This may seem like something of a cop-out, but I was fascinated by the sheer number of publications devoted to guitars and guitar playing in the Barnes and Noble at the Christiana Mall outside of Wilmington, Delaware. It seemed that there were many more – I only had a minute to grab this photo. Clearly the popularity of the instrument goes beyond casual.
wiki.answer.com has this as an answer to the question of how many people play in the United States: “There are many tens of thousands of guitar players in the US, and they include players of all skill levels who play all kinds of music.”
I clicked on that particular search result, not because I especially trust the information, but because in the search results it said: ” My guess is there are about 100 million guitar players in the world. some of them make noise, some.” I found that answer much more intriguing, though every bit as much as a stab in the dark. It is the noise part that I liked best. At least I’m willing to believe it in view that I mostly fall into that category myself 🙂
Either answer does to some extent help to explain the volume of publications devoted to that one instrument. It is amazing. I count 10 in the photo. I found 13 listed on Bing. I haven’t even looked at other languages. Wow. Somehow, I think there were more…
- Guitar World
Guitar World magazine features interviews, online lessons, celebrity sound files, onscreen tablature, product reviews, random chatter and more.
- Guitar Player
Features an archive of guitar product reviews, lessons, articles, notational symbols and related links.
Offers database of vintage guitar dealers, online lessons, articles, classified, and links.
- Acoustic Guitar
For all acoustic guitar players, from beginners to performing professionals. Interviews, reviews, workshops, sheet music, song transcriptions, and product reviews.
- Vintage Guitar
Online home of the magazine, with articles, classifieds, photo gallery, and other features.
- Jazz Guitar Online
Lesson articles, forum, and a music teacher locator.
- Flatpicking Guitar Magazine
Specializes in all aspects of flatpicking the acoustic guitar.
Features music news, equipment reviews, interviews, and techniques.
- Total Guitar
Includes news, techniques, interviews, and more.
- Just Jazz Guitar
- New Millennium Guitar Publishing Company
Concentrating on music for classical guitar. Site features sheet music, playing tips, and the New Millennium magazine.
- Guitar Digest
Vintage guitar publication.
- Guitar Stuff
- Guitar Player Magazine