I just recently did a research project on guitars and I figured I would share it with you guys! If you did not know, I do play the guitar. You can here some songs that I have played on my YouTube channel, Raegan F. I chose guitars for my research project, because I felt like I did not know a lot about their background. So… Here is my reasearch project paper.
Guitars are a popular instrument played by many people. People enjoy playing guitar because it’s easy to play and sounds beautiful.
They are part of the chordophones, a musical instrument that makes sound by plucking the strings. The body of the guitar is made of wood, such as spruce or cedar. The body of the guitar usually has pretty designs on them. People are very creative with the designs on them. The strings are either nylon or steel. On the very top of the guitar are these little nobs. Those are called pegs. You turn them to tune your guitar.
The history of the guitar dates back a long time ago. Guitars were developed in Europe at the beginning of the 12th century. There are a lot of carvings with Egyptians holding an instrument that looks to be like a chordophone. The Egyptian carvings are probably one of the oldest pictures of the chordophone family. The guitar originally had four strings, C, F, A, and D. Around the 16th and 19th century it got six strings tuned to the notes of E, A, D, G, B, and E.
The acoustic guitars are one of the more popular guitars. Most people play chords on it because it is the easiest thing to do on it. Acoustic guitars have steel strings on them, which makes them sound different from other guitars. You have probably heard an acoustic guitar on a country song and southern gospel because they sound nice played with those types of songs. This instrument also sounds nice played with Christian, conservative songs.
The classical guitar is a Spanish guitar, and it has bigger frets and has nylon strings. These guitars are usually finger-picking and not strummed. People tend to play solos on the classical guitar.
The electric guitar was developed in the 1930s, but it became popular in the 1950s and 1960s. The electric guitar has a loud sonic sound to it. The electric guitar is played through a guitar amp. An amp (amplifier) is a speaker where you can plug in your guitar and control how loud you want your guitar to sound. The electric guitar is played with many different types of music genres, such as rock, pop, jazz, and more.
There are two main types of ways you can play the guitar. One of the easier ways to play the guitar would be strumming chords. Playing chords is pretty simple. All you have to do is put your fingers where they belong. For instance, for the chord G, you would put your first finger on the second fret, second string, put the second finger, third fret, first string, and fourth finger, third fret, sixth string. Once you have all of your fingers in place, you strum down and up. There is a lot of different ways you can strum, but the most popular is down, down, down, up, down.
Another way you can play the guitar is by picking it. Picking the guitar is much harder than strumming it. You are constantly moving your figures to hit the right notes, unlike chords where you just hold your fingers on the right notes, and strum.
The guitar is a great instrument to learn! It is a lot simpler than some instruments. Once you learn a couple of chords, you can play a lot of different songs. It’s also a lot more portable than a tuba or a piano. Overall, the guitar is a wonderful instrument to play.
Hope you enjoyed reading it! And maybe learned something new!