Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

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Guido
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Re: Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

Post by Guido » Wed Jun 14, 2017 9:38 pm

I also notice a lot of people don't even understand what I talk about when I say I play classical guitar, they just don't know what it is.. quite saddening sometimes

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Re: Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

Post by ddray » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:39 pm

I don't think it's unknown at all. Do a YT search for "Asturias" and see how many videos pop up. Everybody and his uncle has apparently put up a recording. Or try to get a university job teaching it. CG repertoire is limited (but probably not much more so than instruments other than keyboard), and CG isn't really an ensemble instrument, "guitar orchestras" and the like aside.

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Re: Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

Post by SunnyDee » Sun Jun 18, 2017 12:35 am

Jim Davidson wrote:
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:32 pm
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.
Yeah, I can't think of anyone I know who doesn't know what a classical guitar is, and in my experience in parts of Europe and Asia, it's most likely what will be available. I don't know how many people really play classical music on it, these days, but they know the guitar.
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Arash Ahmadi
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Re: Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

Post by Arash Ahmadi » Sat Oct 14, 2017 2:45 pm

All the confusion is stemming from the term "classical". Some would assume that you are referring to an old extinct instrument.
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Re: Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

Post by Muggins Simoon » Sun Oct 15, 2017 3:14 am

Having CG curriculum starting in middle school would go a long way towards improving the public’s awareness. It seems like much of Segovia’s historical achievements are somewhat lost now with the exception of leaving a pretty great niche hobby for guys like me. It is a beautiful but obscure art form. The level of playing is now fantastic of course and there is a good repertoire, great instruments, etc.. don’t mean this as a negative comment.
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Re: Why is Classical Guitar so Unknown?

Post by PeteJ » Sun Oct 15, 2017 12:03 pm

"If it wasn't for my mangled hands, I'd probably never have attempted cg." (bear)

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