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Welcome to Wikipedia's portal for Classical guitar. The classical guitar is the grandfather of guitars. Its history and repertoire spans over four centuries. Its most characteristic physical feature is the use of nylon strings. Nylon strings give the classical guitar a unique, varied and rich color palette. The size and shape of the classical guitar have been nearly standard for over 100 years.

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(Pictured left: Guitars from the Museum Cité de la Musique in Paris, which houses almost 200 classical guitars.)

The classical guitar – (also called the "Spanish guitar" or "nylon string guitar") — is a 6-stringed plucked string instrument from the family of instruments called chordophones. The classical guitar is well known for its comprehensive right hand technique, which allows the soloist to perform complex melodic and polyphonic material, in much the same manner as the piano.

The phrase "classical guitar" is ambiguous in that it might refer at least three different concepts:
• The instrumental technique — the individual strings are usually plucked with the fingernails or rarely without nails.
• Its historic repertoire — though this is of lesser importance, since any repertoire can be (and is) played on the classical guitar (additionally: classical guitarists are known to borrow from the repertoires of a wide variety of instruments)
• Its shape, construction and material — modern classical guitar shape, or historic classical guitar shapes (e.g. early romantic guitars from France and Italy). A guitar family tree can be identified.[1] (The flamenco guitar is derived from the modern classical, but has differences in material, construction and sound[2][3])

The name classical guitar does not mean that only classical repertoire is performed on it, although classical music is a part of the instrument's core repertoire (due to the guitar's long history); instead all kinds of music (folk, jazz, flamenco, etc.) are performed on it.

The term modern classical guitar is sometimes used to distinguish the classical guitar from older forms of guitar, which are in their broadest sense also called classical, or more descriptively: early guitars. Examples of early guitars include the 6-string early romantic guitar (ca. 1790 - 1880), and the earlier baroque guitars with 5 courses.

Today's modern classical guitar is regarded as having been established from the late designs of the 19th century Spanish luthier Antonio Torres Jurado. Hence the modern classical guitar is sometimes called the "Spanish guitar".

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A seven-string guitar with the open-strings annotated with the notes D-G-B-D-G-B-D

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Credit: Juan Gris

Photograph of Harlequin with Guitar, 1919, oil on canvas by Juan Gris

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Classical guitar News

  • International classical guitar competitions:

October 16, 2007 - GFA Convention 2007 Competition Winners, Photo Gallery and 2008 Required Piece.

June 10, 2006 - The Mexican classical guitarist Pablo Garibay won the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition. This international event was organized by WNED and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

June 7, 2006 - The classical composer Takahiro Sakuma (b. 30/6/1972) won 1st prize in the VII. International Composition Competition "Michele Pittaluga" with "Suite alla Sonatina in Direzione meridionale" for Guitar and Violin.

June 1, 2006 - The classical guitarist Carlos Pérez won the III International Joaquín Rodrigo Competition which took place in Madrid, Spain.

  • International classical guitar festivals

July 2006 – The Walton's Guitar Festival of Ireland took place in Dublin from Monday, the 3rd to Sunday, the 9th of July.

  • New compositions for classical guitar

Spring, 2005 - Claudio Ambrosini: Rap, solo guitar, dedicated to Magnus Andersson.

Spring, 2005 - Mark Applebaum: DNA, solo guitar, dedicated to Magnus Andersson.


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  1. ^ "The Guitar Family Tree". Dennis Cinelli. 
  2. ^ Classical vs. Flamenco Guitar Construction (Fernandez Music)
  3. ^ "FAQ about Classical Guitars and Flamenco Guitars". Zavaleta's La Casa de Guitarras. 
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