discover blues legends such as BB King, Eric Clapton and many others. 

You can read the full article from Washington Post here.

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