how do you imagine modern music would have developed without the guitar?

#1
so imagine an alternate reality where the guitar was never invented. how do you imagine that modern music would have developed without the guitar?

i imagine that classical and jazz would be the forefront of music nowadays.
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#2
We would have metal played with sitars. \m/
And Hendrix would have been a TV salesman.
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#3
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We would have metal played with sitars. \m/
And Hendrix would have been a TV salesman.


+1. Sitar is a bad ass instrument. I learned it for a year. It has 21 strings and is a bad ass thing to play metal on.

But seriously we would still have metal in form of Apocalyptica probably.
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We would have metal played with sitars. \m/
And Hendrix would have been a TV salesman.


but it also begs to question, would metal have ever come to fruition if not for the guitar?
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#5
I think synthy, electronic stuff would have appeared much earlier.
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but it also begs to question, would metal have ever come to fruition if not for the guitar?



Ahh, but it also begs the question; Can metal be related to fruit?

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#7
Jazz and classical would still be dead. What drove modern music wasn't the guitar but the amplifier, enabling a small band of three to five people to make the volume you previously needed an orchestra or a big band to get. If there were no guitars we'd still be playing solidbodied string instruments through amplifiers in small bands today.
#8
I think that other instruments similar to the guitar would have been turned into electric instruments, but I think musical styles would be alot different.
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Ahh, but it also begs the question; Can metal be related to fruit?


but that also begs to question, just what can be related to fruit?
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#10
I would be rocking the electric Sarod right now, thats certain
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#12
actually, music would have most likely evolved more or less the same only a different instrument besides a guitar would be a forerunner.

everything can be amplified. everything can be distorted.
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actually, music would have most likely evolved more or less the same only a different instrument besides a guitar would be a forerunner.

everything can be amplified. everything can be distorted.


yes, i agree. but think about this, blues came as primarily a guitar genre of music. and alot of modern genres take alot of influence from what was set out by the blues. if the guitar hadn't existed, therefore the blues would have taken on a different form if it even existed at all.
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#15
The instrument is not what makes the music (stfu all of you).
I think it would be exactly the same.
#16
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yes, i agree. but think about this, blues came as primarily a guitar genre of music. and alot of modern genres take alot of influence from what was set out by the blues. if the guitar hadn't existed, therefore the blues would have taken on a different form if it even existed at all.


piano or banjo would've been the main thing. banjo was the predecessor of the guitar's place in jazz groups.

i'm talking about four string banjos played with a plectrum, by the way. not five.

i think a more interesting and realistic thing to ponder is what if the electric upright bass had preceded the electric bass guitar?
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yes, i agree. but think about this, blues came as primarily a guitar genre of music. and alot of modern genres take alot of influence from what was set out by the blues. if the guitar hadn't existed, therefore the blues would have taken on a different form if it even existed at all.


well, I would argue that, blues was as much piano based as it was guitar in the earliest years, and many popular blues guitar techniques come from emulation of piano licks

blues would have existed, and with it bringing jazz and eventually rock and roll
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#18
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The instrument is not what makes the music (stfu all of you).
I think it would be exactly the same.


true, but the instrument the music is played on can help or hinder the player, it also allows for different sounds to be produced.
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yes, i agree. but think about this, blues came as primarily a guitar genre of music. and alot of modern genres take alot of influence from what was set out by the blues. if the guitar hadn't existed, therefore the blues would have taken on a different form if it even existed at all.


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yeah, we woulda had hendrix playing a saxophone instead.



I think this is a good point. I can see blues coming from guitar since the guitar was in fact invented, but had the guitar never existed I believe blues could have just as easily sprung from a sax.

a musical genre is born out of someone's mind, not from an inanimate object.
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a musical genre is born out of someone's mind, not from an inanimate object.


that's not true, i don't think. the resources someone has to work with is going to affect the sound and therefore the genre. every instrument has pros and cons. rock and roll couldn't exist within a viola chamber orchestra.
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#21
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yes, i agree. but think about this, blues came as primarily a guitar genre of music. and alot of modern genres take alot of influence from what was set out by the blues. if the guitar hadn't existed, therefore the blues would have taken on a different form if it even existed at all.


Most blues players started out by building diddley bows or cigar box 'guitars' so it would be inevitable..
#22
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that's not true, i don't think. the resources someone has to work with is going to affect the sound and therefore the genre. every instrument has pros and cons. rock and roll couldn't exist within a viola chamber orchestra.


do you believe that some genres could have been discovered simply by accident through experimentation on a different instrument?

because I suppose that is very possible.
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#23
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Most blues players started out by building diddley bows or cigar box 'guitars' so it would be inevitable..


yes, but would blues have developed into what we know it as today if these traditions carried on all these years because a guitar could not be procured?
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#26
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i imagine that classical and jazz would be the forefront of music nowadays.

I am under the impression that Jazz would be aa lot worse for wear without the guitar.
#29
classical orchestras and sh1t would be really popular cuz they don't use guitars. Also, eastern music would be largely unaffected because they don't use guitars to the extent that western music does.
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#30
what instrument was popular before the guitar? mandolin? violin? keyboard? we'd all be rocking those.
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#33
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Jazz is dead anyhow, classical is redundant and so is the guitar.

Yeah, right.
#35
Of course, people would pretty accurately attempt to emulate the sound of something they've never heard before.

Pretty cool video though.
#36
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Of course, people would pretty accurately attempt to emulate the sound of something they've never heard before.

Pretty cool video though.


That had occurred to me. Then again, the guitar itself has been around for roughly 4000 years, IIRC. Either way I really just wanted an excuse to post that video.
#37
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Synths have been around in some form since the 40s at least anyway, they just never got very popular.. You can distort them and get quite guitar like sounds , good for riffs and lead so im sure that would have become more popular

Yeah, but weren't they something silly like the size of a small room just for 2 or 3 octaves? I suppose though, the evolution would have gone quicker.
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#39
'Sup dawg. I'm Hip-Hop from an alternate reality where there was no such thing as this instrument called the 'guitar'. I'm basically at the forefront of music everywhere. In fact, we have this site like this one only it's called 'Ultimate-Decks.com' and we have an off-topic forum called 'The Trick'.

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#40
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piano or banjo would've been the main thing. banjo was the predecessor of the guitar's place in jazz groups.

i'm talking about four string banjos played with a plectrum, by the way. not five.

i think a more interesting and realistic thing to ponder is what if the electric upright bass had preceded the electric bass guitar?


You know the stringed instruments would more or less would've lead to the invention of a guitar. I mean, all stringed instruments are similar in construction and are played in a similar way (hand or plectrum), don't you think at some point of time, if the banjo existed that the invention of guitar would've been inevitable?

Like today guitars are primarily recognized as a six stringed instrument, the seven string invention would've been called something else but would've had the same purpose.