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A Short History Of Guitar
By rocky
The guitar is an amazing musical instrument with ancient roots and used in a huge variety of musical styles today, it is also called as solo classical instrument. It is most well known as the primary instrument in blues, country, flamenco, rock music and many other forms of pop. The guitar normally has six strings, but four, seven, eight, ten, and even twelve string guitars are as well available. guitars are actually made and repaired by lutheirs. guitars could be played acoustically or they may also rely on an amplifier, which usually allows for electronic manipulation of tone. The electric guitar was established in the 20th century, and had a huge profound influence on popular culture.

In many of the history books, even some which are highly rated, you would come to know that guitar was invented by the classical-era Greeks. This is in fact due to a simple mistake. The Greeks had an instrument that they called as “Kithara”. As this was a stringed instrument and as the name also resembles very closely that of guitar, historians tend to assume that it was a guitar. The Kithara was actually a sort of Lyra or Harp, which has nothing to do with a guitar. Also, if you view at ancient Egyptian paintings, you would see many musical instruments that could be easily be mistaken for a guitar. Even by those who have been playing the instrument for twenty years.

Another fact is


that quite often, in these ancient paintings, the instruments in question were used as spiritual objects and were not even played. Through rigorous study, it becomes obvious that the guitar is not actually an ancient musical instrument.

Closer to us in time, most of us would believe of the lute as a direct (straight) ancestor to the guitar. You can consider that as the “father” of the guitar. The lute, this instrument favored by troubadours of the dark ages and the revival, more closely resembles a contemporary bass than a guitar. Usually, it had four strings, which needs to be plucked; one could not strum a lute.

The body of the lute was oval and the back was rounded, kind of like an Ovation guitar. This results in that the lute was not actually a loud instrument. Hence, it could not be played in any type of band setting.

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