"The guitar is perhaps the most romantic of all instruments. It is, after all, the traditional instrument of the serenade. Some centuries ago the Spaniards devised a new way of playing using all the fingers and thumb of the right hand independently. This enabled them to play melody along with accompaniment. The eager Spaniards promptly tested this new technique on their nighttime rounds of serenading, and evidently the new sound got results. At any rate we know that the Spanish authorities got quite upset. The considered the guitar a threat to morals and, in the 13th century, issued an official warning against the dangers of playing it - or even listening to it. Maybe they had a point. Like Spanish absinthe, the persuasive charm of the guitar can be downright hypnotic."
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