How Acoustic Guitars Continue To Shape The Music Industry

Author: classic-guitars  //  Category: Music
I remember the first time I had seen an acoustic guitar, at the tender age of five. My teacher had invited a guest to come in and bring in his guitar, to show us how he played his guitar and to sing-a-long to some nursery rhymes. I remember feeling that this made a nice change from singing along to my teachers broken and badly tuned piano! It was at this moment I had decided that music was going to become an important element to my development.

Unfortunately, I did not receive my first guitar until I was seventeen; however, I did practise on other acoustic guitars in between that period along with a few piano lessons to keep my creative musical juices flowing. Taking guitar lessons proved more difficult when I had no time to practise in my spare time. I found that playing the guitar for the first time proved painful to my fingers, this was expected considering my hands were not used to the impact of plucking the hard strings.

Acoustic guitars along with the drums, piano and violin are just a few the most popular musical instruments that have been around for many years. They have shaped the movement of modern music, creating extraordinary tune and sounds evoking different emotions from its many dynamics. Ultimately, the point of playing music is to entertain and create a mood of creative ease and expressing ones emotions through sound.

History

The guitar is just one of the many instruments that have stood out the test of time. The guitar as we know it was very different from the earlier designs pre-twentieth century. In fact, the guitar has been around since 2000 BC, with the earlier forms of a guitar found in Susa, Elam, now known as Iran. Evidence shows that the guitar was derived from earlier instruments from Central Asia and India, known as the Sitara.

These instruments were similar in that they were made from wood with strings that are plucked to create the musical sound. Acoustic guitars have kept to the traditional strings and wood, which have further developed into seeing six, eight, ten and twelve string guitars. The modern guitar as we know it is an inspired influence of the earlier Spanish guitars, which was known as the viola de mana. These Spanish guitars of the 16th century were a change from the conventional renaissance lute and were customized to produce more creative and dynamic tunes.

Other influences to modern acoustic guitars were believed to have come from Italy, whereby the first mandolin was created in Naples. The Vinaccia family may have been one of the first to build a six-string guitar during the 1700s, creating a new technique of playing using a fan strutting motion as opposed to the conventional table bracing.

Modern Day Guitar

The first electric guitar was not created until the early twentieth century, which was patented by George Beauchamp (co founder of electric guitar makers Rickenbacher). Leo fender would follow during the 1950’s with his own style and shape of the guitar. The electric guitar is the main instrument for many modern music of various genres such as, rock, pop, indie and dance. This is also a trend for many young people to begin playing the guitar.

However, some young guitarists begin by learning to read tablatures, as opposed to musical notes. Often the best way to learn is to pick up tabs from your favourite music band and practise by playing their tune. Learning different techniques and strumming methods will help with understand how each technique will create various melodic sounds.

The key thing to guitar playing is practise, like with learning to play any other instrument you will find yourself going over the same tune over and again until you have mastered and perfected it. This in turn will inspire you to play around with creating your own tunes on the guitar. Once you have grasped with reading tabs, and playing guitar chords, you will find the rest will fall into place.

One thing is for certain, if you are an impatient person like me, you will learn to relax to practising on your strumming techniques. More musicians are introduced each year, with new techniques of playing the guitar and continually making modifications to their guitars. Even though the guitar has been around for over four centuries, it is still thriving within the modern music world, with classical guitarist still holding a high place in the world.



By: Anna Stenning

About the Author:

Anna Stenning is an expert on acoustic guitars, having spent some time trying to learn her guitar and now learning to play the bass guitar.



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