Sharon Vizcaino wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 13, 2016 5:08 am
Jim Davidson wrote:
Sharon Vizcaino wrote:
I think part of the problem is that without Segovia, there isn't a single name the average person can associate with classical guitar. Generally, when I mention classical guitar and someone looks confused I say "Like Segovia" (or rather, I wish...), and that's enough for most people to remember that, oh, of course, classical guitar's an instrument too. But younger kids have just never heard of him (or any other CG player, for that matter), which is a problem when you think about the future of the instrument...
See, here's the interesting thing to me. I've seen a few solo steel string players who have really made avenues with the general public. Sungha Jung is a huge name now. Andy McKee and Jon Gomm are also well known. I have a lot of students would have never learned guitar if it weren't for one of the three.
I know that might sound irrelevant when talking about classical guitar, but they essentially fill the same niche in the musical world.
Ahahaha, kinda funny that you mention it because Sungha Jung IS how I got into acoustic guitar. Heck, I can play at least 20 of his compositions/arrangements. How silly of me to forget it. That's actually a really good point. Now that I think about it, I've seen a bunch of kids (on YouTube, mostly) who started with steel-strings and then switched to classical. I guess this is a good thing for classical guitar, then!
Sorry guys, I've been doing lots of searches and finding these interesting older threads so I couldn't help commenting on some of them.
Is that bad form? Slap me if it is...
However, as someone who loved all styles of guitar music, I personally think that we should all be focusing on whether acoustic guitar (whatever the string type - steel, nylon, wool, plastic, rubber bands....) is popular and how the crossovers between styles can help all the different types of guitar.
I think a lot of classical guitar players on this forum do like a wide variety of guitar music (jazz, folk, flamenco, rock, blues, metal etc etc) but sometimes the vibe I get from what is written is that the only thing that matters in the world is classical guitar and that everything else is inferior and is only tolerated at best. I admit that maybe that's just because we're all hear for a reason - to talk about classical guitar and not other styles particularly - but nevertheless it sometimes feel like that.
So when I hear that young players have been turned on to classical guitar from listening 1st to steel string acoustic guitar players then this really resonates with me because I can see (from my own perspective) how listening to any guitar, but especially acoustic (and I mean non-amplified/electric guitar) leads to a curiosity about all styles of guitar playing.
So if we as a community promoted a lot more non-'classical' pieces and crossovers into different styles, or at least, more popular tunes in a classical perspective, like some of the players someone mentioned earlier, then we would draw a lot more people into the genre.
Maybe I'm just rallying in a small way against the elitism and narrow repertoire that some people play. If I was a concert-standard player I'd try and play a diverse range of styles e.g. Classical, jazz, folk, show tune, flamenco, bluegrass etc to really show the range of possibilities and try and draw everyone in. But then again, I'd probably alienate my audience if I did this
The flip-side of this is that I also enjoy a repertoire of pure 'classical' guitar and sometimes that can be very enticing i.e. to witness and enjoy the virtuoso playing and 'elite' music. And this also can be a reason for people to come to classical guitar - listening and/or playing - i.e. the challenge and feeling of accomplishment of attempting to master the instrument and the satisfaction of appreciating (usually) more complex music.
And the point about Randy Rhoads from the heavy metal genre is true. Current bands like Opeth from Sweden (an extreme metal band that have morphed into a progressive rock band) use a lot of acoustic interludes which could/can also inspire their fans to explore the acoustic side of guitar which leads, again, into the possibility of exploring Classical Guitar.
And don't forget singer/songwriter types like Ed Sheeran, Laura Marling and Jack Bugg who play acoustic or classical guitars. This introduces young people to acoustic guitar which, again, can lead to exploring other genres of guitar.
Much as I find the recent (?) trend for classical guitarists to bring out albums of Beatles and Queen music a bit trite (I've just heard Beatles songs one too many times...) , I applaud the idea of broadening the palette of the classical guitar.
So apologies (kind of) for the rant but I believe other styles of guitar, especially other 'acoustic' guitar, is an avenue into appreciating classical guitar and so embracing these other styles, wherever possible is, in my opinion, to be encourage.
Maybe it's been said before. Maybe not many of you agree, Maybe a lot of you do but my rants over now.
I'm off to program my music playlist on my laptop - Metallica followed by BB King followed by Ben Harper followed by Ida Presti followed by Paco De Lucia followed by Wes Montgomery followed by Iron Maiden followed by Funkadelic followed by Gordon Giltrap followed by Julian Bream followed by....
But to answer the original post - ...because the age of the Internet has watered down the promotion of all styles of music such that everything's getting lost although well-known players like Milos are keeping the publicity alive in the UK, at least. Maybe it's a double-edge sword - more information to wade through on the Interweb but much easier these days to view many, top classical guitar performances on the 'Tube etc.