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The Guitar in AmericaVictorian Era to Jazz Age$
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Jeffrey J. Noonan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110188

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110188.001.0001

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From the Parlor to the Concert Hall

(p.77) Chapter Five Transitions
The Guitar in America

Jeffrey J. Noonan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter, which focuses on the transition of the guitar from the parlor to concert halls in America during the early part of the twentieth century, explains that the fate of the guitar was tied to the conventional attitudes and to the creation of new ensembles featuring America’s newest favorite instrument—the mandolin. It highlights the replacement of the banjo by the mandolin as the primary instrument in the banjo, mandolin, and guitar (BMG) ensembles, and the conflict between guitarists and the BMG leadership.

Keywords:   guitar, America, mandolin, banjo, BMG ensembles, guitarists

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