#1
I plan to add more complexity to my compositions. My style is a la satriani, but nowhere near as developed. I feel jazz will give me more of that rhythmic style, but then classical may teach me more about keeping a harmonius flow. So what is better for me?

Ideally id go to a flamenco school, but don't know of any in NYC.
#2
well i guess this is a tuff one really, but many greats do say being classicaly trained shows the greatest improvement to playing. your choice go with what you feel you could be more motivated with
#4
I say Classical since it will make you more familiar with more complex chords and scales...
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#5
Well should I take a guitar classical major. Or a classic music major, which is more theory heavy. Im thinking ill learn more with the handson guitar type of course. Im thinking of applying to mannes, the new school of music, or julliards if I can get a scholarship.
#6
I'm a classical guitar major at the University of Central Oklahoma. Taking classical guitar is definitely a humbling experience but, it will make you a lot better very quickly. I can't say anything about jazz though, I may audition for the jazz band though to get the benefit of both styles.
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I say Classical since it will make you more familiar with more complex chords and scales...

More complex than jazz?

EDIT: Nevermind, that was pretty ignorant of me to say that. Bach has some pretty complicated stuff
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#8
This is what has me confused. I am thinking the jazz may give me more rhythmical flow, and the classical will give me more harmony teaching more sounds. Im so lost as to what to do?
#9
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This is what has me confused. I am thinking the jazz may give me more rhythmical flow, and the classical will give me more harmony teaching more sounds. Im so lost as to what to do?


i think you are looking at it a bit one dimensionally. whatever way you go it will probably turn you off wanky self indulgent instrumental rock guitar. Listen to Pat Metheny, Joe Pass, Django, barrios Mangore, Sor, Paco De lucia etc
#10
well they both have very different theories on harmony, and most rock/pop sits somewhere between the two, you'll learn a lot either way but you should take the one you think you will use more.
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#11
well classical will teach you xy and z and jazz will teach you ab and c

but if you learn them both, its like knowing 3 styles

you shouldnt limit yourself. you dont know what you dont know
#12
Thing is the college is very expensive. Im gonna try to get a scholarship. Im gonna leave my web design job for music. Im gonna kill my career in web design for it. I am only 19. I think I should follow what I want now that I am young. I feel talented enough that ill have a chance in the bussiness.
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#13
I would go with classical, but I don't know a ton about jazz. I wish I had the time/money to major in music... Either way you are going to learn quite a bit.

Good Luck on whichever you choose.
#14
Which one will make me a more unique player. I like to improvise a lot too. Which one will improve my improv too. I would love to play with a little bit of flamenco style too, but cant find any school that teaches that. Im thinking of going towards jazz will give me less technique but more of an unique guitar voice.
#15
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More complex than jazz?

EDIT: Nevermind, that was pretty ignorant of me to say that. Bach has some pretty complicated stuff

Classical came before Jazz if I'm not mistaken. Classical would offer more melody....

EDIT: If you want improv skills then definitely take Jazz....
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Which one will make me a more unique player. I like to improvise a lot too. Which one will improve my improv too. I would love to play with a little bit of flamenco style too, but cant find any school that teaches that. Im thinking of going towards jazz will give me less technique but more of an unique guitar voice.


yeah it sounds like Jazz would be a better fit for you at this point.
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for the record, i believe guitar solos grew out of jazz improv
#18
id say the classical music major, as it will allow you to communicate your ideas with other musicians easier and if they tell you the notes of a chord im sure it will be easy to put it into guitar quicker than a classical guitar major will let you put a chord onto harp or something ....cant really explain but you get the idea.

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id say the classical music major, as it will allow you to communicate your ideas with other musicians easier and if they tell you the notes of a chord im sure it will be easy to put it into guitar quicker than a classical guitar major will let you put a chord onto harp or something ....cant really explain but you get the idea.


You have to know all of the same basic theory in Jazz that you do in Classical, the big difference is how the two school approach harmony.
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#20
well, jazz lessons will help you out with jazz and classical lessons will help you out with classical.

choose your lessons based on that. do you want to be jazzy or classical?
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#21
I'd say classical. I'm assuming if you're as good as you say you are that you can solo pretty damn well, so I would think classical would give you a better idea of what to use when writing.