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  1. 1. GuitarConor Crowe
  2. 2. ThesisI plan to develop a greater appreciation for the guitar byresearching the components of the guitar, its originsand evolution, as well as how its made. Also throughreview of the concept of music theory that I originallylearned in first grade, I hope to teach myself how toplay an acoustic guitar.
  3. 3. “I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.” -Jimi Hendrixhttp://kfrc.radio.com/artists/jimi-hendrix/
  4. 4. Personal Relevance
  5. 5. WHAT IS A GUITAR? Webster, Merriam. "Acoustic Guitar." Visual Dictionary Online. Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. <http://visual.merriam-webster.com/http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/7/4/8/374748.jpg arts-architecture/music/stringed-instruments/acoustic-guitar.php>.
  6. 6. HEAD http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/adam1975/adam19750701/adam1975070100043/709769- head-of-classical-acoustic-guitar-isolated-on-perfect-white-background.jpg Webster, Merriam. "Acoustic Guitar." Visual Dictionary Online. Merriam Webster,http://wronashouseofviolins.com/1951-Zephyr-Deluxe-Regent-head-inlays-closeup_100_0339.jpg n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. <http://visual.merriam-webster.com/ arts-architecture/music/stringed-instruments/acoustic-guitar.php>.
  7. 7. NECKhttp://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/PluckedStrings/Guitars/D%27Angelico/10827/10827DAngelicaguitarneckheel.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xWjoeLNcmQo/Spa4gM2coCI/AAAAAAAADbA/F1SDQLuEe4o/s400/ f100oss_neck+(2).jpg Webster, Merriam. "Acoustic Guitar." Visual Dictionary Online. Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. <http://visual.merriam-webster.com/ arts-architecture/music/stringed-instruments/acoustic-guitar.php>.
  8. 8. BODY http://www.imagineguitars.com/guitars/ Webster, Merriam. "Acoustic Guitar." Visual Dictionary Online. Merriam Webster, guitar_acoustic_images/breedlove/breedlove_c25_koakoa/bl_10901_up_front_close.jpg n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. <http://visual.merriam-webster.com/ arts-architecture/music/stringed-instruments/acoustic-guitar.php>.
  9. 9. ELECTRIC GUITAR Acton, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>.http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_254/1207046263W3j9eM.jpg
  10. 10. Origins Berkowitz, Carl. 3000 Years of Classical Guitar History. Ebook Browse. N.p., 15 Feb. 1997. Web.http://huntingexperienceforyou.com/2009/05/bowhunting/.html 17 Feb. 2011. <http://ebookbrowse.com/‌classical-guitar-history-doc-d41658546>. http://www.soundingbowls.com/Recent_Commissions.htm
  11. 11. Berkowitz, Carl. 3000 Years of Classical Guitar History. Ebook Browse. N.p., 15 Feb. 1997. Web. Legend of Hermes 17 Feb. 2011. <http://ebookbrowse.com/‌classical-guitar-history-doc-d41658546>.http://freirecontabeis.spaceblog.com.br/tag/freirecontabeis/
  12. 12. Evolution Kinnura Sitar Qitra Kitharahttp://www.digparty.com/wiki/Kinnorhttp://muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?articleid=684http://musique-magique.tumblr.com/ Rebechttp://www.flamenco-guitars.com/spanish_guitar_history.html Summerfield, Maurice J. The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players, andhttp://www.cyclo-music.com/sitar.html Personalities Since 1800. London: Ashley Mark, 2002. Print.
  13. 13. MaterialsActon, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/3187366683 /http://www.nitsugamangore.com/be!ucci-concert-guitar-brazilian-rose-sinker-jan-31 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>.
  14. 14. Bookmatching http://www.salemboard.com/furniture/joinery_and_panels/book_matching/Acton, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. http://www.projectzion.com/woods.htm 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>.
  15. 15. StruttingActon, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>. http://www.trentonscott.com/deerheadBackSides.shtml
  16. 16. The SidesActon, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>. http://www.trentonscott.com/deerheadBackSides.shtml
  17. 17. Neck and FingerboardActon, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. http://www.trentonscott.com/deerheadBackSides.shtml http://buildingtheergonomicguitar.com/2007/04/ 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>.
  18. 18. Finishing TouchesActon, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. http://www.trentonscott.com/deerheadBackSides.shtml 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>.
  19. 19. How it Works Brain, Marshall. “How Acoustic Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>.http://www.layddee.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/John-Mayer.jpg http://www.rokpool.com/files/u1/john_lennon_0.jpg
  20. 20. Brain, Marshall. “How Acoustic Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>.
  21. 21. Class Activityhttp://www.classicvinylrecord.com/
  22. 22. How Electric Guitars Work Brain, Marshall. “How Electric Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>. http://www.lespaulguide.com/images/PeteTownshend.jpghttp://g1.globo.com/Noticias/PopArte/foto/0,,9959429-EX,00.jpg
  23. 23. Pick Ups Brain, Marshall. “How Electric Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>.
