Guitar History

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Guitar History

Many stringed folk intruments are used in Central Asia to this day, and have been so for a several thousand years.

The History of the Guitar

A brief History and evolution of the extremely well known instrument.

Part One

The lute is known to be the ancestor of the guitar. Usually resembles a modern bass than a guitar because of its four strings.

Since prehistory, people have been using torotoise shells and calabashes as resonators

The guitar began to grow in popularity in european countries in the 16th and 17th centuries.

An ancient noble instrument, can be dated back to 4000 years ago







The earliest String instruments that are known by archeaologists are harps and tanburs,

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The Tanbur had taken another line of eveolvement in arabian countries. Still fretless, but but changing its proportions

The lute is defined as a short necked instrument with plenty of strings, a sharp, angled peghead, an pear shaped body and a highly vaulted back.

The Tanbur is a long necked stringed instrument with a small egg or pear shaped body. There are no frets in the early tanburs.

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The name guitar originates from the ancient persian word "chartar"

The form of the modern classical six string guitar is credited to Antonio Torres, increasing the size of the guitar body, and altering its proportions.

"Chartar" directly translates to four strings, which almost all guitars had in past history.

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By the beginning of the Renaissance, four string guitars were the most dominant.

Steel string guitars first became widely known after Antonio Torres' six string guitar, and became popular around the 1900's.

Part Two

Europeans added frets to the Tanbard, and thus the "Lute" was born.

Known as one of the most influential guitarists in the 20th century

His music continues to influence modern musicians like George Clinton, Miles Davis, Steve Vai and Jonny Lang.

Pioneered the full potential of the electric guitar, combining fuzz, feedback and controlled distortion

Jimi Hendrix was not able to read or write music, and it is remarkable that Jimi Hendrix's rise in the music took place in just four short years

Jimi Hendrix influenced the genres of blues, ballads, rock and R'B are just some of the styles that make him one of the most popular figures in guitat history

Les Paul is an American country, jazz and blues guitarist. He was also an inventor

Was the pioneer of the electric guitar, which makes him a key aspect in the evolvement of the guitar

This man is the reason why electric rock and roll is possible, with his invention of the solid body elecric guitar

licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing are some guitar techniques that he brought to light

Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Was ranked second in the Rolling stones 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Clapton has been referred to as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time

Clapton has won 18 Grammy Awards, and also won the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music

His version of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" helped reggae reach an astounding popularity

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