La Guitarra

The guitar is practically an icon of 20th century music.  Its design has evolved from earlier instruments, and many of its musical advantages are similar to the piano.  The guitar has many unique features that influence the way its music is created and heard.  The six-string guitar, that we are familiar with today, emerged in primitive form by 1800.  The guitar was popularized by the end of the 19th century thanks to Antonio de Torres.

•The ancestors of the modern guitar can be traced back to the stringed instruments played across Central Asia and India, in ancient times.
•The oldest iconographic representation of the guitar is a 3,000 year old carving of a Hittite or ancient Anatolian bard playing the instrument.
•The various references to the guitar in ancient times included guitarra, gitarre, guitare, qitara, cithara, kithara and sihtar.  Sounds like a speech impediment 🙂
•Traditionally, guitars were constructed with combinations of various woods. The strings were made of animal gut… Gross!
•The musical instrument has a mention in records maintained by the Moors, Viking incursions and in traditional Norse carvings.
•Dimension standards of the modern guitar were established by Antonio Torres Jurado, between 1817 and 1892.

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