Yes, National Guitar Day is a thing. And I love it. If you love guitars, playing guitar, vintage guitars, or even just looking at guitars, then this is your day. Maybe you’re the type of person who hates these fake holiday days (like me). But I think we can all agree National Guitar Day is a day worth getting behind.
What’s a holiday without traditions and fun ways to celebrate? So in the spirit of joining in on the fun, here are 5 fun ways to celebrate National Guitar Day:
1. Listen to your favorite guitarists and bands.
There’s nothing quite like listening to your favorite guitarists and bands. Whether you’re a fan of classic rock, metal, blues, or country, take some time today to crank up the tunes and enjoy some of your favorite music.
You’ll want to start with the guitar-heavy genres like blues and rock. Make sure to pay tribute to some greats like bluesmen B.B. King and Freddie King, or country guitarists like Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. Then round it out with a tour of the classical greats like Segovia and John Williams (the guitarist–not the Star Wars composer).
There are so many great guitarists to listen to, so take some time today to explore and discover some new favorites.
2. Watch documentaries or interviews about your favorite guitarists or bands.
There’s nothing quite like a good documentary, and when it comes to guitar docs, there’s no shortage of material. Whether you’re into vintage guitars or the latest shredding superstar, there’s sure to be a great doc out there waiting for you.
“The Music Never Stopped” is a great guitar-related documentary that follows the story of a young man with autism who unexpectedly starts playing guitar and ends up becoming a blues prodigy.
If you’re in the mood to rock and revisit some classics, check out “It Might Get Loud“. The film follows three generations of guitar players: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Stripes).
“Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars” is a personal favorite and a great choice because it’s not just a documentary about Clapton the guitar god, but also about his life and struggles.
There are also plenty of great interviews with guitarists out there if you’re more interested in learning about their techniques or personal stories. Pretty much any major guitarist has done an interview at some point.
3. Visit a guitar museum or vintage guitar store
If you’re really into vintage guitars, then a visit to a guitar museum or vintage guitar shop is a must. There are plenty of great museums out there, but my personal favorite is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. They have an amazing vintage guitar exhibit that is definitely worth a visit.
If you’re not near Cleveland, don’t worry. There are plenty of other great museums, like the Experience Music Project in Seattle or the Hard Rock Cafe Guitar Museum in Orlando.
If you’re not near a museum, try finding your nearest vintage guitar shop. The chance to get up close and personal (and gasp perhaps even try playing one with proper permission of course) could be a serious bucket list moment in your life. Playing some good vintage guitars is a sure-fire way to have a great National Guitar Day!
4. Learn more about the history of the guitar and its impact on music
It’s hard to deny the impact the guitar has had on music throughout history. Whether you’re a fan of rock, metal, country, blues, jazz, or any other genre, there’s no doubt that the guitar has been one of the most important instruments in music.
For National Guitar Day, take some time to learn more about the history of the guitar and its impact on music.
5. Jam out with friends or family
The best way to celebrate National Guitar Day is by picking up your guitar and jamming out with friends or family. There’s nothing quite like playing music with others, and guitars are perfect for jam sessions.
So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start celebrating National Guitar Day the right way!
Happy National Guitar Day