WILLIAMSBURG, April I, 1775.
Ladies who are inclined to learn the GUITTAR may be instructed on that Instrument by a Lady lately arrived.--Inquire of the Printers hereof.
Virginia Gazette (Purdie & Hunter) April 1, 1775
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Ladies were encouraged to play keyboard instruments or guitars ("lap instruments") because it was considered improper for a lady to raise and expose her arms as would be necessary when playing the violin or flute.
Sources: Jane Hanson, Music Interpreter