The basics of sound appreciation

The basics of sound appreciation

Tone. It is one of the most often, if not the most often used term in the measurement of an instrument’s performance. Yet, on so many levels, the perceptions that are held for various aspects of tone is typically contentious and vague.

At Maestro Guitars, we have been working for years to refine not only our instruments, but also how we evaluate them. To clear up some common misconceptions about tone, here are five simple tests you can use to help yourself have a better understanding of how your instrument, or one that you’re trying out, behaves sonically.

1) Frequency Range and EQ
2) Volume and Responsiveness
3) Depth and Presence
4) Sustain and Decay
5) Fundamentals and Overtones

These five fundamental aspects form the core of  how we can perceive sound. Most of the time, these modes of evaluation are intuitive to us, but are seldom laid out in plain language. Try it for yourself, and you will begin to have a new found appreciation of your instrument. For example, how “present” does the guitar sound to you?
Every few months, we hold presentations for players and enthusiasts alike. So far, even experienced connoisseurs have found that they have found this thoroughly enriching and ear opening. If you are interested to find out more, contact your local Maestro Dealer to see if and when we would be holding an event near you!