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National Guitar Day - February 11
Sun, Feb 11, 2024

National Guitar Day

The most beloved and popular stringed musical instrument, the sounds of which take for the soul and please the ear. There are many guitar virtuosos in the world, and there are even more admirers of it. In honor of this incredible instrument, National Guitar Day was created. It is celebrated by fans and musicians around the world on February 11.

History

The first string instruments appeared in ancient times. The pages of the Bible mention Kinnor, who is considered the progenitor of the guitar. On the territory of Europe, the first mention of Latin and Moorish guitars dates back to the 6th century. modern classical shapes and size of the instrument are given by the master Antonio Torres.

In the 19th century, the first guitarist appeared, the Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega. He became the founder of the technique of playing this musical instrument.

Over the centuries, the guitar has improved. At the beginning of the 20th century, the electronic guitar was created, and the first to master it was the great musician – Jimi Hendrex. The new kind of instrument is widely used by jazz, blues and rock musicians.

Interesting facts

  • Masters involved in the manufacture of guitars are called lutier.
  • The first electronic guitar with a metal body was created by Georges Beauchamp and Adolf Rickenbecker in 1931.
  • The guitar of the most popular brand Fender Stratocaster, on the body of which there are murals of 19 of the most famous guitarists, sold at one of the charity evenings for 2.8 million dollars.
  • Acoustic-electric MartinD-18E, 1959 release, which belonged to Kurt Cobain sold at auction for $ 6 million. This guitar has become the most expensive in the world.
  • Cornell University has created the smallest guitar, its length does not exceed 10 microns.

How to celebrate

For those who dream of mastering the guitar, but do not dare, National Guitar Day will be an excellent occasion to discard doubts and start learning.

Gather a group of friends, listen to the performance of your favorite guitarists, and if possible, pick up the instrument yourself.

This day is perfectly suitable for charity. After all, there are a huge number of talented musicians in the world who need material support.

Go with your friends to a concert, the live sound of the guitar will be an excellent occasion to join the celebration.

When is National Guitar Day celebrated in 2024?

National Guitar Day is observed on February 11 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday February 11 2024
Tuesday February 11 2025
Wednesday February 11 2026
Thursday February 11 2027