Ever famous for classical music, or even in folk music, classical guitars has always been a favorite for those who play soft and soothing music. For many years, and in fact for many centuries, people have been using this guitar for many purposes; live shows, plays or sketches, past-time and many more.
Classical guitars date back to the 17th century, where many great players, arrangers, and composers have been using them extensively for all their music performances. Some of the past would include Gaspar Sanz in the 17th century, Fernando Sor in the 18th century, Mauro Giuliani in the 19th century, and Francisco Tárrega in the 20th century. The more recent ones and those we would definitely have heard them of would be like Andrés Segovia, John Williams, Phillip Glass, James Newton Howard and many more.
The Different Parts
Classical guitars are also known as Spanish guitars, probably because that’s where they might have originated from. This guitar is played using fingers, and not necessarily plectrum or bow. And just using the fingers to pluck would produce beautiful polyphonic music, and usually these guitars sustain up to four musical lines or voices.
There are many parts of the classical guitar which matters for the performance as a whole. Some parts of typical classical guitars would include the Headstock, the Nut, the Machine heads or tuning machines, the Fret wires, the Neck, the Heel, the Body, the Bridge, and many more. Each of these parts has their own function in producing the best quality of sound.
Just to explain a few, let’s see the Headstock, the Nut, the Neck, and the Bridge. The headstock, located at the end of the guitar neck, has the machine heads which are used to adjust the string tension, which in turn affects the pitch produced. The Nut is a medium-hard material which guides the strings onto the fret board, giving consistent and accurate lateral string placement, and tuning.
The Neck is a long wooden extension which contains the entire guitar attributes such as the frets, fret board, tuners, and the headstock, and this neck has to be very strong in all circumstances, because the rigidity determines the quality of the classical guitars. The Bridge, just like on any other guitar, is to transfer the vibration from the strings to the sound board to be amplified into a beautiful sound. The bridge also functions to hold the strings in place on the body.