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The term Spanish guitar has been used differently across the centuries in different countries. Today it is often used interchangeably with the term classical guitar and is certainly not limited to instruments made in Spain. The recorded history of the guitar begins in the Renaissance, with the earliest written sources dating to the fourteenth century. The guitar emerged in Europe alongside musical traditions that came out of the Arabic world, among instruments like the lute and the viol.
The guitar, the classic guitar, also known as the Spanish guitar, has become a symbol of Spanish culture. The origins of the guitar are quite vague. From Las ideas de Wendy, we want to introduce you to this magical musical instrument that represents somehow our country, Spain, our music and our musical spirit.
The creation of the Spanish guitar is the consequence of the mixture of societies and cultures between Hispanic-Christians and Hispanic-Muslims around the Mediterranean region in the XIV century. The vihuela, the Moresque guitar as well as the Greek Kithara are said to be the predecessors that finally originated the Spanish guitar as it is.
In the XVII century, it became a really famous and renowned instrument all over Europe. It experienced several improvements on the design, the materials, and the technique, which developed the sound and musical style into a more refined one.
The sixth string was added in the XVIII century and so it became what we know now as a guitar, in shape and sound. Before, it just had 5 strings.
The XIX century was the period of most development of the Spanish guitar because of the Industrial Revolution and the advances in society, international relationships and means of transport, which let the guitar and its music to spread abroad.
The maturing period of the Spanish guitar came in the XX century and so it got consolidated as the musical instrument it is nowadays, as well as a symbol of Spain, Spanish music and Spanish culture.
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