Mudcat Café message #83412 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #11225   Message #83412
Posted By: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
02-Jun-99 - 08:13 AM
Thread Name: Learning to play guitar
Subject: RE: Learning to play guitar
There was a long thread on the rec.music.makers.guitar.acoustic some time ago which dealt with how "world class" guitarists (Segovia, Bream, Williams, etc.) were able to deal with other types of music. The conclusion was: not that good. The example that sticks in my mind is where Williams put a sponge under the strings near the bridge to get the effect blues players get by muting the strings with the palm of their hand. Now Garry, I am sure his teachers had curricula comming falling out of their pockets; but was he taught to do things properly?

I remember many years ago, my wife played (violin) in a symphony orchestra. During one concert I sat next to the mother of one of the clarinet players and I said that I had seen Benny Goodman play with the Philadelphia Orchestra once and really liked his playing. She said she had heard a record by him and thought he just didn't have the technique. When I told her that he had received classical training, she reconsidered.

Murray