  24. 24. Amps Brain, Marshall. “How Electric Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>.http://www.flickr.com
  25. 25. Notes Aspraggins, Jason. "Musical Alphabet, Clefs, the Musical staff, and Keyboard." Music Notes 101. N.p., 20 Apr. 2010. Web. 25 Nov. 2010. <http://musicnotes101.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/ the-musical-alphabet-clefs-the-musical-staff-and-the-keyboard/>.
  26. 26. Aspraggins, Jason. "Musical Alphabet, Clefs, the Musical staff, and Keyboard." Music Notes 101. N.p., 20 Apr. 2010. Web. 25 Nov. 2010. <http://musicnotes101.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/ the-musical-alphabet-clefs-the-musical-staff-and-the-keyboard/>.
  27. 27. Sheet Music Evans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Playhttp://www.totalwallpapers.com/wallpapers1280.asp?number_id=1521 the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print.
  28. 28. Tablature Learn to Read Guitar Tabs.” Guitar Friendly. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.guitarfriendly.net/‌learn-to-read-guitar-tabs/>
  29. 29. Play the GuitarEvans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Play HTTP://I.EHOW.COM/IMAGES/A05/TH/5A/READ-MUSIC-ACOUSTIC-GUITARS-800X800.JPG the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print.
  30. 30. Learning My First NotesEvans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Play http://www.flickr.com the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print.
  31. 31. Learning My First Song Evans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Playhttp://www.flickr.com the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print.
  32. 32. Learning My First Song Evans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Playhttp://www.flickr.com the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print.
  33. 33. Attempting to Play Chords Evans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Playhttp://www.flickr.com the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print.
  34. 34. Kum Bah YahLatulippe, J. 101 Popular Songs: Guitar. Danvers: http://randalrauser.com/2011/04/the-campfire-post/ Santorella Publications, LTD., 2002. Print.
  35. 35. Works Cited Acton, Jim. “How Products are Made: Guitar.” Made How. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://www.madehow.com/‌Volume-1/‌Guitar.html>. This is one of the most useful sources I have used so far. It goes through the tedious process as to how a guitar is made step by step. Starting with what kind of materials are necessary it explains everything in a very simple but educated way. This is a lot like the How Stuff Works page written by Brian Marshall in the way it is laid out step by step and the language that it uses except instead of talking about how a guitar works, Acton explains how one is made.Aspraggins, Jason. “Musical Alphabet, Clefs, the Musical staff, and Keyboard.” Music Notes 101. N.p., 20 Apr. 2010. Web. 25 Nov. 2010. <http://musicnotes101.wordpress.com/‌2010/‌04/‌20/‌the-musical-alphabet-clefs-the-musical-staff-and- the-keyboard/>. This website did a great job of reenforcing the information I learned in Roger Evans book. It really helped to confirm for me how to read music. Through simple diagrams and explanations it really helped to reteach me the music theory that I had once known. This site does a much better job of explaining clefs and how they affect notes, then the Evans book did.Berkowitz, Carl. 3000 Years of Classical Guitar History. Ebook Browse. N.p., 15 Feb. 1997. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://ebookbrowse.com/‌classical-guitar-history-doc-d41658546>. This book helped a ton in explaining the origins of the guitar. Going all the way back 3000 years to explain how the first stringed instrument came to be plucked is just the beginning of Berkowitz’s timeline. He then traces the history and evolution of stringed instruments as they branched off and became other forms of classical instruments. Being able to understand that instruments evolved over time, just like humans, made me really understand that everything that is on a modern guitar is there for a specific reason.Brain, Marshall. “How Acoustic Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>. Marshall Brain goes into great depth in explaining how an acoustic guitar works. He explains how it is made, the parts of the guitar and what each ones function is, as well as how the sound of each note is produced based on the shape of the guitar and the size of the body. I looked at a lot of sources to learn how the guitar actually works, but this is by far worded the best. It puts a scientific process into words that an everyday person can easily understand. The accompanying pictures and videos go even further into helping elaborate how the guitar produces sounds that people turn into the songs that we know and love.Brain, Marshall. “How Electric Guitars Work.” How Stuff Works. N.p., 1 Apr. 2000. Web. 21 Dec. 2010. <http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/‌guitar.htm>.