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THE HISTORY OF GUITARS
Early versions of the guitar called the “oud” and the “lute” both predate written history, and depictions of these instruments have been found from as far back as 3500 BCE. A brief overview of the facts:
- These instruments spread through ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, and they manifested themselves in Ancient Greece as the kithara.
- The word “guitar” comes from the Greek word “kithara,” in fact.
- The Greek god of music, Apollo, was frequently depicted playing a guitar-like instrument, but credit for inventing the first guitar typically goes to his half-brother, Hermes, who made a kithara by pulling strings over a tortoise shell.
- Guitars have maintained this basic design for thousands of years.
- These ancient guitars featured a box-shaped body that worked as a resonator, a hollow arm extending from the resonator, and several strings for making music.
- The Greeks brought kitharas to the Romans, who eventually brought them to Europe, and around the same time, the Moors brought the oud to southern Spain.
- Musicians refined these instruments over the years by adding strings, changing the shape of the resonator, experimenting with different materials and adding moveable frets.
Modern-day guitars take advantage of these design elements in different ways, and lovers of this stringed instrument can now choose from classical guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitars, steel guitars, and more. They can also pick up cousins of this instrument, such as banjos and ukuleles.
Benefits of Taking Guitar Lessons
Guitar lessons offer a lot of benefits for players at all levels, from beginners to experts. They bring much more to students beyond refining their guitar-playing abilities, including:
Guitar lessons help improve your memory, and people who play the guitar have less memory loss as they get older. Think of guitar lessons as a workout for your brain.
You have to focus while taking guitar lessons, which can improve your concentration in other areas.
People who play instruments often notice a decrease in anxiety. They release all kinds of emotions and often experience an elevated mood while playing.
Setting and reaching goals during guitar lessons helps boost confidence. People who play the guitar often experience increased confidence as they work to improve their skills.
These are just a few of the benefits people experience when they take guitar lessons. Players of all ages often notice many other benefits, and they seem to increase the longer you play.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About Guitar Lessons
People who are interested in guitar lessons have a lot of different questions. We have put together a list of FAQs to help you decide if guitar lessons are right for you.
Who Should Take Guitar Lessons?
Anyone interested in learning more about the guitar should sign up for lessons. This includes people who have never picked up a guitar, but it also includes people who have been playing for years and want to hone their talent.
What Do You Need to Start Guitar Lessons?
All you need to start guitar lessons is access to a guitar and the willingness to learn. Our locations have rooms for instruction and practice areas. You don’t need to be able to read music to get started.
We are happy to answer your questions about guitar lessons. Please contact us directly if you have additional questions about guitar lessons.
Choosing your Guitar
Choosing your new guitar can be overwhelming if you don’t know where to begin, and we are here to help you make an informed choice as to what fits you at your place in your musical journey. We believe that helping people select the right equipment, instead of just more equipment, is what will lead to the most long-term happiness and enjoyment of music. There’s no one right way to shop for an instrument, just like there’s no one right way to play it! Our team of musicians, teachers, and staff are experienced and here to listen to your musical needs. Come and see us or give us a call at (240)850-2925 to get real solutions!
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Locations for Guitar Lessons
We also have spaces for multi-instrument band practices, and we provide band-based instruction for players who want to focus on playing in a group rather than on their own. We also offer virtual lessons for people who can’t get to these locations.
Why Take Guitar Lessons From the Sloan School of Music
The Sloan School of Music was founded in 2019. We are committed to providing the community with guitar lessons and other instruction from highly experienced instructors passionate about music.
We offer both private lessons and band programs at our facilities, and our retail stores ensure that our students have access to the best guitars and accessories. Our selection is carefully curated by our teachers, who are also musicians, and we only stock instruments that we would want to play ourselves.
We also offer comfortable waiting rooms with Wi-Fi for families waiting for students and students waiting for their lessons to start.
Interested in taking up the guitar? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned player looking to hone your craft. Either way, Sloan School of Music has instructors for all skill levels. Check out our instructors below, and be sure to schedule a lesson when you find one that suits your needs.