The one part of the world that it seemed was not going to change was music when it came to the new reign of technology. Music is such an emotional thing, it seemed that technology just could not capture the feeling necessary to really play music. But technology has eased its way into the instrumental world, slowly but surely.
It is mostly string instruments that are becoming electric because it is still too hard to make an electric trumpet or tuba. There are many advantages to using a stringed instrument’s electric counter part. For example, the electric cello has a larger range and so it is able to go much lower and higher than a normal cello. Some artists prefer the electric version for this reason because it actually allows them to double as a bass player for some gigs. That means that there is less equipment to haul around and they can go back to playing cello if they want for a solo or something.
Advantages for using an electric violin are many in number. It can be hooked up to any number of different amps which can change the sound that you are going for. You could go for a lush, string-y chorus sound with one amp, or just a comforting reverb with another. Reverb is very important for the electric violin because it fills the sound out and makes it sound much warmer. You can also use this for fiddling, many people say that electric is one of the best. Another thing that you can do is hook it up to octavers which allow you to play as though in unison with many different octaves. It will sound as though you are playing with a violin, cello, and bass.
One of the other things about these instruments is that they just look so amazing. If you have ever heard of the Piano Guys then you would know that they use an electric cello in some of their songs. The Piano Guys are a band on Youtube that do arrangements of popular songs by using a piano and a cello. One of their most famous songs was a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Paradise’. The Piano Guys brought in Alex Boye to do the vocals and they did an African version called ‘Peponi’. The electric cello looks amazing and really adds a different kind of class to the music.
These kinds of instruments are sweeping the world because it is a much more modern take on the classical instrument. It can do similar things, it is just that the electric version has much more versatility.