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The Guitar Family of musical instruments

Pluck your heart out.

Plucked string instruments are a type of string instrument that are played by, you guessed it, plucking strings. Plucking is a way of pulling and releasing the string, much like flipping through files in a drawer. Plucks and strums causes the strings to vibrate. Plucking can be done with either a finger or a pick.

 
 

Acoustic/Classical Guitar

The guitar, a plucked stringed musical instrument that originated in Spain early in the 16th century. The guitar is used in classical, folk, country, and pop music. In jazz ensembles, the guitar is part of the rhythm section and is occasionally played as a solo instrument. The young guitar student also need enough strength in their fingers and hands to successfully play guitar notes and chords.

Best age to start: 5 and up

 

Electric Guitar

Instead of a hollow instrument that transmits the sound through the air, the electric guitar is a guitar that uses one or more ‘magnetic pickups’ to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical signals. These electrical signals go right into the amp, which gives the electric guitar its unique and unforgettable sound. Electric guitars can be found in most rock and pop bands.

Best age to start: 6 and up

 

Bass Guitar

The bass guitar is shaped a lot like an electric guitar, however it is a bit longer than an electric guitar. The electric bass has many of the same parts as an electric guitar. But, unsurprisingly, the bass guitar produces lower tones than the electric guitar! Plucking or picking close the bridge produces a more muted sound, while strumming the string closer to the neck produces a full, more resonant tone.


Best age to start: 7 and up

 

Ukulele

The ukulele has four strings. Ukuleles are part of the guitar family of instruments. The smaller size and typical nylon strings make this a perfect beginner instrument. The ukulele was invented in 1879 in the great state of Hawaii, where they were influenced by the small guitar-esque instruments which were brought to the island by the Portuguese sailors. There are 4 sizes of the ukulele, the most common size being the soprano, which is around 24 inches long. Other sizes include: concert, tenor, and baritone.

Best age to start:4 and up