There’s something about a guitar solo that can make an unremarkable song into a phenomenon, and even non-musicians will usually have a favorite guitarist, whether that’s Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, or, well, you get the picture… Music is a vital part of our cultural expression, and perhaps no musical instrument has shaped the development of music through modern history as much as the guitar. But what’s the history of the guitar itself? Why did this one instrument become the iconic symbol of 20th Century musical genres such as jazz, blues, and—of course—rock and roll?
Although much of the early history of the guitar is unclear, stringed instruments have been part of human life for thousands of years. Medieval Spain is where guitar history first began to take shape, but it wasn’t until the 20th Century that it truly came into its own as an instrument. It was a key element in the development of rock and roll—especially with the advent of the electric guitar—and contributed to the creation of nearly every other modern musical genre...More: https://stringjoy.com/history-of-the-guitar/
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