Julian Ward wrote: ↑
Thu Mar 14, 2019 3:55 pm
I just edited some weird typo nonsense I wrote above - Yes obviously he is playing like that, but recording through the pickup always sounds pretty nasty.
Interestingly, Igor has a degree on classical guitar from Moscu's conservatoire (and another degree I think in music conduction or something like that) but he always plays like that in all videos, like very sul ponticello.
Sometimes I think it's because the strings don't "bounce" laterally so much in that area (very near to the bridge) and also at least in my case I've tried and it gives me more security to play stuff like scale passages there (but not so close to the bridge), although I usually try to avoid playing there.
The second reason I think he uses it is because of his overall body posture. But i'm not so sure about that because I've seen other guitarists play like that and they all play a little more near the rossette.
Third reason is because he oftenly uses percussive hits (some tambora-esque effects) in combination with some rasgueados which he performs near the bridge, thus, by default his hand is more near the bridge. It seems to be formed as an habit though, because at least in this arrangement he does not almost use percussive resources and his hand is just down there because it's an habit.
Although I think his tone is thin, I still think it's pretty nice overall and kind of unique. He's one of my top 5 favourite fingerstyle players.
I also, as you mentioned, don't know why he recorded it entirely or at least mostly through a pick-up instead of a condenser microphone. If he indeed recorded with a pick up/s, then wow, he got a very decent sound. I really wish to know the brand/model of the pick up he used.
Aside from that:
I think in that video he recorded through condenser mostly, but I'm not entirely sure.
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