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A Brief History of Guitars

Updated on July 1, 2020

Guitars have been around for nearly two centuries now. "It is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings. The modern guitar was preceded by the gittern, the vihuela, the four-course Renaissance guitar, and the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument" (Wikipedia.org). The modern guitar came about in the 1930s.

There are various types of guitars which include electric, Spanish and acoustic guitar. A regular guitar is used by plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the fingers/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting (pressing the strings against the frets) with the fingers of the other hand. It is the way most acoustic and Spanish guitars are played.

In Music

Guitars have been used in various types of music from country, blues, jazz, orchestra and rock.

For example in rock music the electric guitar is more popular because of its appealing sound to audiences. Many musicians enjoy using the electric guitar to wow their fans on stages across America and abroad. The electric guitar is used by amplifying equipment and a loud speaker.

Home Usage

Many people enjoy playing the guitar during their pass time. It is a cool instrument to own and play. Home guitars are usually acoustic. It is played using the fingers.

Some people even use guitars to entertain friends and family at local events and charities or in a home setting. Learning to play guitar can be a fun and rewarding experience. It is one of the most popular and most used musical instrument in the world.

Pop Culture

Guitars have etched its way unto modern pop culture with videos, commercial and television programming. Music videos have been the catalyst for guitar playing especially rock and pop videos. Michael Jackson's black and white is most memorable for its guitar playing by child actor McCauley Culkin. Other instances include commercials, American Idol and other television programming.

Guitars have appeared in movies and the big screen as well. It has also been featured in children shows and programing.

Conclusion

What makes the guitar so special is how easy it is to play. A handbook and some simple guitar lessons can teach you how to use the instrument. There are some individuals who are self taught guitar players. Guitars are fun to play. It is the best instrument you can teach yourself how to use. All you need is your hands and a good grasp of music.

Are you a guitar player? Do you love playing the guitar? Please let me know in the comments section below. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Joaquin Phoenix

I've always loved music, but I never really played anything. After 'Walk the Line' and learning to play guitar, and having that sense of performing, I think that certainly opened the door for me, for music.

What type of Guitar do you play?

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    • Theblogchick profile imageAUTHOR

      Theblogchick 

      12 months ago from United States

      Thanks Jason.

    • Nicoartz profile image

      Jason Nicolosi 

      12 months ago from AZ

      Great article. It has a lot of cool information on the guitar. I have been playing guitar for around three years now. I've gotten really good. My son who is 16, is super talented with instruments. He literally just picked up my guitar one day and started to play it. He was already good at playing it just by picking the guitar up. But within 2 hours he was better than me! I was like "How the heck are you doing that?"

      Anyhow, I enjoyed your article. Great job!

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      DreamerMeg 

      14 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I don't play guitar but my husband does. He is just a basic player, having learned as an adult but he enjoys playing and I like singing, so it's good fun.

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      Marie Flint 

      14 months ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      I haven't played in a long time, but availability and interest was always acoustic. I love classical guitar, whose strings are made a little farther apart than regular acoustic guitars.

      My mother once owned a Martin D-28; I had it repaired and later sold it to a young musician in Denver.

      Currently in my bedroom sits a Kay De Luxe and my mother's string bass with a couple broken strings.

    • Theblogchick profile imageAUTHOR

      Theblogchick 

      14 months ago from United States

      Thanks liz for commenting.

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      Where would we be without guitars. They have had a big influence on modern music.

    • Theblogchick profile imageAUTHOR

      Theblogchick 

      14 months ago from United States

      Thanks for reading my article. I appreciate your feedback.

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      Anya Ali 

      14 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Thank you for an informative and well-written read!

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