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Jul 14

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE?

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE?

Somebody called Steve S asked the question on the internet search forum Yahoo answers
When did the term axeman change to mean Guitar player?

He posed the question in quite a humorous way, and I thought it would be a fun way to start today’s blog.
“We needed some axe men to cut up a few trees so I put an advert up in the local pub for a some axemen to come and help us. A heap of Guitar players showed up and drank all the beer. A very good party was had for 3 days but now I have to cut the trees myself.
When did the term axemen change to mean Guitar players instead of wood cutters?”

An AXEMAN is slang term for musician, especially a saxophonist or a guitarist. The term seems to have been first used in the 40s and 50s to refer to jazz saxophonists. The term then became very popular in the late 60s and 70s to refer to guitarists. It became very popular in the hard rock/metal circles.

I can remember as a young musician in the eighties when the image of “being a musician” was very important to me. I worked very hard at the lingo, and I would refer to my guitar as my axe.

In thinking of a name for this website I was throwing around a few words in my mind, and thought that the term saxaxeman expressed the multi instrumental idea. I also liked the double meaning of the axe as guitar and sax.

My informative blogs up to now have been mostly for sax players. Guitar players don’t dispair as there are a few in the pipeline just for you.

WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE OF AXE?

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