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Search the internet for “learn guitar programs” and it’s overwhelming trying to sort through the programs avaiable! Most
are worthless anyway which you wouldn’t know until you have orderd them. I have reviewed and picked two top programs so
you don’t waste your time and money! If you can afford Learn & Master Guitar, it’s by far the best program I have seen
anywhere. Jamorama is also great for taking lessons in front of your computer.
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The forerunner of the guitar, the lute, was created by the Greek god, Apollo. In India,
it is believed that the sitar, another stringed instrument from which the guitar is
descended, is sacred to the goddess Saraswati. And one of the most popular tales
about the guitar is the story of how it was pressed into service to play a hymn of praise
to Jesus Christ at a Christmas Eve mass when the organ of the church broke.
The guitar has a history of association with the divine. The range and styles of music
that can be played on the classic stringed instrument is incredible.
From the intricate fire and beauty of classical Spanish and flamenco guitar to the down-home country sounds of good
finger-pickin', the guitar is a versatile and beautiful instrument.
Today’s guitars have a hollow or solid body, a neck with frets, and a tuning mechanism, the machine head. They may be
acoustic, or electric, and are one of the most popular instruments in the world.
Those technical descriptions, however, can't begin to express the sheer versatility of such a simple instrument.
Even in the hands of a beginner, the guitar can make lovely music - the best kind of music, the kind, in the words of a
guitar teacher, that makes you want to sing along. Learning a few simple chords and finger placements, a few strumming
patterns, can allow even a student who has only a few lessons to play literally dozens of popular songs.
The most important piece of the guitar is the face, or top. Its composition, shape will determine the final sound of the guitar.
The back and sides make a difference too, but not so much, and often, luthiers will choose the wood for the sides and back
with an eye to appearance rather than sound quality.
Electric guitars are solid, though they are not made of a single solid piece of wood. Most are created of many layers of
different kinds of wood laminated together.
This gives the guitar both strength and sound quality that wouldn't be possible in a single piece of wood. Often, the electric
guitar is made of a 'good sounding' wood like ash or poplar, with a laminated top of a more attractive wood for appearance.
Even within the broader categories of acoustic and electric there are many variations. Acoustic guitars may have six
strings or twelve, the strings may be made of steel, nylon or gut. They may be arranged in pairs or singly or in triplets.
Each of these has a different characteristic sound, from the wah-wah of a steel guitar, to the lush beauty of a flamenco
guitar.
Nowhere else will you find the variety of guitars that you find in a typical Mexican mariachi band. A typical mariachi band
will include at least three kinds of guitar - a classical guitar, a vihuela and a guitarron, a large guitar that is nearly the size
of a cello.
Guitar tablatures are among the most searched for items on the internet. It's a teen rite of passage to learn at least one
classic guitar riff from Jeff Beck, Stephen Tyler or Eric Clapton.
Whether you choose to learn just a few chords so that you can play for friends at parties, or find yourself so enchanted
with the guitar that you take it up as a lifelong practice, there are few other instruments that will provide you with as much
pleasure.
 
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