The guitar has been on this earth in one form or another for thousands of years. During this time it has gone through many changes and stages of development. Of course it has not always been called "guitar ", but there is no denying that the instrument we now know by that name is one and the same with many ancient instruments that had similar characteristics. In fact, as mentioned elsewhere, the word"tar" is an ancient word for string and still is such in India and other parts of the world.
The guitar of today is only the present stage in this long line of evolutionary processes, bringing it to what we now recognize as this instrument.
Also, this process of development that has given us the guitar of today is by no means over. The guitar is ever continuing to change in many ways all the time. This is evidenced by just going into a store that sells guitars and seeing all the different types and shapes of guitars available. One might even be inclined to admit that with all these variations in guitars, it is as if either there is some great creative force behind this development... or perhaps there has been something of a mutation going on due to something like what might be experienced when environmental conditions affect animal or plant life and cause changes... "negative or positive".
In any case, we can easily see a lot going on in the guitar's development. It is a virtual
A "New World Of Guitar" happening all around us.
Why is it that the guitar is still here, and still becoming a greater influence in our lives. It is said that "everyone plays the guitar". While this is not exactly true, it seems that it could be heading toward that conclusion. All over the earth the guitar is so popular that it is now estimated there are more guitars on the planet than humans. So, naturally, as with people's individual tastes... as with clothing, cars, jewelry, home- decorating etc., there would be a great so called
with lots of stylistic differences in guitars... and more likely yet to come. As often said, we are truly living in the "Age Of Guitar".
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This Is Guitar
Discovering The Ancient Truths About The Guitar... It's History and Future...
Playing Guitar... may not be what you think it is. It just might surprise you but... what you do on guitar, "Playing Real Guitar"... with all the correct techniques and movements... may offer an enhancement of almost every area of your life, that could take you to new and higher levels of your own personal development .
Guitar has been a major influence for much longer than most of us could ever imagine. The instrument is not just a couple of hundred years old as often told to us, and believed by many to be... but it is ancient in it's ancestry. Ancient to the extent of thousands of years old, and it is not the offspring or descendant of the Lute, Violin or other string instruments... but in fact the origin of all these others as it's basic concept, design and tuning...and it's name... precede every other string instrument on Earth. This Is Guitar! This is where all the others came from, and what they all evolved out of. This Is Guitar ... the history and facts about which most have been hidden, and all but practically erased... and sometimes, deliberately by those wishing to disguise, destroy or disavow the truth for their own purpose or glory.
Just as with many other historic alterations and outright lies... we are just now being made aware of, various sectors of the population chose to hide or deny the facts about the guitar. Not unlike the truth about Christopher Columbus not being the first to discover what was a new continent... The Americas. The Vikings apparently came ashore on our land hundreds of years before Columbus, and we must not forget to mention the Native Americans who migrated here from elsewhere long before that. And there's even evidence that Romans may have visited prior to the Vikings. These, and tons of other historic facts have been either forgotten, destroyed or hidden from the population... often for the benefit of the story tellers and others. Another good example is the famed Library Of Alexandria... known to have been destroyed to hide evidence that if presented would have all but ended the development of various religions, religions that are those of the mainstream today... and if the truth had been known perhaps these religions would be almost unknown today, or just a simple entry in history books. The examples are endless of similar lies, deception and fraud and with The Guitar it is no different.
So what? Who really cares about the truth as pertaining to the guitar, and what does it really matter? After all the guitar is surly not as important as the discovery of the new world, or the development of any world religion. It's not about to be a cure for the plague of the century...cancer, or any significant current day problem such as the economy, the environment or education. Why then such emphasis placed on this noise making device... after all it's just music, right? Yes it's just music... however what is music really, and why did it and such things as musical instruments develop in the first place... and in particular, the Guitar. Well, these are the questions to be addressed and answered... and in doing so present the outstanding lineage and history of guitar and it's descendants the entire string family... including the piano... none of which we would have today if not for the guitar.
Therefore, as stated at the outset of this introduction... Playing Guitar May Not Be what You Think It Is. It is far beyond the mere playing of songs, or even writing new music... far more than being an entertainer, or even just having fun. Playing Guitar is an introduction to and a system for the development of a set of skills that affect the very essence of practically all we do... enhancing them so that we can do them better... and help in the further evolution of a higher level of skills that all mankind can benefit from. And, the guitar has been for thousands of years, as well as yet today still at work doing it's very job of moving humanity forward to new discoveries and a better life. This is no joke! This is the Real Story, "This Is Guitar".
The Ancient Guitar
The guitar is ancient... it dates back to the dawn of mans entrance in time on Earth. It's very specific tuning of the notes that appear across it's six strings at any fret has been unearthed in artifacts discovered dating back 70,000 years, and most likely to be even further, as archaeologists dig deeper into the origin of sound and music.
In the Age Of Guitar Series... here displayed, are a few of the more recent images... and by recent you can see clearly that does not mean from yesterday. The most ancient of guitar images and their ancestors are yet to be found... and perhaps they will soon, but as time has it, often many representations and actual physical objects are eaten away by thousands of years of decay and may be lost forever.
The music in this video is a short clip from my recording "Ancestors", a guitar solo with background effects. The recording is available in it's full length on iTunes and over 200 music sites Worldwide... as a single download... or as a streaming audio on Spotify and similar providers of music around the globe.
Here is my own music store site link...
with sample clips of some of my recordings in the general market, many others are either in select markets elsewhere in the world, in commercials or films... or no longer available...