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The Friendly Guitar Fret
guitar fret makes a musician’s life a lot easier, as frets
help guitarists determine where their fingers are placed. Other
instruments containing frets include the viol and the lute (just
in case you feel the inclination to extend your playing skills to
other instruments). Here’s a bit of guitar history.
ancestor of the guitar is found in a sixteenth century instrument
called the vihuela de mano. The modern guitar is tuned as such:
E, A, d, g, b and e’. The upper case E (lowest note) is pitched
an octave and a minor sixth below middle
C. All of the other strings are tuned a perfect fourth apart,
with the exception of the distance between the g and b strings (they’re
a major third apart).
great virtuoso of the nineteenth century was Fernando Sor (1778-1839).
Other virtuosos, from past to present, cover various genres and
include Francisco Tarrega, Julian Bream, John Williams and Carlos
electric guitar was first developed in the 1930s. Presently, bass
and electric guitars are staples in rock bands, with the latter
using a plectrum as part of its playing technique.
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