About the Guitar

The guitar has been a popular instrument in folk music traditions for centuries. Its origins can be traced back to Spain in the 16th century, where it was known as the "guitarra." From there, it spread across Europe and eventually made its way to the Americas, where it became an essential part of various folk music styles such as blues, country, and bluegrass. The guitar's versatility and ability to accompany both vocals and other instruments made it a favorite among folk musicians. Today, the guitar remains an important part of many folk music traditions and continues to evolve with new players and styles emerging all the time.


Explore the captivating sounds of the Guitar in this course trailer, showcasing the instrument's rich heritage.

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