Wednesday, March 5, 2008

ABC Wednesday: "G" is for Guitar

There may be a few guitars this week for ABC Wednesday, but that is ok. For me, it was either make this week's post about guitars or about golfing, and I decided that music is closer to my heart than chasing the little white ball, and so I give you guitars.

One the left you have my accoustic guitar that I use at church for the more contemporary "rock" type sound, and on the right is my "classical" guitar which I play for my own amusment and have yet to use in public, though I might break it out for a special at Christmas by playing a carol - Greensleeves anyone? Is there a more quintessential classical guitar Christmas song?


The below photos are all of me plucking around on the classical guitar. I truly love the sound of a classical guitar (think of all that great "Spanish" sounding music and you will know the sound of the classical guitar. It uses nylon strings for a softer, more mellow tone than the modern accoustic guitars which use metal strings to produce a louder sound to carry in auditoriums, etc. The classical is a much more intimate instrument, and the sound is pure, sublime, and dare I say almost holy.

For more on the history of the guitar you can check out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guitar


And for more on the history of the "classical" guitar in particular you can check out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Classical_guitar


34 comments:

DigitalShutterMania said...

Alan, fantastic post. I love listening the guitar but I can not play it ; )

ellen b. said...

Wonderful choice for G! My husband says he believes Silent Night was written to be played on a guitar...

Pernille's ting og tang said...

I just love your post to day!! Great G:)

DeeMom said...

I always wanted to learn guitar

Katney said...

I love the classical guitar sound and the CD I play most often at work is Andre Segovia. You have time to practice Greensleeves before Christmas.

Mr. Mapper said...

Hello to another fellow guitar poster

Kathy b said...

Guitar is a wonderful G. I enjoyed the photos of your hands on the strings. I didn't know of the difference in the strings and how the sound is affected.

Kathy b

Kuanyin said...

Great choice for G! Lovely photos!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh heck i never thought of Guitar And my hubby plays it. Very good choice

Paulie said...

Great choice to show the guitar photos which are glorious too!

Janet said...

Good choice for "G".

Dirty Knees said...

AH! What would life be like to never have heard a guitar?!

Lana G! said...

Great shots of the guitar being played. Wonderful photos

Kate said...

Hope you visit Mr. Mapper's post also since it features another guitar.

AVCR8TEUR said...

I always wanted to learn how to play a guitar. It looks easier than a piano I learned as a child.

Picturing of Life said...

oh...i wish i can play guitar :D Nice choice for G theme.

Hope you visit mine also Thanks.

Deslilas said...

Good choice. And it fits in many languages.

BumbleVee said...

I'll have to stick to the little white ball as I don't even know how to hold a guitar.

ArneA said...

Your choice but I prefer the 18 holes at the golf course
You know Golf is not something you do in addition to, you do it instead of.

'JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes'NL said...

Hi Penglynns,
This is a wonderfull G Theme for ABC wednesday,I love palying the gitar myself too,thanks for the informative story of the gitar!


Greetings from JoAnn/Holland
Visit my G for ABC wednesday

Helena said...

[sighs with nostalgia...]
I had an old 1960s F-stop folk guitar with steel strings, golden brown in colour.... I leant it to someone... we fell out.... never saw it again.... wahhhhhh

Kerri said...

A Grand G post!

Ida said...

Wonderful G! :)

"Thank you for the music......."! :)))
ABBA

Gemma said...

Groovy guitars.
:-)

Daryl E said...

Good G .. and nice photos

Jonna said...

I never would have thought of Guitar for today, and I have 2!. Nice shots.

Berit said...

Very good G!!!
Have a nice day.

Anne-Berit said...

I used to play the guitar when I was younger,but that`s a long time ago,now I don`t even own a guitar.Good G-post:o)

Dragonstar said...

Great group of photos. I love the sound of guitars.

Petunia said...

We play Gitar hero on PS3. It is not the same:D
Great post:)

Andrea said...

Love to hear a guitar played. I posted a toy guitar that belongs to my grandson.

Neva said...

I love classical guitar....a very good "G" choice.

Autumn said...

Great photos. My dad played the guitar and seeing your photos made me think of him. Thanks for the happy thoughts.

starnitesky said...

Great photos and good choice for G, I used to play guitar before I started playing trumpet. I still love to hear the guitar played.