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To strike something like you' strike a guitar in a funeral Tempations of St. Jerome by F. Zurbaran
Proverbs of Spain, which is rich with them, often allude to the guitar, an indigenously Spanish instrument involved in a variety of social spheres and sentiments. The collection of proverbs relating to the guitar is therefore quite extensive, as one would expect, considering it an instrument firmly established and traditional, popular and expressive, demanding assiduity in players, and widely reflective of the genius and deep-rooted customs evident in Spanish towns and villages.

Thus, we have the following sayings:

"Since the guitar is mine, I play it where I want to."

"The guitar for a little while, not to spend a whole lifetime playing."

"Don't lend your guitar nor your horse."

"Women, rifle, guitar or horse--don't lend them to anyone."

"During fiestas, don't lend anyone your guitar."

"When you go to fiestas, take your guitar, not your wife."

"The guitar and the horse--no one knows better how to tune them than their owner."

"A fiesta cannot be without a guitar."

"A book on a shelf and a guitar in the corner say nothing."

"A book on a shelf and a guitar in the corner make no sound."

"A stew without a pot is like love without a guitar."

"It's one thing to have a guitar and another thing to know how to play it."

"Words without works, a guitar without strings."

"Garden without water, a guitar without strings."

"A guitar string, loose does not sound, tight it leaps."

"A discordant guitar and a monochord without a string, it doesn't matter if they're lost."

"Most barbers are guitarists and balladeers."

"Everyone knows a little Latin and the pitch of a guitar."

"He dances well when fortune plays the guitar for him."

"The guitar is one thing, violin another."

"A woman without love, a guitar without strings"

"A stew without a pot is like love without a guitar."

"It's one thing to have a guitar and another thing to know how to play it."

"Words without works, a guitar without strings."

"Garden without watering, a guitar without tuning."

"A loose guitar string fails to sound; tight, it leaps."

"A discordant guitar or a stringless monochord might as well be lost."

"Most barbers are guitarists and balladeers."

"Everyone knows a little Latin and the pitch of a guitar."

"He dances well when fortune plays the guitar for him."

"The guitar is one thing, violin another."

"A woman without love, a guitar without strings."

In addition to proverbs, numerous phrases, such as these, refer to the guitar:

"To go about tuning guitars."
"To have your guitar well tuned."
"Not having the nails to play guitar."
"With the guitar it's another thing."
"To strike something as you would a guitar at a funeral"
"To be a good guitar."
"To have more pitches than a guitar."

When you go to fiesta take your guitar, not your wife. "dance of Gypsies" by Joaquin Dominguez Becquer