Guitar music

The guitar is arguably one of the most popular family of instruments. It is a medium-sized string instrument, usually with 6 strings tuned E4, B3, G3, D2, A2, E2. Guitars are traditionally made of wood, with strings that may be of nylon, gut, or steel. These can be played with fingerpicking technique, plectrum, or a combination of both. Guitars project sound either acoustically or through amplification devices. These set of characteristics (size, tuning, material, strings, technique, and sound production) define the different types of guitars: the most common classifications are 'classical', 'acoustic', and 'electric'. Modern guitars were preceded by the Renaissance guitars, vihuelas, and Baroque guitars. Nowadays, the guitar is a primary instrument in nearly all the popular genres. In classical music the guitar never enjoyed the popularity of the piano or the violin, though it was an affordable instrument and it featured prominently in chamber music. Many composers explored its capabilities as a solo instrument, especially it reached its modern form, at the turn of the 20th century.
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Popular composers Johann Sebastian Bach  ·  Agustin Barrios Mangore  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Anonymous  ·  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ·  Mauro Giuliani  ·  Francisco Tárrega  ·  Fernando Sor  ·  Anton Diabelli  ·  Matteo Carcassi  ·  Maria Girbiat  ·  Dionisio Aguado y García  ·  Napoleón Coste  ·  Manuel de Falla  ·  Julio Salvador Sagreras  ·  Ferdinando Carulli  ·  Albert Roussel  ·  John Dowland  ·  Ernesto Nazareth  ·  Richard Kram  ·  Gabriel Malancioiu  ·  Alfred Cottin  ·  John Bull  ·  Antonio Soler  ·  Giulio Regondi  ·  Johann Kaspar Mertz  ·  Louis Sauter  ·  Ángel Gregorio Villoldo  ·  Adam Darr  ·  Zequinha Abreu  ·  Francesco Geminiani  ·  Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse  ·  Chiquinha Gonzaga  ·  Jacques Bosch  ·  Sylvius Leopold Weiss  ·  Leonhard von Call  ·  Francesco Molino  ·  Albert Heinrich  ·  Pietro Pettoletti  ·  Juan Alais  ·  Pedro Miguel Abreu  ·  Agustín Bardi  ·  Marco Aurelio Zani de Ferranti  ·  Paul Vidal  ·  Miguel Llobet  ·  John Sturt  ·  José Ferrer  ·  Philip Louis Brachet  ·  Julián Arcas  ·  Johann Decker-Schenk
Periods 20th Century  ·  21st Century  ·  Baroque  ·  Classical  ·  Early 20th Century  ·  Late 19th century  ·  Renaissance  ·  Romantic
Forms Aria / Arietta  ·  Bagatelle  ·  Ballade  ·  Barcarolle  ·  Books  ·  Canzona  ·  Caprice  ·  Compilation  ·  Dance  ·  Duet  ·  Etude  ·  Fantasy  ·  Fugue  ·  Funeral Music  ·  Galliard  ·  Galop  ·  Gavotte  ·  Impromptu  ·  Madrigal  ·  March  ·  Mazurka  ·  Medley  ·  Minuet  ·  Nocturne  ·  Overture  ·  Partita  ·  Piece  ·  Polka  ·  Polonaise  ·  Potpourri  ·  Prelude  ·  Romance  ·  Rondo  ·  Sacred Mass  ·  Saraband  ·  Scherzo  ·  Serenade / Divertimento / Cassation  ·  Sonata  ·  Sonatina  ·  Song Cycle  ·  Suite  ·  Tango  ·  Theme and Variations  ·  Transcription  ·  Waltz