A guitar is a musical instrument that resembles a lute. The

contemporary guitar has six strings. To play a guitar one

has to pluck the string with the finger or strum it with a

pick. The older version of the guitar had a couple of

strings similar to lute. The most remarkable feature of a

guitar is that it has a slender waist like that of lass,

besides having a flat back. Its neck is fretted. Apart from

6-string guitar, the other popular types of guitars are:


The outstanding feature of a steel guitar is that it

produces a sliding tone when it is strummed with a metal

bar. The four stringed bass guitar and the electric guitar

go well with rock music and rely on electronics for

amplifying the sound.


The conventional or the classical guitars have come from

Spain. Though they were created in the 12th century, they

became popular in the 16th century and music was composed

especially for them. The maestro, Fernando Sor composed

music exclusively for the guitar. In the 19th century

Francisco Tarrega, took the popularity of the guitar to

dizzy heights.


The tone generated by the steel guitar is a sliding one as

the metal bar strums it. For rock music, you have to use

four stringed bass guitar and electric guitar as they rely

on electronics for amplification.


Another interesting thing discovered about the guitar is

that it has succeeded the harp, played in ancient Egypt.

Over the years the harp has been modified from a bow-shaped

string instrument to the one that looks like the guitar.

The guitar, too, has seen many changes because of the

influence of various countries. It has been gaining more

and more popularity with every passing century.


Today, the guitar is the most important instrument in

performing arts. It has become the favorite instrument all

over the world. Not only has the technology improved

tremendously but the reach of media has crossed all

boundaries. The credit of spreading guitar music all across

the world goes to the advancements in the field of

communication, such as the television, satellite

communications, Internet, recording studios and radios. Now

people sitting in their homes can enjoy a concert happening

anywhere in the world. What's more, there are more

innovations coming up every day and more people are getting

interested in all aspects of music like composing and

recording. A favorite of the young and old alike, the

guitar is a symbol of this growing interest in music.


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