Is this a dumb idea? (Classical music on an electric guitar)

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Is this a dumb idea?

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  1. R3deemed

    R3deemed Member

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    I'd like to pick up a book/CD combo to learn some classical songs. I do not own any acoustic or classical guitars; nor do I have any desire to get either (I need to thin the herd not expand it).

    Is it a dumb idea to try to learn some classical on an electric? Am I just likely to get frustrated or are there other issues I'm likely to bump in to?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. GottaPracticeMore

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    Carl Brown does a nice job with classical on a Strat:
     
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  3. JonR

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    No. Good idea, IMO.
    Depends why you're doing it.
    Nothing I can think of, other than the obvious: difference in string tone (less expression available*), narrower fretboard (might make some open/fretted string combinations a little harder).

    * This only really applies to pieces written for classical guitar or bowed strings (transposed for guitar), especially the more Romantic ones, where certain subtle kinds of articulation won't have quite the same effect on steel strings. No problem for pieces written for keyboard - especially harpsichord, the least expressive instrument of all.
     
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  4. muzishun

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    It'll never work... can't be done.

    Simmer down, now.
     
  5. R3deemed

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    I'll say he does. Thank you. Online lessons like that might be the way to go.
     
  6. R3deemed

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    The music is beautiful, I think the discipline will be helpful and I theoretically won't drive everyone else in the house nuts playing clean, pretty music.

    I'm just waking up and had trouble getting my head around "bowed strings"! :bonk

    Thank you.
     
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    It’s absolutely not a bad idea. I played classical seriously for years. Lately, I’ve been playing it more on a Greco les paul, than my really freaking expensive classical.

    Learning high quality music is never a bad idea.


    Good Luck!!!
     
  9. R3deemed

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    :D

    OK, OK. I might have been over-thinking it, so I thought it better to ask. Thank you.
     
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    @JonR
    May I ask why the italic for “good”?
    Thanks
     
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    Nothing wrong with it, I did just that last summer. The notes are the same, just the feel and tone are different.
     
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  12. JonR

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    I guess you could try this:

    [​IMG]

    :D
     
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  13. R3deemed

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    Yes, something else to spend money on is not something I need right now. I suspect my OBG LP might be a tad easier than my RG-style guitars once it comes back from the shop. Although, the cleans will not be as pretty.

    Thank you.
     
  14. JonR

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    Stressing the opposite of "dumb". Maybe not totally essential... ;)
     
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    :rotflmao

    (Confession time: I've never seen that movie, but please don't tell anyone!)
     
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    Got it, thanks
     
  17. JonR

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    Here you go, let this be your first lesson in classical music:

     
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    :spit

    (It's now in my Netflix queue.)
     
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    Sorry about that. I will point out that the pieces in the book are arranged to be played with a pick. There's no need to learn a new picking style with this one.
     

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