#1
I have just recently began playing classical guitar, but i have been listening to it for years now and am in love with it. I just don't understand why more people don't play? Is itbecuase it is too dificult and they are too lazy to learn. Or are over-distorted "guitars" whats in? I don't know, but nobody i know appreciates classical music or even plays it. It is a mystery to me and i want to know if any of the good people here on the forums have an answer to issue at hand.

Thank you very much
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#2
id say it is mainly the difficulty,

and also most people dont start on guitars, or cant necessarily afford a bunch of guitars so they will purchase the most versatile guitars they can..
and classical guitars are not as versatile as some other types =]
#3
Also probably in large part due to the fact that classical guitar prodigies aren't exactly celebrities. Consciously or subconsciously, everybody loves the fame.
#4
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Also probably in large part due to the fact that classical guitar prodigies aren't exactly celebrities. Consciously or subconsciously, everybody loves the fame.


Unfortunate, human nature.
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#5
Most people (especially college-aged and younger) aren't enlightened enough to appreciate the art of such genres as classical and jazz.
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Most people (especially college-aged and younger) aren't enlightened enough to appreciate the art of such genres as classical and jazz.


This is true. But i am 15, and i love the beauty of classical music. It just makes no sense to me that people hate it.

I am called band names at my school becuase i listen to and pay classical music.

But i still play

Terrible how people are
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#7
I appreciate all forms of music, but yes I think it might be the difficulty. Classical is one of the hardest styles to learn.
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I appreciate all forms of music, but yes I think it might be the difficulty. Classical is one of the hardest styles to learn.



That is another reason i am learning it... SO i can be a real guitarist
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#9
That's good you should try to become as versatile as possible, anyone can be in a Punk band and not even know how to change their strings.
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#10
Most people pick up the guitar because they have heard a song that features guitar that they particularly enjoy.

And the fact is that the radio stations (and other media) play what is popular, and classical guitar- for all its beauty- is not popular. And if people don't hear it on radio (and other media) it may as well not exist. Heck, you don't even hear that much of it on classical stations- they heavily emphasize opratic and symphonic music.

Classical guitar, jazz and metal are probably the most demanding styles to play (possibly even in that order). If there is any doubt as to the technical skill involved in playing classical, Sam Totman, one of the guitarists in Dragonforce (a band often touted for the quality of the guitar work in their songs) talked about how he quit playing classical guitar early on because he found it too difficult. That was in a recent issue of Guitar Player or some such.
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i like classical i just dont have the want to learn it you know. i think there is quite a huge comperison between classical and metal though, so if you like metal and not classical there is something wrong.
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This is true. But i am 15, and i love the beauty of classical music. It just makes no sense to me that people hate it.

I am called band names at my school becuase i listen to and pay classical music.

But i still play

Terrible how people are


Yes, it's a shame how big of douche bags people can be. I love classical music and jazz and whenever I say that I do, I either get called something bad or that I can't listen to jazz/classical because I also listen to metal. It's hard to find anything more technically impressive than any piece for classical guitar. A favorite is Agustin Barrios Mangore, his music is incredible.
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#15
I just love how the internet can be used for purposes other than porn.

Like how we can post clips here to remind us all that there are a LOT of musicians out there, and humility is probably more in order than hubris.
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That is another reason i am learning it... SO i can be a real guitarist


Define "real guitarist"...

Don't mean to burst your bubble, but just because someone doesn't play classical doesn't make them a fake

I myself don't mind classical, I just don't find myself wanting to play it...
#17
i think guitarists should know their chit, it seems like these days theirs not alot of them who have their knowledge down.

oh yea chek this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmIhl4LjxhA
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#18
I don't hate it, but it's never been my "favorite kind of music." I like classical music, but classical guitar, like the Spanish/Flamenco genre, I can live without. I LOVE steel string acoustic fingerstyle songs, (Andy Mckee, Antoine Dufour, Erik Mongrain, Ulli Bogershausen, Don Ross, ect..) and I listen to a good range of music from Celtic to Metal, but I've never taken a liking to it...

It's not the difficultly, nor do I care if it's "in" or not. Just not to my taste. meh.
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Define "real guitarist"...

