The classical (Spanish) guitar uses chords in songs to create layers of melody and harmony. It was derived from the Spanish vihuela and gittern (historic instruments) back in the 1400-1500s. Through the following centuries, it morphed into the Baroque guitar. And eventually, it became the classical or Spanish guitar we find so many people playing today.
The guitar is the most popular instrument worldwide. Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, and Flamenco guitar are a few different types of guitar. The electric and acoustic guitar enjoy immense popularity in many different musical styles.
Acoustic guitars generally use steel strings. Classical and spanish guitars use nylon strings. These have lower tension than acoustic steel-string guitars. This makes classical and spanish guitar easier to play for beginners. With the softer-feeling strings and lower tension, they are more gentle on the fingers.
Spanish flamenco guitars are different than classical guitars. Spanish flamenco guitarists often accompany singers and dancers. Because of this, flamenco guitars have a different build. In design, they closely resemble classical Spanish guitars. But flamenco guitars have a thinner guitar top, different bracing inside. The string tension may be lower, and the strings closer to the fretboard. The neck may also be flatter, depending on the builder.
We typically hold a classical guitar at a 45-degree angle. This allows both hands to play comfortably while maximizing sonic possibilities. The left hand can move up and down the fretboard. And the right hand is at liberty to play anywhere over the guitar body.
Many classical and Spanish guitar players learn to read sheet music notation. This has been common practice since the early 1800s. Before that, tablature was used for most instruments in the early-guitar family.
Students of classical and Spanish guitar often use music notation and/or tablature (TABs). Learning to read music (standard notation) is a special study that takes time. But this opens the doors to more and varied repertoire.
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