Have you ever thought about all the different sounds a guitar can make? A standard guitar has six strings and is capable of making a lot of different sounds. Sometimes it sounds like its mimicking other instruments, like the cello. Discover all the sounds you can hear!
Episode 1 playlist
Prelude No. 1 in E minor, by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa Lobos; performed by Julian Bream Villa Lobos was a cellist who enjoyed mimicking cellos sounds in his guitar music. Can you hear the guitarist sliding his fingers up and down, like a bow sliding across a cello string?
LISTEN Villa Lobos: Prelude No. 1
Intermezzo from Goyescas, by Spanish composer Enrique Granados; performed by Christopher Parkening Can you hear the guitarist tapping his fingernails on the body of the guitar, turning it into a percussion instrument?
LISTEN Granados: Intermezzo
Agua e Vinho, by Egberto Gismonti; performed by Sharon Isbin This piece uses something called "harmonics." You get a tiny, bright sound by plucking one of the strings while your finger lays on a certain fret.
LISTEN Gismonti: Agua e Vinho
What are you curious about?