“When I write a song, I always start on acoustic guitar, because that’s a good test of a song, when it’s really open and bare. You can often mislead yourself if you start with computers and samples and programming because you can disguise a bad song.” – Martin Gore
Guitar is a member of the family of musical instruments called chordophones, the guitar is a stringed instrument with which sound is produced by “plucking” a series of strings running along the instrument’s body. While the strings are plucked with one hand, they are simultaneously fingered with the other hand against frets, which are metal strips located on the instrument’s neck.
Guitar is an ancient musical instrument and its existence can be traced back to more than 4000 years, although the exact time is still debatable. There are many theories about the invention of guitar and its ancestry. “Guitar” the word was introduced into English from Spanish word guitarra in the 1600s. During the Middle Ages, gitter or the word gittern was used in England. Both guitarra and gitter came from the Latin word cithara, which in-turn came from the Greek word kithara.
Acoustic guitars produce sound themselves; you don’t need an amplifier like an Electric guitar. Acoustic guitar is also known as Dreadnaught guitar, folk guitar, flat-top guitar or steel string guitar. The guitar’s body is made of wood and the sound produced by it is bright, brassy, deep and forceful which gives sheer pleasure to everyone’s ear. Acoustic guitar generates sound acoustically, which is by transferring the string’s vibration to the air through the bridge and saddle to the top plate of the guitar’s body. Today most acoustic guitars come in six or twelve string variation, but there are also custom-made acoustic guitars with higher number of strings or with a modified body. Guitar become leading musical instrument only in 20th century. During medieval times, acoustic guitars were used as a rhythm instruments.
There are three types of the modern Acoustic guitars – Classical (nylon strings), steel string guitar, and archtop guitar, and the popular variation of classical guitar called twelve-string guitars. Nylon gutars can be separated in several tupes – Rennaisance, Baroque, Romantic, Classical, Flamenco and Extended-range. Steel-stringed guitars types are – twelve strings, Resonator, Archtop, Selmer, Battente, Lap Steel, Lyre, Parlor, Weissenborn. While uncategorized guitar types are – Harp guitar, banjo, Gutar lute and Pikasso guitar.
Whether steel-string or classical, playing acoustic guitars will strengthen your fingers as you press down on the strings to make chord shapes. So, it is one of the best guitars to start your guitar learning process. If you are a beginner or if you have some knowledge about playing guitar and want to continue learning then contact us, Rex can help you learn guitar at your home. Rex has now been doing mobile guitar lessons for many years and brings the joy of guitar to anyone who wants to learn guitar. We travel to over 30 cities in the East Bay and South Bay areas; including Danville, San Ramon, Dublin & Pleasanton. Contact Guitar Confidence today and book free lessons!