A History of the Guitar for Kids
Guitarists must know a great deal to learn their instrument,techniques, chords, songs and more. However, what numerous guitarists don't know may be the history of the guitar. Possibly this is because lots of people don't believe this helps at all in playing the guitar, still, it's useful to understand everything about the instrument, including the history.
The history of guitar is really a debatable issue, since there aren't any real details about the creation of the guitar and where it first appeared. What is known, however, is that guitars or similar instruments have existed for over 5,000 years. Entire books might be written about the history of guitar, so within this post, we'll only go through a timeline of the way that it's believed the guitar evolved.
The Significant Events
1400 B.C: The Hittites play a four string, guitar like instrument. Also around this time, the Greeks created a similar instrument that was altered by the Romans and became known as the cithara.
There were two two kinds of guitar models during this period. One kind was referred to as the guitar (Guitarra Morisca). The other kind of guitar was the guitar (Guitarra Latina). The Latin guitar appeared more like our present guitar with a narrower neck and only one sound hole.
A guitar, known as the Vihuela, evolved from both the Latino and Moorish guitars. The Vihuela was a big instrument with double the strings and a longer neck, the Latin and Moorish guitars had and ten or eleven frets. The Spanish and Portuguese courts favored the Vihuela over any other instrument for about 200 years.
The lute was another popular instrument of the time. It lost popularity to the guitar because it had too many strings and was too difficult to play and tune. The Vihuela was soon replaced by several other guitar models. These allowed greater flexibility and this was probably the beginning of the real growth of the guitar and when its popularity began.
By the start of the 1800's
By the late 19th century, a Luther, Antonio Torres Jurado altered the guitar drastically by changing the support of the guitar under the sound board. This allowed for seven struts to be spread out below the soundboard. In addition, the size of your body along with the width of the neck were considerably increased. As an effect of Jurado's developments, the guitar had greater bass response and increased volume. Jurado's work made it feasible for the guitar to fulfill the demands of both the solo performer along with the audio demands of the concert stage.
At Present, Our modern guitar is almost the same as the one produced by Jurado.