Music experts say the guitar is probably the most popular musical instrument around the world today. It is used to play many different kinds of music.
The electric guitar was one result of efforts by musicians to use electricity to create louder string instruments. They were not able to solve some of the technical problems until the nineteen-thirties. Les Paul was among the first to play an electric guitar.
In its early years, music experts debated the idea of the electric guitar being a true instrument. Some claimed it did not produce a real musical sound. But country and jazz musicians defended the music made by the electric guitar.
One of these defenders was jazz man Charlie Christian. Music experts say he created the sound of the electric guitar that led to the modern electric guitar music of today.
One modern electric guitar player who followed Charlie Christian is the world famous blues musician B. B. King. He calls his guitar "Lucille".
1. What is the most popular musical instrument in the world today?
a) The guitar
b) The Piano
c) The drums
2. In what decade did musicians start using the electric guitar?
a) In the nineteen fifties
b) In the nineteen forties
c) In the nineteen thirties
3. Who was one of the first musicians to play an electric guitar
a) Charles Christian
b) B.B. King
c) Les Paul
4. Who defended the music made by the electric guitar in the early years?
a) Only jazz musicians
b) Both country and jazz musicians
c) Only country musicians
5. Who created the sound of the electric guitar that led to the modern electric guitar music of today?
a) B.B. King
b) Les Paul
c) Charles Christian
6. One of the modern electric guitar player is the world famous blues musician:
b) B.B King
c) Charlie Christian