A Short History Of Guitar

The guitar is a plucked stringed musical instrument that probably originated in Spain early in the 16th century. The guitar originally had four courses of strings, three double, the top course single, that ran from a violin-like pegbox to a tension bridge glued to the soundboard, or belly; the bridge thus sustained the direct pull of the strings. In the belly was a circular sound hole, often ornamented with a carved wooden rose. The 16th-century guitar was tuned C–F–A–D′.

From the 16th to the 19th century several changes occurred in the instrument. A fifth course of strings was added before 1600; by the late 18th century a sixth course was added. Before 1800 the double courses were replaced by single strings tuned E–A–D–G–B–E′, still the standard tuning.

In the 1900th century, the classical guitar was invented. Nylon or plastic strings were used. The steel string acoustic guitar has 6 strings. Other types of guitars are the 12-string acoustic guitar, the electric guitar, and bass guitar. There are many other kinds of guitars from all over the world.

The guitar grew in popularity during the 17th century as the lute’s popularity declined. It remained an amateur’s instrument from the 17th to early 19th century. A few virtuoso guitarists, however, became known in Europe.

The guitar is played in the folk and popular music of many countries. The guitar can be played in an ensemble or as a solo instrument due to its versatility. The guitar is a good instrument to learn how to play!

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