From Fingerpickers to Metalheads: How the Guitar Conquered the World

GENINT 731.352

Osher (50+). This course explores the music and history of the guitar. 

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With a history that goes back more than 4,000 years, the guitar has gone through several changes—from the way it is constructed, played, and how it sounds. Due to its versatility, the guitar has been integrated into a plethora of styles and musical traditions, becoming one of the most popular musical instruments in the world. In this course, we trace the guitar’s history and discuss the ways in which the instrument has developed and conquered the musical world. We explore a selected group of styles and works from classical, flamenco, jazz, blues, rock, and mariachi; and discuss its cultural, social, and musical significance. From Bach to Van Halen and everywhere in-between, our lecture-performance presentations explore why the guitar has persisted so long into the 21st century.

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