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December 05, 2015  -  EPE  /  Elvis Express Radio
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Elvis Presley built an legendary career around his unforgettable voice, but it wasn't his only instrument.

He played guitar, bass and piano, and often toyed with instruments like the drums, accordion and ukulele. While he couldn't read or write music and had no formal lessons, he was a
natural musician and played everything by ear. He could often hear a song, pick up an instrument, and play. He often played an instrument in his recordings, and always produced
his own music. Elvis was simply born to create music.

Endlessly creative, Elvis often jumped at the chance to play around with whatever musical instruments were available.

Elvis famously picked up a guitar as an 11-year-old in Tupelo, when his mother, Gladys, purchased a guitar for him for his birthday from Tupelo Hardware. He used that guitar all
through high school, and even in his early career.  He owned many more, and much nicer, guitars during his career, and used many prop guitars in his movies.

The guitar is the instrument most associated with Elvis, and while he was a good player, he wasn’t a virtuoso. But what may be more important than that was the whole appearance:
Elvis, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, always looked even cooler with his guitar in hand. He influenced many young fans to pick up a guitar, just like he did. If it wasn’t for Elvis and his
guitar, we probably wouldn’t have The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen and many, many more.

Learn more about Elvis, the musician, at the
Graceland Blog.