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The Guitar: A Noteworthy History
 

The Guitar: A Noteworthy History

Before you begin to learn to play the guitar, you might be curious to learn a little bit about the instrument and where it came from. Although there have been stringed instruments around for centuries, the guitar in its present form is a relatively recent innovationand the electric guitar has only really been with us since the 1950s.

Knowing about earlier guitarists and their styles of music will help you choose the kind of music youd like to play. Thanks to recordings, we can hear today the music of sixteenthcentury lutenists and then (at the flip of a CD) listen to twentieth-century heavy metal. All styles are open to uswe simply have to learn that they are available.

Our journey begins in ancient Egypt, where we will see that guitar-like instruments were already entertaining the Pharaohs


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