A senior audit associate with Rothstein Kass in Walnut Creek, Brandon Belanger is responsible for preparing tax returns, performing audits, and training staff. In his free time, Brandon Belanger enjoys a variety of hobbies including hockey, snowboarding, and playing guitar.
More than 4,000 years old, the guitar’s development began with bowl harps, which are among the oldest known stringed instruments. These various stringed instruments have been found through archeology in a variety of locations from Babylon, in modern day Iraq, to Egypt and Greece. Guitars, unlike other members of stringed instrument family, include a fretted neck that is long and connects to a soundboard with incurved sides. Most early guitars were made up of four strings, but they could often vary from three to five strings. It was not until sometime around the 17th century that it became common for guitars to have six strings.
Today, guitarists can choose from acoustic guitars, which maintain the hollow soundboard and are made primarily of wood, or they can choose electric guitars, which offer a louder sound and the ability to manipulate the sound through various tools. Acoustic guitars are often preferred for more relaxed music as they create a more classic sound. Acoustic guitars typically use nylon or steel strings and work best when trying to create strumming sounds. They are hollow, are often the cheaper option due to the fact that they do not require any extra equipment, and require less maintenance. Electric guitars, while they can still be played without an amplifier, albeit with little sound, are typically not hollow and require an electric amplifier to effectively produce their sound. This leads to them being chosen for louder music, such as rock, since the volume and overall sound can be altered.