Inside a Guitar
Hmmm… Seems I am in a zigzag maze…
Here is a roundabout just like the ones found on a road.
Tadaangg!! Oh! My poor ears… I just shook with the heavy vibration and loud noise. What was this? The sound looked as if it came from this round hole.
I can feel air coming through the top and it seems to be passing through this maze and Taddaaanngg… another deafening sound!
There is a path just below this roundabout. Let me just follow it… It is shaped like a cross, just like the alphabet X. The air seems to be moving around here when someone is applying pressure from the outside.
This seems like a musical instrument. I will just peep through this round hole and voila- there are strings attached to the board. I am inside a guitar!
If you are starting to play a musical instrument, a guitar is the best one to learn. Though it takes a great deal of skill and learning to play the guitar properly; it is a lot easier than other instruments.
Parts of Guitar
A guitar has a big, curvy body and inside the nice, wooden structure these are its basic parts:
- Neck block – This is where the neck of the guitar fits into.
- Lining – This attaches the body of the guitar to the sides. It widens the gluing area for attaching the soundboard
- Soundboard – This is the main vibrating plate of an acoustic guitar and most of the guitar sound comes from here.
- A round sound hole – The place from where guitar sound emerges. The larger the sound hole the more is the treble or tone
- Tail block – It is the bottom block and it strengthens the bottom of the guitar, mainly used for support.
Inside the Guitar
- The inside of the guitar has a series of braces to produce sound through vibrations. The strings are fixed at both ends and vibrate when touched, producing standing waves. Strings create pressure waves. This sends the air waves to the sound hole and the guitar plays.
- X-Brace- This lies just below the sound hole forming an X pattern. The degree of the X shape forms the balance between the guitar treble and bass. A wider pr spread out X will increase the bass. A 12 string guitar has double X bracing.