Brief History of the Guitar
In ancient times hunters found that by holding their bows to their mouths and plucking the string they could make all sorts of boinging sounds; who would have thought that now five thousand years later, what began as a simple hunting bow would evolve into an instrument as widely played and recognized as the guitar.
While many argue that the guitars roots lie in Spain, the evidence shows that when the Moores invaded Spain in 711 A.D., they brought with them a stringed instrument called the rebec (an ancestor of the guitar). Also crusaders returning to England and Gypsies wandering west from Persia during the twelfth century brought with them versions of the lute, a small stringed instrument with a rounded back, and vihuela. Both of these instruments are ancestors of the guitar.
Going even further back, most historians believe that the guitar originated in Egypt nearly five thousand years ago. …
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