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The Guitar

The guitar is one of the most popular instruments in modern music and is played by musicians all around the world. Find out more about this stringed instrument.

The Guitar - Strung Out

The guitar is a member of the string family of instruments. Most guitars have six strings, while more complex ones have 12 strings. A guitar is made of a long neck separated by frets (sections marked with metal bars) and a hollow body with a wide hole. The strings extend from the top of the neck, over the hole, to the bottom. Guitars are usually made of wood and metal. The strings are usually made out of nylon or steel. Nylon strings are recommended for beginners because they're a little easier on the fingers. Frets or sections are marked off on the neck of the guitar to help players identify chords. By pressing your fingers against the strings in different ways, different chords are produced. When you hold a chord while strumming the strings you produce sounds and notes. These sounds are amplified by the hollow body.

The Guitar - Learning To Play

Some schools offer guitar lessons as part of their music program. If you're interested in learning to play and lessons aren't available at school, you can also sign-up for private lessons. If this isn't an option for you, you could also try teaching yourself by using a beginner instructional books or DVDs. In fact, many of the world's best guitarists learned to play by teaching themselves.

The Guitar - Did You Know?

  • One of the most amazing guitar players in history was Jimi Hendrix - who also taught himself to play. He would play it behind his back, grind the strings against amplifiers and even play his guitar with his teeth.
  • The world's smallest guitar is carved from a block of silicon and is just 10 micrometers long - 1/20 of the thickness of human hair! Each string is 1/500 inch (.05 mm) thick. The guitar was made in order to demonstrate a new technology that could be used in fiber optics, displays and sensors.
  • In January 2005, Guillermo Paolisso Terraza of Argentina set a world record by playing guitar for 42 hours straight.
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Before I get started with the prologue I just want to  let you guys know this has not been completely edited yet. I'm going to be posting them in chapters/sections. Prologue The air was still crisp, though the explosion had happened weeks ago. But then again, nothing seemed like it was a few weeks ago. The explosion had come out of nowhere; nobody really knew what happened. Some say somebody left their stove on. Others say somebody made it happen on purpose. I don’t know what to believe, I don’t even know if anyone else is alive. All I know is that my parents died in the explosion. I don’t know if I have any sibling, aunts, uncles. I’m surprised I’m alive, my clothes are still singed from the fire. I haven’t found any supplies. I don’t even know which way I’m supposed to go. I doubt you would want to know my name, but in case you were wondering it’s Blake...Blake Hensworth.
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inkdeath posted in Debating:
"AnnaOfExquizurd" wrote:Somewhat along the lines of what @inkdeath said is my philosophy, Lol, what? but put into my own words, I think real-life bullying is worse because there's really not a way to escape it if it happens in a place you need to go to every day; meanwhile you can block/delete/report cyberbullies and they'll be dealt with easily. Totally agreed. But it is true @Sophieex_ that cyberbullying can be worse in that sense.Worse in what sense? As you said, you can block or report people and the situation will be dealt with. What sense??? It is not worse than real life bullying.
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inkdeath posted in Debating:
"Sophieex_" wrote:Cyber-bullying is a real form of bullying, and in fact, it's probably worse than real-life bullying, because they exploit the anonymity that the Internet gives them, and they say more hurtful and cruel things.Yes, and you can block or ignore them. 
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friendly posted in Debating:
I think that both are horrible but bullies are in real life so they physically hurt people
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A quote I dedicate to Powerslave, farewell. "No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth."
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