Made By Hand 4
By: Patricia Lakin
Published: November 9, 2021
Have you ever wondered where the first guitar actually originated? Would you believe that researchers don’t really know, but they think that it began in the Middle East around 1400-1500 BC? An archeological dig in 1930 revealed a guitar-like instrument as well as some stone carvings in what is now Turkey. Since then, there have been many other renditions of guitar-like instruments that have been created and played all over the world. The late 1800s is when guitars, much like what we are used to playing today, were created. So, music created from plucking strings has long been part of our history.
Meredith Coloma makes guitars in her workshop in Vancouver, Canada. After studying music as a child, she took a chance and walked into a violin shop in New York City in 2008. That moment forever changed her life and in this book, she shares her step-by-step process of making both acoustic guitars and electric guitars. Any guitar player would be lucky to have one of her beautiful guitars. As one of a few women in the business of guitar making, she hopes to encourage more artists to join the field. She also shares that making guitars isn’t just an art form, it also uses a lot of science. In the book, kids can create their own experiment making a telephone or a harmonica.
The book concludes with a list of great guitarists and their photos as well as a timeline of guitar history. There is also a glossary at the end with the terms used in the book. There is an abundance of photography and the step-by-step process of making the guitars was quite fascinating.
This book is written for middle-grade readers but I truly think all musicians would find this book interesting. I plan to show it to our own adult son who plays guitar.
This is the fourth book in the MADE BY HAND series. The others include Skateboards, Bicycles, and Steel Drums.
To find out more about Patricia Lakin and her vast collection of children’s books she has authored, check out her website, HERE.