History of Guitar

There is great question on who invented the guitar. There are multiple origin theories. It is often said that guitar is the development of Lute and Greek musical instrument Kithara. In 1960s Dr. Michael Kasha researched about the origin of guitar and found that guitar was not developed after Lute and Kithara. They looked like guitar but have no influence in the evolution of guitar. But the oldest evidence of extension of guitar has been dated to 1800 or 1900 BCE.  It was found on clay plaques, on Babylonia which was strong resemblance to the guitar; it was too far for us to expect that looks exactly like guitars of today but it did had strings and distinguish neck and body.

The first known European stringed instrument dates back to the third century which had a round soent whose name was from the era during which it was invented. It was stringed instrument with rectangular body shape. And another instrument was also developed side-by-side with the Carolingian and its straight rectangular sides were starting to give way to slight curves.Moving into the seventeenth century the guitar was becoming popular. In France, King Louis XIV played guitar undulant box that tapers into a wide neck, second instrument had also been invented, called the Carolingian instrument regarded as his favorite musical instrument. In eighteenth century Germany become particularly active in music field. Many composers and Guitarist were accumulated at that time. In France Guitar had got great status and the guitar actually became more popular as the general public adopted the instrument.

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The guitar has been known in the New World from the sixteenth century, when colonists from Spain sold guitars to the Aztecs. Portuguese musicians also helped the guitar’s popularity in South America. Their activities led the involvement of the guitar in the folk music of many countries.It wasn’t until the 20th century that the guitar had fully reached its potential. The extraordinary development of mass media communications and technological progress contributed to the global exposure of the instrument.

At the end of our journey through the guitar’s history, landing in the twenty-first century, there isn’t much more to say. You now know where the Guitar originate from and how it has developed into guitar of today. From the Babylonians through the classical world and into the new world, we have seen the guitar evolve as an instrument revered by millions of people over the course of 4,000 years. Indeed the guitar has earned respect from people all over the world and from all walks of life.




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