Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by Smudger5150 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:23 am

Mick the Ramirez Man wrote:Congratulations on your metamorphosis! I am an ex-rocker; no regrets. Great little composition!!! :okok:

Want some fun? Go into your local rock guitar shop and sit down and play Classical Guitar. The rockers will all stand around in reverence and awe! :wink:
Agreed - this will most likely happen.
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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by Smudger5150 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:44 pm

On a slightly related note of impressing guitarists in other genres and slightly straying off topic, Benjamin Verdery related an anecdote on a podcast where he was asked to recommend and supply a classical guitar to the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards.
When he was about to meet him and whilst he was waiting, Benjamin was playing some Bach on it just as Keith came in and Keith said ‘Ok, stop showing off then!’

In the podcast, Benjamin was talking about Keith playing an old blues tune on the guitar and then they talked about how awkward Chuck Berry was to work with (there is a documentary where Chuck Berry and Keith worked together but Chuck didn’t take likely to people touching his amp, to put it mildly).
He didn’t emphasise that Keith was really impressed but I got the impression that he would have been from Benjamin’s classical playing
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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by Smudger5150 » Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:44 pm

Regarding whether your composition is for the correct genre i.e. classical, personally I think is really to do with what you want to write rather than whether it is 'correct' or not. In other words, are you trying to emulate a style of classical guitar music e.g. romantic, baroque, tango or are you just trying to get the best out of the instrument.
I don't think there should be rules about whether the piece is correct for the genre and for me, it's more about does it sound good! And yours did to me.
If getting the best out of the instrument is what you want then I'm sure there must be some info in the composition forums on this site.
John Williams has said that Barrios was the best composer for the guitar so maybe it's worth checking out his work 1st to get ideas.
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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by neil » Mon May 29, 2017 7:53 pm

Classical and metal are not so far. hard rock and heavy metal use a lot of classical influence. Listen Yngwie Malmsteen...

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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by David Gutowski » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:13 am

I own a Ramirez classical guitar with a pick up attachment to an amplifier and I quit playing it because I felt it wasn't really "classical." It sounds great but not at all like a traditional cg. One of the reasons I purchased several guitars was/is to compare the sound. Different guitars definitely have a unique sound only to that particular guitar. I think it's what makes cg so wonderful to play...and you just don't get that sound when hooked up to amplification. Just my opinion. Your composition sounds great. What do you think it would sound like with out the pick-up?
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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by AndreiKrylov » Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:52 pm

nice piece. More instruments and styles you play - better for your understanding and feeling of music.
pickups? mics? best new technology? - way to go! it is 21 st century today!
Classical non-classical as folks wrote here?
Nonsense.
Nobody OWNS this term "classical music".
Guitar for composition? Great instrument!!! The best and richest one!!
Guitar and piano?
Guitar so much superior of piano!!!
You play every sound with touch of your fingers on guitar!! You could control and express every little feeling and express strongest passion as well!!! -
on piano? you play.. via hammers..how could one compare passion and depth of sound possible by personal touch on guitar with dull and mechanic sounds of hammers of piano? :)
I'd better speak by music...Please listen my guitar at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, etc.

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Re: Switched to Classical guitar after 10+ years of metal. Such a wonderful instrument for Composition

Post by David Gutowski » Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:22 am

Well said...I agree 100%. One of the main reasons I play cg...feeling, expression, individuality- hard to duplicate on piano type instruments.
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