The classical guitar is an acoustic instrument that consists of a hollow wooden body with six guitar strings. Traditionally, guitar strings were made of a material called catgut but they are now more commonly made of nylon. Catgut strings give a rich more rounded sound but nylon strings are more durable and practical. Modern and electric guitars use metal strings, which give greater output volume. Classical guitars rather than electric guitars are used more often in classical music. A standard classical guitar has twelve frets on the neck divided by metal strips. In the past, frets could be made by pieces of string tied at intervals along the neck. Traditional classical guitarists will place the guitar on their left leg and play the strings with their right hand. You can now play a Virtual Classical Guitar at Virtual Piano.
The exact origins of the guitar are not known but instruments that look like guitars feature in ancient Egyptian and Babylonian carvings. The six-stringed guitar developed in the late eighteenth century. Whilst Classical and Acoustic guitars appear to be very similar, Classical guitars use nylon strings and Acoustic guitars have steel strings, so the sound they produce is different. The rise of rock and roll in the 1950s gave rise to the popularity of electric and steel-stringed guitars. Today, both types of guitars feature heavily in modern music of various genres.
At the end of the 19th-century guitar began to find a strong voice of its own. Spanish composers were central to this transformation and the Flamenco music tradition played an important role in this process. The Spanish composer Rodrigo is widely attributed to have raised the profile of the guitar as a concert instrument. Arguably his finest work is the Concierto de Aranjuez, which was written in 1939. It is an important and well-loved concerto with guitar at its heart.
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Anyone can experience the classical guitar through Virtual Piano. You don’t need to be able to read music or to have played the guitar before. Virtual Piano music sheets contain letters that correspond to the keys from a QWERTY keyboard. So it’s quick and simple to pick up. You can enjoy playing the guitar online instantly - anywhere, anytime.