Just to be clear; I meant the violinists, etc of the 19th cent. and their instruments must have been quieter than the modern versions with steel strings and different bows. I have several vintage 19th cent. guitars and a couple of copies; they can be loud and bright, and project very well. Their tone is something that is an acquired taste though.ben etow wrote:The only Giuliani concerto I heard live with Steidl (and his romantic guitar or copy, can't remember) sounded OK, with mike if I am not mistaken, but most importantly is clearly designed to work well: no continuous scales with the whole orchestra at the same time (the guitar cannot be heard in so many parts of Aranjuez), parts which made sense - the guitar playing with some instruments and not all, etc.
Gut is said to be similar to carbon, so I wouldn't say they were quieter for sure, knowing that they did sound brighter even not considering the string type.
Hi,Lawler wrote:OK Thanks. It would be very interesting if you were to share your experience with the amplification system when you receive it.ben etow wrote: I tried it and am waiting for my speaker within a few weeks as my partner in Locango trio (with cello) already got hers. Truly stunning, incredible and indispensible for chamber music (and concertos of course).
Exactly. Life in music means dynamics and in a decent (not even big) hall, we guitarists lose any dynamic range, and we even lose tone colour changes we like so much when playing for ourselves.markodarko wrote:I think it's a no-brainer to play amplified to a large audience. The alternative is that you play variations of forte all the time in case quiet notes don't translate to the audience. Doing this has the same effect as playing through a compressor. Limited dynamics and consequently, limited "life" in the pieces.
I would rather listen to an amplified performer that could afford to play dynamics all the way from pp through to ff and hear all the little nuances and subtleties of tone as one would hear in an intimate setting.
Anyone who's ever heard an artist bash out on the guitar unamplified will know how draining it can be to listen to an entire concert like that.
I've seen both, miked or not... When miked they virtually all sounded artificial or even awfull - both solo, with other instruments and orchestra.Adam wrote:I've seen a ton of CG shows, lots of big names including Williams, Barrueco, Dyens, Yang, Beijing Duo, Dylla etc, and all were mic'd. I've never seen a performer not mic'd.