Did you know there’s a day dedicated to playing the guitar? Keep reading to learn about Get Out Your Guitar Day and our favorite guitar facts.
If you love playing the guitar, or even just listening to the beautiful sounds of guitar music, this special day in February is for you.
Whether you’re an experienced guitar player, or you’re just beginning to learn the guitar, today is a good day to play.
What is Get Out Your Guitar Day?
Get Out Your Guitar Day is a day dedicated to taking your guitar out of its case and playing it! This day falls annually on February 11.
The origin of Get Out Your Guitar Day is unknown, but it’s safe to say musicians have been celebrating it unofficially for ages!
Do you have a favorite song to play on the guitar? Let us know in the comments section below.
Guitar facts for Get Out Your Guitar Day
Brush up on your knowledge of guitars, on this February 11 national day, with these fun facts. Some may surprise you!
- Guitars usually have six strings, but there are varieties with more strings and varieties with fewer strings!
- On guitars, the thicker the string is, the lower the pitch is.
- There are two types of guitar strings: steel strings and nylon strings. While classic guitars often have nylon strings, both acoustic and electric guitars normally have steel strings.
- The smallest guitar ever made is only 10 micrometers long, which is roughly the size of a human blood cell. It was made by Cornell University.
- The largest playable guitar in the world is 43.5 feet long, 16 feet wide, and weighs 2,255 pounds (as much as a small car!). It was constructed in Houston, Texas, by the Academy of Science & Technology.
- The most expensive guitar in the world sold for over 6 million dollars. It was Kurt Cobain’s acoustic-electric 1959 Martin D-18E. He played this guitar, on an MTV Unplugged performance, only five months before his death.
How to celebrate this February 11 national day
Would you like to celebrate Get Out Your Guitar Day in a special way? Try one of these ideas.
- Pick a new song to learn how to play on the guitar!
- If you’re new to learning the guitar, use today to commit to booking guitar lessons. You’ve got to learn before you can play!
- Get out your guitar, and display it prominently with wall mount, or floor stand. I find I’m more likely to practice if I can see my guitar, instead of it being tucked away in its case.
- Support your favorite musicians financially by grabbing your favorite album of theirs on vinyl, or as a CD.
- Look at upcoming concerts in your area, and purchase tickets for it. It’s so inspiring to see the guitar in action, in person!
- Spread the word on social media using the hashtag #GetOutYourGuitarDay. Here is a tweet to get you started:
What is a national day?
National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Be sure to check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.
There are close to 2000 national days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in February.
Are you looking for national days related to food? You’re in luck, each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it! You’ll find all the February food holidays here.
If you enjoyed reading about Get Out Your Guitar Day, be sure to also check out these other music themed posts:
- National Vinyl Record Day – This day is dedicated to celebrating this medium of music storage. Head over to see why we celebrate the day!
- History of vinyl records – While you’re celebrating National Vinyl Record Day, why not learn about the history of vinyl records!
- National Disc Jockey Day – Looking to show the DJs in your life a little love? Make sure to check out National DJ Day.
- Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day – Do you have a soft spot in your heart for quirky country music. If so, then this day is perfect for you!
- St. Patrick’s Day symbols – The harp is one of the symbols of St. Patrick’s Day. Check out the post to see what it means.
- Symbols of Apollo – If you love stringed instruments and history, you might enjoy learning more about Apollo, a Greek god of music.
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About the author
Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.