The guitar is a stringed instrument that makes music from the vibrations of strings. It’s also a fretted and plucked string instrument. Fretted means that it has frets, or metal wires, on the finger board to help play the notes. This is different from a non-fretted instrument like the violin. Plucked means that vibrations are caused by the strings being plucked, or strummed, with the hands, fingers, or a pick. Again this is different from a violin which uses a bow to cause the vibrations.
Bass Guitar – The bass guitar plays lower notes than an electric guitar. It often works with the drums and percussion to form the rhythm section of a band. Most bass guitars have 4 strings, unlike the 6 strings of most standard guitars.
Other types of guitars and fretted instruments include the banjo, the lute, the mandolin, and the cello guitar.
Guitars in Music
The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in the world today. It takes a lead role in many types of music including pop, rock, jazz, blues, country, and folk music. One reason for the popularity is that it is relatively easy to carry around and play. An acoustic guitar can be played relatively quietly most anywhere and is easy to store and carry. Another reason for the popularity is the diversity of music that can be created using an electric guitar. This gives musicians the opportunity to express their emotions and ideas in many different ways.