Timeline of the Guitar

As a stringed instrument, the guitar traces its roots back to as early as the 16th century in Spain, which greatly influenced its development. The "vihuela" is the ancestor of the "guitar", whcih descended from the Spanish vocabulary "guitarra". It is also strongly believed that the guitar descended from the Roman instrument "cithara" and development influenced by the four stringed instrument of the moors "the oud" and the Scandinavian "lut", another six stringed instrument.

Timeline of the Guitar

In the seventeenth century, the four stringed "vihuela" started losing its popularity and gave way to the "regal guitar" in France, which is much more similar to the modern day guitar, although tuned much differently. In England, this was known as the five string guitar. Despite being very popular in France and England, it is believed that the fifth string was added to the "vihuela" in Spain to make the instrument more versatile and accessible to the diverse musical scene.

It is in the seventeenth century that the sixth string was added to the Italian "guitarra battente", which set trend for most of Europe. Classical guitar provides us with the closest nexus to the modern guitars. Antonio Torres cannot go unmentioned as he played an important role in developing and improving the sound and tone of the guitar. This remained as the standard construction of guitars, providing and indelible blueprint for future models. At about the same time, the development on the X-braced top guitar by German immigrant, Christian Fredrich Martin, was in motion. The metal stringed guitar, appeared in the nineteenth century promising a louder sound but was not necessarily accepted by most classical guitar fans. This resulted in the steel stringed instrument etching out its own industry. The guitar tuner was popularized as the de facto accesory in the 20th century.

Development of electric guitars provided promise for better sound through amplification. Jazz guitars were also developed during this time. Guitars have since been extensively used as a musical instrument in many countries. In jazz ensembles, it has been occasioned as a solo instrument. In modern jazz, ensembles have been joined by the bass, rhythm and lead guitar as a full group. The guitar continues to be one of the most applied musical instrument in modern music.

The future has already arrived and the Gibson robot guitar is proof of this. The guitar has the ability to tune itself in accordance with the players input. What will be next in the evolution of guitar?

If you are in need of a guitar tuner then be sure to drop by http://www.123guitartuner.com for a free tune-up.

by Tim Goldsby; Saturday, March 10, 2012 @ 06:29 AM [1804]

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