Guitar History

NMA-WP-2015-GtrThe guitar is an iconic instrument, and although it’s often associated with modern pop & rock music, it’s history can be traced back in time for 4000 years to the bowl harp and the tanbur, which were used by the ancient Egyptians. The three main types of guitar are the classical guitar, the acoustic guitar, and the electric guitar. Our guitars teachers are Luke Roberts, and Darren King. They are both exceptional players and experienced musicians, both in terms of live performances and composition. They are friendly guys and teach students of all ages. Guitar lessons cost £12 for half an hour. If you’re interested in learning then please feel free to contact us. Our guitar teachers are Darren King and Luke Roberts.

Classical guitarThe classical guitar, sometimes called the ‘Spanish’ guitar has a wide, flat neck and is fitted with nylon strings which give it a mellow tone. It is often used as a solo instrument and has been used to compose many famous pieces of music such as Cavatina by John Williams, Classical guitars are ideal for beginners as they can be relatively inexpensive (around £70 for an outfit), and they are made in 3/4 and 1/2 sizes that suit young children.

Acoustic guitarThe acoustic guitar looks similar to the classical guitar but the neck is slimmer and it will be fitted with steel strings, giving it a much brighter tone. It can be used as a solo instrument or a ‘rhythm’ instrument, where the player will use strummed chords. It is such a versatile instrument though, that some players have taken the acoustic guitar to incredible musical places. Acoustic guitars come in several shapes and sizes, and a good instrument will cost from around £150. Some are available with pickup systems fitted so that they can be connected to an amplifier. Cheap acoustic guitars are available from some retailers, but are quite often unplayable, so beware.

Fender StratocasterThe electric guitar was first designed so that guitarists could be heard amongst a loud orchestra, but since its creation it has evolved into an iconic instrument in its own right. The electric guitar was quite literally instrumental shaping modern pop and rock music. Electric guitars come in various shapes and sizes, some of which are quite bizarre.

The three main styles that have endured though are the Stratocaster, the Les Paul, and the 335. Most modern instruments are based on these shapes. The versatility of the electric guitar, and the equipment that can be used with it, is almost endless. Jimi Hendrix, who was a pioneer of modern rock music, played a right-handed Strat upside-down. Jeff Healey was blind, but played guitar to a phenomenal standard whilst it was laid on his lap. Players like Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai have become legends in their own lifetimes. Electric guitars cost from around £100 but you will need an amplifier and cable to use it properly. There are several packages available that include all the things you need to start. They usually cost from around £150.