Don't mean to burst your bubble, but just because someone doesn't play classical doesn't make them a fake

I myself don't mind classical, I just don't find myself wanting to play it...


+1

Yeah, buddy. You don't want people to judge you for playing classical, and yet with one fell swoop you dismiss people who play any other style as not being "real guitarists." That kind of attitude isn't going to help bring more interest to classical guitar music, all it does is make you look like an elitist snob.

There are lots of perfectly sensible, valid reasons why people play rock and pop rather than classical.

- Many people pick up a guitar to play popular music to entertain their friends at parties, just hanging out, or around the campfire.

- People like to play music that they can sing along to.

- Many people enjoy jamming with their friends, and even beginners can join in on most popular songs. It's so easy to do when all you need to know is a few chords. Can you imagine calling up a friend and saying, "Let's get together and jam... but give me a few weeks to study this piece first. Okay, see you then."

- Classical technique is difficult to learn on your own. Most people would not feel confident about teaching themselves, and not everyone can afford to take lessons.

Hopefully you can see the other side of the coin and will stop making all these negative assumptions about other guitarists.

And before you dismiss me for being just another hater, I used to play classical. No one ever made fun of me for playing it. I really enjoyed classical guitar, but now I have a steel-string acoustic because it is much more versatile. I would like to buy a classical as a second guitar but I'm a broke student who can't justify the expense.
#21
I'm 13 and I love classical, as well as most other music. Not big on grindcore though. Not a fan at all.
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+1

Yeah, buddy. You don't want people to judge you for playing classical, and yet with one fell swoop you dismiss people who play any other style as not being "real guitarists." That kind of attitude isn't going to help bring more interest to classical guitar music, all it does is make you look like an elitist snob.

There are lots of perfectly sensible, valid reasons why people play rock and pop rather than classical.

- Many people pick up a guitar to play popular music to entertain their friends at parties, just hanging out, or around the campfire.

- People like to play music that they can sing along to.

- Many people enjoy jamming with their friends, and even beginners can join in on most popular songs. It's so easy to do when all you need to know is a few chords. Can you imagine calling up a friend and saying, "Let's get together and jam... but give me a few weeks to study this piece first. Okay, see you then."

- Classical technique is difficult to learn on your own. Most people would not feel confident about teaching themselves, and not everyone can afford to take lessons.

Hopefully you can see the other side of the coin and will stop making all these negative assumptions about other guitarists.

And before you dismiss me for being just another hater, I used to play classical. No one ever made fun of me for playing it. I really enjoyed classical guitar, but now I have a steel-string acoustic because it is much more versatile. I would like to buy a classical as a second guitar but I'm a broke student who can't justify the expense.



+1, it takes two to tango TS.


This said I'm a classical guitarist and an electric guitarist. Because I love the guitar in general, just like I love music in general. Not only folk, blues, classical or jazz.
#23
I honestly would like to get a nylon string (Right now I have a steel string) just so I could play classical stuff, because I play it on the piano (Stuff like Bach, Mozart, the classics), and I think it sounds great on guitar. Unfortunately, I don't have enough money.
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#24
I also thought that the nylon string guitar had the richest tone of any guitar and if you left someone in a guitar shop with no preconceived notions of what a guitar is they would pick the nylon string. After playing my nylon string and going back to my electric or steel string acoustic (mostly electric), I am always struck with how harsh the tone sounds. As well the classical guitar has a much better dynamic range and you can for the most part express yourself better. So why do I go back to the electric guitar? I don't exactly know but I think it definetly has to do with it's prevelance in the media and it's much more configurable sound. As well I do get seriously annoyed with only really having access to 12 or so frets on the classical guitar (I don't have a cutaway nor do I really want one). What I don't get is why whenever you see guitar with an orchestra it almost always seems to be an electric guitar in my opinion.

But there are 3 things that people seem to mostly talk about when talking about classical guitar

- The nylon string guitar (like I said my favorite for tone but a little limited in number of frets and changing its sound)
- The classical guitar technique or the right way to play the guitar (Very important and useful but not limited to the nylon string guitar in any way(I always keep my thumb behind the neck personally))
- Classical guitar music or classical music in general (I guess as naive as it may be I think there is just good music and bad music and I'm the only one who likes all the good music)
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