National Get Out Your Guitar Day
Every year, February 11th is observed as Get Your Guitar Out Day. What’s the purpose of this holiday? Well, we think the main clue to how this holiday is celebrated is contained right in its name. This is a day for people to grab their guitars and lay down some sick licks.
For people who already play the guitar on a daily basis, this holiday is going to feel like just another day. However, for the rest of us whose guitars are sitting in the closet gathering dust, this is a holiday to pick them back up and rediscover why we loved playing them.
The History Of Get Your Guitar Out Day
Most historians agree that the guitar has its roots in a stringed instrument that first appeared in Persia and would eventually become the Guitarra Latina during the Middle Ages.
It would continue to evolve during the 16th century to an instrument that had four courses of strings, three double that ran from a pegbox to a tension bridge glued to the belly. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, the guitar changed several times. It would eventually become the guitar that we know and love today during the 20th century.
Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly when this holiday was created. We do know that it’s been around for quite a few years now, but we don’t know who invented it or its original purpose. We’ll continue to try and research the origins of this holiday, but until we do, this little history section will simply have to do.
Some Interesting Facts About Guitars
Hmm, what would make this holiday article even better? How about some random facts about guitars? After searching the Internet far and wide, we’ve come up with a number of interesting guitar facts that we can’t help but deliver to the people!
- The chitara was an ancient guitar-like instrument played in Ancient Rome.
- The original guitar was the Persian Tanbur.
- In 1936, Gibson made the first electric guitar.
Observing Get Your Guitar Out Day
This is a great day to play the guitar again if a person has been away from it for some time. It’s also a great day for people who haven’t put down their guitar to play some songs for their friends and family.
And just because this is a holiday that’s supposed to be observed by people who have played guitar but haven’t played in a while, that doesn’t mean that people can’t use this holiday to start playing the guitar. No matter how a person celebrates this holiday, however, there is one thing that they should do. And that one thing is to spread the word about it on the Internet using the hashtag #GetYourGuitarOutDay.