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Acoustic Guitars: Fun Facts

With a tale that spans over four centuries, there certain is a lot of trivia, facts, myths, speculation, patents, accessories, models, types and iterations of the modern guitar around.

Yet, its place in the people�s hearts is still pretty much reserved and prime space, taken and not yet willing to let up. The classical guitar design and sound has stayed true to its origins and nature, with a range of modifications, refinements over the years. Both instrument, playing style, techniques (strumming, plucking, tabbing, capping etc.) are now quite common. Many instrument makers, producers, musicians, professional and amateur players, composers, song-writers, self-taught maestros enjoy the sounds and joy that this soundbox with strings can provide with such relative ease and minimal skill.

Famous names and players, composes and guitar pioneers include: Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710), Fernando Sor (1778-1839), Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829), Francisco T�rrega (1852-1909), Andr�s Segovia (1893-1987), The Romeros, Julian Bream (1933), and John Williams (1941).

Fingering methods, nails, fingertips or picks are used to pluck, strum or plectrum, box guitars to play polyphonic music.

When it comes to playing methods there are many different techniques to use. Fingerboards, chords, frets, neck, spacers, raised onto or with a footstool,. As you will see most often with classical players of the guitar. Resting on the leg and right arm is also quite common for positioning. Mobility, access and fingering can be extremely important for more complex moves and music on the classical guitar. It is not for the faint of heart. The right hand is often compared to the bow of a violinist, giving voice to the instrument. The guitar has a wide variety of different tones, volumes and sound nuances that you can created comfortably, with little mastery and practice to perfect your technique of preference. No two playing styles will be the same. Every player will tune and play the guitar in their own way. Strings are typically made up of gut, nylon or carbon fibre, with modern composite treble strings, even steel. These all give each guitar a unique sound, with a wide range of depth and variety in its music, sound and repertoire that can be achieved. There has been very little change in the size and design of the classical guitar for at least the past 100 years, although new instruments and variations on the guitar theme kept making debuts. The fallback was always the old-time favorite, made of cedar or spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard for the purists amongst guitar-lovers and avid enthusiasts.

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