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    Quote Originally Posted by millionrainbows View Post
    That Galbraith dude with 10 strings seems hell-bent on transcending those limitations.
    Galbraith's guitar is an 8-string--has an extra bass and an extra treble string.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kontrapunctus View Post
    Galbraith's guitar is an 8-string--has an extra bass and an extra treble string.
    Uh-huh. And the point is...I really didn't care enough to get up & look at the CD. I wish him, and all the 9, 10, 11, and 12 string players the best of luck with their Mozart transcriptions. Although Bill Kannengeiser is quite convincing, it still strikes me as trying to "stuff a horse into a suitcase."

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    I think they are both popular the guitar is popular in other cultures like in spanish/latin music.

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    I don't know if Segovia did the guitar any good or not, giving it "respectability." He was sure a pompous old coot. Maybe he should have just left it to the gypsies.

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    I play Guitar and Piano, guitar being my main instrument, i grew up playing Rock and Metal, not so much anymore, and out of everyone i know my age who plays guitar, i'd say about 2 - 3% of people that i know, probably not even that much can read anything other than tab, a few can't even read tab, they don't know their chords, scales, anything, all they can play is rock, badly, if that's even possible, so i'd say guitar can be taken seriously as a musical instrument when real musicians are playing

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    I love my guitar. While the classical repertoire may not be as extensive as the piano or violin, it doesn't make it less respectable. Rodrigo's Concerto de Aranjuez is beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by themusicismymaster View Post
    I feel the guitar is more expressive than the piano as i favour it's tone and the amount of control over the notes,the personal aspects of it!
    "More expressive"? Both instruments can be expressive but by volume alone, the guitar is dead in the water. So there is that limitation. Control over the notes; perhaps.

    I studied classical guitar for more than a decade. Used as a solo instrument or in a small ensemble, it is suitable. I think this is why I love the baroque era so much. And the whole concept of a guitar concerto makes me ill. I have never ever heard one that didn't bore me to tears. Out of its element...like a cap pistol at a shooting gallery.
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    I love the guitar for its musical versatity. It's not the guitars fault that everybody under the sun tries to pick it up and ends up giving it a bad name. Ill say it again, I love the guitar!

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    I play guitar and Piano

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    "A real shame if someone still thinks the guitar is just used to play rock/pop songs and to entertain groups of teenangers by the fireplace."
    Well.
    I try not to take guitar seriously and really envy those that could do the above.

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    I play the guitar, but I'm not amazing at it. I do take it seriously, but I do not really like electric guitars.
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    I think the problem with guitar is that every Tom, Dick and Harry plays one and only one in 10 took any lessons and even then stopped after maybe a year. So, it's become an everyman's instrument played by people who prefer tabs to notes. Also many guitar-players have crappy technique. I see a lot of guitar guys that parallel everything. A lot guitarists prefer the barre chord to the open chord and that's generally the wrong way to go. You should change hand position as little as possible instead of jumping from a 3rd fret barre chord to a 10th fret barre chord or whatever. But a lot of people do that not realizing how much more musical it is to get away from paralleling. It's pretty bad in the U.S. That causes the serious music circles to regard the guitar with suspicion. However, I play guitar and I enjoy it.

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    I raraely get interested listening to classical guitar - I love rodrigos guitar concerto - and some pieces - such as the tarrega tremolo piece - but beyond that ...

    I thought the harp was a boring instrument though - until I heard a piece live the other night - must be painful on the fingers

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    I love listening to classical guitar. Plus there are so many great players today.

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    I take it seriously in pop and jazz.
    In classical music it usually bores me to tears, maybe because I was one of those Tom Dick and Harrys who picked up the guitar to give it a go (well, I played seriously for over five years) and wasn't very good at it.
    Not enough volume, and it usually just noodles on and on.
    Sorry guitarists.

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