I recently composed a playlist of 150 songs for a party. I realized that of those 150 songs, only 2 did not contain guitar in any form (both being pure, old school classical pieces.)
It got me to thinking… how and why did the guitar become so dominant as a musical instrument?
It certainly has some practical (if not necessarily musical) advantages over, say, the piano: it’s much less expensive, much more portable, and so on.
However, piano is obviously not it’s only competition. There are thousands upon thousands of musical instruments in existence.
Barring orchestras and such, it’s interesting that you rarely see musical groups that exclude it.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the guitar… for sure. But wouldn’t it be interesting if there was more diversity among musical groups? How about a band with just vocals, flute and harmonica?
Or vocals, violin and steelpans only? The potential combinations are endless!