National Guitar Day

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Hey there music enthusiasts and strumming aficionados! It's time to celebrate the melodious marvel that is National Guitar Day. Grab your pick, tune those strings, and prepare to be serenaded by the fascinating history and enchanting melodies of this day!

When is Guitar Day?

It's national guitar day on the 12th February.

The Birth of National Guitar Day

Let's take a trip back to the internet archives and uncover the story behind National Guitar Day. This joyous occasion celebrates the iconic musical instrument that has stolen the hearts of millions around the world - the guitar.

Whether you're a seasoned guitarist or just enjoy strumming a few chords while singing in the shower, the guitar has a magical ability to connect people through its harmonious tunes.

Unleashing the Power of Music Online

The internet played a significant role in spreading the love for the guitar. Online forums, tutorial videos, and even virtual jamming sessions brought guitarists together from every corner of the globe.

Social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook have become online gathering spots for guitar enthusiasts to share their skills, showcase their impressive solos, and bond over the love for music.

A Global Celebration

National Guitar Day is an internationally recognized celebration. From avid guitar collectors to aspiring musicians, everyone is encouraged to take part in this day - whether by strumming their own guitar or appreciating the talent of others.

This day serves as a reminder of the power of music as a universal language, bridging gaps between cultures and bringing people closer together.

Did You Know?

Fun Fact: Did you know that the world's longest guitar measures a whopping 13.23 meters (43 feet 4.7 inches)? It was created by Warwick GmbH and displayed in Germany. Talk about an impressive stringed instrument!

History behind the term 'Guitar'

3000 BCE

The Ancient Strings

In ancient Mesopotamia, the first predecessor of the guitar emerged. It was called the 'kithara' and consisted of strings stretched across a wooden frame. The kithara was played by plucking the strings with the fingers or a plectrum.

1200 CE

The Moorish Reinvention

During the Islamic Golden Age, the Moors brought an instrument called 'qitara' to Spain. This instrument had a rounded back and a narrower neck than the kithara. The qitara underwent various modifications in Spain to produce what is known as the 'guitarra latina' (Latin guitar).

1500 CE

The Renaissance Guitar

In the Renaissance period, the guitar evolved further. Its body shape started resembling the modern guitar, and additional strings were added. The guitar became a popular instrument in European courts and was featured in chamber music compositions.


The Classic Guitar

Don Antonio de Torres Jurado, a Spanish luthier, revolutionized the guitar design by making it larger, introducing fan bracing, and implementing other improvements. He is often referred to as the father of the modern classical guitar. This design became the standard for classical guitars.


The Electric Revolution

George Beauchamp, an engineer, and Adolph Rickenbacker, a businessman, developed the first commercially successful electric guitar. The 'Frying Pan' guitar, nicknamed for its shape, featured a magnetic pickup and generated a louder sound, paving the way for the popularity of electric guitars.


The Rise of Rock 'n' Roll

With the advent of rock 'n' roll and influential guitarists such as Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley, the guitar became a symbol of rebellion and youth culture. The electric guitar found its place as the dominant instrument in popular music and led to further innovations in amplifier technology.

Did you know?

Did you know that the world's longest guitar measures a whopping 13.23 meters (43 feet 4.7 inches)? It was created by Warwick GmbH and displayed in Germany.


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First identified

11th February 2017

Most mentioned on

12th February 2020

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