Classical guitar offers musicians a chance to interpret and reproduce the musical masterpieces from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Francisco Tarrega periods. Although, the classical guitar may look similar to guitars found in Blues, Folk, Jazz, Rock or even Metal music. They behave completely different and on average take more time to master than the other guitar styles. The main reason that Classical guitar is difficult to master is do to “pure” sounds that are produced from the guitar itself.
While a professional Blues Guitar player may take a coin out of his pocket to play a song. The Classical guitar player takes great care to make sure that their finger nails are perfectly filed before playing a concert. The guitar players need perfect finger nails so they can pluck the guitar strings at the correct angle. The classical guitar itself is so sensitive, that in some occasions the guitar may need time to adjust to sudden temperature changes.
The wood, glue, metal, plastic, nylon and in some cases, bone that make up a Classical guitar can amplify the smallest mistakes during a performance. Unlike, Rock and Jazz guitar the audience that appreciates Classical guitar expect to hear in most cases “exact” renditions of the songs in the concert. The Classical guitar player will add their own “tone” or “intensity” to the musical piece being played.
The Classical guitar also needs to be held in a certain manner to help the player technique and also to increase the guitars natural amplification. The action of the fretboard and strings is considered quite “high” when compared to other guitar types.
The musical scales involved in Classical guitar are used in the musical compositions created during the Classical period. Some common scales are the Major, Natural Minor, Melodic and Harmonic minor scales.
Anyone interested in learning Classical Guitar should listen to such performers as Andres Segovia, Julian Bream, John Williams, Christopher Parkening and David Russel for inspiration.
While playing Classical guitar may seem like a lot of work as the skills of a Classical musician must be continually maintained. There’s a great amount of satisfaction to play rich, brilliant, and vibrant pieces of music that only a classical guitar can emulate.