MAKE THEM SCREAM — A REVIEW
‘Make Them Scream’ is an article based off the interview of a passionate guitarist by interviewer Geri Decheva, and featured in the January 2021 volume, no. 2 of the Diamonds Productions Magazine.
While skimming through the words of the interview, it proved to be particularly striking to note how the guitarist described his connection to his instrument. Many artists resonate with their art in some kind of way, but his seeming dedication to the strings he described as deep and heart-felt; an outpouring of one’s state of mind, and “the voice of desire coming from your soul”.
This guitarist’s journey to his present passion for guitars is very interesting. Stemming from what was supposed to be a rebellion against his parents, he discovered his love for guitars. He relates that his skill with the guitar is self-taught and that he spent a great deal of time honing it. He claims to reside at a place where each room houses 6–7 guitars. Among his collection, he reveals that a Fender Stratocaster and two Gibson guitars are his favourites. He goes on to relate how each type of guitar is made for a different purpose or occasion, and how it carries a different meaning and message.
An instance would be where he mentioned the mood blues create, which is an erotic vibe or sensually charged situation. It wouldn’t suffice of course to play the acoustic or electric guitar in such case. The blues guitar, with its accompanying sensual blues sound, is definitely most appropriate for such occasion.
The guitarist also uses animate analogies and scenarios to describe the effect of the sound and the actual playing of a guitar. He speaks in the light that the guitar is a means of innate expression, and a means through which anybody can be in sync with his emotions and create an outlet for these feelings.
On how he feels each time he plays the guitar, he talks about the basics of mastering the art. He relates that each guitarist usually has a pro whom he looks up to for inspiration and the technicalities of stringing a guitar. However, as time goes on, one learns to infuse his own emotions and deep soul yearnings into the music he makes, thereby forging his own style.
The guitarist also talks about his opinion on some guitar sayings, especially those that have ‘guitar’ and ‘women’ in the same statement.
On giving up the chase for girls and chasing guitars instead, he explains that the nature of a woman is ever-changing and complex — which can be good and interesting by the way — and you can never know. They could be here now, and somewhere else later. A guitar’s bond with its owner, however, is permanent, simple and quite fulfilling. He talks about how it helps him with relieving stress, and how he can’t imagine living without them.
On playing the guitar like a woman, he makes a reference to the blues again, and how it creates an erotic atmosphere that could be likened to a woman performing a striptease.
If there’s one thing to take away from the interview, it would be the change that music, in general, bestows upon individuals in various ways, and how it affects the way they view life and themselves and helps them truly understand and connect with themselves.
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