A Brief History of Guitars
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.