Encyclopedia > Classical guitar

  Article Content

Classical guitar

Musical instrument from the guitar family. Also called Spanish guitar.

The classical guitar is distinguished by a number of features.

  • It is an acoustic instrument. The sound is amplified by a sound box.
  • It has six strings.
  • The strings are made from cat gut, or much more commonly these days nylon, as opposed to the metal strings found in some other forms of guitar. These strings have a much lower tension than steel strings. The lower three strings ('bass strings') are wound with metal, commonly silver or bronze.
  • Because of the low tension of the strings the neck can be made entirely of wood, not requiring a steel truss road.
  • The neck tends to be broader than with steel string guitars, making more complex work easier, but requiring a left hand position which ultimately makes the guitar less stable to hold.
  • The strings are usually plucked with the fingers.

The heyday of the classical guitar repertoire lies in the 19th century. Some guitar composers are:

Because of the relative scarcity of pieces, guitarists often play transcriptions of music originally written for other instruments.

Classical guitar players:



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
East Marion, New York

... the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 756. Geography East Marion is located at 41°7'44" North, 72°20'31" West (41.128923, -72.341894)1. According ...

 
 
 
This page was created in 34.3 ms