Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Fake Spanish Guitar


Worg said...

Wow, that was pretty damn impressive.

I think I may have said this before on here, quite a while back, but you could probably make a convincing run at Asturia Leyenda.

A lot of silat people seem to play guitar for some reason. You probably already know of Santiago Dobles.

The sound of perseverance.

Jon said...

Bravo! I remember awhile back you said you were going to woodshed those trills. Sounds like you got them just fine. -- and the smirk halfway through when you know you've got it -- priceless.

Jon said...

Worg, thanks for pointing out the Leyendas. Another wonderful wonderful wonderful album is Friday Night in San Francisco -- Al DiMeola, McLaughlin & Paco De Luca.

Mediterranean Sundance

You can pick up the sheet music (notes, not tab) for this in book form fairly easily. It's hard, but doable, and incredibly fun.

Steve, I'll see if I can find my copy and drop it by next time I see you. I have it in storage.

Worg said...

What's amazing to me is how quickly he's gotten to this point from where he was a while back. Regular practice does amazing things. My big problem has been playing in 10 hour binges but with months-long dead spaces.

The reason I mentioned Carulli and Tarrega (also Sor should be in there) is because most of that whole repertoire is arpeggiated spanish chords somewhat similar to what Mr. Perry has already been playing, to such an extent that he wouldn't have to pick up any new technique to play them, really.

Dimeola gets much closer to shred guitar, even though a lot of what he plays could be considered gypsy jazz. It's a whole nother technique base which I don't think most people should bother with unless they're specifically motivated in that direction.

I think with work on a few specifically spanish techniques like rasgueda Steve could be quite creditable at spanish guitar.

There are also very few note errors in this which is rather astounding for a semi-complex piece.


Steve Perry said...

Oh, yeah, Santiago has been round our class -- nice guy.

Maha Guru Plinck can shred with the best -- his version of Voodoo Chile is amazing, and I think he could keep up with Clapton.

Mike Roberto plays blues and jazz, and there are a few others in silat who know their way around a fretboard.

Me, I'm a duffer, but I have fun at it, and since I'm never going to make it to Carnegie Hall, I can do it without worrying about that. Biggest audience I'm apt to have is here on the blog ...

Worg said...

Why IS that that silat people tend to play guitar? It seems like good guitar skill is disproportionately represented.

One of my kali teachers RIPPED at spanish guitar. He was from Cebu City and he said that guitar is kind of a "thing" among kali people there, so much that it has become a cliche. He was insufferable for about a month and a half after Desperado came out, too.