Denian Arcoleo wrote: Mark Clifton-Gaultier wrote:
Whiteagle wrote:Is the answer different for different parts of Spain?
It was some time ago now but I had a Spanish student that claimed never to have seen a "classical" guitar before arriving in England. He was about 50 years old when I first met him and from the Basque region.
That makes sense. As far as I understand it, that region of Spain has never had much to do with the guitar. As we all know, the home of Flamenco is Andalucia, way down south.
Yes - pipes and drums are the thing there - although this particular student was actually a virtuoso harmonica player.
Catalonia isn't very "guitary" either - their traditional bands are a sort of wind ensemble - to my shame I don't know what the instruments are called but the sound is like an oboe on steroids - not entirely dissimilar to the Breton bombard.
Andalucia's another matter - I spent some time in Jimena de la Frontera and a few other traditional "pueblos blanco" - they all seem to have a tablao. Odd thing is that Jimena's annual festival consisted primarily of "Celtic" music.
One thing is certain - there's a glorious diversity in Spanish tradition - well worth realising when we perform Albéniz' works (for instance) that it's inspired and coloured by far more than just the guitar.