Steel Guitars

Written by Seth Cotterell
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Steel guitars have their origins in Hawaii. There are conflicting accounts of who actually invented the instrument, but regardless of who gets the credit, this is truly an intriguing instrument. Steel guitars today are becoming increasingly popular with both new and old musicians.

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In the early part of the twentieth century, the music of steel guitars began to migrate from the islands to the mainland. After its introduction in the ports of California, the steel guitar quickly spread across the entire continental United States. Its popularity and versatility has influenced several musical styles and today steel guitars can be heard in jazz, rock, country, blues, and many other genres.

Interestingly, the popularity of steel guitars owes much to the cinema of India. Sound strange? Not really when you consider that the steel guitar is one of India's most popular instruments. It has featured prominently in the sound track to Hindu films for decades. Crossing over from Indian movie soundtracks, steel guitars found their way into the homes of music fans all over the world.

One reason for the popularity of steel guitars in India and around the world is its extreme melodic qualities. The fluid sound produced by steel guitars is intoxicating. The steel guitar is a wonderful alternative for anyone wishing to learn to play the guitar.


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