Document Type

International Studies and Languages


This article is a survey on the role that the guitar plays in the Spanish-speaking countries of the world. The guitar, introduced by Spaniards in Spanish America, reflects the culture of every country that has adopted the instrument as part of their culture. Such reflection can be observed by finding traces of cultures of some countries such as Spain, Mexico, Argentina, and Cuba in the guitar music of each of those nations. The guitar, as a cultural icon, can also be observed in other forms of art from such places such as literature and painting. Finally, the article gives a short introduction to the way that this musical instrument has been introduced in forms of popular music throughout Spanish America and Spain. This paper also serves as a great introduction to the guitar music of Spanish America and Spain. This article is in Spanish.