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Copy of Guitar

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Andrew Dickie

on 4 April 2013

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History of the Electric Guitar Introduction For the last half century, the electric guitar has been one of the most popular and important instruments in music. When the guitar was introduced it not only shaped the direction and sound of modern musical styles but also brought about a major change in musical technology. In the 1920s, musicians started needing louder and more powerful guitars and the guitar manufacturers and inventors were called upon to develop an instrument that satisfied their demands. The Invention The need for a louder guitar was due to three different aspects: 1. The popularity of big band music and jazz 2. Record Industry 3. Commercial Radio The first way the guitar's volume was increased was by using steel strings. The traditional guitar design called the flattop, was then changed over time in shape and size to help increase volume. Eventually a new design was created that was both stronger and louder called the archtop, but it still was not loud enough. Many innovators then started experimenting with electricity as a possible way to increase the volume of the guitar. Finally at the end of the 1930s, electrical amplification became the best innovation for a louder guitar and the electric guitar was born. When the electric guitar was first introduced it was greeted by performers, makers, and audiences with skepticism. But because of the variety of new tones and sounds the electric guitar could create, it was soon picked up by blues, country, and jazz players alike. In the 1950s as rock and roll emerged, the guitar's volume and sounds seemed perfect for the new upcoming genre. With the electric guitar as its heart and symbol, rock and roll became a cultural revolution. The first electric guitar design that was mass-produced and marketed was made by a radio repair man named Leo Fender. His guitar was called the Telecaster, which he named after the television because of its emergence as the next big outlet for media. After the success of Leo Fender's guitar, other guitar manufacturers started producing models of their own. Gibson emerged as Leo Fender's biggest competitor when it teamed up with musician and inventor Les Paul, and came out with an electric guitar with his name. Legacy By the 1960s rock and roll was implanted in American culture and the electric guitar was the driving force behind it. As the electric guitar's popularity grew, more and more people began experimenting to find new textures and sounds. The electric guitar has stood the test of time. After over six decades since its birth, it is played in all types of music and is admired and played by people all over the world. Success Works Cited http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_guitar http://www.history-of-rock.com/guitarstwo.htm http://www.guitaristsource.com/guitars/electric_Guitar.shtml http://www.electric-guitar-guide.com/electric-guitar-articles/electric-guitar-history/
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