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The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that usually has six strings. It is typically played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger(s)/fingernails of one hand, while simultaneously fretting (pressing the strings against the frets) with the fingers of the other hand. The sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar (for an acoustic guitar), or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker.

The guitar is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings and distinguished from other chordophones by its construction and tuning. The modern guitar was preceded by the gittern, the vihuela, the four-course Renaissance guitar, and the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument.

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John Williams
John Williams (born 24 April 1941) is one of the world's best-known classical guitarists. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Williams was taught initially by his father Len Williams. At the age of twelve he went to Italy to study with Andrés Segovia. Later, he attended the Royal College of Music in London, studying piano because the school did not have a guitar department at the time. Upon graduation, he was offered the opportunity to create such a department. Being such a lover of the instrument, he seized the opportunity and ran it for the first two years. Williams has maintained links with the College (and with the Northern College in Manchester) ever since.

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Bass guitar Bass guitar | Acoustic bass guitar | Multi-necked bass guitar | Guitarrón
Other types of guitar Semi-acoustic guitar | Steel-string acoustic guitar |Tenor guitar | Baritone guitar | Slide guitar | Pedal steel guitar | Lap steel guitar | Slack-key guitar | Hawaiian guitar | Resonator Guitar | Portuguese guitar | Prepared guitar | Parlor guitar | Flat top guitar | Archtop guitar | Fretless guitar | Seven string guitar | Eight string guitar | Twelve string guitar | Rhythm guitar | Lead guitar | Jazz guitar | Glock-Guitar | Harp guitar | 3rd bridge
Physics of the guitar Vibrating string
Playing style Fingerpicking | Strumming
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Major-thirds tuning repeats itself (at a higher octave) after three strings. Thus, chords can be shifted vertically on the same frets. The shift of a C major chord (with notes C,E,G) is displayed.

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