Great post!David_Norton wrote:Because classical guitar is meant for the erudite sophisticates among society, and not the unwashed masses. It's a champagne, foie gras, and caviar sort of instrument. Not meant to be seen as on the same level as burgers, brats, and brewskies.
Excuse me now while go I have my Eggs Benedict and mimosa on the deck with Buffy, before heading off to the polo match.
+1. Pat Coldrick is a great ambassador for classical guitar, taking it to audiences that wouldn't normally attend a classical guitar concert.Jack Douglas wrote:We could all learn a lesson from our friends, Pat Coldrick and David Jaggs. Pat has brought classical guitar to the appreciative audiences of Ireland in pubs, churches, private residences and just about any place his chair and guitar can fit. David, in the U.K., includes popular melodies along with classical pieces in his performances. Both of these guitarists sell their arrangements at modest fed for us hobbyists to have a go at.
I've attended concerts by highly skilled and trained classical guitarists and left wondering what on earth they were trying to demonstrate. Attending one of these performances leaves no doubt as to why 'classical guitar' is a small world.
The most memorable of classical guitar performances I've enjoyed left me humming the melody afterwards.
So, thank you, to all of you that had me humming after your concerts. And for the others, get over yourselves, have some fun!
So true Alan!Alan Green wrote:...
You've got to throw in some music that people know amongst the "This is great but if you haven't followed or studied CG to a high level you'll never have heard of it" stuff when you're playing - especially live; I think too many CGists play just the highbrow stuff and wonder why it doesn't work in a live setting.
The problem is that now that Segovia is long gone and Williams and Bream have retired, there is no classical guitar player who could fill a major international concert venue.Jim Davidson wrote:I might get some heat for this, but I don't think it's all that unknown. Nevermind the fact that the guitar as a whole is one of the most popular and cosmopolitan instruments in history, even the classical guitar is well known by the public. Segovia and John Williams are well known names. Many pieces from the repertoire like Asturias, Myers' Cavatina, the Concerto De Aranjuez, and even the hook from Tarrega's Gran Vals (thanks to Nokia) are commonly recognizable throughout the western world.
I think that we have to distinguish between those who are informally familiar with classical guitar, and those who are passionate followers of it.
Why more people aren't passionately following it and playing it is the real question.