It was played in space: five facts about the guitar

By Jurassic JennJun 7, 2024 18:37 PMMusic
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Five facts about the guitar
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The guitar, a versatile musical instrument, holds a special place in various genres, fascinating music lovers around the world. SSPDaily has prepared five facts about the guitar.

Origin of modern guitars

The modern guitar dates back to about 2000 BC, and its ancestors are the oud, an instrument common in ancient Persia. Transforming over time, the oud made its way to Spain, where it eventually evolved into the guitar we know today.

The emergence of the classical guitar

In the 19th century, an important event took place - the creation of the classical guitar. Antonio de Torres Jurado, a Spanish luthier, played a key role by changing the design of the instrument. His changes, including an increase in size, led to improved volume and sustain.

The emergence of the electric guitar

Although the electric guitar may seem like a recent innovation, its origins date back to 1931. George Buscham and Adolph Rickenbacker are credited with creating the first electric guitar, which was charmingly called the "Frying Pan" because of its shape.

Music in space

Even beyond our planet, music continues to inspire and soothe. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield demonstrated this perfectly by playing a song on the International Space Station (ISS) with a guitar he kept on board for entertainment purposes.

A global commitment to the guitar

The guitar is undoubtedly one of the most beloved instruments and has a huge following around the world. According to statistics, there are about 700 million guitarists in the world, so the popularity of this instrument knows no bounds.

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