— Begin quote from “drguitar”
Yep. My degree is in classical guitar performance, however I haven’t played many classical guitar gigs recently. If you are looking to get into classical, I can recommend some good books to get you started reading notation, and learning repertoire.
It is a funny thing that when you are learning new tunes for bluegrass, you are learning tunes, “Hey, I learned a couple of new bluegrass fiddle tunes.” But if you are learning classical guitar tunes, it sounds more like this, “I’m widening my classical guitar repertoire.”
It’s been my experience that classical musicians can often come across kind of snooty. I had to wear boots to my wife’s opera parties many years ago cause sometimes it would get so deep in the room.
Anyway, I currently own two classicals, both are Giannini made. The one on the left (GWNFL-ST) was built in Brazil about 1993 and is thin bodied and made for gigging with an amp (not particularly loud and lively acoustically). It is very comfortable to play, with low action (would be considered high action if it were a steel string acoustic) and high tension silver plated strings.
The one on the right I recently purchased for sentimental reasons. It is a Craviola style classical (Giannini designed model GNCRA-CDR). I owned another of this style many years ago and loved playing it. However, I sold it (in a weak moment) to a student who had fallen in love with it and regretted it ever since. So I purchased this one recently. It is Chinese made (the Brazilian version is quite expensive) and it sounds and plays wonderfully. The pickup system is only okay (I will probably get to upgrading that at some point), however it has a warm, round tone with a nice ring. It plays very nicely and has a strong cedar aroma to it (almost chocolatey).
There are some real advantages to playing a classical guitar over a traditional steel string:
[ul]Low tension strings allow for all day play (extremely easy on the fingers)
Nylon strings are inherently dark and mellow sounding
Nut width and saddle width allow for clean finger picking
Smaller body size allows for comfortable couch playing
More intimate volume and tone is great when singing
Strings tend to last a long time (except the always breaking D string)[/ul]
You would never take a classical to a bluegrass jam, but for playing around the house, folk or classical gigs, they they are a great choice.
— End quote
I laughed about the snooty attitude you mentioned.
I joined a praise team that featured a fellow with a master’s in violin performance. He discovered I played fingrrstyle… not classical… guitar, and I didn’t read music…
It was literally nose in the air… turn on the heel and walk away.
After our set, he came up to me in the hall and asked,’ How do you do what you do?’
I said I use the circle of fifths and a system called caged and I transpose and use a capo.
He said,’ You can’t do that!’…
I said,’ Let me ask you a question… In the very beginning… when people were first making music… did they just play it, or did they follow dots on paper?’
Nose in air… about face
And he was gone…