“Electronics in Music.” Class Zone. McDougal Littell, 2008. Web. 17 Feb. 2011. <http://www.classzone.com/‌science_book/‌mls_grade7_FL/‌330_333.pdf>.Evans, Roger. How to Play Guitar: Everything You Need to Know to Play the Guitar. New York: St. Martins, 1979. Print. Roger Evans gives the aid of a private tutor without the cost. This book is written in a very simplistic manner that makes it easy for every reader to learn the basics of the guitar. Evans years of guitar experience show as he is able to make you feel like he is there teaching you. He gives a detailed explanation on everything from choosing and buying the correct guitar that is in good condition, to how to play each note and form basic chords. Unlike the learn to play guide by Freeth, this book does not go in to detail and does not actually teach you how to read music.Freeth, Nick. Learn How to Play the Guitar. London: Hermes House, 2004. Print. This book goes into great detail about the steps to learning to play the guitar. Over 200 photographs help to illustrate and teach both the electric and acoustic guitars. Freeth teaches everything from the basic chords to very complex situations such as transposing melodies from one key to another. This book actually teaches you how to read music as well. The notes are written in actual staves not tables like in the how to guide by Evans.Latulippe, J. 101 Popular Songs: Guitar. Danvers: Santorella Publications, LTD., 2002. Print. Where I got Sheet Music and Tablature to practice“Learn to Read Guitar Tabs.” Guitar Friendly. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2011. <http://www.guitarfriendly.net/‌learn-to-read-guitar-tabs/>. This website explains the differences between reading sheet music and reading guitar tabs. With pictures to go along with the explanations it makes learning that much easier. The thing that this site does that Evans book does not do is teach you how to play chords on guitar tabs.Summerfield, Maurice J. The Classical Guitar: Its Evolution, Players, and Personalities Since 1800. London: Ashley Mark, 2002. Print. Maurice Summerfield goes into great depth in the history and development of the guitar. He covers the changes that the instrument has undergone as far back as the 1500’s, with great detail from 1800-present day. Besides covering the changes that the guitar has gone through Summerfield also provides biographies for over 300 influential people who have contributed to the development and evolution of the guitar and its music. This is the best source that I have found so far in regards to how the guitar has changed from its original form to the way we know it today. It also highlights a lot of important people in history, however it does include to many people and it is a little overwhelming and is to much to read them all.Webster, Merriam. “Acoustic Guitar.” Visual Dictionary Online. Merriam Webster, n.d. Web. 25 Feb. 2011. <http://visual.merriam-webster.com/‌arts-architecture/‌music/‌stringed-instruments/‌acoustic-guitar.php>. Merriam Webster’s does a great job of labeling the major parts that make up an acoustic guitar on a diagram. They then go into detail about all of the smaller parts that make up the major parts. A full description about the function and location of the parts of the guitar are all provided. This website does not describe how the parts work or how they are made like other websites I have used. However, it describes what the purpose of each part is.
  36. 36. Pictures http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/7/4/8/374748.jpg http://us.123rf.com/400wm/400/400/adam1975/adam19750701/adam1975070100043/709769-head-of-classical-acoustic-guitar-isolated-on-perfect-white-background.jpg http://wronashouseofviolins.com/1951-Zephyr-Deluxe-Regent-head-inlays-closeup_100_0339.jpg http://www.imagineguitars.com/guitars/guitar_acoustic_images/breedlove/breedlove_c25_koakoa/bl_10901_up_front_close.jpg http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_254/1207046263W3j9eM.jpg http://huntingexperienceforyou.com/2009/05/bowhunting/.html http://www.soundingbowls.com/Recent_Commissions.htm http://orgs.usd.edu/nmm/PluckedStrings/Guitars/D%27Angelico/10827/10827DAngelicaguitarneckheel.jpg http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_xWjoeLNcmQo/Spa4gM2coCI/AAAAAAAADbA/F1SDQLuEe4o/s400/f100oss_neck+(2).jpg http://www.digparty.com/wiki/Kinnor http://muslimheritage.com/topics/default.cfm?articleid=684 http://musique-magique.tumblr.com/ http://www.flamenco-guitars.com/spanish_guitar_history.html http://www.cyclo-music.com/sitar.html http://freirecontabeis.spaceblog.com.br/tag/freirecontabeis/ http://www.salemboard.com/furniture/joinery_and_panels/book_matching/ http://www.projectzion.com/woods.htm http://www.trentonscott.com/deerheadBackSides.shtml http://buildingtheergonomicguitar.com/2007/04/ http://www.trentonscott.com/deerheadBackSides.shtmlhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/dinesh_valke/3187366683/http://www.nitsugamangore.com/bellucci-concert-guitar-brazilian-rose-sinker-jan-31http://www.totalwallpapers.com/wallpapers1280.asp?number_id=1521http://www.fakeplasticrock.com/2008/03/burning-a-fake-plastic-guitar-jimi-hendrix-would-be-proud/http://randalrauser.com/2011/04/the-campfire-post/ HTTP://I.EHOW.COM/IMAGES/A05/TH/5A/READ-MUSIC-ACOUSTIC-GUITARS-800X800.JPGhttp://www.flickr.com http://www.lespaulguide.com/images/PeteTownshend.jpg http://g1.globo.com/Noticias/PopArte/foto/0,,9959429-EX,00.jpghttp://www.layddee.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/John-Mayer.jpghttp://www.rokpool.com/files/u1/john_lennon_0.jpghttp://www.classicvinylrecord.com/http://kfrc.radio.com/artists/jimi-hendrix/
  37. 37. http://www.fakeplasticrock.com/2008/03/burning-a-fake-plastic-guitar-jimi-hendrix-would-be-proud/
  38. 38. THE END!!!

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