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The history of the guitar

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on 27 March 2015

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1. When was the guitar first made?
2. What country was
the guitar made in?
Since the english word "guitar" comes from the Spanish word guitarra, we can say that the guitar's roots are in Spain, but history shows that musical instruments similar to the modern guitar have been used all through the ages and by many different cultures.
3. How was the guitar thought out?
5. What kind of music was
poplular when the guitar was invented?

6. How did the guitar's look
change over the years?
The earliest six-string guitar is dated 1779. The modern "classical" guitar took its present form when the Spanish maker Antonio Torres increased the size of the body, altered its proportions, and introduced the "fan" top bracing pattern, around 1850. His design improved the volume, tone and projection of the instrument, and became the new standard that has remained unchanged to this day.
4. What did the first guitar look like?
The first guitars were not much different that the modern guitar. The few differences were their size, being a little smaller with a very narrow waist. They were originally strung with four pairs of strings. Each pair was called a course.
The history of the guitar
100 Tool – “Vicarious”
99 My Morning Jacket – “Run Thru”
98 Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Under the Bridge”
97 Queens of the Stone Age – “No One Knows”
96 Hüsker Dü – “New Day Rising”
95 Moby Grape – “Omaha”
94 Dire Sraits – “Money for Nothing”
93 My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow”
92 Mick Jagger – “Memo from Turner”
91 The Mars Volta – “Drunkship of Lanterns”
90 The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now?”
89 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – “I Love Rock N Roll”
88 Quicksilver Messenger Service – “Mona”
87 King Crimson – “Red”
86 Jeff Beck – “I Ain’t Superstitious”
85 Phish – “You Enjoy Myself”
84 John Mayer – “Gravity”
83 Sublime – “What I Got”
82 The Ventures – “Walk — Don’t Run”
81 Michael Jackson – “Beat It”
80 Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne”
79 Sonic Youth – “Silver Rocket”
78 Buddy Guy – “Stone Crazy”
77 Pearl Jam – “Even Flow”
76 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “American Girl”
75 Frank Zappa – “Willie the Pimp”
74 ZZ Top – “La Grange”
73 Blue Cheer – “Summertime Blues”
72 Weezer – “Say It Ain’t So”
71 The Strokes – “Take It Or Leave It”
70 Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”
69 Pink Floyd – “Money”
68 B.B. King – “The Thrill is Gone”
67 Bruce Springsteen – “Adam Raised A Cain”
66 Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Texas Flood”
65 The Police – “Message in a Bottle”
64 Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Freebird”
63 Guns n’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine”
62 Albert King – “Born Under a Bad Sign”
61 Sam And Dave – “Soul Man”
60 Funkadelic – “Maggot Brain”
59 Jeff Beck – “Freeway Jam”
58 Link Wray – “Rumble”
57 Grateful Dead – “Dark Star”
56 The Byrds – “Eight Miles High”
55 Cream – “White Room”
54 Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Little Wing”
53 Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Born on the Bayou”
52 Radiohead – “My Iron Lung”
51 Ozzy Osbourne – “Crazy Train”
50 Pixies – “Debaser”
49 Jimi Hendrix – “Machine Gun”
48 The Clash – “London Calling”
47 Van Halen – “Panama”
46 Dick Dale and the Del-Tones – “Miserlou”
45 The Beatles – “I Saw Her Standing There”
44 Sleater-Kinney – “Dig Me Out”
43 The Sex Pistols – “Holidays in the Sun”
42 John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers – “Hideaway”
41 Television – “Marquee Moon”
40 The Who – “I Can See for Miles”
39 Santana – “Black Magic Woman”
38 The Faces – “Stay With Me”
37 Elvis Presley – “That’s All Right”
36 Pink Floyd – “Interstellar Overdrive”
35 The Stooges – “1969”
34 Aerosmith – “Walk This Way”
33 Metallica – “Master of Puppets”
32 Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing”
31 Queen – “Keep Yourself Alive”
30 Bill Haley and His Comets – “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock”
29 AC/DC – “Back in Black”
28 U2 – “Where the Streets Have No Name”
27 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – “Look Over Yonders Wall”
26 B.B. King – “How Blue Can You Get”
25 The Rolling Stones – “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”
24 Rage Against the Machine- “Killing in the Name”
23 The Yardbirds – “Over Under Sideways Down”
22 The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night”
21 The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
20 The Impressions – “People Get Ready”
19 Prince and the Revolution – “Purple Rain”
18 Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”
17 Black Sabbath – “Black Sabbath”
16 Neil Young with Crazy Horse – “Cowgirl in the Sand”
15 The Who – “My Generation”
14 Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”
13 Derek and the Dominos – “Layla”
12 The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”
11 Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love”
10 Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
09 The Allman Brothers Band – “Statesboro Blues”
08 Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven”
07 The Beatles – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
06 Van Halen – “Eruption”
05 Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar”
04 The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
03 Cream – “Crossroads”
02 Jimi Hendrix – “Purple Haze”
01 Chuck Berry – “Johnny B. Goode
Well, the guitar's history and evolution is very mysterious, but the first actual guitar, as we know it today, with only a few changes, was made in the 15th century. Knowing the history of the guitar increases a player’s ability to appreciate the details of the instrument. A deeper appreciation of the guitar leads to a deeper respect, which shines through when the instrument is played.
String instruments were created about 4000 BC from the hunting bow and the sound it produces while shooting. Around 2000 BC the Babylonians frequently made such string instruments in a simple harp form and with a solid wooden neck and a primitive sound box of stretched animal skins. Just like the bow, the strings were made of woven plant fibres or animal materials. Through desiring different sounds and shapes, progress and evolution has brought these string instruments to the variety of guitars that we enjoy today.
7. What instrument was
the guitar a spin-off of?
8. What is the most famous
song ever to be played on the guitar?
9. What was the
first song made for the guitar?
10. Is every song ever written in
history able to be played on the guitar?
Quiz time!!
1. What country was the guitar from?

2. What instrument was the guitar a spinoff of?

3. When was the guitar first made?

4. What is the name of the song playing in the background.

5. What famous composer never got to write music for the six-string guitar?
The first publication for guitar is thought to have been Alonso Mudarra's "Tres Libros de Musica en Cifras para Vihuela." which was published in Seville on December 7, 1546. Containing 77 pieces (including six pieces for four-course guitar and one for harp or organ), the book contains numerous classics. These include the earliest music published for guitar.
The most bountiful type of music at the beginning of the life of the guitar was among Mudarra's works which included 27 fantasiasso, which means "the play of imaginative invention", or the musical idea rather than the strict compositional kind of music.
Around 40 AD, the Romans made their entrance into Spain, with a musical instrument like a harp, called a cithara. In the 8th century AD, the Moors entered Spain bringing with them an instrument called an oud. It was more like a guitar. Eventually, the cithara and the oud were combined into two instruments: the Moorish guitar and the Latin guitar. Because of the narrow neck, flat back and one sound hole, the Latin guitar of the 11th century is the ancestor of the modern guitar, even though it only had four strings.
3500 year old tanbur
Yes! Even though Mozart died around the time that the six-string guitar was made and he didn't write any music for guitar, his pieces were later arranged for guitar. With a little knowledge, or maybe a little help from skilled musicians, all music can be 'transcribed' to be played by guitar.
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