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January 21, 2021
Most people believe that the guitar is very modern, though, the only thing modern about guitars is the electric guitar created in the 1930s. Before that, the ‘tanbur’ was popular in Iran along with the Vihuela and Lute in Europe. Interestingly a flute player can be termed as a flutist or a flautist. They are less commonly known as a ‘fluter’. However, flautist is said to have a negative connotation as it means jeer or mock in Latin. Flutes are also considered to be one of the earliest instruments and the term flute wasn’t coined until the 14th century.
The first fully electric guitar was introduced in 1940. There are many electric guitar types – solid body, chambered bodies, semi-acoustic, full hollow-body, and electric Acoustic. One of the best guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix played a Fender Stratocaster, and he experimented with its sound in a variety of ways. Gibson introduced its first electric guitar in 1936. Stratocaster produced its first guitar almost two decades later, in 1954. The invention of the electric guitar immensely influenced the world of music like no other instrument in the 20th century. This electric guitar upgraded many old genres and enabled the creation of new genres. Nowadays there isn’t a single band that doesn’t use an electric guitar or electric bass guitar. The electric guitar is the primary instrument in many music genres such as rock, pop, metal, punk, blues, jazz, reggae and more producing different sounds from just six strings. Acoustic guitars have a variety of parts including the body, the waist, sound hole, bridge, frets, strings, neck, fretboard, tuning pegs, and the saddle. Guitar strings are made of either steel or nylon.
Drums were with us from the dawn of mankind. First as natural objects that we could hit, but later made as real drums, with membranes made of skins of animals. Brushes that create softer drum sound were used in drumming ever since 1920s. The oldest drum to be discovered is the Alligator Drum. It was used in Neolithic China, and was made from clay and alligator hides. The Alligator Drum was often used in ritual ceremonies, and dates back as early as 5500 BC.

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