The Development of the Guitar
The guitar is an instrument that dates back many thousands of years.
The first incarnation is believed to have come from Babylon (modern day Iraq). Clay plaques from 2000 B.C have been found that depict naked figures strumming guitar looking instruments. The story of the this instrument is then silent for nearly 2000 years until a burial place was dug up in Rome which contained a guitar like instrument. It was constructed totally of wood and had the same structure of modern day guitars.
The guitar has become one of the most well like instruments and with the development of the internet its now possible to take online lessons for beginners.
From around the 5th to 16th century the guitar developed with a round bodied sound hole and a fat neck. History does not tell us whether this design was German or French.
Spain was the place that it began its most critical stage of development. The twelve steel frets emerged along with the creation of guitar tab. Europe really become a hot spot for the guitar in the 17th and 18th centuries. A lot of the European aristocracy made it extremely popular and internationalized guitar playing and music. The 19th century saw a universal guitar adopted with the same basic tuning system we see today. Also in that century it moved out from Europe to America and the rest of the world.
During the 20th century it really became a household instrument. Playing the guitar is a past time that has spanned many hundreds of years, as well as various cultures. It is a brilliant, satisfying instrument to play and learn, with many understated characteristics.