History Before the development of the electric guitar and the use of synthetic materials, a guitar was defined as being an instrument having "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with incurved sides". The term is used to refer to a number of chordophones that were developed and used across Europe, beginning in the 12th century and, later, in the Americas. A 3,300-year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard playing a stringed instrument is the oldest iconographic representation of a chordophone. The term guitar is descended from the Latin word cithara but the modern guitar itself is generally not believed to have descended from the Roman instrument. A guitarra latina (left) and a guitarra morisca (right), Spain, 13th century At least two instruments called "guitars" were in use in Spain by 1200: the guitarra latina (Latin guitar) and the so-called guitarra moresca (Moorish guitar). Types Acoustic guitars Renaissance and Baroque guitars
The History of Guitars for KidsInformation on Guitar History for Kids Many different ways exist to play music--blowing across an oboe's reeds, pounding on a drum, tickling the ivories of a piano--but one... Guitar Facts You May Also Like. Information on Guitar History for Kids.Instrument JokesStrings Woodwinds Brass Percussion Vocal Vocalist Jokes Folk/Rock/Popular Music and Instruments General Acknowledgement These jokes are a continually-growing collection, and unfortunately, I can no longer remember which jokes I heard from whom. Strings Violin Jokes What's the difference between a violin and a viola? There is no difference. What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle? A fiddle is fun to listen to. Why are viola jokes so short? So violinists can understand them. How do you tell the difference between a violinist and a dog? The dog knows when to stop scratching. How many second violinists does it take to change a light bulb? None. String players' motto: "It's better to be sharp than out of tune." Why is a violinist like a SCUD missile? Both are offensive and inaccurate. Why don't viola players suffer from piles (hæmorrhoids)? Because all the assholes are in the first violin section. What's the difference between a fiddle and a violin? No-one minds if you spill beer on a fiddle. Viola Jokes
String instrumentVarious stringed instruments of Chinese make on display in a shop. String instruments are musical instruments that produce sound from vibrating strings. In most strings instruments, the vibrations are transmitted to the body of the instrument, which also vibrates, along with the air inside it. History Early string instruments have been excavated in ancient Mesopotamia, like the lyres of Ur, which date to 2500 BC. Types of instruments Construction String instruments can be divided in three groups. It is also possible to divide the instruments in groups focused on how the instrument is played. Types of playing techniques For a full list, see List of string instruments. All string instruments produce sound from one or more vibrating strings, transferred to the air by the body of the instrument (or by a pickup in the case of electronically amplified instruments). Plucking Bowing Striking Other methods Changing the pitch of a vibrating string
Guitar Chord Charts - Beginner Guitar Lessons | Beginner Guitar LessonsTechnically speaking, a guitar chord is three or more notes played in unison. Although "power chords" (dyads) are usually referred to as chords. A chord is named by its root note and the intervals between the following notes. For more on this click here. How To Read a Guitar Chord Chart The guitar chord charts represent a guitar fretboard, with the vertical lines being the guitar strings and the horizontal ones being the frets. Acoustic Guitar Chords and Electric Guitar Chords? Many beginners have asked if there a difference between the chords played on an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar. Jazz Guitar Chords Seventh chords and their extensions, 9ths, 11ths, and 13ths are sometimes referred to as Jazz chords, as that is where they are primarily used. Chord Voicings The notes of a chord can be arranged in many different ways. Chord inversions In an inverted chord, the root note is not in the bass. C Major Chord Inversions The more notes a chord has the more inversions it can have.
Information on Guitar History for KidsUntil the early 1900s, the guitar was mainly used in Spanish music, but the instrument was embraced by jazz players such as Django Reinhardt who sought to expand its use and sound. Blues musicians such as Robert Johnson also picked up the guitar and created a uniquely American sound, which was then embraced by rock and roll musicians in the 1950s and 1960s. Now, the guitar is one of the most popular instruments in modern music, whether pop music, jazz, folk or alternative rock.
zZounds.com - Musical Instruments Music Store. Shop for Guitars, Drums, Amplifiers and Equipment.Electric guitarInvented in 1931, the electric guitar became a necessity as jazz musicians sought to amplify their sound in the big band format. During the 1950s and 1960s, the electric guitar became the most important instrument in pop music. It has evolved into a stringed musical instrument that is capable of a multitude of sounds and styles. It served as a major component in the development of rock and roll and many other genres of music. History The "Frying Pan", 1932 The need for the amplified guitar became apparent during the big band era as orchestras increased in size, particularly when guitars had to compete with large brass sections. Gibson Les Paul Custom 1954 The first solid body "Spanish" standard guitar was offered by Vivi-Tone no later than 1934. Gibson's first production electric guitar, marketed in 1936, was the ES-150 model ("ES" for "Electric Spanish"; and "150" reflecting the $150 price of the instrument, along with matching amplifier). In 1945, Richard D. Construction
Learning the Parts of the Guitar (diagram) - Beginner Guitar Lessons | Beginner Guitar LessonsHeadstock The headstock is the head of the guitar. Headstocks come in different shapes and contain the tuning pegs. Some headstocks have three tuners on both sides, others have all the tuners on one side Tuners There is one tuner for every string on the guitar. Nut The nut is located at the top of the neck, it has grooves to hold each string in the right location. Fingerboard The fingerboard or fretboard is made of wood, usually maple or rosewood. Frets The frets are metal inserts that mark the different pitches on the fretboard. Guitar Strap Button The guitar strap button is to connect your guitar strap to your guitar Pick Guard The pick guard is located under the pick-ups and protects the guitar from pick scratches. Pick-ups Pick-ups are magnets that pick up vibrations from the strings. Pick-up Toggle Switch This is a selector switch, that switches between pick-ups or uses both at the same time. Volume and Tone Control These dials control the signal volume from each pick-up. Bridge
ViolinA young violinist The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Medieval Latin word vitula, meaning stringed instrument; this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic "fiddle". The violin, while it has ancient origins, acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th and 19th centuries. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri and Amati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria. A person who makes or repairs violins is called a luthier. History Turkic and Mongolian horsemen from Inner Asia were probably the world’s earliest fiddlers. The most famous violin makers (luthiers) between the 16th century and the 18th century include: 1658 Baroque violin by Jacob Stainer