1. What is a Musical Instrument?
A musical instrument is an object used for making the sounds of music. In principle, anything that produces sound can serve as a musical instrument. The history of musical instruments dates back to the beginning of human culture. Theoretically, the study of musical instruments is called organology.
The birth date and origin of a musical instrument is the subject of modern forensics. The vocal music experts tend to debate the matter in terms of the validity of various physical evidences, such as artifacts and cultural works. An artifact of disputed status as a musical instrument dates back as far as 67,000 years ago; artifacts commonly accepted to be early flutes date back as far as 37,000 years ago. However, many historians believe it is difficult to define a specific time of musical instrument invention according to the subjectivity of the definition as musical instruments develop independently in many regions of the world. Besides, many rapidly developing civilization and adapted musical instruments far away from their regions are linked together. By the Middle Ages, instruments from Mesopotamia had been found in the Malaysia and Europeans began to play instruments from North Africa. Development of musical instruments in America occurred at a slower pace, but the north, central, and south parts of America had enjoyed musical instruments.
2. What is A Classic Guitar?
Appearance features: round sound hole on the panel, equipped with six pieces of strings (gut strings in early stage, then nylon strings). The fingerboard is relatively wide; the neck is of 12 frets; there is no phoneme mark or strap pins at the end. Strict in playing, it usually adopts plucking. It is usually used for solo and reprise; ensemble is ok. As the sound is soft and classical, it will have an elegant and abundant display when playing whatever a classical or modern music.
3. What is A Folk Guitar?
With a similar appearance to classic guitar, it adopts steel strings. The fingerboard is relatively narrow; the neck is of 14 frets; there are phoneme marks convenient for play. There are strap pins in the end and pickguards on the panel. Folk guitars are slightly different from classic guitars. Integrated with pick guitar, it can be held in front of chest when playing, relatively free in gestures. Besides, it can adopt many play modes, such as finger play, pick play or play with fingerstalls. Convenient for play, capos are used for transposition. In most cases, folk guitars are used as accompany for country, knight, rock and folk songs, especially playing an important role in folk singers.
4. What is An Electric Guitar?
The electric guitar, transformed from guitars, is generated as modern electronic technology and electroacoustics develop. From appearance and sound, it is obviously different from traditional guitars.
Firstly, it has many types of body structures, such as electrocacoustic electric guitars, entity electric guitars, etc. As it adopts the sounding principle of string vibration to electroacoustics conversion and is equipped with volume adjuster, tone controller or off beat devices, trill devices, foot control strength device, making itself possess special display in the aspects of volume and timbre. Compared with electrocacoustic guitars, it has sweeter and melodious music, rich, glossy and strong penetration timbre, controllable volume and changeable timbres, making it become quite important in modern music world. Used as solo or accompany, it needs strap when playing. Free in play modes, it is indispensible in modern electrocacoustic bands and rock bands.
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