I am a very serious classical guitar student who is currently doing grade 6 / 7 studies and preparing for studying Classical Guitar from an University in Germany. I had my first music lesson on an acoustic steel string guitar around 7 years back. The reason which had made me pursue the guitar at that point was simply the wish to play classic rock solos, Blues etc. which I would eventually be playing on the electric. For the last couple of months I've been only focusing on classical and have been planning to sell my electric, which i can play very well. But recently my electric guitar brought back memories, I had actually played my first blues scales on it, improvised, jammed with other musicians and enjoyed it. Since my classical guitar teachers here are against the idea of playing electric guitar, I get no encouragement to play. I am fully aware about the technical differences between classical and electric, for example - the thumb of the left hand for the classical guitar has to be at the back of the neck resting behind the 2nd finger ( which can change ) but cannot come up and grab the neck or appear above the neck which is used in electric guitar string bending technique or in jazz technique. Also in classical left hand technique the fingertips have to fret the strings in a more horizontal manner along with the different position of the knuckles and the wrist as opposed to playing electric in a rather angular manner. In terms of Right hand technique and tone-production both are almost poles apart from each other. But if Classical Guitar is my top priority, then is it OK to play electric for an hour a day when i practice the classical for 4-6 hours a day ? Can it hamper my classical technique even if I'm careful ?
I think Professional musicians who have /had to play both classical guitar and electric guitar to make a living can answer my question very well.
I am personally very comfortable with my Rg series Ibanez electric and string bending is a technique that I don't want to forget and it's also something that you cannot incorporate in classical guitar ( I know some classical virtuosos do it, but seriously do they sound anything like Stevie ray Vaughan
??? lol )
For the left hand technique on the electric guitar I am doing it almost the same as my classical but at times placing the thumb slightly above the neck when i am bending the string. For the right hand I am using a pick, as steel strings can affect the quality of my polished nails. So what do you think, Can I still be a perfectionist on the Classical Guitar without having to completely quit the electric ?