Denian Arcoleo wrote:Playing electric guitar regularly will mess up your classical playing and vica versa. Coincidentally I just just watched a video with Sharon Isbin and Steve Vai on youtube, Vai says in the video:
''It's not even like apples and oranges what we both do (Isbin and Vai), it's like apples and beef yoghurt.''
I don't like the sound of beef yoghurt but you get Vai's drift. If you are happy to be mediocre at both then practice both. If you are pursuing real excellence in one or the other then concentrate exclusively on one or the other.
I went to your youtube page and noticed that you Favorited a Frank Bungarten Video. Did you know that Frank plays electric guitar as well ?, even he used to play saxophone and played in jazz bands. And all of this time, Classical Guitar has been his principle instrument. Based on his achievements, I think that it's safe to call him a virtuoso on the classical guitar. He just plays electric blues guitar as a hobby. Please see the video below, the interview is in English
http://www.guitarthai.com/media/mediade ... paraID=367
By the way I do not the like Vai and Isbin's version of la cathedral, to me it was a futile effort. Classical Guitar and electric guitar can be used in the same piece of music in certain ways but the way in which they did, ended in a fiasco. I think Vai can at times appear to be quite pretentious, even though I acknowledge him as a rock guitar virtuoso and highly talented musician. But what I hated the most about Vai is his misleading advice like " don't focus on your weaknesses " and false analogy fallacies like the one you quoted. If I'm left hungry for more than a week and then given some food, then I will probably fail to distinguish the taste and tenderness or even the difference between apple and beef yogurt. And I think you overlooked what i wrote, i asked if it was okay to play electric guitar for 10-20 % of your play / practice time and spend the rest on classical, where classical is obviously my top priority. Now that can obviously hamper my classical technique, but the real question is - how much damage can it do even if i play it for such a short time ? My question is more complex than I thought. And just to be clear electric guitar does not equal to metal or highly distorted / shredding music, and I generally don't want to hear both classical and electric played on the same piece. I hear them differently.