Fretted Strings

The curriculum that Cadence Music uses for fretted string instruments covers all areas of music to help the student become proficient on their instrument. Throughout the time of study students will be learning how to read music notation & tablature, instrument repair and maintenance, music history and theory, song form, music analysis and more.

While covering all of these topics the half an hour one on one lesson is also tailored to each student. Students are encouraged to bring in music of their choice to the instructor so they can learn the piece, be it rock, pop, blues, polka or anything the students desires.

The guitar is an ancient and noble instrument, whose history can be traced back over 4000 years. Many theories have been advanced about the instrument’s ancestry. It has often been claimed that the guitar is a development of the lute, or even of the ancient Greek kithara.

In the 1930s, musician and inventor Paul Tutmarc from Seattle, Washington, who was manufacturing lap steel guitars, developed the first electric string bass in its modern form, a fretted instrument designed to be played horizontally.

Early forms of the instrument were fashioned by Africans in America, adapted from African instruments of similar design. The banjo is frequently associated with country, folk, Irish traditional and bluegrass music.

Mandolins evolved from the lute family in Italy during the 17th and 18th centuries, and the deep bowled mandolin, produced particularly in Naples, became common in the 19th century.

The name ‘ukulele’ is the traditional Hawaiian name that was given to a small instrument called the machete (machete de braga), which was originally developed in the Madeira Islands of Portugal.