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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Guitar \Gui*tar"\, n. [F. guitare; cf. Pr., Sp., & Pg.guitarra, It. chitarra; all fr. Gr. ?; cf. L. cithara. Cf. Cittern, Gittern.] A stringed instrument of music resembling the lute or the violin, but larger, and having six strings, three of silk covered with silver wire, and three of catgut, -- played upon with the fingers.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1620s, ultimately from Greek kithara "cithara," a stringed musical instrument related to the lyre, perhaps from Persian sihtar (see sitar); the name reached English several times, including early 14c. giterne, from Old French, in reference to various stringed, guitar-like instruments; the modern word is directly from Spanish guitarra (14c.), which ultimately is from the Greek. The Arabic word is perhaps from Spanish or Greek, though often the relationship is said to be the reverse.
n. A stringed musical instrument, usually with fretted fingerboard and 6 strings, played with the fingers or a plectrum (guitar pick). vb. (context rare English) To play the guitar.
n. a stringed instrument usually having six strings; played by strumming or plucking
The guitar is a musical instrument classified as a string instrument with anywhere from 4 to 18 strings, usually having 6. The sound is projected either acoustically or through electrical amplification (for an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar, respectively). It is typically played by strumming or plucking the strings with the right hand while fretting (or pressing against the frets) the strings with the fingers of the left hand. The guitar is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings and distinguished from other chordophones by its construction and tuning. The modern guitar was preceded by the gittern, the vihuela, the four- course Renaissance guitar, and the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument.
There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar (nylon-string guitar), the steel-string acoustic guitar, and the archtop guitar. The tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the strings' vibration, amplified by the body of the guitar, which acts as a resonating chamber. The classical guitar is often played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive finger-picking technique. The term "finger-picking" can also refer to a specific tradition of folk, blues, bluegrass, and country guitar playing in the United States.
Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, use an amplifier that can electronically manipulate and shape the tone. Early amplified guitars employed a hollow body, but a solid body was eventually found more suitable, as it was less prone to feedback. Electric guitars have had a continuing profound influence on popular culture.
The guitar is used in a wide variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, bluegrass, country, flamenco, folk, jazz, jota, mariachi, metal, punk, reggae, rock, soul, and many forms of pop.
Guitar is a 1988 album by Frank Zappa. It is the follow-up to 1981's Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar; like that album it features Zappa's guitar solos excerpted from live performances, recorded between 1979 and 1984. It garnered Zappa his sixth Grammy nomination for " Best Rock Instrumental Performance". This is Official Release #50.
A guitar is a fretted and stringed musical instrument.
An electric guitar is a guitar that uses electromagnetic induction to convert vibrations of its strings into electric signals.
Guitar(s) may also refer to:
- Guitar (Frank Zappa album), 1988
- Guitar (Sonny Sharrock album), 1986
- Guitar (Peter Lang album), 2003
- Guitar (Tony Rice album), 1970
- Guitar (Ewan Dobson album), 2007
- Guitars (Mike Oldfield album), 1999
- Guitars (Aka Moon album), 2002
- Guitars (McCoy Tyner album), 2008
- "Guitar" (song), a song by Prince from his 2007 album Planet Earth
- "Guitar", a song by Cake from their 1998 album Prolonging the Magic
- "Guitar", a song by Jesus Jones from their 2004 album Culture Vulture
- Guitar, a character in Song of Solomon, a 1977 novel by Toni Morrison
- Guitar, a band from Edmonton, Alberta consisting of Renny Wilson
- Guitar, a musical project of German musician Michael Luckner
Guitar is the title of a recording by American folk and blues guitarist Peter Lang, released in 2003. It was recorded entirely on 12-string guitar.
The title "Snaker Ray Has Come & Gone" refers to St. Paul, Minnesota musician Dave "Snaker" Ray of the folk-blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover.
Guitar is the first album by American guitarist Tony Rice, released in 1973. At first, this album was issued by Red Clay Records, Japanese bluegrass album label, entitled "got me a martin guitar" in 1973.
Guitar, 2007, is the first independently released album by musician Ewan Dobson.
"Guitar" is the first single from Prince's 2007 album Planet Earth. This song was number 39 on Rolling Stones list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.
The digital single was released in MP3 format through a partnership with Verizon Wireless, and O2. The music video for the song, featuring his current dancers "The Twinz" premiered on the Verizon website.
The song was released to radio stations on June 11, while the CD single format was released worldwide on July 9.
Although not as successful on the charts as many of his other songs, "Guitar" entered the Top 40 of the singles charts in four countries: Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, and Japan, where it peaked at number 10 on the singles chart.
Guitar is a solo studio album by American jazz guitarist Sonny Sharrock. He recorded the album with producer Bill Laswell at RPM Sound Studios in New York City. As the project's sole instrumentalist, Sharrock performed and overdubbed his guitar improvisations onto other sections of a song he had recorded beforehand.
When Guitar was released in 1986 by Enemy Records, it received positive reviews from critics, who praised Sharrock's compositions, playing, and use of distortion. The album was named the eighth best record of 1986 by rock critic Robert Christgau, while jazz writer Ian Carr said it epitomized the electric guitar's range as an instrument.
Usage examples of "guitar".
The sidewalk was filled with anorectic individuals of ambiguous gender, hugging guitar cases as if they were life preservers, dragging deeply on cigarettes and regarding the passing traffic with spaced-out apprehension.
On the dawning light hung, trembling, the notes of a pastoral aubade somebody was picking out on a guitar.
She was about to give up in defeat, go downstairs and tell the police that Julia must have taken the head shots with her when she went to her audition, when she saw the large manila envelope peeking out from under the shaft of the guitar.
Watson n that wis barry cos wi baith played guitar n hud the same name eh.
Blues screw that might have driven a lesser Bluesman to shoot hisself, get shot, get hold of some bad liquor, or bust up his guitar and take a job down to the mill.
With its accumulation of bongos, drums, guitars and other instruments, it became one of the main hanging-out rooms in the house.
There were small round tables, low backless stools for jazz buffs to sit on with knees hunched, and a bossa nova trio consisting of guitar, bass, and drums.
Lee Prewitt had learned to play a guitar long before he ever learned to bugle or to box.
Anderson and Friday Clark stopped on their way out to ask him if he wanted to sit in when they got the guitars out, later on, Andy who was on guard bugler wearing the web pistol belt and long black holster with the lanyard from the butt up over his shoulder passing under the tucked in tie, and the bugle that he must never let out of sight while on guard hanging down his back.
Andy, who as company bugler had to go with the CP, would ride over every night with his guitar from the CP in the light truck that brought the lieutenant to inspect the posts.
But bugling meant nothing to them, except as a means to escape straight duty and to get more time to practise on guitars.
When he returned from his Charm excursion, Astor put off his guitar practice again while he contacted James Faucumberg to discuss bringing the ceilidh band down from Scotland to do some recording for Kiron Sounds.
The worthy Consul was smoking his chibouque, and his daughter, as she rose to greet their guest, let her guitar fall upon the turf.
Spitmobile guns right past us, Chugger yanks the wheel to the left, and the back end swings around to collide climactically against the front end of the Bronco, sending a precious shrapnel of bouncing snare drums, splintering guitars, squirming black cables, and jury-rigged electronics.
It resembles the flitting of some gipsy, or rather it reminds me of an engraving in a book of fables I owned in my childhood: the whole thing is exactly like the slender wardrobe and the long guitar which the cicala who had sung all the summer, carried upon her back when she knocked at the door of her neighbor the ant.