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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    Isn't the guitar a musical instrument?
    Not in some people's hands......




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    Haha! That was awesome...NOT. Nice to see Fred Durst and those hiphop guys make a fool of themselves. Here's a guy who can make music together with a real instrument. Must be taken seriously then.
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    Funny that the OP thought the guitar is not respected. That might have been true 60 years ago but not anymore. Segovia raised the guitar's standing in the classical world followed by Julian Bream, John Williams, the Romeros and others. And there are so many great jazz, rock, folk, and blues players. And country and bluegrass too.
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    Do you take the guitar seriously as a musical instrument?

    Classical guitar? Of course! (Jazz and Country guitar too but for different reasons.) What’s not to love or at least respect? But I feel that it sometimes does not get the respect it deserves because it’s more of a chamber instrument with its more intimate, smaller volume of sound. But the literature written for guitar is rich, colorful, sensual and inventive, even if there’s not enough of it and the guitarists sometimes have to rely on transcriptions. I find it hard to imagine any less effort and artistry going into playing it than any other classical instrument, and I consider it one of the most romantic of all for expressing intimacy, tenderness and love.



    Beautiful!
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    More outstanding Alexandra Whittingham...

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    Having burnt my old guitar in the trash fire , I'm learning to play a new one . It's physical of nerves and bone and muscle , thus of new life .

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    I've got my eye on a guitar upgrade so I'm going to sell the two guitars below. I'm swapping out the pickups from the Legacy first (as I love the sound of the hot EMG pickups on it) and getting an earthing problem sorted on the Spear Relic. Nowt wrong with either guitar otherwise but I have my eye on a few others.

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    I've quite committed to an acoustic arch-top .

    Commitment is serious , right ?
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    I play classical Guitar and it's my primary instrument. I'm also starting to play the Cello because I always loved the rich sound but that's another story for another time. Like Beethoven said the classical guitar is a miniature orchestra in itself. I also think its one of the most difficult instruments to master because you're using both hands with no other tools besides your nails. I think the downfall is the volume. It just can't produce the kind of volume and sustain like its distant stringed cousins. Improvements have been made to the classical guitar to create more volume but when played with an orchestra and even solo if its a large hall, amplification is needed to produce volume and unfortunately takes away from the natural tone of the guitar. The guitar is a very beautiful instrument and I encourage other musicians to listen to the great recordings of Segovia, Bream, Williams, and Parkening so they can hear too what the classical guitar is capable of and why it's so difficult to play. I'm glad I can read sheet music and learn so many wonderful pieces that are available to me.

    And yes, I take it very seriously.
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    I wish I had kept up my playing and reading. I've lost my skills for both. I got inspired to play after attending an Eliot Fisk concert in 1978. Hard to believe he's been at it that long. I also enjoy Sharon Isbin, and the LAGQ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Was Berlioz quoting Beethoven, or did he just experience the serendipity of having the same thought as him? Why did Beethoven never write much guitar music, if any?
    Berlioz actually played the instrument.

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    one of the rare instruments that can be polyphonic alone

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    I've dabbled in classical guitar. I don't take it a seriously as I did before I found out that many classical guitarists are convinced that Andrew York's "Home" is some kind of modern masterpiece.

    To be brutally honest, the classical guitar's repertoire is lacking, and the instrument doesn't have enough ensemble pieces to fill the void. It has a lovely tone and can be harmonically interesting though.

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    I take guitar seriously as a musical instrument for non classical, in fact it is the main instrument in my book. But for classical, I am not interested in hearing guitar.
    "Life is too short to spend it wandering in the barren Sahara of musical trash."
    --Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

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